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Muslims raise over $250,000 for Pittsburgh survivors

American Muslims have raised more than $120,000 since Saturday for the families of those killed and injured in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, in a demonstration of interfaith solidarity.



New £50 note will feature a British scientist

Despite a push for a Muslim woman on the £50 note, The English Bank’s governor said nominations can include anyone who worked in any field of science including astronomy, biology, bio-technology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medical research, physics, technology or zoology, the Bank said.

The Bank’s governor, Mark Carney, made the announcement at the Science Museum in London.

“There is a wealth of individuals whose work has shaped how we think about the world and who continue to inspire people today,” he said.

“Our banknotes are an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of UK society and highlight the contributions of its greatest citizens.”

 In addition to the Queen, the note will include the portrait of an eminent late scientist from fields such as biology, astronomy and medical research.

The public can offer suggestions on the Bank’s website over the next six weeks.


Algeria bans women working in public sector from wearing full-face veils 

Algerian leader Ahmed Ouahiya has banned women working in the country’s public sector from wearing full-face veils, also known as niqabs.

In a letter sent to ministers and regional governors on Thursday, the country’s prime minister said the need for identification had prompted the move.

Civil servants, he wrote, needed to “observe the rules and requirements of security and communication within their department, which impose their systematic and permanent physical identification”.





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