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Israel to shut Al-Aqsa mosque site to Jewish visitors

Jerusalem : Israeli police on Tuesday said east Jerusalem's flashpoint, the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, will be closed to Jewish visitors until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The move aimed at soothing newly erupted clashes at the site between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces, Xinhua news agency reported.

The decision came on the third day of clashes, which included Palestinians hurling stones and firecrackers and Israeli firing gas cannisters. At least seven Palestinians were injured in the clashes, according to Palestinian medical officials.

Dalit reporter in Pakistan forced to eat separately at workplace

Islamabad : A Hindu reporter in Karachi in Pakistan was forced to drink water from a separate glass at his workplace after his colleagues found out that he belongs to the Scheduled Caste, it was reported on Tuesday.

Sahib Khan Oad, who works as a senior reporter with government news agency, Associated Press of Pakistan, was allegedly barred from drinking water in the same glass and sharing the utensils with other Muslim staff, an Express News report said.

Oad hails from Dadu district, in Sindh province, and has completed his Masters from Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad.

Women celebrate US Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights

Washington : Thousands of women celebrated the verdict of the US Supreme Court against a controversial Texas abortion law as the greatest victory in the past three decades.

"Today (Monday), women across the nation have had their constitutional rights vindicated," said Nancy Northup, president of the Centre for Reproductive Rights, a lawyer representing the clinics affected by restricted abortion law in Texas.

Australian region's indigenous suicide rates worst in world

Melbourne : Suicide rates among indigenous people in a remote region of Western Australia are among the highest in the world, a new report has found.

In the Kimberley region of WA, figures showed that self-harm was 10 times higher compared to the global average, according to a Medical Journal of Australia publication released on Monday.

An audit of the Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service showed between 2005-2014 there were 125 suicides, with 102 of those incidences involving indigenous people, Xinhua news agency reported.

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ईशनिंदा पर हत्याएं : माइ फुट!

नैय्यर इमाम सिद्दीक़ी

मशहूर पाकिस्तानी क़व्वाल अमजद साबरी को बुधवार दोपहर कुछ लोगों ने कराची के लियाक़ताबाद इलाक़े में गोलियों से भून दिया और उनकी मौक़े पर ही मौत हो गई. 45 साल के अमजद मशहूर साबरी भाईयों के मेंबर थे. ब्रांड 'साबरी ब्रदर्स को 1950 के दशक में उनके पिता ग़ुलाम फ़रीद और चाचा मक़बूल ने बनाया था, जिनका तानसेन के खानदान से खूनी रिश्ता है. हरियाणा के रोहतक में जन्मे इन दो भाइयों ने ही दुनियाभर में क़व्वाली को पहचान दिलाई. बाद में अमजद ने परिवार की सूफ़ी गायक़ी के परम्परा को आगे बढ़ाया.

Famed Pakistani qawwal Amjad Sabri gunned down

Karachi : Unidentified gunmen shot dead renowned qawwal Amjad Sabri -- whose late father and uncle enjoy huge popularity in India -- on a Karachi street on Wednesday, stunning Pakistan.

In a clear case of targeted killing, two men riding a motorcycle fired several gunshots at Amjad Sabri when he was in a car in Liaquatabad area, the media reported.

Ghulam Ahmed, who witnessed the killing, told SAMAA TV that he saw the killers fire at one side of the car. He added: "Then they turned and fired four shots on the other side of the car."

Yoga not Indian, Sadhguru tells UN in rhetoric challenge

By Arul Louis

United Nations : "Yoga is not Indian" and "it does not belong to India", mystic and yoga master Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev told a UN meeting on Monday with a rhetorical flourish.

He asserted that this was because yoga was "an absolute science and technology for well-being". He added: "Science cannot be Indian" because of its universality and absoluteness.

"Yes, it originated in India," he told a multinational audience of diplomats and international officials.

UN urges Myanmar to end discrimination against Rohingyas

Nay Pyi Taw : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday urged the Myanmar government to take concrete steps to end discrimination and constant human rights violations against the minority Rohingyas.

A UN human rights report documented a series of abuses and harassment of the Rohingyas, a Muslim minority living in Rakhine state, Xinhua reported.

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Bahrain strips top Shia cleric Isa Qassim of citizenship

Manama : Top shia cleric of Bahrain on Monday was stripped by the Sunni-ruled Bahrain of his citizenship, state media report.

An interior ministry statement accused Sheikh Isa Qassim of using his position to "serve foreign interests" and promote "sectarianism and violence," BBC reported.

The cleric, who holds the religious rank of Ayatollah, has backed protests led by the Shia community groups for greater civil and political rights.

'British Muslims join IS due to cuts in public services'

London : A student leader has blamed the British government's cuts to public services as the reason behind the Muslim youth travelling to join terror groups such as Islamic State.

Malia Bouattia, the controversial National Union of Students (NUS) president who refused to condemn IS, said Britons have no choice but to go off to Syria to join the IS because they feel disempowered, Daily Mail reported.

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