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US top court rules in favour of baker who refused to design cake for gay wedding

The US Supreme Court delivered a historic but limited victory Monday to a Colorado baker who refused to design a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, in a closely-watched case pitting gay rights against religious liberty. In a 7-2 decision, the high court ruled that while the Colorado Civil Rights Commission determined that Masterpiece Cakeshop…

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British toddler at centre of legal battle dies after doctors withdrew life support

Terminally-ill British toddler Alfie Evans died on Saturday after doctors withdrew life support, the child’s parents said, following a protracted legal battle and a campaign that drew support from Pope Francis. “Our baby grew his wings tonight at 2:30am (0130 GMT). We are heartbroken. Thank you everyone for all your support,” the mother, Kate James,…

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Crocodiles guard secrets of Pakistan’s lost African past

Karachi: Dancing and chanting in Swahili at a crocodile shrine outside Karachi, hundreds of Sheedis swayed barefoot to the rhythm of a language they no longer speak — the celebration offering a rare chance to connect with their African roots. For many Sheedis, the swampy crocodile shrine to Sufi saint Haji Syed Shaikh Sultan —…

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Pope urges Middle East ‘reconciliation’ in Easter message

  Vatican City: Pope Francis on Sunday called for “reconciliation” in the Middle East, singling out the conflict in Yemen during his Easter message to the world. “We beseech fruits of reconciliation for the Holy Land, also experiencing in these days the wounds of ongoing conflict that do not spare the defenceless, for Yemen and…

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Sri Lanka blocks social media amid riots

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday blocked access to Facebook and suspended internet services in a troubled central district after police warned that rioters were using social media to spread anti-Muslim sentiment. The government declared an island-wide state of emergency Tuesday and imposed curfews across Kandy after days of rioting claimed at least two lives and left…

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New York to pay Muslim women forced to remove hijabs

NEW YORK: The city of New York has agreed to pay $180,000 to three Muslim women forced by police to remove their headscarves to have mug shots taken, officials said Wednesday. Each of the women is to receive $60,000 after the settlements were finalized in a Brooklyn federal court earlier this week, their lawyer Tahanie…

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Modi govt ends Hajj subsidy for Muslims

NEW DELHI: In a big move, the Indian government Tuesday announced to withdraw subsidy for Hajj pilgrims, and use the funds for girls’ education and minority women. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi made this announcement. The minister added that “Hajj subsidy funds will be used for educational empowerment of girls and women of minority…

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Imran: US aid cuts are a consequence of our political rulers’ actions

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson (PTI) Imran Khan said that the US aid cuts to Pakistan are a consequence of our political rulers’ actions. He is currently addressing a press conference at his Bani Gala residence. He began his press conference by condoling the demise of former air chief Air Marshal Asghar Khan, who passed away…

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Teaching Casablanca’s young people to dream again

CASABLANCA: “Teaching young people to dream again” is the vision of a Moroccan cultural centre in a rundown Casablanca district, once home to a group of suicide bombers who killed 33 people in 2003. Based in a white building next to a tramline and opposite a mosque, the Stars Cultural Centre in Sidi Moumen regularly…

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New religion created for ‘worship’ of Artificial Intelligence

NEW DESK: A self-driving car engineer has created a religion based on creating and worshipping a so-called ‘god’ of Artificial Intelligence (AI) . Anthony Levandowski, the former Google and Uber executive currently at the centre of a bombshell lawsuit, says he’s serious about starting a religion centred around super-smart artificial intelligence. The lawsuit was filed…

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In ‘China’s Jerusalem’, Christians say faith trumps official Sunday School ban

A room that used to house Sunday School classes is pictured at a church in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, China December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Shepherd WENZHOU, China: When authorities in China’s southeastern city of Wenzhou outlawed Sunday School earlier this year, Christian parents determined their children must still learn about Jesus and the Bible, reported Reuters….

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Muslims pray outside White House to protest Trump Jerusalem move

WASHINGTON: Hundreds of Muslims attended Friday prayers in front of the White House to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Responding to the call of American Muslim organizations, worshippers laid out their prayer mats at a park in front of the president’s residence. Wearing traditional Palestinian keffiyeh scarves…

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Aga Khan IV scheduled to arrive today

Prince Karim Aga Khan is the 49th imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. He arrives in Islamabad today. NEWS DESK: Prince Karim Aga Khan, the 49th imam and spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad today (Thursday) for an official visit. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had officially invited…

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Peshawar attack: For how much longer do our children need to bleed?

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Let an attack happen. Blame either of the following: India, Afghanistan, Israel, US, Illuminati. Repeat. We as Pakistanis are more familiar with this pattern than our history. Perhaps this is going to be our history – what other tales will we have to pass on to our children? That is, if…

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McDonald’s ‘refuses to serve woman because she’s wearing a hijab’

NEWS DESK: A Muslim woman in North London has claimed she was refused service in a McDonald’s restaurant because she was wearing a hijab, reported The Independent. The 19-year-old student said she was stopped in a McDonald’s on Seven Sister’s road in Holloway, North London. McDonalds has apologised and said the security guard responsible had…

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Pope says he ‘wept’ while meeting Rohingya refugees

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Saturday said he wept hearing the plight first-hand of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, adding that this meeting was a condition set for his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. The Rohingya meeting was a highly symbolic gesture of solidarity with the Muslim minority fleeing violence in Myanmar, and the pontiff told…

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Netanyahu slams deputy minister’s digs at US Jewry

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday rapped his deputy foreign minister for “offensive” remarks in which she said US Jews were too “comfortable” to understand threats to Israel. Tzipi Hotovely of Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party apologised later on Israeli public television. “I apologise from the depth of my heart if anyone was upset by…

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Death toll in Kabul tragedy rises to 72

KABUL: A strong smell of blood and flesh permeated the Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul on Saturday hours after dozens of Shiite worshippers were slaughtered by a suicide bomber during evening prayers. Broken glass and dust covered the red carpet, soaked in the blood of the men, women and children who had been praying on…

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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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Watch: There are no Jains in Sindh but their glorious mandir has survived

NEWS DESK: An ancient temple of the Jain community has survived in Nangarparkar even though there are no Jains in the region. Watch this report:

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Woman gets racist with Sikh politician who she thought was Muslim. His response is brilliant!

NEWS DESK: It is hard to respond to hate with love and tolerance. But when a woman in Canada let off a racist rant after mistaking a Sikh politician for a Muslim, he responded with remarkable kindness, reported The Independent. Canadian politician Jagmeet Singh had barely started his meet and greet when a woman accosted…

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