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Sri Lanka's controversial decision to cremate the bodies of Muslims who died of coronavirus has been met with intense opposition by the community.

The Muslim Council of Britain has urged the international community to pressure Sri Lanka to lift its mandatory cremation policy.

Maldives' coronavirus burial plan 'marginalises Muslims', UN expert says

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Maldives' coronavirus burial plan 'marginalises Muslims', UN expert says

Plans to help bury Sri Lankan Muslims who died of Covid-19 in the Maldives so they aren't cremated in Sri Lanka have been met with criticism.

<em>Sri</em> <em>Lanka</em> cremates Muslim Covid-19 victims against religious wishes

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Sri Lanka cremates Muslim Covid-19 victims against religious wishes

The country's attorney-general said authorities were free to cremate 19 Muslims killed by the virus, after their families refused to claim their ...

Trump Jr mocked for geographically wrong election prediction map

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Trump Jr mocked for geographically wrong election prediction map

Donald Trump Jr has been mocked for tweeting a map of his election predictions, with the whole world coloured red for his father - except ...

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Sri Lanka tea storm swirls around Lebanon president

Critics see it as yet another example of official corruption in a country reeling from the August 4 explosion.

The New Arab Staff

Kuwait bans flights to 31 'high risk' countries

Flights from at least 31 'high risk' countries will no longer be permitted to land in Kuwait, authorities said, as the Gulf state continues to ...

Tasnim Nazeer

Sri Lanka must end forced cremation of Muslims

Comment: Sri Lanka's policy of compulsory cremation for victims of coronavirus is an assault on the religious burial rites of its ...

James Reinl

The human cost of Saudi Arabia's dystopian Neom megacity

The killing of a tribal activist has shone a spotlight on the Western firms helping to build Saudi Arabia's Neom megacity.

Coronavirus outbreak detected among <em>Sri</em> Lankan workers from Kuwait

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Coronavirus outbreak detected among Sri Lankan workers from Kuwait

Almost 160 Sri Lankans returning from Kuwait have tested positive for coronavirus, including one woman who has died.

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Lebanon's migrant workers' plight worsens as crises multiply

Suspected suicides or escape attempts of foreign household workers have become a frequent occurrence in Lebanon, with local reports recording at ...

Facebook apologises for role in 2018 <em>Sri</em> <em>Lanka</em> unrest

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Facebook apologises for role in 2018 Sri Lanka unrest

Facebook has apologised for its role in the 2018 deadly unrest in Sri Lanka, after an investigation found incendiary content ...

Massive India repatriation begins with flights from UAE

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Massive India repatriation begins with flights from UAE

India has planned to repatriate some 15,000 nationals stranded 12 countries due to the coronavirus pandemic, beginning with flights and ships ...

Saudi accused of stifling women's rights in G20 talks

James Reinl

Saudi accused of stifling women's rights in G20 talks

Saudi organisers are accused of stifling debate about women's rights and turning the G20 event into a public relations sham.

Amid coronavirus lockdown, Muslims turn to Zoom, Houseparty 'nikahs'

Taufiq Wan

Amid coronavirus lockdown, Muslims turn to Zoom, Houseparty 'nikahs'

Meet me at the altar? Probably not for now, but maybe Zoom or HouseParty...

Imrul Islam

Sri Lanka's Muslims mark a year of persecution

Comment: Since last year's Easter bombing, Sri Lanka's Muslim community has suffered increased attacks and Islamophobia at both the state and street level, writes Imrul Islam.

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Ethnic minority healthcare workers praised in new coronavirus video

A new viral trend call #YouClapForMeNow is celebrating ethnic minority essential workers working in the front lines to battle the Covid-19 ...

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UK urged to investigate coronavirus deaths of BAME doctors

The head of the British Medical Association has urged the government to investigate if and why black, Asian and minority ethnic people are more ...

James Reinl

Saudi Arabia bashed for reckless coronavirus response

Saudi Arabia is facing stern criticism ahead of a G20 meeting to tackle Covid-19, with the kingdom accused of aggravating jittery markets in an ...

Saudi Arabia suspends travel to Europe over coronavirus outbreak

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Saudi Arabia suspends travel to Europe over coronavirus outbreak

Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended flights to a number of countries, some of which have not yet been affected by the coronavirus.

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Iran temporarily releases 70,000 prisoners amid rising coronavirus toll

Iranian authorities have released thousands of inmates from prison in a bid to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Iran bootleg booze touted as 'corona cure' kills dozens

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Iran bootleg booze touted as 'corona cure' kills dozens

Rumours the bootleg alcohol in Iran could cure the deadly coronavirus have killed at least 27 people so far, authorities confirmed.

Qatar shuts schools over coronavirus fears

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Qatar shuts schools over coronavirus fears

Travellers from 14 countries will no longer be allowed to enter Qatar, where the number of coronavirus cases has increased to 15.

Riyadh asks travellers arriving from Lebanon, Egypt to self-quarantine

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Riyadh asks travellers arriving from Lebanon, Egypt to self-quarantine

Saudi Arabia asked people returning from Lebanon, South Korea, Egypt and Italy to self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival in the kingdom.

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