Casablanca – Social media across the world was abuzz in recent weeks with outrage and condemnation before a misleading picture linked to ISIS was proven to be a hoax. The picture shows an ISIS member, seemingly in his thirties, with a seven-year-old, crying girl, who had been interpreted as his bride. The photo sparked widespread condemnation on social media before a video on YouTube proved it to be a hoax.The picture generated several theories. The most popular theory is that the young girl had been converted to Islam before being forced to marry the ISIS member appearing in the picture, according to IB Times. The website Arabic Canada solved the mystery surrounding the “outrageous” picture, by sharing a video of what seems to be a Quran recital competition—from which the picture was taken—organized by ISIS in Klassa, a neighborhood in Aleppo, in 2013.The video shows the ISIS member, who was misleadingly presented as the young girl’s groom, having a small chat with her before she recites verses of the Quran.Feeling embarrassed for making several mistakes during her recitation, Ghada, the young girl, starts crying before the man returns. He then clearly tries to comfort her and boost her spirits.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) _ Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) on Monday reported first-quarter profit of $6.66 billion.The Mountain View, California-based company said it had profit of $9.50 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were $11.90 per share.The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $10.57 per share.The internet search leader posted revenue of $36.34 billion in the period. After subtracting Alphabet’s advertising commissions, revenue was $29.48 billion, which did not meet Street forecasts. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $29.99 billion.Alphabet shares have increased 24% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed 17%. In the final minutes of trading on Monday, shares hit $1,295.06, a climb of 26% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on GOOGL at https://www.zacks.com/ap/GOOGLThe Associated Press
Speaking at the occasion, both, the Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake and the UN Resident Representative in Sri Lanka Subinay Nandy, appreciated contribution of ONUR towards the workshop for newly elected MPs. The workshop, hosted by the Secretary General of the Parliament, was inaugurated by Prime Minister and attendees included the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Members of Parliament, invited resource personnel and officials of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR).The ONUR is chaired by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and operates under the presidential secretariat. The ONUR intends to engage further with policymakers at various levels in promoting National Unity and Reconciliation. (Colombo Gazette) Some of the MPs who spoke following the session conducted by ONUR also emphasized the important role played by the Office and expressed their commitment to work towards taking the message of National Unity and Reconciliation forward by way of setting up a Parliamentary Caucus. The importance of working towards National Unity and Reconciliation was endorsed by a vast majority of Parliamentarians who attended a workshop conducted at the Parliamentary premises earlier this month, the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation said today.The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) conducted a session titled “Using Parliamentary Mechanisms In Promoting National Unity and Reconciliation” on the first day of the workshop, which highlighted the importance of celebrating the diversity of Sri Lankans.