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The Holy month of Ramadan is the period where Muslims fast during the day and break the fast in the evening. This is the time to pray, fast, relax, reflect and give to the less fortunate. That said, non-Muslims traveling to Muslim countries (countries where the religion is predominantly Islam) need to keep some things in mind and do some research prior to their travel plans. Here are things non-Muslims should know about traveling to a Muslim country during Ramadan: 1. Dress code. Pack clothes t...
I really don’t like jean shopping, especially in stores because it’s usually an emotional time. I see a pair I really like, I try them on but it’s more like jumping around the changing rooms trying to get them past my thighs or sometimes hips. For an African girl, it may be easier to look for tights or dresses. We buy jeans once or twice a year and would rather forget the jean struggles. Here are 12 jean struggles every girl surely understands. 1. When your jeans can’t get past your butt...
On Saturday, 27th of May, the Accra International Conference Centre played host to the annual Ghana Meets Naija concert. The concert which celebrates the best of Nigerian and Ghanaian music has been ongoing for about seven years. Here are some must-see pictures from the event 1. Falz sure looked like he had a good time #GhanaMeetsNaija When Nigeria's
We trust our Nigerian celebrities to look good when they step out for events and activities. For this week in celebrity fashion, here are all the amazing outfits you just have to take a look at. 1. Ini Dima Okojie Sending you lots of love and positive vibes from Me & Teni Bhadmus Have an amazing week guys❤ #AMBattleGround #TenisWardrobe #TenisStyle #TapForDetails A post shared by Ini Dima-Okojie (@inidimaokojie) on May 22, 2017 at 3:26am PDT   2. Adunni Ade Dress made...
The Fader is a New York-based music magazine launched in 1999 by Rob Stone and Jon Cohen, covering music, style and culture. They are well known for their exclusives like the one with Davido where he was referred to as ‘pop’s most fortunate son’ or the one with Yemi Alade amongst others. Every year, Fader.com creates a list of songs looking out for a hit to crown ‘Song of the Summer’. Last year, Wizkid joined Drake and Kyla on the nomination list for their work o...
FOR a republican country, the welcome could scarcely have been more royal. Exactly 300 years after a young Louis XV hosted Peter the Great at the Chateau de Versailles, on a trip to admire French imperial splendour, France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, chose the same setting for talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. The gold leaf on the palace shimmered in the spring sunlight. Plume-helmeted guardsmen lined the red carpet as Mr Putin stepped from his limousine. But if the sym...
(SEOUL, South Korea) — South Korea’s new liberal president on Tuesday demanded an investigation into why his office wasn’t told by defense officials about the arrival of several additional launchers for a contentious U.S. missile defense system meant to cope with North Korea’s nuclear threats. Before taking office on May 10, Moon Jae-in vowed to review the system’s deployment, which has infuriated both Pyongyang and Beijing, which considers the system’s powe...
(CLINTON, N.C.) — At least a dozen people have been hurt after storms struck in eastern North Carolina nearly a week after a tornado hit the area. The storm hit Sampson County about 30 miles east of Fayetteville around 11:30 p.m. Monday. Assistant Sampson County manager Susan Holder told local news outlets that at least three people were taken to hospitals. None of the injuries were serious, Holder said. Trees fell on houses and power lines. Duke Energy reported about 1,800 customers with...
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hold an urgent hearing on a plea by Gujarat Police officer Ramabhai Bhagora seeking stay of a Bombay High Court order convicting him in the Bilkis Bano gangrape case that took place during 2002 Gujarat riots. A vacation bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Deepak Gupta said there was "no urgency" even as Bhagora's counsel told the bench that his client had already undergone the sentence and if the conviction was not stayed, the...
BERLIN: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that climate protection and living in harmony with nature is a part of India's ethos. Prime Minister Modi also called for cooperation to counter terrorism and to strengthen cyber and aviation security. “We want strong and united action against all types of terrorism. We will also strengthen cooperation in cyber security and aviation security,” Prime Minister Modi said while issuing a joint statement here. The Prime Minister ...
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Md., on Feb. 23, 2017. (Susan Walsh/AP) A week ago Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that any city that refuses to share information with the federal government about immigrants could lose federal funding. Called sanctuary cities and states, these geographic entities resisting the Trump administration’s efforts to increase immigration enforcement have gotten a great...
Mike Dubke has resigned as White House communications director in the first of what could be a series of changes to President Trump's senior staff amid the growing Russia scandal. Dubke, who served in the post for three months, tendered his resignation May 18. He offered to stay on to help manage communications in Washington during Trump's foreign trip, […]
NEW DELHI: The Centre is examining representations given by states and some other organisations on the recent ban on sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter, Union minister Venkaiah Naidu said today.      These rules were notified in the backdrop of some observations made by the Supreme Court and a parliamentary committee on preventing cruelty to animals and breaking nexus in animal markets including smuggling, Naidu told reporters here.      &...
DEHRADUN: Aditya Ghildiyal of Srinagar, Garhwal, topped the merit list in Class 12 while Kumari Aisha Gauri of Vijay Nagar, Rudraprayag, stood first in the Class 10 merit list of the Uttarakhand Board examinations results for which were declared on Tuesday, an official said. Aditya Ghildiyal of Saraswati Vidhya Mandir Inter-College, Srikot Ganganali, in Srinagar, Garhwal, secured 95 per cent marks in the Class 12 exams while Kumari Aisha Gauri of MP Inter-College, Vijay Nagar, Rudraprayag, secu...
PATNA: Senior BJP leader Sushil Modi today alleged that RJD chief Lalu Prasad got two plots of land allotted in his name in violation of the MLA Cooperative Society's bye-laws.      The state government had earmarked 15 acres of land for 30 years to the MLA Cooperative Society at Kautilya Nagar here for allotment of residential plots to MPs, MLAs and MLCs. The 30-year lease will come to end in December, 2017.      Apart from Prasad, the chairman of the MLA Coo...
Chinese troops marching to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the ‘Victory of Chinese People’s Resistance against Japanese Aggression and World Anti-Fascist War’ at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2015. China planned to increase its defense budget in 2016 by 7 to 8 percent (European Pressphoto Agency/Rolex Dela Pena/poll/file) Is a dangerous pattern emerging in U.S.-China relations? International relations scholar Graham Allison coined the term “Thucydides Tr...
Every girl dreams of walking down the aisle one day… And when that day comes, the biggest dilemma is picking the perfect dress. Many Kenyan brides-to-be prefer to shop abroad from bridal gown designers in South Africa, as well as overseas, oblivious of the fact that there are talented designers on our soil who can design the perfect dress for your big day. One such designer is Wambui Mukenyi. Surprisingly, she studied accounting and started off her career as an accounting intern in a fashi...
A man in China convicted for scamming millions of dollars from video websites blew nearly a third of what he stole on tipping the hostesses of live-streaming web sites, Chinese media reports. The 21-year-old online software vendor, identified only by his last name Hu, pleaded guilty to theft charges and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, reports the South China Morning Post. He took a total of $1.9 million in fraudulent refunds between November 2015 and April 2016 from video service platform ...
The head of Russia’s Orthodox church has likened marriage equality to Nazism, the latest in a spate of controversies from the country’s highest religious authority. The Moscow Times reports that Patriarch Kirill made the comments during a visit to Kyrgyzstan where he was promoting a new translation of a book he authored. Citing Russian-language media, the Times reports that Kirill referred to “so-called homosexual marriages” as a threat to family values. “When laws...
The female zookeeper killed by a tiger in an England zoo Monday has been identified as 33-year-old Rosa King. The BBC reports that King’s friend Garry Chisholm described the victim as the “shining light” at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire, about 80 miles north of London, where the incident occurred. “Rosa wasn’t just a keeper at Hamerton Zoo — she was Hamerton Zoo,” Chisholm told the BBC. “She was the absolute central point of it, the focal p...
PUNE: Girls outperformed boys in the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education class XII examinations, the results of which were declared today.      The overall pass percentage in Maharashtra stood at 89.50. The passing percentage for girls was 93.20, compared to 86.65 of boys, a senior official said.      The results for all the nine divisions - Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, Amravati, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Latur and Konkan - were simult...
The mayor of Portland, Oregon, on Monday urged U.S. officials and organizers to cancel a “Trump Free Speech Rally” and other similar events, saying they are inappropriate and could be dangerous after two men were stabbed to death on a train as they tried to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade. Mayor Ted Wheeler said he hopes the victims will inspire “changes in the political dialogue in this country.” It comes amid a wider debate in the U.S. abo...
NEW DELHI: Shares of BHEL today tumbled nearly 13 per cent after the company's standalone net profit declined by 57 per cent in the March quarter. After making a weak opening, shares of the company plunged 12.81 per cent to Rs 133.65 on BSE. At NSE, the stock dived 12.87 per cent to Rs 133.60. On the volume front, 21.44 lakh shares of the company were traded on BSE and over one crore shares changed hands at NSE during the morning session. State-run BHEL's standalone net profit declin...
This is Captain Maxwell Mahama.   A military officer with the 5th Infantry Battalion (5BN) at Burma Camp in Accra but on detachment duties at Denkyira Boase in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region has been lynched by residents on suspicion of being an armed robber. The Ghana Armed Forces Captain in charge of the detach at Diaso in the western region has been lynched by the youth of the town. Captain Maxwell Mahama who is commander of a military detachment in the area acco...
PANAJI: Fishing with use of trawlers will be banned in Goa from June 1 to July 31, a state fisheries department official said today. The ban, which aims at conserving the fish resources, is likely to affect the operations of about 1,500 trawlers at seven jetties across the state, the official said. However, the traditional fishing activity without the use of mechanised trawlers will be allowed during the period as it is restricted to shoreline waters, he said. The fisheries department will se...
SRINAGAR: The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was closed for traffic today in view of the separatists' call for a march to Tral to pay tributes to Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat and his colleague, who were killed in an encounter with security forces recently. The chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and JKLF chief Yasin Malik – had asked people to reach Tral in south Kashmir's Pulwama district in large numbers to...
LUCKNOW: CBI special court grants bail to BJP stalwart L K Advani, others, on personal bond of Rs 50,000 each, in Babri Masjid demolition case. BJP stalwarts L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti today appeared before a special CBI court here for framing of charges of criminal conspiracy in the Babri Masjid demolition case. BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, VHP's Vishnu Hari Dalmia and one-time Hindutva firebrand Sadhvi Ritambara too presented themselves before the court in the politicall...
Technology is here to stay and has been a blessing to many but it also comes with its problems. We’ve been told about how this or that is safe but something is only safe when you really know how to use it. Technology in the hands of people who do not know how to use it properly is just like a sharp blade in the hands of a toddler. You might think you’ve been on Facebook for so long and so you’re an expert on the internet but you will be surprised to know you’re a novice ...
SACRAMENTO -- Would you pay hundreds more a month to live in conditions like this? That's just what dozens of renters at the Cedar Ridge Apartments say they're being asked to do. "Her name is Maria Godinez. They're raising her rent over $300, and she's struggling to pay the rent now," Godinez said in Spanish with the help of a translator. Now the one bedroom, one bathroom apartment she's lived in with her three girls for six years is in the $700s but on June 1, the pocketbook punch for the same...
A man’s body was found in the American River on Monday evening, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department. The body was found 3 miles downstream from where 19-year-old Ray Cabalfin went missing on May 11. Cabalfin was hiking with a group of friends on the Clementine Trail in Auburn when he jumped into the river. He hadn’t been seen since that day. His family organized several search parties in hope of finding Cabalfin alive. Two hikers spotted the body in the river an...
(PANAMA CITY) — Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, a onetime U.S. ally who was ousted as Panama’s dictator by an American invasion in 1989, died late Monday at age 83. Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela wrote in his Twitter account that “the death of Manuel A. Noriega closes a chapter in our history.” Varela added, “His daughters and his relatives deserve to mourn in peace.” Noriega served a 17-year drug sentence in the United States and was lat...
(CANBERRA, Australia) — Australia plans to ban convicted pedophiles from traveling overseas in what the government said Tuesday is a world-first move to protect vulnerable children in Southeast Asia from exploitation. Australian pedophiles are notorious for taking inexpensive vacations to nearby Southeast Asian and Pacific island countries to abuse children there. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she would cancel the passports of around 20,000 pedophiles on the national child sex offen...
MUZAFFARNAGAR: About 32 Hindu inmates lodged in a jail in Muzaffarnagar are observing 'roza', the down-todusk fast during Ramzan along with 1,174 Muslim prisoners. According to jail superintendent Rakesh Singh, prison authorities have made special arrangements for the inmates who are performing roza. Milk and dry fruits are being provided to them for 'iftar'. Out of 2,600 inmates, 1,174 Muslims and 32 Hindus are observing the fast.
KANPUR: Ahead of her hearing in the Lucknow special CBI court in a case related to the demolition of the Babri Masjid, Union Minister Uma Bharti on Tuesday said that she is not a ‘criminal’. “It is the matter of God and in such a case I can only have expectations from him. Since I have taken part in it with devotion, I don’t consider myself as a criminal,” Bharti said. However, Bharti flatly rejected the charges of the opposition for conspiring in the matter. &ld...
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today refused to stay the conviction of an IPS officer in the sensational 2002 Bilkis Bano case. A vacation bench of Justices A K Sikri and Deepak Gupta said that there is no urgency for hearing the matter as the convicted officer has already undergone the sentence. The bench, however, listed the matter for hearing in the second week of July, observing the fine is of Rs 15,000 only. IPS officer R S Bhagora, currently serving in Gujarat, has been convicted along wi...
LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today met senior BJP leader L K Advani who is here to appear before a special CBI court in connection with a case relating to the 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. The chief minister welcomed Advani with a bouquet of flowers as the former deputy prime minister stopped at the VVIP guest house before leaving for the special court. Yogi was waiting at the guest house for Advani along with other state leaders. Later, the chief mi...
PANAMA CITY (AP) — A source close to the family of Manuel Noriega says the former Panamanian dictator has died at age 83. The source was not authorized to be quoted by name. Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela wrote in his Twitter account that “the death of Manuel A. Noriega closes a chapter in our history.” The onetime U.S. ally was ousted as Panama’s dictator by an American invasion in 1989. Noriega later served a 17-year drug sentence in the United States.
TAHOE PARK -- Steven Clouse has been struggling through the last three days since he says he was beaten and gang-raped at Tahoe Park. It's a claim now under investigation by the Sacramento Police Department. "Today has been really bad," he said. Clouse, who has autism, cerebral palsy, Lujan-Fryns syndrome and ADHD, was at the park filling in his coloring book when he says the attack began with indecent exposure. "All of a sudden these four guys came up to me whipping their things -- opening the...
The family of a 16-year-old boy who was killed in a boat vs. personal watercraft on the Modesto Reservoir on Sunday are speaking out -- saying the crash was no accident. They believe the crash was the result of a hate crime. You don't have to speak Spanish to understand this mother's pain. She witnessed the crash that took her 16-year-old son's life. "We all in so much pain, because we all witnessed how Efren's body flew out of the jet ski," said Marta Valencia, the victim's sister-in-law. Mond...
(SEOUL) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of a new ballistic missile controlled by a precision guidance system and ordered the development of more powerful strategic weapons, the North’s official KCNA news agency reported on Tuesday. The missile launched on Monday was equipped with an advanced automated pre-launch sequence compared with previous versions of the “Hwasong” rockets, North Korea’s name for its Scud-class missiles, KCNA said. That i...
SRINAGAR: Curfew-like restrictions remained in force in parts of Kashmir for the third day today to maintain law and order following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat in an encounter with security forces. The restrictions were in place in the districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian – all in south Kashmir, while similar curbs also continued in seven police station areas in Srinagar and in Sopore township in north Kashmir, officials said. In Srinagar, restri...
NEW DELHI: The Southwest monsoon, which brings seasonal rain to the Indian subcontinent, hit Kerala and the North East today, two days before its normal onset date. Director General of the India Meteorological Department K J Ramesh said monsoon has also hit the North East, thanks to Cyclone Mora, which aided the advancement of the seasonal rainfall. The normal onset date for monsoon to hit the Kerala coast, which marks its official arrival in the country, is June 1. This year, monsoon has arr...
LUCKNOW: A special CBI court in Lucknow will frame charges today against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case.  The leaders will appear today before the Special CBI judge S K Yadav.  The court had also asked BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, VHP's Vishnu Hari Dalmia and Sadhvi Ritambara to present themselves before the court in person.  While directing the accused to present themselves in person, the...
MUZAFFARNAGAR: A 19-year-old student allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison for failing the Class XII examination at Kallerpur village in the district. According to the incharge of Kotwali police outpost Manoj Yadav, Shivani took the extreme step yesterday and was rushed to a hospital were she was declared dead. In another incident, a 30-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison over some family dispute at Thana Bhawan town in Shamli district last evening, police sa...
SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting that hurt one person. According to the sheriff’s department, the shooting happened on the 7700 block of Stockton Boulevard. The man was transported to an area hospital. No other information was immediately available.  
The Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay is feeling both “vulnerable” and like “a fire was lit underneath” her, which normally would be a cause to call the doctor, but on reality TV is a sign of excitement at dating 20 or so men simultaneously. Before the dates begin, Chris Harrison gives the men a here-for-the-right-reasons check and they all pass—barely. Here’s what happened on The Bachelorette, season 13, episode 2. The First Group Date A whole bunch of men a...
GUWAHATI: Search and rescue teams on Tuesday found a blood stained shoe, half-burnt PAN card and a wallet of one of the two pilots of the IAF's Sukhoi-30 fighter jet that crashed near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border last week, officials said. The teams comprising Indian Army, Indian Air Force and civil administration personnel had recovered the jet's blackbox on May 28 from the crash site, located in a dense forest. "Search operations are continuing despite bad weather conditio...
KORIYA (CHHATTISGARH): Chhattisgarh’s Koriya Police on Tuesday arrested a groom after the bride filed a complaint against him over dowry demands. The incident took place when the groom demanded a refrigerator and a gold chain after the wedding from her family. However, the family of the bride flatly refused his demand, which led to him abusing them profusely. Even though the relatives and the neighbors tried to convince the groom to change his mind, he was adamant of his demand. The si...
SANT KABIR NAGAR: Justifying his bizzare statement drawing parallels between having babies and possessing a house, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Gorakhpur Radha Mohan Das Agarwal on Tuesday said, that not all the things should be taken seriously, as some matters are meant to be in jest. While in Sant Kabir Nagar district to address a public rally in its Maghar town, marking the third anniversary of the BJP, a woman approached the MLA requesting him for their accommodations, to which Aga...
JHORIGAON: A group of Naxals burned an empty private bus, travelling from Chhattisgarh’s Dhanora area to Orchha area, four kilometers away from a police station, in opposition against construction of roads in Jhorigaon district. The incident occurred yesterday late night. The bus was burnt after the passengers were forced to evacuate the bus by the militants. The road construction is taking place on a brisk pace under the security cover provided by the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) a...