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Turkmenistan and Afghanistan have introduced new transport, power and communications links.

Scientists at the World Health Organization warned that mass vaccinations would not bring about herd immunity to the coronavirus this year, even as one leading producer boosted its production forecast.

Why <em>India</em> is shutting down Islamic schools in Assam

Hanan Zaffar

Why India is shutting down Islamic schools in Assam

In-depth: Opposition parties say the move is an anti-Muslim political stunt to polarise voters ahead of regional elections in March.

Sudan ratifies anti-torture treaty three decades after signing

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Sudan ratifies anti-torture treaty three decades after signing

The announcement comes after the death of a Sudanese activist under torture last month.

India's Assam state passes bill banning Islamic schools

Kamal Afzali

India's Assam state passes bill banning Islamic schools

The bill in Assam, home to India's notorious detention camps, replaces existing acts which legislated funding and support for Madrasas as part ...

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Mob sets Hindu temple on fire in Pakistan

The mob attacked the shrine in northwest Pakistan amid rumours of its expansion.

Jad Salfiti

Denmark's women-led Mariam Mosque: Unorthodox reformation or overdue recognition?

Sherin Khankan and a group of Islamic academics founded the women-led Mariam Mosque in Copenhagen in 2016, sparking a debate among mainstream ...

Negar Mortazavi

Q&A: Ilhan Omar awaits more productive US foreign policy

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar talks to Negar Mortazavi about her hopes for the Biden administration's foreign policy, and takes stock of the damage ...

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US Congresswoman criticises Facebook’s failure to remove anti-Muslim hate

A US Congresswoman’s letter to Facebook strongly criticizing the platform’s failure to tackle anti-Muslim bigotry has been welcomed by CAIR and ...

US Muslims press Organization of Islamic Cooperation on China

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US Muslims press Organization of Islamic Cooperation on China

As the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) remains silent on Beijing's mass incarceration of Uighurs, US Muslim groups have accused ...

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Israel 'open' to missile defence collaboration with Gulf states

A top Israeli defence official said the country would be open to sharing missile defence technology with Gulf Arab states in order to combat ...

New Pakistan-<em>India</em> clashes erupt along restive Kashmir border

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New Pakistan-India clashes erupt along restive Kashmir border

Two Pakistani soldiers were killed in clashes along the heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC), Pakistan’s military said.

Israel establishes diplomatic relations with Bhutan: foreign ministry

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Israel establishes diplomatic relations with Bhutan: foreign ministry

Bhutan became the latest country to establish diplomatic ties with Israel, according to the Jewish state's foreign minister.

A dispatch from India's culture war

Shashi Tharoor

A dispatch from India's culture war

Comment: Much of India has long celebrated the intermingling of Hindu and Muslim practices, but an Islamophobic, BJP-sponsored law now ...

How spoilers are trying to derail Afghanistan's peace process

Syed Fazl-e-Haider

How spoilers are trying to derail Afghanistan's peace process

Analysis: A surge in deadly attacks has raised fears that attempts are being made to sabotage Afghanistan's peace process following US ...

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Israel urged to renounce nuclear weapons by UN members

The resolution reflected a similar vote which the UNGA voted in favour of in 2019.

Sabena Siddiqui

What a Biden presidency means for Kashmir

Analysis: The Biden-Harris campaign took a robust stance on Kashmir. But with burgeoning India ties and an eye on China, the new ...

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Israel urges citizens to avoid Gulf, cites Iran threat

Following agreements to normalise relations with the UAE and Bahrain, thousands of Israeli tourists are scheduled to travel to the Gulf this ...

Hanan Zaffar and Shaheen Abdulla

How India's 'Love Jihad' law demonises Muslims

In-depth: 'Love Jihad' is a conspiracy theory propagated by right-wing Hindu extremists, who accuse Muslim men of luring Hindu women into ...

Halima Aden acted with integrity, Muslim twitter should too

Yousra Samir Imran

Halima Aden acted with integrity, Muslim twitter should too

Comment: Aden's choice to quit fashion unleashed a torrent of opinions on Muslim twitter about the hijab, showing a shocking lack of respect for ...

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Israel raises alert level in embassies following Iran assassination

Israel has been accused of carrying out the assassination of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on Friday.

Pakistan frees left-wing activist after nine years

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Pakistan frees left-wing activist after nine years

Pakistan has freed a left-wing political activist who was serving a life sentence in the contested Kashmir region.

Hospitals full as second wave of coronavirus grips Pakistan

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Hospitals full as second wave of coronavirus grips Pakistan

Intensive care units in Pakistani hospitals are nearing capacity, with some patients being turned away, as a new wave of coronavirus takes hold.

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