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  • Religious identity: Gambia's president declares country Islamic republic

    DAKAR: Gambia's president has declared the tiny West African country an Islamic republic, saying he decided this because Islam is the religion of the majority of its citizens and to break from the nation's colonial past...

    Jammeh's declaration was not to ally the country with the militant organisation known as the Islamic State group...

  • Friends recruit most Islamic State fighters

    UNITED NATIONS: A terrorism expert says three-quarters of those who become foreign fighters for the self-styled Islamic State (IS) extremist group are recruited through friends and about 20 per cent through family members...

  • Facebook shifts News Feed, gives priority to friends

    WASHINGTON: Facebook said Tuesday it was reconfiguring its News Feed, in a move aimed at giving people more information about what is happening to “the friends you care about...

    “The goal of News Feed is to show you the content that matters to you,“ said a blog post by Facebook's Max Eulenstein and Lauren Scissors...

  • Facebook updates News Feed to make friends a priority

    Facebook on Thursday announced a major update that will put friends and family above pages or celebrities in a user's news feed...

    The change to the way Facebook ranks posts will put more weight on social interactions and relationships, according to News Feed product manager John Hegeman...

  • Council of Islamic Ideology terms certain sections of NAB law 'un-Islamic'

    The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on Thursday termed some sections of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999, as going against the Shariah...

    Addressing a press conference on Thursday, chairman of the CII, Dr Qibla Ayaz, said the council held a two-day-long meeting during which it concluded that sections 14-D, 15-A and 26 of the NAO were un-Islamic...

  • Czech Republic wants trade with Pakistan

    RAWALPINDI: Lukas Musil, Charge d’ Affaires at the Embassy of the Czech Republic on Friday said that his country was keen to promote trade relations with Pakistan and would support any action initiated in this regard...

    The Czech Republic is known for its high quality engineered products in the agricultural sector, but Pakistan’s business community can also benefit from the country’s information technology, telecommunications, and...

  • Czech Republic wants trade with Pakistan

    RAWALPINDI: Lukas Musil, Charge d’ Affaires at the Embassy of the Czech Republic on Friday said that his country was keen to promote trade relations with Pakistan and would support any action initiated in this regard...

    The Czech Republic is known for its high quality engineered products in the agricultural sector, but Pakistan’s business community can also benefit from the country’s information technology, telecommunications, and...

  • Butcher of the Republic

    But our topic of the day is not Weinstein but Jean Bissonnet whom the media have already started calling the ‘Butcher of the Republic’, not ironically but in a rather affectionate manner...

    Modestly accepting the medal, the 88-year-old ‘Butcher of the Republic’ said: “Thank you all for being present...

  • NON-FICTION: REPUBLIC OF RETIRED GENERALS

    In Zeinab Abul-Magd’s book Militarising the Nation: The Army, Business and Revolution in Egypt, ‘The Republic of Retired Generals’ is the fourth chapter’s apt title and prepares the reader for what is to come...

    However, along with the word ‘securitisation’, Abul-Magd believes what is going on in Egypt cannot be viewed merely as the military’s forays into the economy; instead, ‘militarisation’ is the word, because the phenomenon we...

  • Turkish Republic Day observed

    Babûr Girgin greeted guests and shoppers at the Safa Gold Mall at an event held to mark the Turkish Republic Day on Saturday...

    In his short speech, Mr Girgin said it has been 94 years since the Turkish republic was declared in 1923...

  • 350 child soldiers freed by armed groups in Central African Republic: Unicef

    BANGUI: Armed groups in strife-torn Central African Republic released 350 child soldiers on Thursday, honouring a deal signed with Unicef, the United Nations children’s agency said...

    “This was the start of a process that we hope will result in the release of thousands of children associated with armed groups in the Central African Republic,” said Fall...

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