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Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Concludes the 38th Annual Convention Successfully

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at The Gambia on Saturday 12th April 2014 successfully concluded its 38th National Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention). The Jalsa, held at Masroor Senior Secondary School in Old Yundum, opened on Friday 11th April, 2014...
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Advice on the six rights of every Muslim upon a Muslim '''''First khutbah'''''

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All praise be to Allah. All praise be to Allah Who is glorified in His Loftiness, and Unified and Unique in His Lordship. For Him is Everlasting Eternity. And for Him alone is Honour. There is no god but Allah, everlasting and Ever-Existing. Glorified and Holy is He. The praise on Him cannot be counted, and there is no escape from Him except to Him, and there is no hoping for good except from Him. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil of ourselves and the evil of our bad deeds.
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France's connections in Africa

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In January 2013, France sent a few thousand troops to Mali in a bid to combat rebel fighters who had seized control of the north of the country and were threatening to advance on the capital. The intervention shed light on some of France's historical relationships with its former colonies. But what do the country's historic ties with Africa say about its recent political moves? Dr Lansine Kaba is a distinguished scholar, writer and professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. He is the recipient of the distinguished Melville J Herskovits Prize for best work in English in African Studies. Al Jazeera's Heather Roy spoke to this leading historian on Africa about the France-Africa connection and what role, if any, this relationship plays today....
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On women's liberation (Who is to decide how women should be liberated today? )

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A prominent think-tank in Washington, DC recently hosted a conference on women's rights and democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. It was a worthy topic by all means. The tragedy is that this conference, without an exception, mostly lacked substance. In general, hollow activism, pomp, and chronic "cultural anatopism" (misattribution of a culture or cultural values) pervade all discussion of women's rights in the context of democratisation....
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'WE SHALL APPEAL TO CAF'

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The Gambia Football Federation, GFF, is to send an appeal to the Confederation of African Football, Caf, on the recent decision to disqualify the country over Liberia's allegation that over-aged players featured for The Gambia in their match in Monrovia....
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Why Are Many Gambians Dying Young? (Understanding the health hazards posed by street-side drug vendors)

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It is mind-bothering walking in towns and cities of The Gambia and seeing street drug vendors screaming “Garabee San”, “Garabee Yaram” to unsuspecting customers. I always ask myself: are our public health officials aware of this or are they simply turning a blind eye? Selling drugs on Gambian streets is pretty much a quotidian activity. People freely walk around carrying a bunch of drugs and selling them to the public without a fear of being reprimanded by officials...
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Introducing

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Diha Jobe (Singer) The 25-year old eye candy Afro-Manding and Ndagga singer who burst into the consciousness of music afficionados in 2007, with her single Mboughel. “My ambition is to become a Gambian superstar so as to take the country's name to higher heights .
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Ukraine: The frontline between East and West

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Twelve months ago, no one would have thought that Russia and the West would be engaged in such a major confrontation as to warrant a return to Cold War-era rhetoric and threats of war. For many people the Cold War was past and gone, consigned to the dustbin of history where it rightly belongs. In a multi polar world (some might argue that the world is now unipolar with the United States as the sole super power) where nation-states are so intertwined in a nexus of trade relations and economic interests, Russia and the West were looking more like partners than adversaries. Russia was slowly but surely integrating into the Western capitalist economy having joined the World Trade Organisation and the G7 of industrialised nations....
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Science and religion: Is there a conflict?

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The subject of science and religion is a much-debated one. Does religion corroborate science? Is science compatible with religion? Over the ages, these questions have often been asked but inadequately answered, it seems. Some scientists were punished for holding unto and teaching some scientific facts that contradicted some so-called established religious realities. Among these was the great thinker and scientist, Sir Isaac Newton, who is well-known among people who are interested in science. Is there a conflict between the two? My aim in writing this short article is to try to answer this question.....
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A national embarrassment, indeed

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When it comes to youth football in Africa, Gambia is a role model to even better known countries in the world of football. In various categories of continental youth competitions, and even at global level, young scorpions had oftentimes surpassed expectations.. .
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Editors trained on environmental protection and mitigation

News editors from various media houses in the country on Saturday held a day-long training course on environmental protection and mitigation at Wellingara Model Horticultural Centre in Wellingara....
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On Moja-G and Jainaba Bah's historical anecdote (Part 1)

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Like Amadou Bojang of Tallinding, the author of the letter to the editor entitled; “In Praise of Jainaba Bah” published in your March 24 issue, I also grabbed my copy of The Standard every morning to “seek the beautifully written series, 'Breaking the omerta: one woman's recount of her Moja-G activism' by Jainaba Bah. Like Amadou Bojang, at the end of each piece of the serialised articles, I was left with greater hunger for more....
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