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31 dead in Ashoura stampede in Karbala, 100 injured

BAGHDAD (DNA) – At least 31 pilgrims died Tuesday in a stampede at a major shrine in the Iraqi city of Karbala as they marked the holy day of Ashura, the health ministry said. Another 100 people were injured at the shrine around 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Baghdad, said spokesman Saif al-Badr, stressing that the toll was not final. The incident happened toward the end of the Ashoura procession, causing panic and a stampede. Tens of thousands of Shiite Muslims converge on the holy city for the occasion,Read More

Iran’s ‘blue girl’ dies after setting herself on fire

n Iranian female football fan who set herself on fire a week ago has died. The woman set herself alight in Tehran after her trial, for attempting to enter a football stadium disguised as a man, was postponed. The authorities in Iran regularly stop women from entering stadiums. Her story has been followed closely by Iranians around the world who used the hashtag “blue girl” – a reference to the colours of her favourite team, Esteqlal of Tehran. The woman, referred to as Sahar, which is not her real name,Read More

Rohingya crisis: Villages destroyed for government facilities

Entire Muslim Rohingya villages in Myanmar have been demolished and replaced by police barracks, government buildings and refugee relocation camps,. On a government tour, the BBC saw four locations where secure facilities have been built on what satellite images show were once Rohingya settlements. Officials denied building on top of the villages in Rakhine state. In 2017 more than 700,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar during a military operation. The UN has described it as “textbook ethnic cleansing”. Myanmar (also called Burma) has denied large-scale killings by its forces. Myanmar, a majorityRead More

FATF scrutinises Pakistan’s compliance report FATF scrutinises Pakistan’s compliance report

ISLAMABAD: The FATF’s Asia Pacific Group in its face-to-face meeting on Monday scrutinised Pakistan’s compliance report on supervision of regulatory regime and investigation against outfits and persons involved in offences of terror-financing. Pakistan’s 15-member delegation led by Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar defended Pakistan’s compliance report on the first day of the FATF’s Asia Pacific Group meeting in Bangkok in which the compliance on Immediate Outcomes of 3 and 9 were analysed and overall Pakistani delegation performance went very well. “Now the FATF’s Asia Pacific Group will scrutinise Pakistan’sRead More

Festive Events Devoted to Independence Day Held in all Cities and Districts of Tajikistan

DUSHANBE, (DNA) -– In honor of Independence Day, the greatest holiday in the history of the country and Tajik people, various cultural events were planned in all cities and districts. A cultural program was held on September 9 at 10:00 at the construction site of the Roghun Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP) in honor of the day and the commissioning of HPP’s second unit, reported the Tajik Ministry of Culture. In this theatrical program, artists performed their best songs about homeland, independence, peace, unity and other national values. On the same day, a theatricalRead More

Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and Senegal meet in Geneva

(Geneva: 10-9-2019: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met Foreign Minister Amadou Ba of Senegal in Geneva today. The two Foreign Ministers reviewed multifaceted Senegal-Pakistan relations, particularly in trade, economy and defence sectors. They agreed to enhance trade and economic content of these relations with a view to bringing these at the level of political and security relations. Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed his counterpart on the situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, with regards to worsening human rights and humanitarian crises following curfew and lockdown since August 5, 2019.Read More