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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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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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