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Day: December 22, 2015

Everything You Need To Know About London Travel This Christmas
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Everything You Need To Know About London Travel This Christmas

    As the festive period draws ever nearer, it’s important to make sure you know exactly how you’re going to get around - so don’t be caught out by the Tube times. Check below before you travel around Christmas and New Year. Christmas Eve On Christmas Eve, the London Underground will run a normal service until 3pm, after which there will be fewer trains on the Metropolitan line. The last trains on all lines will run to a Sunday timetable, except the Waterloo & City line which will close at around 11.15pm. The District line will run between Kensington (Olympia) and Earl's Court from 6.45pm to 11.50pm. Overground services will begin to wind down from 9pm and the last TfL Rail service will leave Liverpool Street at 9pm. Normal service on the DLR lasts until 4pm, then off-pea...
The ISIS caliphate could crumble because of too much paperwork and corruption
Arab world, ENGLISH

The ISIS caliphate could crumble because of too much paperwork and corruption

    ISIS has been able to do what other Islamic terrorist organisations hasn't been able to do — rapidly grow its territory and conduct mass operations overseas because of an abundance of funding and a self-sufficient economy. However, the latest report by the Financial Times suggests that the ISIS self-declared "caliphate" is slowly being eroded by high levels of financial corruption among its officials, commanders and fighters. ISIS (also known as ISIL, Islamic State, and Daesh) has grown so rapidly that officials are unable to do due diligence on paperwork and verify what ISIS officials and commanders are claiming for. For example, the FT said an emir known as Abu Fatima al-Tunisi ran off with some $25,000 (£16,774) worth of "zakat" (taxes), leaving a message to former ISIS...
Hospitals Accused Of Tax On Sick Over Parking
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Hospitals Accused Of Tax On Sick Over Parking

    NHS hospital trusts have been accused of levying a "tax on sick people" after it was revealed some are making more than £3m a year from car parking charges. Year on year, hospitals across England are raising increasing amounts of money from staff, patients and visitors, including those who are disabled, Freedom of Information requests show. It has also been revealed that hospitals are giving millions of pounds to private companies to run their car parks for them, and allowing some to profit from parking fines. The investigation by the Press Association found others are tied into private finance initiative (PFI) contracts, where all the money raised from charging patients, staff and visitors goes to private companies under long-term contracts. Of the more than 90 trusts tha...
Two pigs heads left outside Muslim school in UK
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Two pigs heads left outside Muslim school in UK

    Police are investigating a hate crime after two pigs' heads were left outside a Muslim school in Lancashire. One head was thrown over the fence of Markazul Uloom boarding school in Blackburn, while another was found by the school gates. They are believed to have been left between 5pm on Friday 18 and 8.30am on Saturday, when police were called. Eating pork is forbidden in Islam. Chief Inspector Sheena Tattum, of Blackburn Police, told the Lancashire Evening Post: "This is being treated extremely seriously and we understand the concern that incidents like this, while thankfully rare, can cause in the community. "An investigation is underway to identify those responsible and a team of detectives are carrying out numerous inquiries." She added: "We have carried out house to h...
Muslims Defend Christians During Attack in Kenya
Africa world, ENGLISH

Muslims Defend Christians During Attack in Kenya

    Muslim passengers defended Christian passengers during an extremist attack on a bus in Kenya on Monday. Members of the al-Shabab militant organization shot at a bus in Mandera, Kenya, forcing it to stop. Once the militants boarded the bus, they attempted to separate Muslim and Christian passengers, intending to kill the Christians on board, the BBC reported. “We even gave some non-Muslims our religious attire to wear in the bus so that they would not be identified easily. We stuck together tightly," Abdi Mohamud Abdi, a Muslim passenger, told Reuters . "The militants threatened to shoot us but we still refused and protected our brothers and sisters. Finally they gave up and left but warned that they would be back.” The local governor. Ali Roba, confirmed the account in an ...