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    Heartwarming viral pictures, videos show spirit of Hajj in Mecca

    As the Hajj season came to an end this week, people continued to share pictures and videos on social media of pilgrims and security staff performing simple acts of kindness. One user commented on the video saying, “God bless them. Clearing garbage from the streets is an act of charity.” “You [security guards] are our pride,” a Saudi Twitter user replied to the video. Several people replied to the video and thanked the guards for their help. Last Update: Friday, 16 August 2019 KSA 16:39 - GMT 13:39

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    Trump has privately talked about US purchase of Greenland

    US President Donald Trump has privately discussed with aides and advisers the idea of the United States purchasing the island of Greenland as a way to expand US territory, two sources familiar with the situation said on Thursday. The notion of purchasing the icy, autonomous Danish territory between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans has been laughed off by some advisers as a joke but taken more seriously by others, the sources said. The idea of a Greenland purchase was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. President Harry Truman had offered to buy Greenland in 1946 for $100 million. Trump, who is on a working vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, is to make his first visit

  • Al Jazeera

    Malaysia to question Zakir Naik as government weighs deportation

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - The Malaysian government has announced that it will summon Indian Muslim preacher Zakir Naik over controversial statements he made about ethnic minorities in the country, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his cabinet consider their options amid contentious debate on his possible deportation. Home Affairs Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a statement late on Thursday that the police will question Naik following his remarks about Malaysians of Chinese and Hindu backgrounds. Muhyiddin made the statement as Singapore's Straits Times reported that Mahathir's cabinet members have agreed during their meeting on Wednesday that Naik should leave the country. The police have

  • Egypt Independent

    US issues warrant for seizure of Iranian tanker in Gibraltar

    The US Justice Department issued a warrant Friday for the seizure of the Iranian oil supertanker Grace 1, one day after a Gibraltar judge allowed the release of the detained vessel. The Justice Department alleged the ship was part of a scheme “to unlawfully access the US financial system to support illicit shipments to Syria from Iran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” which the US has designated a foreign terrorist organization. The warrant says the vessel, which remained anchored in the British Mediterranean territory late Friday, and all the oil aboard are subject to forfeiture based on violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, as well as bank fraud, money laundering,

  • Al Jazeera

    Nigerian Shia leader, wife reject treatment in India, return home

    Nigerian Shia leader Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife have made a dramatic return to the country, three days after arriving in India to receive medical treatment, according to aviation officials and his lawyer. The detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and Zeenat Ibrahim on Friday landed in Abuja's international airport from New Delhi on an Ethiopian Airlines flight, according to supporters and lawyers. They were received by security operatives and taken back into custody. "He is in custody of the State Security Service and no one is allowed access to him," Mahdi Garba, a supporter of El Zakzaky, told Al Jazeera. The detained couple had flown out of the country on Monday after

  • Egypt Independent

    China-owned oil tanker changes name in apparent effort to evade U.S. sanctions

    SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - While in the Indian Ocean heading toward the Strait of Malacca, the very large crude carrier (VLCC) Pacific Bravo went dark on June 5, shutting off the transponder that signals its position and direction to other ships, ship-tracking data showed. A U.S. government official had warned ports in Asia not to allow the ship to dock, saying it was carrying Iranian crude in violation of U.S. economic sanctions. A VLCC typically transports about 2 million barrels of oil, worth about $120 million at current prices. On July 18, the transponder of the VLCC Latin Venture was activated offshore Port Dickson, Malaysia, in the Strait of Malacca, about 1,500 km (940 miles)

  • Egypt Independent

    N. Korea's Kim supervised 'new weapon' test again: KCNA

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un once again supervised a “new weapon” launch, state media said Saturday, complicating efforts at denuclearization ahead of next week's visit to Seoul by the US envoy to Pyongyang. Friday's launch was the North's sixth test in recent weeks as it protests the annual US-South Korea military exercises which Pyongyang considers rehearsals for invasion. Defence officials in Seoul said Pyongyang fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles Friday, that flew some 230 kilometers (140 miles) before splashing down in the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan. A report by the official Korean Central News Agency said the tests had a “perfect result”, which