Voice of the Cape

January2014

Haramain rail on track

The Haramain high-speed link connecting Makkah with Madinah is on track and will open by the end of Dec. 2015, according to Director General of Expansion Projects at Saudi Railways Organization Wasmi Al-Ferraj. Addressing a press conference, Al-Ferraj said that the line’s station in Madinah is now 52 percent complete.[…]

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Cashing in on Umrah

Airfares from India to Jeddah have increased by as much as 150 percent ahead of the birthday of the Prophet (peace be upon him) on Jan. 14. According to travel agents in India, Saudi diplomatic missions are issuing Umrah visas in the Hijri month of Rabi Al-Awwal for the first[…]

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Refugees protest in Israel

More than 10,000 African asylum seekers held a mass demonstration outside the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on Wednesday, in a fourth straight day of protests over immigration policy, police said. “We are refugees, we need protection,” shouted the crowd, which packed the open spaces around the Knesset, or parliament. Police[…]

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Ruling shows anti-burqa designs

A French court Wednesday convicted a young woman for wearing a full-face Islamic veil in public and threw out her bid to have the country’s controversial burqa ban declared unconstitutional. Cassandra Belin, 20, was also convicted for insulting and threatening three police officers at the time of her arrest, which[…]

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Syria's chemical weapons removed

Syria has started moving chemical weapons materials out of the country in a crucial phase of an internationally backed disarmament programme that has been delayed by war and technical problems. The joint mission overseeing the disarmament, the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said on[…]

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Morsi trial resumes

Deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is standing trial for the incitement of violence relating to the deaths of protesters outside the presidential palace during clashes in December 2012. Morsi was airlifted by helicopter into Cairo’s police academy on Wednesday, where his trial is taking place. Up to 20,000 security forces[…]

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Singer finds Islam

Jennifer Grout, an American singer who fascinated the Arab world after reaching the final three of the talent competition “Arabs Got Talent” has reportedly reverted to Islam during her stay in Morocco to study Arabic language, Morocco World News reported on Monday, January 6. “Do you know how to say[…]

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Rebels tackle jihadists

Syrian rebels laid siege to jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in their northern stronghold Monday, hoping to crush the Al-Qaeda affiliate accused of widespread abuses. A broad coalition of moderates and Islamists opposed to President Bashar al-Assad is seeking to drive ISIL — which is[…]

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Girl (10) with suicide vest

A 10-year-old Afghan girl was detained at a police border post before she could detonate the suicide vest she was wearing, authorities said Monday. The girl was apprehended on Sunday in the Khanshin district of southern Helmand province, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. She had been forced by[…]

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14 die in mosque stampede

Fourteen people were killed and 10 injured in a stampede during a gathering at a mosque in northwest China’s Ningxia region, state media reported Monday. The stampede occurred around 1:00 pm Sunday while traditional food was being handed out to people attending an event to commemorate a late religious leader,[…]

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