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NEW DELHI: A Uk-based Sikh NGO is mak­ing Ramzan spe­cial for more than 5,000 Syr­ian refugees in Le­banon and Iraq by pro­vid­ing if­tar food pack­ets for peo­ple dis­placed due to the civil war. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Sawa for Development and Aid, a Le­banese char­ity, Khalsa Aid is pro­vid­ing if­tar meals to refugees through its Ramzan Kitchen. The char­ity also gifted new clothes and shoes to refugee chil­dren in Mo­sul. “These chil­dren were forced to leave their homes when war broke out in Mo­sul in 2014. The city has been left dev­as­tated. These clothes will be the only gifts many of these chil­dren will re­ceive this Eid while suf­fer­ing dif­fi­cult con­di­tions of a refugee camp,” the or­gan­i­sa­tion wrote on Facebook.

Long­time Elvis Pres­ley drum­mer DJ Fon­tana dies

MEM­PHIS: DJ Fon­tana, the drum­mer who helped launch rock ‘n’ roll as Elvis Pres­ley’s side­man, has died at 87, his wife said on Thursday. Karen Fon­tana told The As­so­ci­ated Press that her hus­band died Wednesday night in his sleep in Nashville in the US state of Ten­nessee. Fon­tana was there for Pres­ley’s ex­tra­or­di­nary first wave of suc­cess, from such hit sin­gles as Hound Dog and Jail­house Rock to his appearances. AP

Haiti per­ma­nently bans sex scan­dal­hit Ox­fam char­ity

PORT-AU-PRINCE: The Haitian gov­ern­ment said it has per­ma­nently banned in­ter­na­tional char­ity Ox­fam Great Bri­tain from op­er­at­ing in the is­land na­tion fol­low­ing a scan­dal over sex­ual mis­con­duct by some of its work­ers there. A gov­ern­ment state­ment said the ac­tion was taken be­cause of Ox­fam’s “vi­o­la­tion of Haitian leg­is­la­tion and se­ri­ous breach of the prin­ci­ple” of hu­man dig­nity.

Chile church of­fices raided as part of sex abuse probe

SAN­TI­AGO: Pros­e­cu­tors seized doc­u­ments in raids on Ro­man Catholic Church of­fices in two cities as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into clergy sex abuse scan­dals, while Vat­i­can in­ves­ti­ga­tors met with Chile’s at­tor­ney gen­eral to dis­cuss co­op­er­a­tion in the civil and canon­i­cal probes. The raids tar­geted the head­quar­ters of San­ti­ago’s Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal Court and the dio­cese in Rancagua, where 14 pri­ests are ac­cused of hav­ing had sex­ual re­la­tions with mi­nors.

Aus­tralian troops crit­i­cised for Nazi flag in Afghanistan

CAN­BERRA: Aus­tralia’s prime min­is­ter on Thursday joined crit­ics of elite Aus­tralian Spe­cial Forces troops who were pho­tographed more than a decade ago fly­ing a Nazi flag from a ve­hi­cle while on pa­trol in Afghanistan. Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull de­scribed the flag in­ci­dent as “com­pletely and ut­terly un­ac­cept­able,” and said the sol­diers in­volved had been dis­ci­plined. AP

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