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Heavy storm in Agra collapses Taj Mahal’s minarets

AGRA (Web Desk) – Two minarets of Taj Mahal located at different entry gates were damaged on Wednesday after strong winds blew in the Indian city of Agra. Winds that blew at 130kmh (80mph) resulted in the collapse of the 12ft long minarets. However; the other four minarets that surround ...

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Indonesia’s Aceh to stop whipping criminals in public: officials

(AFP) – Indonesia’s Aceh province will stop whipping criminals in public after a wave of international condemnation of the practice, local officials said Thursday. The conservative region on Sumatra Island – the only place in Muslim-majority Indonesia that follows Islamic law – passed a regulation Thursday that will see criminals ...

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Vietnam to allow coast guard to open fire at sea

Muslim Times (Web Desk) – Vietnam wants to give its coast guard more flexibility to open fire at sea, amid tension in the busy South China Sea waterway, a draft law released on Wednesday showed. The law, expected to be voted by lawmakers at the end of this year, would ...

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Iran says oil at $60 good, bullish on India gas deal

(Reuters) – Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh has said $60 a barrel is a good price for both oil producers and consumers and what is important is to avoid volatility in the market. “I believe in this situation around 60 dollars per barrel is a good price,” Reuters quoted ...

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China to replace Saudi with Iran, Russia oil: Platts

Muslim Times (Web Desk) – China state-run refiner Sinopec will cut back on its nominations of Saudi Arabian crude in May after the major OPEC producer’s latest official selling prices came out above market consensus, potentially providing other producers in the Middle East and Asia Pacific with a chance to ...

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Presidential poll opens in Azerbaijan amid opposition boycott

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – Polls have opened in an early presidential election in the Central Asian country of Azerbaijan, where incumbent Ilham Aliyev is likely to secure a fourth consecutive term. Polls stations opened on Wednesday morning, with seven other candidates competing and 5.2 million people eligible to vote in ...

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Chinese president predicts ‘backwardness’ in US under Trump

Chinese President Xi Jinping has hinted that the series of so-called protectionist economic policies adopted by the US President Donald Trump administration will hold back American development. Speaking at the Chinese Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan Province on Tuesday, Xi hailed China’s economic reforms and open economy, saying the ...

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North Korea FM in Russia as activated diplomacy continues

Muslim Times (Web Desk) – North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho has traveled to Russia, where he is due to hold talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. Foreign Minister Ri arrived in the Russian capital, Moscow, on Monday, in what is the continuation of a flurry of diplomatic efforts ...

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At least 8 killed in powerful explosion in Afghanistan’s Herat

Muslim Times (Web Desk) – A blast from explosives placed on a motorbike has claimed the lives of at least eight people, including four children, in Afghanistan’s western Herat province, local officials say. Jilani Farhad, a spokesman for Herat’s governor, said that the explosion happened near a mosque in Shindand ...

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Protests against government job quotas continue in Bangladesh

Muslim Times (Web Desk) – Students of universities and colleges across Bangladesh have protested “discriminatory” job quotas for the second day as reports say more than 100 were injured in clashes a day earlier. Protests on Monday were mostly peaceful, with students holding demonstrations and sit-ins on university campuses. Thousands ...

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