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British government rejects appeal to build 'mega mosque' in London

London: Plans for a mosque here with a floor space three times the size of the city's St. Paul's Cathedral were rejected yet again on Thursday by the British government, Xinhua reported.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Greg Clark has refused an appeal to allow what has been called a "mega mosque" from being built in the London borough of Newham.

Clark also ruled that a smaller temporary place of worship for Muslims currently in use on the site of the proposed "mega mosque" would have to close within three months.

Quake toll rises to 83 in Afghanistan

Kabul: The death toll from Monday's massive earthquake has risen to 83 in Afghanistan, the media reported on Tuesday.

The disaster measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale, with its epicentre in the Hindu Kush range, also left around 300 people injured and around 4,000 houses damaged.

At least 12 school girls were among the 83 killed as a result of stampede after the quake, local officials in Nangarhar province said.

Islamic Social Finance Report 2015 released

By Mohammed Obaidullah

The 2015 issue of the Islamic Social Finance Report has just been launched at an International Workshop on Zakat Management organized by SANZAF at Pretoria, South Africa. This issue focuses on the zakah, awqaf and Islamic microfinance sectors in six countries in the sub-Saharan Africa - Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Tanzania. This is in continuation of the 2014 issue of ISFR focusing on six countries in South and South East Asia.

Quake kills 13 in Pakistan, army mobilized

Islamabad: At least 13 people were killed in Pakistan on Monday when a major earthquake with its epicentre in Afghanistan hit parts of the country, media reports said.

Authorities said the Pakistan Army had been put on alert.

The quake was felt in most of the northern parts of Pakistan including such major cities as Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Sargoda and Kohat and as far south as Multan, officials said.

Four people were killed in the Bajaur tribal region near the Afghanistan border after buildings collapsed in the area, Dawn reported.

Attention-seeking behind Pakistan's ceasefire violation: Parrikar

New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said Pakistan's intention behind firing may be to "get attention" as the neighbouring country continues to violate ceasefire at the border.

"Sometimes intent of all firing is to get attention," Parrikar said.

The minister also said that most ceasefire violations off late have been on the International Border (IB), which is guarded by the Border Security Force (BSF).

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22 killed as 'suicide bomber' hits Muharram procession in Pakistan

Islamabad: At least 22 people, including five children, were killed and dozens injured when a "suicide" bomber targeted a Muharram procession in Pakistan's Sindh province on Friday night, media reported.

The dead and critically injured were shifted to Larkana hospital, where an emergency had been declared, Dawn TV reported.

Police confirmed that over 40 people, including several children and women, were injured in the attack.

India committed to Palestine cause, also to two-nation solution

United Nations : While supporting a two-nation solution to the burning Israeli-Palestinian conflict, India also maintained its strong commitment to the Palestinian cause, India's delegate Kamlesh Paswan told the Security Council on Thursday.

Speaking at a Council debate on the situation in the Middle East, Paswan said: "India supports a negotiated solution resulting in a sovereign, independent, viable and united State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living within secure and recognized borders, side by side at peace with Israel."

Pakistan to act against LeT; no n-deal, or US role in Kashmir

By Arun Kumar

Washington : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif came to the US with a litany of complaints against India with the hope of getting an India type nuclear deal and involving Washington in the Kashmir issue. He got neither.

Instead Sharif ended up giving President Barack Obama an assurance that Islamabad would take effective action against Pakistan based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taeba (LeT) and its affiliates responsible for the Nov 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

District governor killed in Afghan attack

Kabul: A district governor in Afghanistan's Ghazni province was killed along with one policeman following an armed attack on Thursday.

"Governor of Jaghatu district Mohammad Dawood and one police were killed after militants attacked his vehicle," a police official told Xinhua news agency.

The deceased governor was travelling in his official vehicle from provincial capital of Ghazni city towards the district, the official added.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.