Category Archives: Features

With relish, Kabul’s middle class embraces the food truck trend

When the first Lazeez food truck arrived in Kabul many mistook it for a rickshaw and wanted to hail a ride — the yellow chassis and three wheels so reminiscent of taxis popular in South Asia. But it took little

U.S. ‘stuck to its guns’ on Iran prisoner swap: Rezaian’s brother

Iranian authorities “continued to manipulate” Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian until the moment he was released with four other Americans in a prisoner swap over the weekend, his brother said on Monday. A deal had been negotiated between Washington and

Jon Stewart honors 9/11 first responder

Jon Stewart joined New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to honor a cancer-stricken Sept. 11 first responder who helped win a fight for health care. The mayor presented ex-firefighter Ray Pfeifer with a key to the city on Saturday. Pfeifer

Prince William more ‘emotional’ as a dad

Prince William says that being a father has made him “more emotional” and more prone to welling up. The royal is the father of two children, 2-year-old Prince George and Princess Charlotte, born in May. He said that becoming a

Somalia housing boom as Mogadishu emerges from ashes of war

Somalia’s elegant colonial villas were left in ruins by two decades of street fighting among warlords, and the seaside capital Mogadishu was dubbed the most dangerous city in the world. But now new housing estates are being built amid an

Executions of Sunni preachers, activists continue in Iranian

Shahram Ahadi

International human rights groups believe that Iran executed over 1,000 people last year – well above the 2014 tally – including preachers and activists from the Islamic Republic’s Sunni minority. Reports indicate that Iranian authorities put to death more than

‘Taiwan’s Louvre’ opens museum after 15-year wait

Some of China’s most valuable historic artifacts went on display in Taiwan Monday at a new branch of one of the world’s top museums, as the island pushes its credentials as a cultural destination. The 9,000 square meter venue in

Celebrate a moment in history by fasting

The tenth day of the month of Muharram on the lunar calendar, which falls on Friday, October 23rd this year, is a day to thank Allah. It is an occasion to celebrate, because on that day Allah saved the believers,

Muslims in America: Part of the solution, not the problem

Last weekend, anti-Muslim rallies sprung up in several cities across the United States. Protesters, many of them openly armed, showed up outside more than 20 mosques in various states across the country, carrying signs saying “Stop Islamization of America!” Organizers

Rare photo of Taliban leader Omar surfaces

Mullah Omar

The Afghan Taliban have released a striking new picture of late founder Mullah Omar from his days as a religious student, the only known image of the reclusive leader before he lost his right eye in battle. The picture, taken

It’s decision time for Biden – will he run for president?

The drumbeat for Joe Biden to jump into the 2016 presidential race is growing louder. Almost half of the nation’s Democrats want the vice president to enter the field and challenge front-runner Hillary Clinton, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Four years since Qaddafi’s death, this month is now crucial for Libya

If negotiations between Libya’s two warring factions – the East’s House of Representatives (HOR) and the West’s General National Congress (GNC) – go according to plan, Oct. 20 could not only mark the fourth anniversary of the killing of dictator

Witnesses of UK anti-Muslim hate crimes ‘refusing to help’

A British Muslim woman doused with alcohol on train; another whose hijab was pulled off before she suffered a hail of kicks and punches; yet another dubbed an “ISIS sympathizer” by a racist assailant who wanted to “blow her face

Islam Spreading Not Only Among Ethnic Russians But Also Among Non-Russians

The Moscow media have long focused on the extent to which Islam is recovering among the historically Muslim peoples of Russia and on the acceptance of Islam by a limited number of ethnic Russians, but these outlets have devoted far

For many young British Muslims tug of peace is stronger than pull of war

For some British Muslims, the path to jihad and the path to peaceful aid work can traverse much of the same terrain. From an office in Britain’s second largest city, Waseem Iqbal and a friend are planning a trip to

Historical landmarks threatened by Prophet’s Mosque expansion

Power outage notices on the doors of a number of mosques including the historical Sajdah Mosque have left historians fearing that they might get demolished to make way for the Prophet’s Mosque expansion project, Makkah daily reported. Local authorities erected

Under Modi, Israel and India forge deeper ties

At the U.N. General Assembly in New York last September, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set aside time for a critical meeting. But it wasn’t President Barack Obama he was keen to see. It was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

London school warns students of FGM, forced marriage

A school in the East end of London has started teaching young people on the prevention of female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage. “Education to young people on female genital mutilation and forced marriage is hugely important and invaluable.

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