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Wimbledon 2019: Tunisian Ons Jabeur only player from Africa in women's singles draw
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Wimbledon 2019: Tunisian Ons Jabeur only player from Africa in women's singles draw

Tunisian Ons Jabeur will be the only player from Africa in the women's singles draw at Wimbledon 2019, also being the highest ranked women's singles player from Africa

Ramadan vs Ramzan: A linguistic difference between Arabic and Urdu, not meaning, has led to the festival's two names
India

Ramadan vs Ramzan: A linguistic difference between Arabic and Urdu, not meaning, has led to the festival's two names

The disparate uses of the terms Ramzan and Ramadan has in some cases been portrayed as an instance of linguistic bias and a corrosive byproduct of cultural nationalism. In reality, it is merely the differential usage of the letter 'zuad', which has the z sound in Urdu and d sound in Arabic, or 'duad'.

Hindi becomes third official language in Abu Dhabi courts; move aims to improve access to justice
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Hindi becomes third official language in Abu Dhabi courts; move aims to improve access to justice

Abu Dhabi has included Hindi as the third official language used in its courts, alongside Arabic and English, in order to to improve access to justice

Australian minister hints that Saudi 18-year-old is likely to get asylum; United Nations says teen is a refugee
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Australian minister hints that Saudi 18-year-old is likely to get asylum; United Nations says teen is a refugee

The decision marks a significant victory for the 18-year-old, who is currently in Bangkok where she says Thai authorities attempted to block her from travelling to Australia to claim asylum

Israel Cabinet committee pushing bill to downgrade Arabic, make Hebrew lone official language
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Israel Cabinet committee pushing bill to downgrade Arabic, make Hebrew lone official language

An Israeli Cabinet committee is pushing forward a bill that downgrades Arabic as an official language of the country.

Watch: YouTube star Adam Saleh kicked off Delta flight for 'speaking Arabic'
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Watch: YouTube star Adam Saleh kicked off Delta flight for 'speaking Arabic'

A Yemeni-American YouTube star from New York, Adam Saleh, called for a boycott of Delta Airlines after charging he was removed from one of its flights on Wednesday for speaking Arabic.

Want to conserve Sanskrit? Throw colonisation out of your mind, says Najma Heptulla
India

Want to conserve Sanskrit? Throw colonisation out of your mind, says Najma Heptulla

Sanskrit would have survived had it become language of commoners, Union Minister Najma Heptulla noted on Tuesday

Madrassas in India should be barred from teaching in Urdu and Arabic: Shiv Sena
India

Madrassas in India should be barred from teaching in Urdu and Arabic: Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena said madrassas in India should be barred from using Urdu and Arabic as medium of instruction and they should be replaced with English and Hindi.

Saudi Arabia announces 34-state Islamic military alliance against terrorism - TV
| Reuters
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Saudi Arabia announces 34-state Islamic military alliance against terrorism - TV | Reuters

DUBAI Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to state-owned Arabiya TV. "Saudi Arabia (announces) the formation of an Islamic military alliance of 34 countries to fight terrorism," the network said in a news flash

Mysuru police stop 10 men from selling 400-year-old Quran for Rs 5 crore
India

Mysuru police stop 10 men from selling 400-year-old Quran for Rs 5 crore

The Mysuru police recently stopped a group of ten people from selling off a copy of the Quran that is said to be 400 years old Quran for Rs 5 crore.

Detained Al-Jazeera journalist to remain in German custody, extradition undecided
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Detained Al-Jazeera journalist to remain in German custody, extradition undecided

A prominent Al-Jazeera journalist will remain in German custody for a second night, prosecutors said Sunday, adding they have not yet decided whether to extradite him to Egypt or set him free.

In first UK election TV encounter, Labour's Miliband shrugs off 'geek' accusations
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In first UK election TV encounter, Labour's Miliband shrugs off 'geek' accusations

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband rejected criticism that his image as "a geek" made him an electoral liability for his party, saying he didn't care what the country's mostly right-leaning press said about him. Opinion polls indicate neither Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives nor Labour will win an overall majority on May 7 as millions of voters turn to Nigel Farage's anti-EU UKIP party and the separatist Scottish National Party (SNP). With most of the British press set against him, Thursday's TV appearance -- which covered everything from immigration to economic policy -- was a rare opportunity for Miliband to talk to voters directly.

Iran's Rouhani intervenes as deadline for nuclear deal approaches
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Iran's Rouhani intervenes as deadline for nuclear deal approaches

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran's president spoke with the leaders of France, Britain, China and Russia on Thursday in an apparent effort to break an impasse to a nuclear deal between Tehran and major world powers. He also raised the Saudi-led military operation against Iranian-backed Houthi fighters in Yemen, as did U.S

Yemeni leader Hadi leaves country as Saudi Arabia keeps up air strikes
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Yemeni leader Hadi leaves country as Saudi Arabia keeps up air strikes

SANAA/ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left his refuge in Aden for Saudi Arabia on Thursday as Houthi rebels battled with his forces on the outskirts of the southern port city. Throughout the day, warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck at the Shi'ite Houthis and allied army units, who have taken over much of the country and seek to oust Hadi.

Niger, Chad troops pursue Boko Haram in Nigerian border area
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Niger, Chad troops pursue Boko Haram in Nigerian border area

DIFFA, Niger (Reuters) - Troops from Chad and Niger pursued Boko Haram fighters across a northern Nigeria border area on Thursday, driving them out of a village they held there and causing some to flee into Niger, two senior Niger military officers said. Niger and Chad are participating in a joint offensive along with Nigeria and Cameroon aimed at ending the Nigerian Islamist group's six-year insurgency, which has spilled across Nigeria's borders to threaten regional stability.

Argentina court throws out appeal of decision clearing Fernandez
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Argentina court throws out appeal of decision clearing Fernandez

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Last month's court decision that cleared Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez of charges that she tried to derail the investigation into a deadly 1994 bombing was upheld by an appeals court on Thursday. The late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman had accused Fernandez of trying to cover up Iran's alleged involvement in the truck bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community centre in Buenos Aires. He alleged that she attempted to whitewash the attack in order to clinch a grains-for-oil deal with Tehran

Israeli settlements may have already killed two-state bid - U.N.
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Israeli settlements may have already killed two-state bid - U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Israeli settlements on occupied land wanted by the Palestinians may have already killed a possible two-state solution, said the United Nations Middle East envoy on Thursday as he suggested the U.N. Security Council should take action on the peace process.

Turkey's Erdogan says can't tolerate Iran bidding to dominate Middle East
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Turkey's Erdogan says can't tolerate Iran bidding to dominate Middle East

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Iran on Thursday of trying to dominate the Middle East and said its efforts have begun annoying Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries. Turkey earlier said it supports the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen and called on the militia group and its "foreign supporters" to abandon acts which threaten peace and security in the region. "Iran is trying to dominate the region," Erdogan said in a press conference

German airlines to introduce new cockpit rules - association
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German airlines to introduce new cockpit rules - association

BERLIN (Reuters) - German aviation association BDL said all German airlines, including Lufthansa ( LHAG.DE ) and its unit Germanwings, had agreed to introduce new rules requiring two crew members to be in the cockpit at all times following the Germanwings crash. "Today we spoke with all our members about possible consequences," BDL managing director Matthias von Randow told Reuters on Thursday evening.

Protests continue a week after woman lynched in Afghan capital
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Protests continue a week after woman lynched in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) - The lynching of a woman by a mob in the Afghan capital continued to fuel public anger on Thursday, as residents gathered at the site of her death to protest a week after the killing. Mobile phone footage shows the woman, named Farkhunda, was beaten and set on fire by as police looked on, close to the presidential palace and foreign embassies in Kabul. The 27-year-old had been teaching women about Islamic values at a shrine when the incident erupted, after a caretaker who disagreed with her views falsely accused her of burning a Koran.