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Glasgow cinema criticised for cancelling screening of Islam-themed film

A Scottish cinema was criticised for cancelling a screening of the 1977 Islam-themed film The Message, despite receiving fewer than 100 complaints, the Scotsman reported. The Grosvenor Cinema in Glasgow was due to screen Moustapha Akkad’s Oscar-nominated film about the prophet Muhammad and the birth of Islam, next month. But officials decided to withdraw it after receiving an anonymous petition ... Read More »

Prize fight over live-streamed sport will go on long after the final bell sounds

When a Brisbane boxing fan who paid $59.95 for “live and exclusive” viewing of last Friday’s Danny Green v Anthony Mundine boxing match streamed it off his TV through a smartphone and Facebook Live, he landed quite a blow beneath Foxtel’s belt. An estimated 300,000 tuned in via this and another unauthorised stream. This is the latest skirmish over premium ... Read More »

Gaziantep University lets Syrians study in Arabic

Syrian refugee students now have the option to pursue their studies in Arabic while living in Turkey and resume classes from where they left off. Nearly 2,000 Syrians are taking classesat Gaziantep University near the border. “We’re trying to provide Syrian students withthe necessary education and training in areas like engineering and medicine so they can rebuild their country in the future,” ... Read More »

China to relocate 10,000 to make way for huge telescope

Telescope that officials say could help search for alien life is due to start operations later this year. China plans to relocate 10,000 people to make way for the world’s largest radio telescope, which authorities say will help them search for alien life. The 500-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), nestled between hills in the southwestern Guizhou province, is due to ... Read More »

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Muslim Spelling Bee set to make debut in India Muslim Spelling Bee, a word based competition which began in the United States to cater to Muslim students, is set to make an entry in India. The competition, started to provide a platform for Muslim students, will be open to all communities when it begins in June this year. The initiative was ... Read More »

Abu Dhabi crown prince in Qatar to seal reconciliation

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Abu Dhabi’s crown prince paid a brief visit to Qatar on Friday, official media said, to cement reconciliation between the two Gulf Arab states before a regional summit they are to hold in Doha next month. The trip by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan was the first since the United Arab Emirates along with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain withdrew their ... Read More »

Egypt pays back $2.5 bln deposit to Qatar: central bank official

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Egypt has paid back $2.5 billion which Qatar deposited with it to help prop up the Egyptian central bank’s hard currency reserves, a central bank official said Friday night. The payment brings the amount Egypt has returned to Qatar to $6 billion, leaving $500 million outstanding, which the official said would be paid back in the second half of 2015. ... Read More »

HSBC closes some Muslim groups’ accounts

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HSBC bank has written to Finsbury Park Mosque and other Muslim organisations in the UK to tell them that their accounts will be closed. The reason given in some cases was that to continue providing services would be outside the bank’s “risk appetite”. The wife and teenage children of a man who runs a London based Islamic think tank have ... Read More »

The National Investor is first to list on ADX as private company

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The National Investor has become the first firm to announce that it has listed as a private company on the Abu Dhabi stock market. The Abu Dhabi-based investment management and advisory company, which manages about US$100 million, is betting that boosting its profile and releasing more information about its business will make it better placed to borrow money at more ... Read More »

UAE’s female designers fashioning a bright future

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A model wearing an outfit from UAE fashion designer Fatma al-Mosa For Khawla bin Khedia it was receiving compliments about her homemade clothes that first set her on the path to becoming a professional fashion designer. “In my first year of university people often stopped me to say that they liked what I was wearing, and ask where I bought ... Read More »