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France :Picasso ‘National Treasure’ Seized by Customs in Corsica


French customs officials have seized a  Pablo Picasso painting “Head of a Young Woman,” which  worth  about  25 million Euros ($27.4 million)  from a boat in the Corsican port of Calvi in France . There were concerns that it might be permanently removed from Spain in defiance of an export ban. Officers boarded the vessel after French authorities in Corsica received a request  for authorization to export the painting to …

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The Travelers of Al-Andalus, Ibn al-Shaykh and the lighthouse of Alexandria


Written by Maria Jesús Viguera Molins and Louis Werner Art by Belén Esturla Yusuf Ibn al-Shaykh al-Balawi was born in Málaga, on the southern coast of what is now Spain, in 1132, during the last years of the Almoravid dynasty’s rule in what was then Al-Andalus. He is known to have made only one trip outside his homeland, a pilgrimage …

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The Travelers of Al-Andalus, Ibn Hamid Al-garnati’s


Muhammad ibn Abd al-Rahman ibn Suleiman ibn Rabi al-Qaysi, known more conveniently to posterity as Abu Hamid Al-Garnati and so named after his hometown of Granada (“Garnata”), sailed, caravanned, traded and trekked from the Arab West to the northern- and easternmost reaches of the Islamic world and beyond. Born in the year 1080 under the last of the Zirid kings, …

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Syrian veteran opposition member jailed after being detained at border


Syrian authorities on Thursday jailed veteran dissident Louay Hussein, arrested a day before as he tried to visit his family abroad, his lawyer said. The 54-year-old was detained at the Lebanese border, from where he planned to travel to Spain, his movement Building the Syrian State said on Wednesday. A judge later accused him of “weakening national sentiments” and spreading …

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“Muslim Scientist in the West” by the BCMA to end Islamic History Month


The British Columbia Muslim Association (BCMA) will host the “Muslim Scientist in the West – From Glory in Spain to Glory in Canada?” on, Saturday October 25th, celebrating Islamic History Month. The event is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. at the Al-Salaam Masjid & Education Centre in Burnaby, BC. Noted Astrophysicist from the University of British Columbia Dr. …

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IS video of another captive British journalist promises to reveal the “truth”


Extremist group Islamic State (IS) on Thursday released a video of a British journalist John Cantlie to show that he was being held captive by the group. The video, which was posted on YouTube, shows Cantlie dressed in an orange jumpsuit speaking to the camera – he promised to reveal the “truth” about the extremist group in a series of …

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International community blasts Israeli strike on UN school in Gaza


The international community intensified its condemnation of Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip on Monday after a strike close to a UN school harboring civilians killed 10 people and sparked worldwide outrage. As the Israeli military operation entered day 28 on Monday, the international community seems to be losing patience with Israel. Over 1,800 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza …

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Turkey: Erdogan calls Israeli aggression “Hitler-Like Fascism”


On Thursday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s Prime Minister, launched a strong verbal attack on Israel, and accused it of showing “Hitler-like fascism” against Palestinians in its offensive in Gaza. The Turkish premier, speaking at a rally in Turkey during his Presidential campaign, said that he we willing to part with an award given to him by the American Jewish Congress …

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