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B’desh hit by strike over murder of liberal Islamic cleric

Dhaka: The mysterious murder of a liberal Islamic cleric and popular TV host in Bangladesh triggered an eight-hour nationwide strike on Sunday bringing the capital city to a standstill with most transport services off the road and schools shut. A group of youths barged into the house of Nurul Islam Farooqi at Razabazar area in Dhaka on August 27 and killed him keeping the [Full Article...]

UK imams issue fatwa on British Muslim extremists

London: Some of the leading imams in the UK have issued a fatwa against British Muslims travelling to war zones like Syria and Iraq to join “oppressive and tyrannical” Islamic State. The fatwa “religiously prohibits” would-be British jihadists from joining “oppressive and tyrannical” Isis, also known as Islamic State. The imams order all Muslims to oppose Isis’s “poisonous ideology”, especially when it is promoted [Full Article...]

Russia, Ukraine trade soldiers at border

MOSCOW: Ukraine has handed over a group of captured Russian paratroops and Russia has returned 63 Ukrainian soldiers who crossed into its territory last week, Russian news agencies quoted a paratroop commander as saying. RIA news agency quoted Russian Major-General Alexei Ragozin as saying the paratroops had been handed back after “very difficult” negotiations and after what he called an unacceptable delay. Ukraine said [Full Article...]

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Harry to inherit mum Diana’s 10m pound gift on 30th birthday London: Britain’s Prince Harry is set for a 10 million pound gift on his 30th birthday next month as his share of mother Princess Diana’s inheritance. When Diana, Princess of Wales, died in Paris in 1997, her will stipulated that a share of her fortune should go to her two sons when they [Full Article...]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe feed carp at a Guest House in Kyoto on Saturday. (PTI)

As email turns 32, inventor reaffirms his claim

Indian American scientist invented e-mail 32 years ago Washington: Know who is the inventor of email? The credit goes to an Indian-American VA Shiva Ayyadurai who received official recognition as the inventor of the computer programme for electronic mail system from the US government on August 30, 1982. Studying at Livingston High School in New Jersey, Ayyadurai began his work on the email system [Full Article...]

Pakistan cleric Qadri issues 24-hour deadline for Sharif to resign

ISLAMABAD: Amid Pakistan army’s mediation efforts, protesters have stepped up pressure on the embattled government with cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri setting yet another deadline of 24 hours for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to quit. In a late night development, Qadri’s camp was visited by a delegation of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PAT) led by vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who convinced the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) [Full Article...]

Chelsea Clinton quits as NBC News reporter

NEW YORK: Chelsea Clinton said on Friday she is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News, citing increased work at the Clinton Foundation and the imminent birth of her first child. Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s daughter had been working at the network since 2011, sporadically doing feature stories on people or organizations doing public-spirited work. Politico magazine reported earlier this year [Full Article...]