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UAE citizens to get a “minister of happiness”

By: AP Source: MWC News DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Forget the negative headlines pouring from the Middle East. The United Arab Emirates thinks it’s time to focus on something brighter instead. The prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, took to Twitter on last Wednesday to announce a new Cabinet that includes the country’s first-ever “minister of state for happiness.” Lest anyone think this was another wacky idea like Dubai’s man-made archipelagos shaped like palm trees and a map of the world, Sheikh Mohammed insisted that happiness was more than a wish and would be guided by “plans, projects, programs (and) indices.” The...

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Canada to end Syria and Iraq air strikes

By: Agencies Source: MWC News Canada is to end its participation in air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) group in Syria and Iraq within two weeks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced Following up on campaign promises he made last year to withdraw Canada’s jets, Trudeau said on Monday that his country’s contribution to the fight against ISIL would be extended until the end of March 2017 – but would be “a non-combat mission”. “It is important to understand that while air strike operations can be very useful to achieve short-term military and territorial gains, they do not on their own achieve long-term stability...

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US President Barack Obama speaks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, in Windsor Mill, Maryland on February 3, 2016. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama criticises “inexcusable” anti-Muslim rhetoric

By: Patricia Jimenez Source: News Portal “We have to be consistent in condemning hateful rhetoric and violence against everyone, and that includes against Muslims here in the United States of America”. Obama’s speech in Maryland condemned anti-Muslim rhetoric, following proposals by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to ban Muslims from entering the country. Obama has criticized the increasing anti-Islamic sentiment in the USA before, implicitly calling out certain presidential candidates and recent comments from the 2016 campaign trail. “The first thing I want to say is two words that Muslim Americans don’t hear…enough and that is,...

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