1. UN chief praises Afghanistan election
    KABUL — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Saturday commended Afghanistan’s parliamentary election Saturday, praising the country’s voters for their ‘courage and determination.’
  2. Widespread fraud, violence mars Afghan vote, 40% turnout
    KABUL – Afghan officials hailed a parliamentary vote on Saturday as a success despite low turnout, attacks that killed 14 people and widespread fraud that could undermine the result and test the government’s credibility.
  3. Anti-burqa bill tabled in Italian parliament
    Italy’s anti-immigrant North League party has introduced a bill in the lower house of parliament seeking ban on burqa.
  4. Yemen nabs 5 for al-Qaeda ties
    Yemeni security forces have arrested five people accused of harboring suspected al-Qaeda terrorists during sweep operations in Abyan province in the south of Yemen.
  5. Groups call for peace on Babri verdict day
    With the Allahahad high court scheduled to give its order on the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute on September 24, Muslim religious groups in the city have appealed for peace on the day. They have especially asked for the revival of mohalla committees or volunteer groups that were set up after the 1992 riots to maintain peace in communally sensitive localities.
  6. Bosnian War Victims Found in ‘mass grave’ lake
    Battling constant rain, a forensics team races against time to find the remains of Muslim victims of the 1992-1995 Bosnian war in the bed of an emptied lake
  7. Poll dress diktat for Kerala Muslim women
    New Delhi, Sept. 18: The Indian Union Muslim League has asked women contesting local body elections in Kerala to “dress according to Islamic norms”, though it stopped short of spelling out the word burqa.
  8. ‘Modi’fication: BJP to field Muslim candidates
    AHMEDABAD/SURAT: Eyebrows were raised when chief minister Narendra Modi credited Muslims for helping BJP wrest Kathlal, a Congress bastion, in a by-election on ‘Jumma’. For, ever since Modi took over the reins in Gujarat, electioneering in the state has revolved around Hindutva, with cries like ‘Miyan Musharraf’ and ‘Hum paanch, hamare pacchis’ polarising votes.
  9. Indian university ready to conduct admission tests in Saudi Arabia
    JEDDAH: The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is ready to conduct entrance tests in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries provided the request comes from the Indian community and the respective Indian embassies, says the vice chancellor of India’s premier institution.