Thursday 1 November 2012
October 31, 2012
Pakistan's 'Pink Gold'
Himalayan pink salt has become de rigeur in most fashionable circles in recent years. Most of our supplies of this popular product actually come from the Khewra Salt Mines, which lie in the foothills of the Himalayas, about 260 kilometers from Lahore in Pakistan.
October 31, 2012
Afghan-German Boxer Wins Title Fight In Kabul
Afghan-German boxer Hamid Rahimi defeated Tanzania's Said Mbelwa on October 30 in Afghanistan's first professional bout in 30 years. Rahimi won the World Boxing Organization's unclaimed intercontinental middleweight championship by TKO in the seventh round before some 1,500 spectators in Kabul. (12 PHOTOS)
October 30, 2012
Hurricane Sandy Wreaks Devastation On U.S. East Coast
At least 16 people in the northeastern United States and Canada have been reported killed as a result of heavy winds and widespread flooding caused by a massive storm. Hurricane Sandy was downgraded to cyclone status shortly after hitting land near Atlantic City, New Jersey, on October 29. U.S. President Barack Obama has declared "a major disaster" exists in New Jersey and New York states, making federal funds available for residents. Nearly 6 million people across the northeast are without power. (15 PHOTOS)
October 29, 2012
Massive Storm Batters Northeastern U.S. Coast
At least 16 people in the northeastern United States and Canada have been reported killed as a result of heavy winds and widespread flooding caused by a massive storm. Hurricane Sandy was downgraded to cyclone status shortly after hitting land near Atlantic City, New Jersey, on the evening of October 29. However, it is still causing widespread destruction. Nearly 6 million people across the northeast are without power. The full extent of the storm damage is not expected to be clear until later on October 30. (22 PHOTOS)
October 27, 2012
Photos Of The Week #42
Muslims across the world celebrate the Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) holiday to mark the end of the annual hajj. Muslims celebrate by slaughtering animals in commemoration of the Prophet Ibrahim's (Abraham) readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to Allah.
October 25, 2012
Eid al-Adha -- The Muslim 'Festival Of Sacrifice'
October 26 marks the Islamic Eid al-Adha festival, which is also known as the "Feast of Sacrifice" in English. Over the course of this holiday period, Muslims across the globe have been slaughtering their best halal animals as a symbolic homage to the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his first son as an act of supplication to God.
October 25, 2012
Ethnic Albanians Leave Serbia For The EU
Ethnic Albanians from the southern Serbian border town of Presevo set off for the EU. They are just some of the growing number of people from the Balkans seeking asylum in the European Union since the bloc lifted visa requirements for the countries of the former Yugoslavia in 2009-10. Some EU members are pushing for the visa regime to be reimposed. (8 PHOTOS)
October 24, 2012
Millions Take Part In Rites Of Hajj
Muslim pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia from all over the world for one of the five pillars of Islam, the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Millions participate in the annual rites, which always take place during the last month of the Islamic calendar year.
October 17, 2012
Large Jewish Cultural Center Opens In Ukraine
A large Jewish cultural center with a Holocaust museum has opened in Ukraine's eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk. The museum occupies almost 3,000 square meters in the 50,000-square-meter Menorah Center. At least 12,000 Jews from Dnipropetrovsk were killed by the Nazis in 1941.
October 16, 2012
Women In Russian Penal Colonies
Two members of the punk band Pussy Riot will serve their sentence in a penal colony far from Moscow. Although Russia’s prison system is a far cry from Stalin’s Gulag, the principle remains the same: to isolate people from their families and wear them down through “corrective labor.”