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WHO launches $56mn Zika response plan

Muslim Times The World Health Organization (WHO) says it has appealed for $56 million after launching a response plan to fight the Zika virus outbreak. On Wednesday, the UN’s health agency said it needed $25 million to fund its own response plan and an additional $31 million to support the ...

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Blast damages Turkish cultural center in Stockholm

Muslim Times A blast has severely damaged a Turkish cultural center in a suburb of the Swedish capital, Stockholm, but left no casualties. According to police, the explosion occurred around 09:30 pm (2030 GMT) on Wednesday inside the Turkish Cultural Association of Botkyrka in the Fittja district, southwest of Stockholm. The windows ...

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Humanitarian aid convoys reach four besieged Syrian towns

Muslim Times At least 100 trucks carrying humanitarian aid for the besieged areas of Syria have entered four of the five militant-held areas after setting off from Damascus under a UN-sponsored deal. Truckloads of aid were delivered Wednesday to locals in the small mountainous town of Madaya and the town of Muadamiyat ...

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China dismisses UN detention criticism as ‘irresponsible’

Muslim Times China has dismissed as “irresponsible” comments by the United Nations rights commissioner over detentions of rights activists made by the government in Beijing. In a Wednesday statement, China’s mission to the UN in Geneva rejected claims by Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, that some ...

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Egypt orders top human rights organization closed

Muslim Times Egyptian authorities have ordered the closure of a prominent human rights organization that documents cases of rights abuses and complaints of torture by police in the North African country. Aida Seif el-Dawla, a founder of the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, said two policemen turned up at ...

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Iran denounces car bomb explosion in Ankara

Muslim Times Iran has condemned a deadly explosion in the Turkish capital, Ankara, which claimed the lives of 28 people and wounded over 60 others. Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi-Ansari expressed sympathy with the Turkish government and nation and offered condolences to the families of the victims. The car bomb ...

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One child injured in shooting at school in Gujar Khan

Muslim Times RAWALPINDI (Web Desk) – A child was injured in a shooting incident at a government school in Gujar Khan city on Thursday morning. According to police, unknown suspects opened fire on the government school in Darkali Syedan area. The school was immediately evacuated after the incident and a ...

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China confirms “weapons” on disputed island

Muslim Times BEIJING (AFP) – China confirmed that it has weapons on a disputed island in the South China Sea, state media said Thursday, as US Secretary of State John Kerry slammed Beijing for “militarisation” of the strategically vital region. The US and Taiwan both said China had deployed missiles ...

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