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Jakarta’s Christian governor to face blasphemy trial over Islam insult claim

Case against Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama seen as test of Indonesia’s commitment to religious tolerance and pluralism The Christian governor of Jakarta, the capital of the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, has been named a suspect in a case of alleged blasphemy, Indonesian police announced on Wednesday. The case involving Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has caused uproar across the country in ... Read More »

Earnings-related unemployment benefits cut back

Earnings-related unemployment benefits cut back Parliament approved the government’s bill significantly reducing the number of days that earnings-related unemployment benefits will be paid in future. From the beginning of 2017, the maximum period of payment for earnings-related benefits to the unemployed will be 400 days, down from the current 500. For people with fewer than three years of experience on ... Read More »

Egypt cracks down on Quran schools

The step is part of an anti-militancy campaign under way since the 2013 overthrow of Islamist president Mohammad Mursi Cairo: Egyptian authorities have started a campaign on unlicensed Islamic schools after reports that these are used to indoctrinate children with radical ideas, the Ministry of Religious Affairs has said. The drive is aimed at revising the legal status of the ... Read More »

World looks up to gaze at extra bright ‘supermoon’

Skygazers took to high-rise buildings, tourist landmarks and beaches worldwide Monday to catch a glimpse of the closest “supermoon” to Earth in almost seven decades. The unusually big and bright moon happens when the Earth’s satellite rock is full at the same time as, or very near, perigee — its closest point to our planet on its monthly ellipsis-shaped orbit. ... Read More »

Android smartphones in US sending personal data to China, says report

Security firm Kryptowire has identified Android smartphones with a “backdoor” software in the US that collected sensitive personal data and transmitted this data to third-party servers in China without disclosure or the users’ consent. These devices were available through major US-based online retailers like Amazon and BestBuy and included popular smartphones such as BLU R1 HD devices, Kryptowire said in ... Read More »

Parliament Winter Session LIVE: LIVE: Now corruption will double with Rs 2,000 notes, says Sitaram Yechury

The Opposition plans on holding a protest march to Rashtrapati Bhavan, seeking President Pranab Mukherjee’s intervention on the demonetisation issue. The first day of the Parliament Winter Session began on a stormy note, with Opposition parties putting pressure on the government over its decision to scrap old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, senior Congress ... Read More »

‘Increased fees to boost investment in Kingdom’

Manama : The recently introduced or increased fees aim to boost investment in the country, according to Cabinet Affairs Minister Mohammed Al Mutawa. He stressed that “the Kingdom’s prosperity and citizens’ interests are the government’s priority”. The statements were made on the sidelines of a proposal submitted by the MP’s that prohibits the Government from introducing new fees or increasing ... Read More »

UAE ranked first in the region for tolerance

Dubai: The UAE is ranked first regionally and third globally in the Tolerance Index of the 2016 Yearbook issued by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland. The index was issued on the occasion of International Day for Tolerance, which falls on November 16 each year. Speaking on the occasion, Reem Ebrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for ... Read More »

World Cup qualifier: Messi helps Argentina dominate Colombia

San Juan: Lionel Messi scored a majestic free-kick and set up two more goals as Argentina got their faltering 2018 World Cup qualification campaign back on track with a 3-0 win over Colombia here Tuesday. Barcelona maestro Messi curled in a superb free-kick from 30 yards in the 10th minute before providing the cross for Lucas Pratto’s 23rd minute header. ... Read More »

Would you teach your kids on the road?

For travellers accustomed to picking up at the drop of a hat and jetting off to Rio or Riyadh without a care in the world, becoming a parent can be a culture shock. So long to travelling light. Goodbye bargain off-peak airfares; hello pricey, crowded, peak-season holidays. But in the growing movement of worldschooling, parents don’t believe you have to ... Read More »