6 June 2016

Q&A: What is Ramadan and why do Muslims fast all day?

A Muslim woman reads the Quran following noon prayers on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 6, 2016. During Ramadan, the holiest month on Islamic calendar, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk.
Millions of Muslims around the world on Monday marked the start of Ramadan, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. Others will begin fasting a day later, Tuesday, due to a moon-sighting methodology that can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or two apart. 

Here are some questions and answers about Islam's holiest month:

India's Modi: cooperation with Swiss on tax-evasion fight

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a round table with Swiss Economic representatives, in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, June 6, 2016.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his country and Switzerland have a "shared priority" in fighting tax evasion and the practice of squirreling away "black money" in Swiss banks.
Modi spoke Monday to reporters alongside Switzerland's president in a brief stop in Geneva as part of a five-country trip. Modi's next stop is Washington.
The Indian leader pointed to "the need for an early and expeditious exchange of information to bring to justice the tax offenders."