Month: June 2011

German Banks Agree to Roll Over Greek Debt

PARIS — The biggest financial institutions in Germany followed the lead of their French counterparts Thursday by agreeing to roll over some of their holdings of Greek debt — a crucial step toward obtaining international agreement on a second bailout for the crippled Greek economy. The German finance minister, Wolfgang […]

Hundreds of thousands strike in UK pensions row

Hundreds of thousands of British public sector workers went on strike Thursday to defend their pensions, causing widespread disruption to schools and state-run services. A third of English schools were closed and another third were affected, officials said, as up to 350,000 teachers, lecturers and education staff took action against plans […]

A MAN OF GOD with his followers: A spiritual gathering of ‘remembrance of Allah’ ended with prayers

On Sunday 26th June, in the afternoon, the spiritual gathering of thousands ended with a silent prayer lead by the Khalifa-tul-Massih V aba, the Spiritual Head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat. The annual convention of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Germany was started on Friday 24th June with the Flag Hoisting Ceremony and Friday Sermon by […]

Muslims in China

History – Early Muslim Ties with China Islam was introduced to China as early as the 7th century (during the Tang Dynasty) when merchants from Arabia and Persia came to China to trade via the Silk Road. In AD.651, the third Caliph Uthman Ibn Affan, sent an envoy to call on the reigning […]

Ibn-Batuta and Muslim Geography

Andrew J. Mogensen, Valparaiso University The prominence of geography in Muslim scholarship—and perhaps even the existence of a distinct field of Muslim geography—stems from two factors: 1) the fact that Islam itself is concerned with proper cardinal directions and 2) that trade with distant lands demanded accurate maps or descriptions. […]

100 Days of bombing: Operations by Nato states in Libya enter 100th day; situation in Libya is getting worse. Is there any hope for peace?

There’s a small campfire battling a stiff sea breeze, several homemade tents, a trench, and the usual assortment of machine gun placements and rocket launchers aimed across no-man’s land towards Col Muammar Gaddafi’s forces. “Your energy and courage inspire,” says Gen Suleiman Mahmoud in a brief speech to the group… […]

France drops arms to Libyan rebels

France said yesterday it had air dropped arms to Libyan rebels in mountains south of Tripoli who are eyeing an assault on the capital, a day after anti-regime forces captured a network of weapons caches. But the increasingly emboldened rebels suffered a deadly assault from Gaddafi forces in the third-largest […]

US sees bigger role for India as trade partner

The US wants India to become one of its top 10 trading partners, treasury secretary Timothy Geithner said as the two countries agreed on improving access to each other’s markets. He made the remarks after meeting India’s Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee at the second India-US Economic and Financial Partnership. India is currently the […]

‘Malta lacks plan on water management’

Opposition spokesman on resources Joe Mizzi said that the government did not have a national plan on water management even though it had set up the Malta Resources Authority and Mepa. No wonder the island suffered from scarcity of water. Utility bills did not reflect a serious system of water […]

Hidden treasure found under Nepalese palace

KATHMANDU: A huge stash of gold and silver ornaments has been discovered by workers renovating a former royal palace in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, the government said Tuesday. The treasures, thought to be more than 500 years old, were hidden in a store room under the sprawling 16th-century Hanuman Dhoka […]

Pakistan angered over ‘failed’ report

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan ranks 12th on an index of failed states around the globe, according to a new report prepared by the Fund for Peace, an independent non-profit research and educational organization that works to prevent violent conflict and promote sustainable security in the world. Its neighbor Afghanistan ranks seventh. […]

Protests scare away tourists, hotels deserted

By REUTERS DAMASCUS: The reception area is quiet at the Beit Zaman boutique hotel in the Christian Quarter of Old Damascus and the staff is visibly bored. Bellhops loiter in the lavishly decorated corridors of the $200-a-night hotel and a receptionist stares idly at his computer screen. Four months ago, […]