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Egyptian artist aims for record with world’s biggest handwritten Quran

Saad Mohammed has big hopes for his three-year-long labour of love  An Egyptian artist who educated himself after dropping out of school has spent three years creating what he hopes is the world’s biggest Quran. Saad Mohammed, who has hand-painted Islamic motifs on the walls and ceilings of his home in the town of Belqina, north of Cairo, has reproduced ... Read More »

Thailand: Soldier killed, 3 injured in bomb attack in south

BANGKOK (AA): One soldier was killed and three others were injured Wednesday in an early morning explosion in Thailand’s Muslim majority south. The incident was the latest in a series of violent attacks in the insurgency-plagued region, although there has been a marked decrease in the level of violence in the last few years. Police Lieutenant-Colonel Shinawat Wetayakorn of Yala ... Read More »

Higher-spending visitors help boost Singapore’s tourism numbers in first 6 months of 2016

SINGAPORE – Singapore is increasingly attracting higher-spending visitors who helped boost tourism receipts in the first half of 2016, said the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on Tuesday (Nov 8). From January to June, international visitor arrivals grew 13 per cent, compared to the same period in 2015, to hit 8.2 million, figures released by STB showed. Visitors spent $11.6 billion, ... Read More »

Modi ‘Acts East’ at East Asia Summit


For Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, attending this week’s East Asia Summit and the ASEAN-India Summit in Myanmar presented an ideal forum to act on India’s recent recasting of its decades-old “Look East” policy as its “Act East” policy. To this end, Modi used his address at the summit to highlight India’s ambitions for regional leadership and touched on a wide range ... Read More »

Islamic State and a South Asian Caliphate


The Islamic Caliphate is no longer virtual reality; it’s a tangible experience. Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL) has the basic essentials that make it a serious threat. It has territory, it has the military capability to hold on to its territory, and it has a system of governance, however demented it may be. Of course, its barely ... Read More »



ISTANBUL — The appalling humanitarian situation of stateless Rohingya Muslims has received worldwide attention as U.S. President Barack Obama voiced his concern over the beleaguered Muslim community living in the Rakhine state, whose ethnic majority is the Rakhine population, while calling on the government to allow them to become citizens. Attending the East Asia Summit, the annual meeting of national leaders ... Read More »

Obama names shady Chinese group in terror cooperation call


BEIJING (AFP) – US President Barack Obama named a shady group linked to attacks in China’s mainly Muslim far west as he called for cooperation with Beijing on anti-terror efforts in an interview with Chinese state media. Beijing regularly blames an organisation it calls the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) for a series of deadly attacks in its Xinjiang region, ... Read More »

Indian media: Anger over sterilisation deaths


Media are “angry” over the “shocking” deaths of 13 women who underwent botched sterilisation surgery at a state-run health camp in central India. Medical guidelines were not followed in the surgeries that were carried out on Saturday in Pendari village in Bilaspur district of the central state of Chhattisgarh, reports said. About 60 others are still in hospital and at ... Read More »

Myanmar hosts biggest gathering after reforms


Myanmar has kicked off its biggest gathering of world leaders since shedding military rule but concerns over the pace of democratic reforms are expected to surface at the two-day event featuring US President Barack Obama. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia summits, held in the remote capital of Naypyidaw, are the culmination of a year of ... Read More »

Asean bloc meet in Myanmar to discuss Ebola and IS


World leaders are gathering for wide-ranging talks in Myanmar in the country’s biggest event since it emerged from military rule. Heads of Asian nations are expected to discuss territorial disputes in the South China Sea and the rise of Islamic State in the Middle East. It comes as Myanmar’s own democratic reform process is called into question. US President Barack ... Read More »