Turkey’s largest and newest mosque sports six minaret

A new mosque which can accommodate 63,000 people at any one time has opened its doors to worshippers in the Turkish city of Istanbul. Inaugurated by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday (May 3), the Camlica Mosque, which took six years to construct, is Turkey's largest mosque, Anadolu reported. Albanian President Ilir

UN says 1.7 million Somalis will face major food insecurity

The UN estimates 1.7 million people in Somalia will “face crisis and emergency levels of food insecurity until June” after a second consecutive bad rainy season caused livestock losses and failed crops. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Wednesday that this represents a 10% increase in food insecurity. He says that “malnutrition rates

Ethiopia PM praises Muslims for active role in national unity

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has lauded the efforts of Ethiopian Muslims in ensuring national unity stressing the need for all and sundry to do more to guard the current peace. Abiy was addressing a national gathering of Muslim leaders in the capital Addis Ababa as part of an ongoing conference that

Trump administration sued for detaining Somali man without bond hearing

A Somali man who was detained by US authorities after requesting asylum more than two years ago is languishing in immigration detention, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says. The ACLU is a nonprofit organisation which defends individual rights and liberties in the US. It says it is suing President Donald Trump's

Somali information minister resigns, replacement appointed

Somali information minister Dahir Mohamud Gelle has resigned from his position in the cabinet, citing policy differences with the country's federal administration. Mr Gelle confirmed his resignation in a telephone interview with the Somali service of Voice of America. In a 5-minute interview with VOA Somali, he cited differences of opinion on

World’s most populous Muslim nation is changing its capital city

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has announced plans to move the country's capital city away from Jakarta and build a new one, Al Jazeera reported. State media outlets say the city of Palangkaraya, on the island of Borneo, could be the next capital city. The idea has been circulating for decades but has

Somali man found guilty in US 911 caller death

A jury in the US has found Somali-born former policeman Mohamed Noor guilty of killing Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond in 2017. The former Minneapolis police officer was convicted of third-degree murder for the shooting death of the Australian woman who approached his car minutes after calling 911 to report a

Somalia’s Mogadishu hosts international conference on extremism

An international conference on countering all forms of extremism has opened in the Somali capital Mogadishu, the first of its kind in the country. The conference on Intellectual Security and Countering Extremism was organized by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) jointly with the Somali government. At least a dozen OIC member