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UK museum hunts 'Windrush' migrants in forgotten pictures

The anonymous face of a new arrival towered over Prince William at the unveiling of a national memorial to the "Windrush" generation of Caribbean migrants in London last month.. On the day the migrants arrived, a young London photographer named Howard Grey had an idea.

Egypt family keeps alive tradition behind hajj centrepiece

Under the steady hum of a ceiling fan, Ahmed Othman weaves golden threads through black fabric, creating Koranic verses, a century after his grandfather's work adorned the Kaaba in Mecca's Grand Mosque.. "For a whole year, 10 craftsmen" would work on the kiswa that covers the Kaaba which pilgrims circumambulate, using silver thread in a lengthy labour of love.

Mecca businesses see hajj boom ending pandemic slump

"Business is back", exclaims Abdullah Mekhlafi at the shop where he sells prayer mats in Islam's holiest city, which is preparing for the biggest influx of hajj pilgrims since the coronavirus pandemic began.. "We had few customers (during the last two hajj seasons), but today business is back, thanks to God.

Canadian diplomats denied access to tycoon's trial in China: embassy

Canadian diplomats were denied access to the trial of Canadian-Chinese tycoon Xiao Jianhua in China, Ottawa's embassy in Beijing said in a statement on Tuesday, a day after the businessman stood trial.. Our attendance was denied by Chinese authorities," the embassy said in a statement on Tuesday.

Inside Indonesia's Islamic boarding school for deaf children

At an Islamic boarding school in a sleepy neighbourhood on the outskirts of the Indonesian city Yogyakarta, the sound of Koranic recitation is nowhere to be heard.. It is a daunting religious education for children who have never learned about religion or the Koran, and whose mother tongue is Indonesian.

Star wars: Russians turn to astrologers amid Ukraine conflict

Will there be nuclear war?. Ukrainians want to know "if nuclear war will happen, if they should leave their country, if their loved ones are in danger", astrologer Olena Umanets told AFP. "Russia will explode in March 2023," predicted the 38-year-old former musician, who fled Ukraine for Switzerland. 

In Canada's Quebec, a new way to prosecute domestic and sexual assault

Five years after the #MeToo movement sent shockwaves around the world with tales of unreported sexual harassment and assault, Canada's Quebec province is moving to ensure victims are heard in court.. The US defamation case that pitted actor Johnny Depp against his ex-wife Amber Heard -- which aired sordid accusations of abuse from both sides -- has highlighted the issue once again, as Heard faced rampant online harassment over her claims.

Algeria marks 60 years of independence from France

Algeria marks 60 years of independence from France on Tuesday with a huge military parade, but memories of violence during the colonial period continue to overshadow ties between the two.. On July 5 of the same year, days after 99.72 percent voted for independence in a referendum, Algeria finally broke free from colonial rule -- but memories of the 132-year occupation continue to mar its ties with France.

Police arrest suspect after gunman kills six at US July 4 parade

Police arrested a suspect Monday after a mass shooting left six dead at a US Independence Day parade in a wealthy Chicago suburb, casting a dark shadow over the country's most patriotic holiday. . And it cast a pall over America's Independence Day, in which towns and cities across the country hold similar parades and people -- many dressed in variations on the US flag -- hold barbecues, attend sports events and gather for firework displays.

'Terrified' Griner asks for freedom in letter to Biden

American basketball star Brittney Griner asked US President Joe Biden to free her from a Russian prison in a handwritten letter Monday, portions of which were made public by her family.. "As I sit here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, family, friends, Olympic jersey, or any accomplishments, I'm terrified I might be here forever," Griner wrote.