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Bombings hits Baghdad mosque, military convoy in northern Iraq

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th October 2014

Bombings hits Baghdad mosque, military convoy in northern Iraq BAGHDAD:  A suicide bomber killed 19 at a funeral in Baghdad on Sunday as an ambush halted Iraqi forces advance on a key northern city controlled by Islamic State fighters. A suicide bomber killed 19 and wounded 28 others outside a mosque, where people were attending a funeral service, in western Baghdad, a police officer...


Yemen suicide bomb leaves 32 dead in capital: rebels

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th October 2014

Yemen suicide bomb leaves 32 dead in capital: rebels SANAA: A powerful suicide bomb rocked the Yemeni capital Thursday, killing at least 32 people in an attack on supporters of Huthi insurgents who have overrun the city, rebel-linked television said. Dozens more were wounded in the blast which struck Sanaa’s Al-Tahrir square as supporters of the rebels were preparing to stage a protest, the...


Palestinian PM to chair first Gaza cabinet meeting

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th October 2014

Palestinian PM to chair first Gaza cabinet meeting GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah crossed into Gaza on Thursday to hold the first cabinet meeting in the war-ravaged territory of a unity government formed by rivals Fatah and Hamas. The meeting was to take place ahead of an October 12 Gaza donors conference in Cairo, and aims to show the...


Gazans make rare Eid visit to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th October 2014

Gazans make rare Eid visit to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa JERUSALEM: Hundreds of elderly Gazans paid a rare visit to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday after Israel eased tight restrictions on movement over Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. It was the first time since 2007 Muslim worshippers from Gaza were granted permission to travel to the ancient shrine in Jerusalem’s Old City, an Israeli...


Top Saudi cleric warns of ‘chaos’ in hajj speech

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 4th October 2014

Top Saudi cleric warns of ‘chaos’ in hajj speech MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia, : The enemies of Muslim nations are trying to spread “chaos and confusion”, Saudi Arabia’s top cleric told Muslims from around the world in an address during the annual hajj pilgrimage Friday. “Oh Muslim peoples, your countries have been entrusted to you, so safeguard your security and stability, your gains, your...


New Afghan President Ghani takes oath, seeks peace talks

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th September 2014

New Afghan President Ghani takes oath, seeks peace talks KABUL: Ashraf Ghani, a one-time US-based academic, was sworn in as new president of Afghanistan on Monday and used his inaugural speech to call for Taliban insurgents to join peace talks after 13 years of war. The militant threat in Kabul was underlined by a suicide attack outside the airport’s main entrance that killed four...


UN says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 16th September 2014

UN says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a deal to allow reconstruction work to begin in the war-torn Gaza Strip with U.N. monitoring of the use of materials, U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry said on Tuesday. Serry told the U.N. Security Council that the United Nations had brokered the...


Rates of camps at holy places to be reduced during Hajj

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th September 2014

Rates of camps at holy places to be reduced during Hajj ISLAMABAD: Saudi Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar,has said the ministry will reduce occupancy rates of camps at the holy places from 85 percent to 75 percent with the aim to reduce the cost of the pilgrimage. Hajjar revealed that the ministry is considering the re-evaluation of Haj companies and allowing them to reduce the number of...


PIMA invites surgeons to get registered for relief work in Gaza

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th August 2014

PIMA invites surgeons to get registered for relief work in Gaza KARACHI: Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) here on Friday announced to despatch its third team of doctors to Gaza by end of September this year. A PIMA spokesman said there was urgent need of general surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, vascular surgeons and plastic surgeons for around 10,000 injured citizens in Gaza. Interested doctors were advised to...


Gaza truce holds as Israel, Hamas claim ‘victory’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th August 2014

Gaza truce holds as Israel, Hamas claim ‘victory’ GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories : The skies over Gaza remained calm Wednesday as a long-term ceasefire took hold, ending the deadliest violence in a decade, with Israel and Hamas both claiming ‘victory’ in the 50-day war. Millions in and around the war-torn enclave enjoyed a welcome night of peace during which there were no strikes...


Saudi set for $8.5 billion from hajj: study

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th August 2014

Saudi set for $8.5 billion from hajj: study MECCA, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia could earn $8.5 billion from this October’s hajj, according to a study published on Monday, which predicted that two million Muslims would make the pilgrimage to Mecca. The Mecca Chamber of Commerce said revenues from the world’s largest annual gathering of Muslims would increase by three percent from last year....


Israel in deadly Gaza air raids, Egypt in new truce plan

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th August 2014

Israel in deadly Gaza air raids, Egypt in new truce plan GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Violence reverberated across Gaza on Monday with at least eight Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes as Egypt proposed a new ceasefire that would open key crossings into the blockaded territory. Since an earlier truce collapsed on August 19, the death toll in Gaza has risen steadily with 109 Palestinians killed...


Israeli strikes kill 24 on day 45 of Gaza war

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st August 2014

Israeli strikes kill 24 on day 45 of Gaza war GAZA CITY: Three senior Hamas commanders and four children were among 24 Palestinians killed in Gaza Thursday as Israel stepped up air strikes on day 45 of the bloody conflict. Aside from the 24 people killed in air strikes, rescue workers also found the body of a child under the rubble who had been killed...


Clashes near Kabul as Karzai calls for political unity

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th August 2014

Clashes near Kabul as Karzai calls for political unity KABUL: About 200 Taliban fighters launched an offensive in a province near Kabul on Tuesday as Afghanistan’s disputed election threatens to leave the central government weakened at the same time as US troops pull out. President Hamid Karzai appealed for the two men vying to succeed him to end their stand-off over the poll result...


Saudi top cleric blasts Qaeda, IS as ‘enemy No 1′ of Islam

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th August 2014

Saudi top cleric blasts Qaeda, IS as ‘enemy No 1′ of Islam RIYADH: Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh on Tuesday blasted Al-Qaeda and Islamic State jihadists as “enemy number one” of Islam, in a statement issued in Riyadh. “The ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism… have nothing to do with Islam and (their proponents) are the enemy number one of Islam,” the kingdom’s top cleric...


Three Gaza rockets hit southern Israel during truce: Army

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th August 2014

Three Gaza rockets hit southern Israel during truce: Army JERUSALEM: Three rockets fired by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip struck near the southern Israeli city of Beersheva Tuesday, hours before a ceasefire was due to expire, the military said. “Three (rockets) fell on open ground in the Beersheva area,” a spokeswoman told AFP. There were no reports of casualties. Source:...


Israel will hit back hard if more Gaza rocket attacks: PM

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th August 2014

Israel will hit back hard if more Gaza rocket attacks: PM JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday that Israel will hit back hard if Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza resume, speaking just hours before the midnight expiry of a five-day ceasefire. “We are ready for all scenarios… the army is ready to respond with force if the firing (of rockets) resumes,” he said in a...


Iran backs choice of new Iraq PM: top official

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th August 2014

Iran backs choice of new Iraq PM: top official TEHRAN: Iran, a key ally of Iraq’s sidelined Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said Tuesday it backed the legal process to pick his replacement, following the nomination of Haidar al-Abadi as new head of government. Ali Shamkhani, secretary and representative of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, made the remarks at...


‘Resistance!’ cry crowds at Hamas Gaza victory rally

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 7th August 2014

‘Resistance!’ cry crowds at Hamas Gaza victory rally GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories, Aug 07, (APP/AFP) – Hundreds of Palestinians poured onto the streets of Gaza City on Thursday to attend a Hamas victory rally, chanting support for resistance against Israel, an AFP reporter said. Loudspeakers mounted by the roadside blared out Hamas victory songs as the crowd — most of them men but...


Israeli offensive deteriorates Gaza water crisis

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 6th August 2014

Israeli offensive deteriorates Gaza water crisis Palestine: Israel’s offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip has exacerbated a crippling water crisis in the Palestinian enclave.The Gaza Strip was already facing a water shortage before the Israeli  war on the blockaded enclave began on July 8. The Israeli onslaught on the area has deteriorated the situation and most of the families in the...


British Muslim minister quits government over Gaza policy

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th August 2014

British Muslim minister quits government over Gaza policy LONDON: A British minister who was the first Muslim woman to sit in the Cabinet has resigned over the British government’s policy on Gaza, she said on Tuesday. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a minister at the Foreign Office and minister for faith and communities, wrote on Twitter: “With deep regret I have this morning written to...


Israel, Palestinians agree 72-hour truce from Tuesday: source

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th August 2014

Israel, Palestinians agree 72-hour truce from Tuesday: source CAIRO: Israel and the Palestinians have agreed a new 72-hour Gaza ceasefire starting 0500 GMT Tuesday after negotiations in Cairo, a senior Egyptian official said. A Palestinian delegation, including Hamas representatives, has been holding talks in Cairo with Egyptian mediators for a durable truce in Gaza, but Israel has not yet sent any negotiators to...


Sisi says Egypt truce plan ‘real chance’ to end Gaza clashes

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd August 2014

Sisi says Egypt truce plan ‘real chance’ to end Gaza clashes CAIRO: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Saturday an Egyptian truce plan provided a “real chance” to end the Gaza conflict, stressing the need for its speedy implementation. “The Egyptian proposal is the real chance to find a solution to the crisis in Gaza and to end the bloodshed,” Sisi told a joint news conference with...


Gaza toll rises over 1,270 on day 23 of Israeli assault

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 30th July 2014

Gaza toll rises over 1,270 on day 23 of Israeli assault GAZA CITY: Forty people died in Israeli strikes across Gaza Wednesday, including 16 killed when shells hit a UN school, sending the Palestinian toll from 23 days of fighting over 1,270. The latest violence saw six members of the same family, three of them children, killed when an Israeli shell hit the Tuffah neighbourhood in...


UN Security Council calls for humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 28th July 2014

UN Security Council calls for humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza UNITED NATIONS: The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement on Sunday urging Israel, Palestinians and Islamist Hamas militants to implement a humanitarian truce beyond the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr and engage in efforts to achieve a durable ceasefire. The statement expresses strong support for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire, allowing for the...


Israel sets temporary Gaza humanitarian truce

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 17th July 2014

Israel sets temporary Gaza humanitarian truce JERUSALEM: Israel said on Wednesday it would temporarily halt fire in the Gaza Strip on Thursday for a five-hour period, citing humanitarian reasons. The military said after contacts with U.N. officials Israel has decided that “between 1000 (0700 GMT) and 1500 (1200 GMT) the Israeli military will cease operational activity with the Gaza Strip and...


 
 
 



 
 
 
 



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