Quakes continue to hit Christchurch

Sizable aftershocks are continuing to shake Christchurch today, as the Prime Minister says authorities need time to sort out what parts of the city will be abandoned due to quake damage. An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 shook Canterbury this afternoon, part of a continuing series of aftershocks shaking the region. […]

Ahmadis panic over ‘hit list’

The Ahmadi annual presecution report 2010 released in March this year Terrified Ahmadis are seeking government protection after an extremist group circulated pamphlets branding them “fit to be killed.” The All Pakistan Students Khatam-e-Nabuwat Federation recently handed the pamphlets out in public areas in Faisalabad in Punjab province, inciting people […]

Ahmadiyya community fit to be killed

Pamphlets branding members of the minority Ahmadiya community as “wajib-ul-qatl” (fit to be killed) and inciting people to attack them are being openly circulated in Pakistan’s textile industry hub of Faisalabad, according to a media report. The pamphlets list the names of several Ahmadiya industrialists, doctors and businesses. The first […]

Westerwelle warns of Mideast peace problems

Berlin believes unilateral moves – such as declaring Palestinian independence – would be “very counterproductive” to the Middle East peace process, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle warned on Tuesday.   Westerwelle, who spoke after talks with Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah, did not specifically refer to Palestinian plans […]

Is the US ready for a Mormon president?

Mormon Mitt Romney is an early frontrunner among the Republicans vying to run for president – and one new opinion poll shows him in a surprise dead heat with Barack Obama. Another Mormon, Jon Huntsman, is expected to enter the race. Will their religion be an issue? It’s a nation […]

Israel’s new energy

In the first 25 years after Israel’s founding in 1948, it was repeatedly attacked by the large armies of its Arab neighbours. Each time, Israel prevailed on the battlefield, only to have its victories rolled back by Western powers who feared losing access to Arab oilfields. The fear was and […]

Moderate Muslim professor murdered

Moscow A Muslim university professor who criticized radical Islamists was shot dead in Dagestan, officials said Wednesday. Maksud Sadikov, 48, and his nephew were gunned down in the yard of his home in the regional capital of Makhachkala late Tuesday. “This is not only a murder, it is a challenge […]