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Dhaka Unnerved

Recent attacks have shattered the city’s calm By Razia Desai Missing – Not in their worst imaginings, do wealthy parents of privately-educated sons conclude that ‘missing’ means their child is now an internationally absconding terrorist. At most, this is a word used when Asian families think their teenagers have eloped with someone from an inappropriate

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Abdul Sattar Edhi: The World’s Greatest Humanitarian

The passing away of Abdul Sattar Edhi marks the end of an era for Pakistan BY Mishaal Khan It was the first state funeral since the 1980s. Inflected with pomp, a 19-gun salute and set in the imposing grounds of Karachi’s National Stadium. Pakistan’s elite and thousands of others had finally united for a brief moment

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A Stitch in Time: The History of Tailoring

Come Eid, tailors reign king By Arfa Shahid It is said that a stitch in time saves nine. With Eid Al Fitr right around the corner, perhaps none can relate to the saying more than tailors and dressmakers in the Arab world and South Asia. The three-day festival, which celebrates the end of the month of

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Test of Faith

For Muslims in Denmark, China and Cuba, practicing their religion comes with a unique set of challenges. BY Arfa Shahid The Islamic month of Ramadan is a momentous time for Muslims around the world. It is a highly-revered time for the faithful, as the holy Quran was believed to have been revealed to the Prophet

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Ramadan Around The World

A look at how Ramadan is celebrated across the world. BY Arfa Shahid UNITED COLORS OF ISLAM: Muslim worshippers stretch their hands to touch the door of Kaaba, Islam’s holiest site in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It was rebuilt by Prophet Mohammed(PBUH) after elements of nature eroded its foundation. PRAYING FOR PEACE: A Palestinian girl prays in front of the

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Muhammad Ali: Rumble, Young Man

Muhammad Ali’s passing signals the end of an era  BY Asma T. Uddin “Rumble, young man, rumble.” Muhammad Ali, three-time world heavyweight boxing champion, lost his final fight to Parkinson’s on June 3, at the age of 74. Ali died at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had undergone treatment over a span of five days for

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Brain Bug

Could mental illness and cognitive decline be caused by viral and bacterial infection? BY Ed Cara As recently as the 1970s, doctors stubbornly treated complaints of festering open sores in the stomach as a failing of diet or an inability to manage stress. Though we had long accepted the basic premise of Louis Pasteur’s germ theory—that flittering short

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Memories Of A Distant Era

A Nakba survivor recalls being forced out of her home 68 years ago by the Israelis By Sami Abu Salem Between May 2016 and May 1948 are two very different images of Palestine, a country which has, over the past 68 years, suffered from wars and division. Today, native Palestinians live as refugees, while Israeli

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Your Money Or Your Data

Ransomware viruses have been striking hospitals  and schools at an epidemic level BY Seung Lee The first wave of emotions, victims say, is a combination of panic and powerlessness. They click and reclick on files on their desktops—agendas for the Christian camp, payroll data for hundreds of teachers or medical information for veterans—to no avail.

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Mass Consumption

Padma Lakshmi’s revealing memoir shows that she has both bark and bite By Iva Dixit In the years before Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, the daughter of an immigrant nurse from Chennai, India, became Padma Lakshmi, the glamorous and unflappable Top Chef host who tells cook-contestants to please pack their knives and go, she was an

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