Recent Articles

Quranic Reflections, Āyat 43:32

Quranic Reflections, Āyat 43:32

Do they not reflect upon the Qur’an, or are there locks on the hearts? (Q 47:24) For past Qur’anic Reflections click here Bismillāh, February 6, 2015/Rabī‘uth Thānī 16, 1436 Quranic Reflections, Year 5, No. 6 – Āyat 43:32 – Seeking Divine Mercy وَرَحْمَتُ رَبِّكَ خَيْرٌ مِمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ Warahmatu rabbika khayrun mimmā yajma‘ūn And the mercy of [&hellip

Niger to join Boko Haram fight

Niger to join Boko Haram fight

Niger plans to deploy troops to Nigeria within the framework of an emerging multi-nation fight against the Takfiri Boko Haram terror group after an assault by the militants left over 100 people dead. The decision by Niger will facilitate the opening of a new northern front in the escalating regional fight against the terrorist group that [&hellip

HRW urges Qatar to step up labor reforms

HRW urges Qatar to step up labor reforms

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the Qatari government to intensify efforts to better conditions for migrant workers in the Persian Gulf Arab state. “I think it is right the reforms aren’t going far enough and they are not going fast enough. There is no timetable for reform,” Nicholas McGeehan, the HRW’s Qatar researcher, said at [&hellip

Hollande and Merkel in key truce talks in Moscow

Hollande and Merkel in key truce talks in Moscow

The French president and the German chancellor are due to meet with the Russian leader in Moscow after a visit to Ukraine to seek a peaceful solution to the surging conflict in the country. The talks among President Francois Hollande, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Vladimir Putin on the Ukrainian crisis will take place on [&hellip

Jordan vows more attacks on ISIL

Jordan vows more attacks on ISIL

Jordan has threatened the ISIL terrorist group with more raids, describing the latest airstrike on the Takfiri militants by the country’s armed forces as a prelude to a new spate of attacks against the terrorist group. On Thursday, Jordan’s fighter jets carried out a series of new retaliatory air strikes against the hideouts of the ISIL terrorists currently operating in Syria [&hellip

‘Africa must step up Boko Haram fight’

‘Africa must step up Boko Haram fight’

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has urged Nigeria’s neighboring countries to step up their regional military operations against the Boko Haram Takfiri militant group. In a statement on Thursday, the 15-member UN body called on West and Central African nations to provide further help to Nigeria in its fight against the terrorist group. The [&hellip

Yemen parties to meet in UN talks

Yemen parties to meet in UN talks

The United Nations is to host a new round of talks between political factions in Yemen after a deadline set by Houthi forces for the parties to resolve a power vacuum expired.  The warring sides are expected to resume talks later Thursday in a bid to find a solution for the impoverished country out of [&hellip

Emoticons can rack up huge bills

Emoticons can rack up huge bills

People using the little icons that denote happy, sad or other emotions in their text messages could be racking up big bills. Consumer website MoneySavingExpert  has received a large number of complaints about the issue. It seems to affect older models of phones, including some Samsung and Apple handsets. In Scotland, a woman ran up bills [&hellip

UNSC condemns peacekeeper’s killing

UNSC condemns peacekeeper’s killing

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has condemned the killing of a Spanish UN peacekeeper who is widely believed to have died due to Israeli artillery fire late last month. On Wednesday, the 15-member council said it condemned the killing of 36-year-old Lance Corporal Francisco Javier Soria Toledo “in the strongest terms.” A senior UN [&hellip

Pentagon nominee: Arm Ukraine

Pentagon nominee: Arm Ukraine

US President Barack Obama’s pick for defense secretary says he is “inclined” toward providing weapons to Ukraine to help battle pro-Russian fighters. Ashton Carter, who is expected to be confirmed soon by Congress as the new Pentagon chief, made the remarks before the Senate Armed Services Committee at his confirmation hearing on Wednesday. “I am [&hellip