GLOBAL: Strong science in Iran, Tunisia, Turkey

Iran, Tunisia and Turkey are among a number of countries beginning to challenge the dominance of established powerhouses of scientific research, according to a major new report that has identified rapidly emerging nations “not traditionally associated with a strong science base”. Although traditional ‘scientific superpowers’ still lead the field, a […]

Quran recitation contest held in Dubai

DUBAI (WAM)- Over 500 people took part in a Quran recitation contest in Dubai that was held to “scout for new talents”, officials said. The competition was for best recitation of the verses of the holy book, held as part of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award. The organising committee […]

‘Converted’ student returns to Islam

KOTA BARU: A Muslim student who had earlier claimed that he had converted to Christianity, told the Syariah High Court here that he had repented and returned to Islam. With that plea, judge Abu Bakar Abdullah Kutty ordered the Dungun branch Universiti Tekno­logi Mara’s Mohamad Fariz Ilham Mohd Zulkifli from […]

The World from Berlin – ‘Limiting Anti-Terror Laws Would Make Germans Easy Prey’

The capture of three al-Qaida suspects in Düsseldorf last week has sparked a political clash over Germany’s anti-terror laws. While Germany’s interior minister aims to extend post-9/11 laws, other’s in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government are seeking to block the move. German commentators are divided on the issue.   The detention of three terror suspects on Friday has fuelled the […]

Interesting Theories

A mere day after US President Barack Obama announced that al-Qaeda leader and arch-terrorist Osama bin Laden has been killed by US Special Forces in Pakistan, and the World Wide Web is gushing with conspiracy theories, fed mostly by the White House statement that he was swiftly buried at sea, […]

Putin: West has no right to kill Gadhafi

COPENHAGEN – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sharply criticised the Western coalition attacking Libya on Tuesday, saying it had neither a right nor a mandate to kill Muammar Gadhafi. Putin said the coalition had gone beyond the bounds of a U.N. Security Council resolution authorising intervention to protect civilians and suggested Gadhafi’s actions […]

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives win Canadian election

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party has won a majority of seats in Canada’s general election, according to provisional results. The Conservatives have won or are ahead in 167 of the country’s 308 electoral districts. The New Democratic Party (NDP) is set to come second, with the Liberals trailing, Canadian […]

Indonesia seeks more Chinese investment

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia is looking to attract more direct investment from China over the coming years. The country, a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations trading bloc (ASEAN), hopes the move will help to narrow a gap in bilateral trade that has been widening in recent years. […]

Israel remembers victims of Holocaust

Holocaust Remembrance Day was honored Monday morning with a siren marking a moment of silence throughout Israel at 10 am. As on every year, flower wreaths were laid at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. The Knesset held its annual ceremony of the reading out of victims’ names. President Shimon Peres and […]

‘Backed by science’ claims on fitness products

Power Balance bracelets The claim: Power Balance makes a range of plastic bracelets and pendants decorated with holographic stickers, which they say will “optimize the body’s natural energy flow” to enhance strength, balance and flexibility. The bracelets have been widely adopted by celebrities and professional athletes, including Toronto Blue Jays […]