Capacity of 2 Harams to expand manifold

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is establishing two new companies to increase the number of pilgrims that the Kingdom can host at Two Holy Mosques. The Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund said the companies — Rou’a Al-Haram and Rou’a Al-Madinah — will develop residential and commercial areas around the Grand Mosque[…]

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Israel advances 1,065 settlement housing units

Israel’s Civil Administration advanced plans for the development of 1,065 housing units in eight different settlements throughout occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a settlement watchdog announced Thursday. The civil administration — Israel’s governing body for the occupied West Bank — approved 15 plans for various planning stages in[…]

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UN condemns Israeli settlement expansion

A UN official has warned that Israel’s plans for further settlements in East Jerusalem could ignite more violence and threaten the viability of the future Palestinian state. UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman called on Israel on Wednesday “to rescind” its plan to build 1,000 new homes, which he said was[…]

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Grand mosque extension opens for haj

More than 2 million pilgrims, who are to perform Haj this year, can use the newly expanded areas of the Grand Mosque in Makkah for prayers, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has ordered. In accordance with the royal directives, pilgrims will be able to perform prayers inside[…]

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Al-Qaeda’s South Asia plan ‘delusional’: Modi

India’s prime minister has dismissed al-Qaeda’s plan to set up a South Asia branch, saying it was “delusional” to think the country’s Muslim minority would follow orders to wage a struggle based on religion against their country. It was Narendra Modi’s first reaction to al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri’s announcement this[…]

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