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Priya Varrier speaks out on complaint against her viral song

NEWS DESK: There can be no denying that the Manikya Malaraya Poovi number from Oru Adaar Love has made young actor Priya Varrier an overnight sensation. The young star became the ‘national crush’ of India and was equally admired in neighboring countries such as Pakistan. While she has her admirers – some of whom have…

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Malaysia bans Bollywood film over negative portrayal of Muslim ruler

avat KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia has barred controversial Bollywood film “Padmaavat” from being screened in theatres, the home ministry said on Friday, citing the movie’s negative portrayal of a Muslim ruler. The film has already attracted protests in India, after groups critical of the project accused its director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, of distorting history by…

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Triple talaq bill passed in India’s Lok Sabha

NEWS DESK: Amidst protests from a few political parties, including those close to the BJP, the Lok Sabha on Thursday passed by voice vote the Bill that makes instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat a criminal offence, with a jail term of up to three years, reported The Hindu. The proposed law would be applicable to…

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Video: Muslim school student violently attacked in US

A 14-year old Muslim school student was violently beaten down by her school mates. Many others made videos of the attack on the female student while no other came to the victim’s aid.

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Video: Muslim teenage girl assaulted in Florida park

A video clip of a Muslim teenage girl in Florida being assaulted by three other girls went viral over the internet on Saturday.  The video clearly shows how the girl, who is reportedly Muslim and was subjected to the hate crime, being dragged to the ground by her hair by another girl who repeatedly hits…

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This Muslim woman became the first hijab-wearing contestant in Miss Maine pageant

“I want to inspire other girls to feel beautiful, confident and follow their dreams no matter where they’re from,” said Hamdia Ahmed. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM NEWS DESK: An aspiring model has become the first Miss Maine pageant contestant to wear a hijab on stage, reported The Independent. Hamdia Ahmed was born in Somalia and raised in…

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Israel arrests brave Palestinian girl known for confronting soldiers

BETHLEHEM: Ahed Tamimi, a prominent 16-year-old Palestinian activist, has been detained during a pre-dawn raid on her home by the Israeli army and border police in the occupied West Bank, reported Al Jazeera. Ahed’s mother, Nariman, was also arrested on Tuesday afternoon during a visit to Ahed at an Israeli police station. According to Ahed’s…

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After U.S. veto, U.N. General Assembly to meet on Jerusalem status

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley vetos an Egyptian-drafted resolution regarding recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem, during the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including Palestine, at U.N. Headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid UNITED NATIONS: The 193-member…

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US blaming Pakistan for failures in Afghanistan: Janjua

ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser (NSA) Nasir Janjua has said that United States is blaming Pakistan for its failures in Afghanistan, Samaa reported. He made the statement while addressing a seminar here on Monday. Janjua said that Pakistan paid a heavy price in the war against terrorism. He once again added that the international community has recognized…

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Tillerson: Jerusalem embassy move probably not for 2 years

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem would probably not take place for at least two years. “This is not something that is going to happen this year or probably not next year, but the president does want us to move in a very…

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Muslim labourer hacked, burned alive in India

Indian police on Thursday arrested a Hindu man over the murder of a Muslim labourer after identifying him from a video of the brutal killing that went viral and has sparked widespread outrage. The footage shows a man hitting labourer Afrazul Khan with a pickaxe and a machete before pouring kerosene over his body and…

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This neo-Nazi drove a van into a curry house with aim of ‘killing a Muslim’

NEWS DESK: A Polish-born Britain First supporter who said he wanted to “kill a Muslim” gave a Nazi salute and shouted “white power” before driving at a curry house owner, a court has heard, reported The Independent. Marek Zakrocki, 48, launched his drunken attack outside Spicy Night, a takeaway in Harrow, north-west London, on the…

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This US teacher reported a six-year-old Muslim boy to police for ‘terrorism’

NEWS DESK: A supply teacher’s call to police about a six-year-old Muslim boy with Down’s Syndrome led to his family being investigated for terrorism, reported The Independent. Officers launched the probe after six-year-old Mohammad Suleiman allegedly kept repeating the words “Allah” and “boom” in class. His parents from the Texan city of Pearland, around 20…

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Rishi Kapoor melts hearts by praying on Eid Milad-un-Nabi!

NEWS DESK: Otherwise known for controversies, Bollywood star Rishi Kapoor spread a message of peace and harmony by posting a picture of him attending the Muslim prayers at Jama Masjid in New Delhi on the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi. Along with the picture, he wrote the caption: “Eid Milad-Un-Nabi Mubarak! Prayers offered at Jama Masjid,New…

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What do we know about New York attack and the attacker?

NEW YORK: A pickup driver killed eight people in New York on Tuesday, mowing down cyclists and pedestrians in the city’s first deadly “act of terror” since September 11, 2001. Eleven others were seriously hurt when the truck driver struck in broad daylight just blocks from the 9/11 Memorial, on the West Side of Lower…

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Seven Rohingya refugees drown as crossing to Bangladesh ends in grief

COX‘S BAZAR: Four Rohingya Muslims, a man, woman and two children, drowned when a small wooden fishing boat carrying dozens of refugees fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar capsized off the Bangladesh coast on Tuesday, police said. Residents of the coastal strip south of the Bangladesh port of Cox’s Bazar fished 37 survivors out of the…

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Canada’s Quebec province to ban niqab in public sector

QUEBEC CITY, Quebec: Quebec will ban face coverings for people giving or receiving provincial government services under a law passed on Wednesday that rights groups have criticized as marginalizing Muslim women in the mainly French-speaking Canadian province, reported Reuters. While the law, which takes effect by July 1, 2018, does not specify which face coverings…

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Will this Hindu-Muslim marriage be annulled by India’s Supreme Court?

NEWS DESK: The decision by an Indian court in May to annul the marriage of a Hindu woman who converted to Islam and married a Muslim man has grabbed headlines in the country, with many referring to it as a strike against “love jihad”, reported BBC. The term was popularised by radical Hindu fringe groups,…

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Indian police ‘snatch’ 51 cows of Muslim family

ALWAR/JAIPUR: Fifty-one cows of a Muslim family in Alwar district have been snatched, allegedly by the police, on a complaint by some Hindu activists, and handed over to a village gaushala, reported Times of India. For the past 10 days, the family has been struggling to get back its flock. Police said it had no…

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This Muslim model won the legal right to ditch the bikini

NEWS DESK: A Muslim woman has won the right not to pose in a bikini in the Miss Universe GB competition, reported The Telegraph. Muna Juma, 27, from London, will stand on stage among her fellow finalists wearing a kaftan instead of the traditional bikini. Juma, who co-founded Cloudless Research, a startup which aims to…

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Shiv Sena beat Muslim man black and blue for being with Hindu woman

NEWS DESK: A hotel owner said Shiv Sena men dragged a Muslim man out of his hotel and assaulted him for being with a Hindu woman in Barmer district’s Balotra area on Thursday, reported The Indian Express. “The Muslim man and the Hindu Rajput woman had checked into a hotel in Balotra, but soon after,…

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