|.||Eidâ€™l Fitr (an annual Muslim festival marking the end of Ramadan, involving the exchange of gifts and a festive meal) is celebrated by Muslims after the end of a month of fasting. Each year, Muslims spend the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observing a community-wide fast. The annual fast of Ramadan is considered one of the five “pillars” of Islam. Muslims who are physically able are required to fast each day of the entire month, from sunrise to sunset. The evenings are spent enjoying family and community meals, engaging in prayer and spiritual reflection, and reading from the Qu’ran.|
|.|| Meanwhile, in Germany, Hypo Real Estate Holding AG, the country’s number two commercial property lender, was forced to secure a line of credit of up to $51.2bn.
Analysts are closely watching Dexia, a French-Belgian specialist in lending to local governments, that ran up huge losses in its US operations.
|.|| The rescue plan, a result of tense talks between the government and lawmakers, was rejected by 228 to 205 votes in the House of Representatives.
About two-thirds of Republican lawmakers refused to back the rescue package, as well as 95 Democrats.
|.|| “The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey of AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM missiles, as well as associated equipment and services,” the U.S. Defense Department’s DSCA said in a statement late Friday.
Under U.S. law, this kind of military equipment sale to an allied country is carried out automatically unless at least one senator formally requests
|.|| The new radar was flown into Israel last week along with some 120 American crew members and has been set up at the Nevatim air base in the Negev desert.
The US has deployed an anti-missile radar in Israel that is mainly to warn of incoming Iranian ballistic missiles, Israeli state radio reports.
|.||The Minister said the regional centers would also include State Agency for Control over Construction Safety, Agency for Safety in Industry and Mine Control, Department for Eliminating Consequences of Emergency Situations and Department for Warning against Emergency Situations. The centers have been established to solve the problems of citizens immediately.|
|.|| At least four people have been killed and about 30 injured after a car bomb exploded in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.
Most of the casualties from the blast in the Bahsas region were soldiers travelling on a bus towards the capital Beirut, according to Lebanese security officials.
|.||U.S. lawmakers – preparing for a vote Monday – have made public draft legislation that would pay for the government to buy up to $700 billion in bad debt from private financial companies. The draft of the bill was circulated Sunday to allow members of the House of Representatives to review it before voting on it Monday, with a Senate vote most likely later in the week. Congressional leaders and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson|
|.|| Austria’s Social Democrats won the most votes in the country’s early election but far-right parties made significant gains, the interior ministry has said.
Preliminary official results from Sunday’s poll show Social Democrats with 29.7% of the vote.
|.|| In addition to the ban, the European Commission called for more checks on other Chinese food imports.
The European Union banned imports of baby food containing Chinese milk Thursday as a toxic chemical that was illegally added to China’s dairy supplies turned
|.|| Selim Utku Gumrukcu, the head of the “Biz Kac Kisiyiz?” (How many are we?) organization, and Evrim Baykara, a member from the same organization, were released by an Istanbul court.
The Ergenekon operation, which started in June 2007 with the discovery of grenades in a house in Istanbulâ€™s Umraniye district, is allegedly a crackdown on an illegal organization
|.|| The opposition has already criticised Sunday’s parliamentary poll as undemocratic and said it fears that there will be widespread fraud by the allies of Alexander Lukashenko, the president.
But the senior Western election observer in Belarus has said that authorities had made “real efforts” to increase fairness, citing the increased number of opposition candidates and the greater time they have been given on television.
|.||Azerbaijanis in Koln-Germany protesting Iranian pressure on Azerbaijanis (Photo-Video)|
|.||Therefore, the signatories of this manifesto not only disapprove any kind of harshness and pressure on the political and cultural actives, but also they want disappearance of reminded discriminations and freedom of political prisoners of Azerbaijan, especially Azerbaijani elites, who have been captured in a Ramadan Iftar party without any kind of legal and judicial reason.|