Pakistanis form human image of Christchurch mosque

Pakistanis form human image of Christchurch mosque

The tribute was organised by the Muslim Institute [Muslim Institute/AFP] Thousands of Pakistanis clad in white have gathered in the central city of Jhang to make a human image of New Zealand's Al Noor mosque in Christchurch city, where 50 people were killed by a white supremacist four weeks ago. Drone images showed worshippers standing…
Saudi buying new ballistic missile technology from China: report

Saudi buying new ballistic missile technology from China: report

Saudi Arabia has significantly escalated its ballistic missile programme by purchasing technology from China, according to a US media report. In a story published on Wednesday, broadcaster CNN said the United States government had obtained intelligence on the technology transfers, but the administration of US President Donald Trump did not initially share its knowledge with key members of Congress Jeff Stacey, a…
Israeli forces kill rock-throwing Palestinian in West Bank

Israeli forces kill rock-throwing Palestinian in West Bank

A Palestinian demonstrator uses a slingshot during clashes with Israeli police on Wednesday [Nasser Nasser/AP] An alleged rock-throwing Palestinian was killed by Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank and the military announced on Thursday that a soldier had discharged his weapon and it was reviewing the incident. The Palestinian Red Crescent said one of…
Christchurch mosque attack victims laid to rest in mass burial

Christchurch mosque attack victims laid to rest in mass burial

Christchurch, New Zealand - At first, the victims of last week's Christchurch mosque attacks went to their graves in ones and twos. From Wednesday onwards, bodies were slowly released from coroners to relatives eager to say a final goodbye to their loved ones. But on Friday, shortly after the Muslim call to prayer sounded out across New Zealand,…
Italy joins China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Italy joins China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Resisting pressure from Washington and Brussels, Italy on Saturday became the first G7 country to join China's controversial Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Rome, endorsing the global infrastructure building scheme. Conte and Xi shook hands after 29 separate sections of the memorandum were signed…
Ethiopian Airlines crash: ‘I prayed for their souls’

Ethiopian Airlines crash: ‘I prayed for their souls’

Adadi, Ethiopia - It was just another Sunday morning for Atlaw Wihib. The 49-year-old was getting ready to attend Mass, as were many other residents in this small village of about 120 people in central Ethiopia. But all that was about to change. "I was having breakfast before going to church when I saw a plane…
‘New Zealand cares’: Thousands attend Christchurch attack vigil

‘New Zealand cares’: Thousands attend Christchurch attack vigil

Christchurch, New Zealand - Thousands of New Zealanders have attended a a mass vigil in Christchurch to mourn the 50 Muslims killed in an attack on two mosques. Nearly 40,000 people filled Christchurch's Hagley Park on Saturday evening, according to local officials, almost 10 days after a suspected white supremacist attacked the Al Noor and Linwood mosques. The…
In Kerala, the appeal of the glittering Gulf is losing shine

In Kerala, the appeal of the glittering Gulf is losing shine

Kerala, India - Since the 1970s, the southern Indian state of Kerala has enjoyed opportunities stemming from its proximity to wealthy countries in the Gulf, around 2,500km away. About two million Kerala natives, predominantly Muslim working-age men, currently work in the region, mainly in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.  "The financial contribution of migration to…
New Zealand mosque attacks prompt flood of support for Muslims

New Zealand mosque attacks prompt flood of support for Muslims

New Zealanders have responded to the Christchurch mosque massacres with an outpouring of interfaith solidarity - crowdfunding millions of dollars, donating halal food and even offering to accompany local Muslims now scared to walk the streets. The killing of 49 people at two mosques in this usually placid city on Friday has sent shockwaves rippling across…
Iran rebukes US over rumoured IRGC ‘terrorist’ designation

Iran rebukes US over rumoured IRGC ‘terrorist’ designation

Iranian officials have cautioned the United States against pushing ahead with a rumoured move to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a "terrorist" group, warning it could destabilise the region and draw a tit-for-tat response. The expected shift in Washington's policy was initially reported by the Wall Street Journal on Friday, which cited unnamed US officials claiming it could be…