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ISIS kills more than 150 women, girls for refusing ‘Jihad marriage’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th December 2014

ISIS kills more than 150 women, girls for refusing ‘Jihad marriage’ The Iraqi Human Rights Ministry has declared that an ISIS terrorist known as Abu Anas Al-Libi, has killed more than 150 women and girls for refusing to comply with the “Jihad marriage” (Jihad el-Nikah) order enforced by the extremist group, Al Arabiya’s Jawad El-Hatab reported. Libi is not to be confused with the man carrying...


Surging child abuse in Egypt overshadowed by strife

By: Hassaan Ali, Uploaded: 13th December 2014

Surging child abuse in Egypt overshadowed by strife by Haitham El-Tabei CAIRO: – Eight-year-old Rahma was on her way home from school when she was raped — another victim of a surge in child abuse that has been overshadowed by turmoil in Egypt. Two months on, she is still receiving psychotherapy and dreads going anywhere near the spot where the assault took place,...


Blast near French cultural centre in Gaza, no casualties

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th December 2014

Blast near French cultural centre in Gaza, no casualties GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories,An explosion occurred outside the French cultural centre in Gaza City on Friday night, but caused no casualties An AFP photographer said.The explosion was just behind the building and damaged a wall,the photographer said, adding that the cause of the blast was not immediately known....


Israel vote puts PM, centre-left on collision course

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th December 2014

Israel vote puts PM, centre-left on collision course by Delphine Matthieussent JERUSALEM: – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a growing threat from centre-left rivals who have joined forces to try to oust the rightwing leader in snap elections, experts say. Parliament on Monday set polling day for March 17, just over two years after Netanyahu’s right-leaning coalition took office, and following a...


Policeman killed in Bahrain ‘terrorist’ attack: ministry

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th December 2014

Policeman killed in Bahrain ‘terrorist’ attack: ministry DUBAI, Dec  09, 2014 (AFP) – One policeman was killed in a “terrorist” attack in a Shiite town in Bahrain, the interior ministry said Tuesday. The attack occurred Monday night in Damistan, southwest of Manama, while the officer was “doing his duty”, the ministry said, adding that an investigation was under way. Security forces set...


Car bombs kill 6 soldiers in southeast Yemen: military

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th December 2014

Car bombs kill 6 soldiers in southeast Yemen: military ADEN: – Twin suicide car bombs on Tuesday killed at least six soldiers in an attack on an army headquarters in southeast Yemen, the military said. The explosive-laden vehicles were detonated at the entrance of the base in the town of Seiyun in Hadramout province, according to a military source....


Syria strikes kill three in Lebanon border area: report

By: Hassaan Ali, Uploaded: 9th December 2014

Syria strikes kill three in Lebanon border area: report BEIRUT:- Syrian warplanes carried out air strikes in a border region of eastern Lebanon overnight, killing three people and injuring two others, Lebanon’s official news agency said Tuesday. The National News Agency said the strikes hit the outskirts of the border town of Arsal, which has regularly been targeted by Syrian government air raids and...


Beirut’s ‘fairytale’ villa comes back to life

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 8th December 2014

Beirut’s ‘fairytale’ villa comes back to life by Rana MOUSSAOUI BEIRUT:- Like a mirage in the middle of Beirut’s high-rise seafront, the exquisite mansion is a lonely reminder of this city’s romantic past. Rose House is an architectural gem, an Ottoman villa perched rather bizarrely next to an equally elegant lighthouse overlooking the Mediterranean. As newly built apartment blocks crowd in on...


Oil pipeline bursts near Israel-Jordan border

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 4th December 2014

Oil pipeline bursts near Israel-Jordan border JERUSALEM:- An oil pipeline rupture has caused thousands of cubic metres of crude oil to spill into the Arava desert in southern Israel near the border with Jordan, officials said Thursday. The incident took place just north of the Red Sea resort city of Eilat and 500 metres (yards) from the frontier. The spill was...


US says Iranian fighter jets bomb IS jihadists in Iraq

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd December 2014

US says Iranian fighter jets bomb IS jihadists in Iraq by Dan De Luce WASHINGTON:- Iranian fighter jets struck Islamic State militants in eastern Iraq in recent days, the Pentagon said Tuesday, signaling Tehran’s determination to confront the jihadists and Washington’s tacit partnership with arch-foe Iran. The air raids marked an escalation in Iran’s role in a conflict that has seen Tehran and the Washington...


Corruption on rise in Turkey, China: Transparency

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd December 2014

Corruption on rise in Turkey, China: Transparency by Frank ZELLER BERLIN:- Corruption is feared to be worsening in China, Turkey and other fast-growing economies, an anti-graft watchdog warned Wednesday, also urging the world’s banking centres to help combat sleaze and money-laundering. Transparency International released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which ranked Sudan, North Korea and Somalia as the worst offenders and...


Transparency International corruption rankings

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd December 2014

Transparency International corruption rankings BERLIN:- The following is a list of the top- and bottom-ranked 10 nations — plus 10 big economies in the mid-range — on graft watchdog Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index, released Wednesday. The index score relates to perceptions of the degree of corruption as seen by country analysts and business people, and ranges from...


119 nationalities sing UAE national anthem to set world record

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd December 2014

119 nationalities sing UAE national anthem to set world record ISLAMABAD:-The UAE has once again entered the record books,this time for most nationalities singing a national anthem at a time. Bringing together students from more than 119 nationalities to sing the UAE national anthem, students from GEMS schools set the new record. “Our world record-breaking rendition of the UAE national anthem is acelebration of unity...


Lebanese army detains a wife, son of Islamic State leader – officials

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd December 2014

Lebanese army detains a wife, son of Islamic State leader – officials BEIRUT:- The Lebanese army detained a wife and a son of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria in recent days, security officials said on Tuesday. The officials declined to give the name or nationality of the woman whom they described as one of his wives. The Lebanese newspaper As-Safir reported...


WFP suspends food aid for 1.7 mln Syrian refugees

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd December 2014

WFP suspends food aid for 1.7 mln Syrian refugees ISLAMABAD:- lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Programme (WFP) said. “Without WFP vouchers, many families will go hungry. For refugees already struggling to survive the harsh winter, the consequences of halting this assistance...


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....


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