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Mumbai mourners killed in stampede

At least 18 people have died in Mumbai in a stampede as thousands gathered to mourn the death of the 102-year-old spiritual leader of a Muslim sect. The stampede took place early on Saturday outside the home of Syedna Mohamed Burhanuddin, the spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community.[…]

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$400m pledged for Syria

Charity organisations pledged $400m to help alleviate the humanitarian plight of Syrians affected by their country’s civil war, participants at a meeting of charitable NGOs said. Kuwait’s International Islamic Charitable Organisation said Kuwaiti charities pledged $142m on Tuesday, while dozens of NGOs attending the meeting promised the rest. The funds[…]

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Tunisia: 3 years on

On Thursday, Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh of the Islamist Ennahda party announced his resignation, following through on a compromise negotiated by the ruling party. His exit comes as the Tunisian constituent assembly prepares to adopt the country’s post-revolution constitution, capping a two-year process. Three years ago on Tuesday, mass[…]

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Violence as Egypt votes

Egyptians have voted on a new constitution, in a ballot widely seen as a referendum on the army’s decision to overthrow former President Mohamed Morsi in July last year. The vote was largely peaceful, but at least 11 people were killed and 28 people wounded across the country during clashes[…]

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Iran welcomes nuclear deal

Iran’s reformers and moderate conservatives welcomed an agreement Monday between Iran and six world powers on how to implement a nuclear deal struck in November, saying it will shore up Iran’s sanctions-hit economy. Hard-liners however inside the Islamic Republic remain opposed. The six-nation group – the five permanent members of[…]

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Egyptians vote again

Polls are set to open in Egypt in a constitutional referendum, the first ballot since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and an event likely to spawn a presidential bid by army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Few doubt that Egyptians, who staged mass protests against Morsi’s rule before[…]

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Syria needs $6.5b

The UN, facing its “worst humanitarian crisis” in decades, is seeking a whopping $6.5 billion (4.7 billion euros) to aid Syrians affected by war at a donor’s conference in Kuwait City Wednesday. The UN has described the appeal as the largest ever in its history for a single humanitarian emergency.[…]

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25,000 flee volcano

More than 25,000 people have fled their homes following a series of eruptions and lava flows from a volcano in Indonesia, an official said Sunday. Mount Sinabung on the western island of Sumatra sent hot rocks and ash up to 5,000 metres (16,000 feet) in the air “several times” on[…]

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SSudan toll rising

The United Nations said Thursday the South Sudan conflict death toll is “very substantially” higher than the 1,000 given so far, as it stepped up efforts to shelter civilians. The UN mission in South Sudan has cut all military links with the government army and is ready to act against[…]

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'Faith relieves work stress'

Underscoring the crucial role of religion in people’s lives, a recent study has found that practicing a faith combats work stress, keeping employees less vulnerable to sick leaves and depression. “My research shows that religiosity in the workplace may act as a resource, making people more resilient to cope with[…]

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