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Rangers arrest 3 members of group involved in preparation of illegal weapons licenses

Pakistan Rangers Sindh have arrested three members of a group involved in preparation of illegal weapons licenses and illegal sale and purchase of weapons. According to the spokesman of Rangers, during interrogation they confessed to their crimes. Co…

Hajj pilgrims’ numbers up 24% over last year

Makkah (IINA) – The number of pilgrims arriving in Saudi Arabia via air, land and sea entry points until Friday reached 1.07 million, an increase of 204,302, or 24 percent, compared to the same period last year.The numbers of pilgrims arriving by air, …

UN: Over 350,000 children vaccinated against polio in Syria’s hard to reach areas

New York (IINA) � In response to a recent outbreak of vaccine-derived polio in Syria, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and their partners have completed the first round of a vaccination campaign in two Syrian governorates.

The UN polio vaccination campaign in the war-torn country has provided protection to more than 355,000 children under age five in the Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa governorates, where violence has made access especially difficult.

This is the second polio outbreak to hit Syria since the start of the conflict in 2011. The continued violence has devastated its health infrastructure and severely disrupted routine immunization services, particularly in Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa, UN News reported.

Prior to the crisis, Syria was polio-free, with an immunization rate over 80 percent. National vaccination coverage is now just over 40 percent.

As of 18 August 2017, 33 children under the age of five have been paralyzed, said WHO Representative in Syria Elizabeth Hoff.

To vaccinate every child in need, UNICEF ran an outreach campaign and provided the vaccines and essential cold chain equipment. WHO has trained more than 1,000 field volunteers, transported the vaccines to the conflict-affected area, and funded the implementation of the campaign.

Both agencies said they will continue engaging with local partners and health personnel in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor governorates to protect all children from polio. They also called on all parties to the conflict to allow vaccinators full access to children in need.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

TASK FORCE CONSTITUTED TO REMOVE ENCROACHMENTS IN WAY OF KARACHI CIRCULAR RAILWAY

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has constituted a Task Force for removal of encroachments in the way of Karachi Circular Railway so that work on the project could be started.He was chairing a meeting in Karachi on Friday in which issues relate…

Jordanian FM meets Iraqi president in Baghdad

Baghdad (IINA) � Jordanian Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs Ayman Safadi met with Iraqi President Fuad Maasoum in Baghdad on Thursday. During the meeting, Safadi conveyed the greetings of King Abdullah II as well as his congratulations over liberating Mosul from the Daesh terrorist group.

The Iraqi president praised King Abdullah’s supportive stance toward Iraq, its security, and stability, stressing at the same time his country’s keenness to forge closer ties with Jordan in various fields. On his part, Safadi said Jordan is interested in taking all necessary measures to boost cooperation with Iraq in the implementation of the directives of the King, Petra reported.

Earlier the day, the foreign minister met with Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Salim Al Jabouri and discussed with him means to strengthen bilateral ties in various domains as well as the latest developments related to the war on terrorism.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Malaysian deputy PM, US Secretary Tillerson discuss security issues, bilateral cooperation

Kuala Lumpur (IINA) � Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday discussed security issues, including human trafficking, and bilateral relations between the two countries.

Ahmad Zahid said, during the 40-minute meeting with Tillerson, they discussed and exchanged views on security developments as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest, BERNAMA reported.

Hopefully, interaction between the leaders of both countries can strengthen bilateral relations and be a catalyst to enhancing relations and understanding between Malaysia and the United States, Ahmad Zahid said in a statement.

The deputy prime minister noted that Malaysia needs to forge cooperation with its strategic partners, mainly the United States, in order to combat threats of trans-border crime including human trafficking. He said Malaysia’s initiatives in tackling these issues were recognized by the US Department of State in its 2017 Annual Report on Human Trafficking which upgraded Malaysia to Level Two-status after it showed a drastic improvement in terms of criminal prosecution under as well as enforcement of anti-human trafficking laws.

This is thus far the best achievement by Malaysia since it introduced the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Act in 2007, he said, adding that Malaysia was aimed to achieve Level One-status by 2020.

On bilateral relations, Ahmad Zahid said Malaysia and the US had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in addressing trans-border crime on 17 July 2012 and another MoU on immigration cooperation on 1 October 2014. He said both parties should apply the two MoUs to promote cooperation in identifying current and future trans-border crime threats, as well as migration and related issues.

On terrorism, Ahmad Zahid said Malaysia and the US had also signed a document on sharing information in October 2015, which listed individuals suspected of being involved in terrorism. He added that the two countries shared views that terrorism and extremism should be monitored, especially in social media, to curb the menace.

According to the deputy premier, the US was Malaysia’s third biggest trade partner, while Malaysia was the 18th largest trading partner of the US last year. The volume of trade between the two countries was worth $32.8 billion in 2016.

Tillerson, who arrived in Malaysia on Tuesday for a two-day working trip, is the first high-ranking official from President Donald Trump’s administration to visit the country.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Survey: US Muslims are proud to be American, but think discrimination is rising

Washington (IINA) – Majority of American Muslims are of the view that as a religion they face a lot of discrimination in the United States and the media is unfair to Muslims, and that other Americans do not view Islam as part of mainstream US society, …

Djibouti condemns Houthi missile launch toward Makkah

Djibouti (IINA) � Djibouti strongly condemned the launch of a ballistic missile by the Houthi militias toward Makkah region on Thursday, stressing that this brutal attack confirms the militias’ insistence on targeting the holiest Muslim site in the world.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, considered this attack as a desperate attempt aimed at destabilizing the Hajj season, and an assault on all Muslims around the globe, given the sanctity of the holy place.

Djibouti affirmed its full solidarity with Saudi Arabia in the face of any plots that would prejudice its sovereignty and disturb its security and stability.

The statement also reiterated Djibouti’s stance in support of the legitimate government of Yemen and the efforts being made to reach a comprehensive peace settlement based on the agreed terms of reference of the Gulf Initiative and its executive mechanism as well as the outcome of the national dialogue and relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

15 SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN CHARSADDA

Fifteen suspects have been arrested in different areas of Charsadda district.According to police, arms and ammunition were also recovered from them.Source: Radio Pakistan

100-year-old Saudi student benefits from literacy campaign

Jeddah, (IINA) – Yahya bin Fayie Al-Reethi, a 100-year-old resident of Bisha, Saudi Arabia, returned to school this summer to benefit from a literacy campaign at Al-Sada Center.Yahya is one of the 900 male and female beneficiaries of the campaign. Desp…