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Junaid Jamshed among those being mourned after fatal Pakistan plane crash

By: Sheena McKenzie and Sophia Saifi, CNN Source: CNN He soared to fame as the front man of one of Pakistan’s most iconic pop bands. And then at the height of his career, he gave it up to devote his life to God. Junaid Jamshed, who at one time rivaled Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt in popularity in his country, was one of at least 43 people who died when a Pakistan International Airlines flight crashed on its way from Chitral to Islamabad. He was 52. “The voice of my youth, the voice of my generation,” tweeted Huma Shah, a TV broadcaster and one of many who grew up listening to Jamshed’s music. Pop star turned preacher Jamshed soared to fame in the 1980s with Vital Signs,...

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Indonesia declares state of emergency after earthquake

By: VOA News Source: VOA News Authorities in Indonesia Wednesday declared a two-week state of emergency after a strong earthquake hit the Aceh province, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, killing at least 97 people. Local officials said hundreds more were injured in Pidie Jaya, the district closest to the epicenter of the 6.5 magnitude quake. The town of Meureudu was among the hardest hit areas. Volunteers made their way to earthquake-hit areas to rush people to hospitals, which are now overloaded with patients. Authorities said more than 500 people were injured, many seriously and that there was an urgent need for emergency supplies and excavation equipment to move heavy debris. “We...

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Malaysia PM calls for stop to “genocide” of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims

By: Rozanna Latiff Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called for foreign intervention to stop the “genocide” of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar on Sunday, as he joined thousands of Rohingya protesters in Kuala Lumpur. Muslim-Majority Malaysia has been increasingly critical of Myanmar’s handling of violence and allegations of state abuses in northern Rakhine state, which has driven hundreds of ethnic Rohingya to flee across the borders to Bangladesh. It described the violence as “ethnic cleansing” on Saturday. Najib called on the United Nations, the International Criminal Court and the Organisation...

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