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The Palestinian Football Association is asking the world football governing body, FIFA, to suspend Israel from world football for violating rules relating to racism. A member of FIFA since 1998, Palestine has complained that Israel restricts the movement of its players and opposes the participation of clubs originating from Jewish areas of the West Bank. The vote is scheduled for Friday and needs a two-thirds majority of the 209 members to succeed. FIFA president Sepp Blatter is strongly against the vote and has held talks with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in a bid to

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A suicide bomber has attacked a Shiite mosque in Qatif province in Saudi Arabia, killing and wounding several people. An activist told the AFP news agency that at least four worshippers were killed, while a source told the Reuters news agency that there appeared to be at least 30 casualties in the attack. Reuters reported, there was a huge explosion at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh. “We were doing the first part of the prayers when we heard the blast,” one worshipper told Reuters. The blast occurred after the Friday prayers at the Imam Ali mosque

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Irish voters on Friday go to vote on the world’s first constitutional referendum on legalizing same-sex marriage. Over 3 million voters were invited to cast votes to decide whether or not gay marriage would be legal. voting will close around 10 PM local time. The results will be declared on Saturday. Voters will be asked to vote Yes or No on whether or not same sex marriage will be made legal in a country where an estimated 84 percent of Ireland’s population identifies as Catholic. Polls have predicted that a majority of voters will support amending the country’s constitution to

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An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi to death over mass jailbreak in 2011, Associated Press reported. The case will now be referred to the country’s top religious authority for consultation on June 2 before an execution can take place. Morsi is already serving a 20 year sentence for ordering the arrest and torture of protesters during his time in power, during June 2012 to July 2013. He was overthrown in a popularly-backed military coup in July 2013, after a disastrous year in office. Since then, the authorities cracked down on Muslim Brotherhood movement and arrested thousands of his supporters.

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Five people, including two children, were killed when buildings collapsed in different parts of Bihar following a massive earthquake that hit several places across India and Nepal on Saturday. Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs says more than 150 people have died in the capital, Kathmandu, following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake, CNN reported. The epicentre of the earthquake is in Lamjung in Nepal. Nitish Kumar, who reached Delhi on Friday evening, is expected to soon return to Patna. According to TV reports, NDRF teams have been sent to Bihar for relief and rescue measures. There have been reports of houses collapsed in Uttar Pradesh

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Saudi billionaire Prince, Alwaleed Bin Talal has caused a storm on social media, after reportedly offering 100 luxury cars to 100 Saudi fighter pilots who took part in a bombing campaign in Yemen, according to a report by the BBC. Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal  made the offer in a tweet after the Saudi Arabia announced the end to the first stage of a bombing campaign targeting Houthi rebels. In his Arabic-language tweet, Prince Alwaleed wrote,”I congratulate our wise leaders on the victory of Operation Decisive Storm and the beginning of Operation Restoring Hope. To recognize one hundred participating Saudi pilots I

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Former Egypt President, Mohamed Morsi The former President of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters while he was still in power. An Egyptian criminal court gave the verdict on Tuesday. It is the first ruling he has faced since his ousting and is one of several upcoming trials he faces, BBC reported. In July 2013, following mass street protests against his rule, Morsi was deposed by the army. Reportedly, since he was ousted out, the authorities have banned his Muslim Brotherhood party and arrested thousands of his supporters. Twelve other

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At least 45 people have been killed and more than 70 injured in a suspected suicide bombing at a Pakistan-India border town near the city of Lahore. A senior security official in Punjab province said that the dead included three members of the border force. The explosion happened on the Pakistan side near the famous Wagah crossing between the two countries. Crowds gather every day at the crossing to watch soldiers conduct a “lowering of the flags” ceremony. Police told the BBC at least 15 of those injured were seriously wounded. Mushtaq Sukhera, the Punjab police chief, said the blast

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Knife-edge polls between Yes and No mean it remains unknown whether or not people living in the United Kingdom will wake up on Friday to find the union is no longer. Scotland is within a whisker of voting for self-determination from the UK, breaking a union lasting more than 300 years. This is an extraordinary moment in UK politics that – whatever the outcome – will usher in a period of political and constitutional uncertainty never seen before. Beginning our special focus on Scotland’s referendum, The Kashmir Walla’s Mark Mistry reports from ground. A huge banner in support of an

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  People marched through London’s streets in tens of thousands on Saturday to call for an end to Israeli military action in Gaza. Chants of ‘Free, free Palestine’ could be heard throughout the heart of the capital’s busiest shopping district as people from across the UK wound their way from the BBC headquarters in Portland Place to the US Embassy in Grovesnor Square, ending with rally in Hyde Park. There were also marches in other capitals as efforts to craft a lasting ceasefire continued in Cairo, Egypt. Almost 2,000 Palestinians have died in the conflict, the majority of them civilians,

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