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US Supreme Court appears ready to uphold Trump’s travel ban targeting Muslim countries

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared poised to hand President Donald Trump a huge legal victory, signaling on Wednesday it was likely to uphold his contentious travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries. Conservative justices including Chief Justice John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy, a frequent swing vote on the nine-member court, indicated during arguments in…

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April 26, 2018


Trump travel ban on Muslim-majority countries faces Supreme Court showdown

WASHINGTON: The first big showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court over President Donald Trump’s immigration policies is set for Wednesday when the justices hear a challenge to the lawfulness of his travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries. The case represents a test of the limits of presidential power. Trump’s policy, announced in September,…

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April 22, 2018


Pakistan, Iran agree to enhance bilateral trade

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Iran Friday agreed to promote bilateral trade between the two brotherly Muslim countries. According to press statement issued by the Ministry of Finance, Ambassador of Iran, Mehdi Honardoost called on the Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan and discussed matters related to the bilateral interest. During…

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January 12, 2018


4 Palestinians killed in new wave of violence over US Jerusalem move

GAZA CITY: Four Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded Friday in clashes with Israeli forces as tens of thousands demonstrated against Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. President Donald Trump’s December 6 announcement that he would break with decades of US policy and move the embassy to Jerusalem has stirred global condemnation, as well…

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December 16, 2017


Imran questions Shehbaz Sharif’s presence at OIC summit

ISLAMABAD: PTI chief Imran Khan on Wednesday questioned why Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif was present at the Organisation of Islamic Summit (OIC) held in Istanbul.  “What is CM Sharif doing at OIC Summit in Turkey? Why were the other Chief Ministers not taken along also?” tweeted Imran before launching his tirade at Prime Minister…

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December 13, 2017


Muslim leaders urge recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestine capital

ISTANBUL: Leaders from the the world’s main pan-Islamic body on Wednesday urged the international community to recognise East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. The emergency summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul said it declared “East Jerusalem as the…

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December 13, 2017


SC allows Trump travel ban to take effect pending appeal

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court said Monday that the government could fully enforce a revised ban on travelers from six mainly Muslim countries pending appeal, backing President Donald Trump in the year-long battle over the controversial measure. The court stayed October rulings from two lower courts that had blocked implementation of the open-ended ban on…

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December 5, 2017


Muslim countries push UN to speak out on Myanmar abuses

UNITED NATIONS: Muslim countries led by Saudi Arabia want the United Nations to denounce serious rights abuses in Myanmar and demand an end to the military campaign against the Rohingya, according to a draft resolution seen by AFP on Wednesday.

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November 2, 2017


US to appeal ruling weakening Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s administration vowed Friday to appeal to the Supreme Court after a federal judge dealt a fresh setback to the president’s ban on travelers from six mainly Muslim countries and refugees as unfairly excluding the grandparents and grandchildren of people living in the United States.

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July 15, 2017


Travel ban ruling ‘victory for national security’: Trump

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump hailed Monday’s Supreme Court ruling which partially reinstates the US president’s travel ban targeting citizens from six mainly Muslim countries as “a clear victory for our national security.” Trump said the top court’s ruling “allows the travel suspension for the six terror-prone countries and the refugee suspension to become largely effective.” “As…

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June 26, 2017


Raheel Sharif to play a pivotal role in Islamic military alliance: Imam e Kaaba

ISLAMABAD: General (retd) Raheel Sharif experience and vast knowledge will play a pivotal role in countering terrorism, said Imam-E-Kaaba Sheikh Saleh Bin Mohammad Al Talib on Saturday.

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April 9, 2017


Ireland ‘leads the world in Islamic values as Muslim states lag’

  The Holy Quran’s teachings are better represented in Western societies than in Islamic countries, which have failed to embrace the values of their own faith in politics, business, law and society, a leading academic at George Washington University has said. A study of 208 countries and territories has found that the top countries in…

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April 6, 2017


US court blocks Trump travel ban

Honolulu: A federal court in Hawaii halted Donald Trump’s revised executive order temporarily closing US borders to refugees and nationals from six Muslim-majority countries, dealing the president a humiliating defeat. The ruling means a nationwide freeze on enforcement of a ban on entry by nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90…

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March 16, 2017


Trump’s new travel ban: Key points

Washington: President Donald Trump’s administration issued a revised immigration ban Monday that temporarily freezes US visa issuance to anyone from six mostly-Muslim countries and halts for 120 days all refugee arrivals. Here are the key points: – What’s new in the revised order? – Iraq, which was targeted by the original January 27 travel ban,…

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March 7, 2017


US delays revamped immigration order

WASHINGTON: The White House has pushed back the release of a new executive order to replace its directive suspending travel to the United States by citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries, a White House official said on Wednesday. The order is now expected to be issued “sometime next week,” the official said. President Donald Trump…

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February 23, 2017


Challenge to Trump travel ban moves forward in two courts

SAN FRANCISCO: The most consequential legal challenge to U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban will proceed on two tracks in the next few days: in a U.S. appeals court vote in San Francisco and the Seattle courtroom of a federal judge.

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February 15, 2017


Court upholds suspension of Trump’s travel ban

WASHINGTON: A U.S. federal appeals court on Thursday unanimously upheld a suspension of President Donald Trump’s order that restricted travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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February 10, 2017


Trump says courts too political; no travel ban ruling on Wednesday

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump fumed on Wednesday over what he called too much politics in the U.S. judiciary, while a federal appeals court kept him and the rest of the country waiting for its ruling on a temporary suspension of his travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.

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February 9, 2017


Trump appeals decision that lifted the travel ban

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Saturday denounced a judge who lifted the travel ban he had imposed on citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries, taking an unusual jab at an independent branch of the U.S. government as he vowed to bring back the restrictions.

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February 5, 2017


Thousands protest in London against Trump’s refugee ban

LONDON: Several thousand people demonstrated outside the U.S. embassy in London on Saturday against President Donald Trump and his temporary ban on refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

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February 5, 2017


60,000 visas from seven Muslim countries canceled

WASHINGTON: Up to 60,000 foreigners from seven majority-Muslim countries had their visas canceled after President Donald Trump’s executive order blocked them from traveling to the US, the State Department said. That figure contradicts a Justice Department lawyer’s statement Friday during a court hearing in Virginia about the ban. The lawyer in that case said that…

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February 4, 2017