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Ghulam Ali's concert at Lucknow Mahotsava on: Official

Lucknow: Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali, who on Wednesday announced he was cancelling all his scheduled concerts in India, will, however, go ahead with his performance at the Lucknow Mahotsava later this month, a top official said on Thursday.

Lucknow district magistrate Raj Shekhar told IANS that the organising committee members contacted the singer's programme coordinators and they confirmed that while other concerts were off, the event in Lucknow was very much on.

"We have confirmation that in Lucknow, Ghulam Ali will be coming to perform," he said.

ICSSR to sponsor conference on tackling and co-existing with 'Radical Islam' in Mathura

By Staff Reporter,

Delhi: A three-day international conference sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research on ‘How to understand and co-exist with radical Islam’, to be held in a college in Mathura plans to delve deep into how extremism in Islam threatens world peace and what efforts can be taken to counter its growth.

Controversy over Palestine-Saudi World Cup qualifier

Ramallah: For security reasons, world football governing body FIFA has asked Palestine to find a neutral venue in Asia to host its next two World Cup qualifiers against Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, but it has not been accepted by the Palestinians.

In a statement on Wednesday, FIFA said: "The Palestinian government confirmed that it could no longer guarantee the safety and security around the matches in question."

Saudi Arabia, which has no diplomatic relations with Israel, announced on Tuesday that they refused to play in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, reports Xinhua.

Pakistani journalist shot dead

Islamabad: A senior journalist was shot dead on Tuesday by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region, police said.

Zaman Mehsud, who was associated with Urdu daily Ummat, came under attack when he left home on motorcycle in Tank district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Xinhua reported.

Two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire, injuring him. Locals shifted him to a hospital where he died.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, while police said the motive was unclear.

Terrorists killed over 700 Iraqis in October

United Nations: At least 714 Iraqis were killed and 1,269 others wounded in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in October, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters here on Monday.

While addressing a daily news briefing here, Dujarric quoted Jan Kubis, the UN secretary-general's special representative for Iraq, as saying that the figures illustrate the suffering of the people of Iraq from terrorism and conflict.

The latest casualty figures were contained in a report from the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

Al-Qaeda claims hand in Bangladeshi blogger's death

Dhaka: "Ansar-Al-Islam", which declared it as the "Bangladesh branch" of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, has reportedly claimed responsibility for the killing of secular blogger Faisal Arefin Dipan, local media reported on Saturday.

It also claimed credit for another attack on Ahmedur Rashid Tutul, another publisher of the slain blogger Avijit Roy's book, and bloggers Ronovipon Basu and Tareque Rahim, according to the Somoy TV.

The authenticity of the group's claims was yet to be confirmed.

Pakistan terms India's UNSC bid 'selfish,blind national ambition'

United Nations: Pakistan has taken pot shots at India's bid for a permanent seat on the Security Council, calling it "selfish" and a claim to "self-arrogated right to a privileged and unequal status" but did not directly name it.

In a General Assembly debate on equitable representation on the Security Council, Pakistan's Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi said: "Rigidity and blind pursuit of national ambition is the real reason for our persisting failure to achieve a more democratic, accountable, transparent and effective Security Council."

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.