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Riyadh: Bomb Blast in Mosque, four feared dead

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 22nd May 2015

Riyadh: Bomb Blast in Mosque, four feared dead RIYADH: An explosion in a mosque during prayers left four people dead, while 30 people got injured here on Friday, Aaj News reported. In eastern part of Saudi Arabia a blast was reported. A suicide bomber has blown himself at a Shiite mosque in the east of Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers The blast occurred...


Saudi advertises for swordsmen as execution rate soars

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th May 2015

Saudi advertises for swordsmen as execution rate soars Riyadh – Saudi Arabia advertised vacancies for eight executioners Tuesday after beheading nearly as many people since the start of the year as it did in the whole of 2014. The civil service ministry said that no qualifications were necessary and that applicants would be exempted from the usual entrance exams. It said that as...


Saudi Arabia orders cease fire in Yemen

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th May 2015

Saudi Arabia orders cease fire in Yemen Web Desk Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that it would cease bombing in war-torn Yemen for five days hinting that it is bowing to international pressure. Saudi foreign minister Adel-el Jubair said that the ceasefire will begin at 11pm on Tuesday, the New York Times reported. Jubeir was speaking at a conference in Paris which...


Makkah to `have world’s longest walkway’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th April 2015

Makkah to `have world’s longest walkway’ ISLAMABAD: The Makkah Municipality of Saudi Arabia has announced that new pedestrian road leading to Arafat from Makkah is nearing completion and will be opened before the next Haj season, a senior official said. Director of the municipality’s department of parks and public utilities told the Makkah newspaper that the first and second stages of...


95 percent of Grand Mosque expansion work completed

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th April 2015

95 percent of Grand Mosque expansion work completed ISLAMABAD: Ninety-five percent of a project to expand the circumambulation area around the Holy Kaaba (mataf) has been completed, thanks to 30 months of non-stop work ordered by the late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. Work is proceeding according to schedule for the third phase of the scheme, which is supposed to...


US aircraft carrier heading away from Yemen: officials

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th April 2015

US aircraft carrier heading away from Yemen: officials Washington: A US aircraft carrier and a guided-missile cruiser are leaving the waters off Yemen and heading back to the Gulf after an Iranian naval convoy also turned back from the area, officials said Friday. The carrier and the cruiser, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Normandy, had deployed to the region this week...


Islamic State shoots and beheads 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya: video

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th April 2015

Islamic State shoots and beheads 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya: video CAIRO: A video purportedly made by Islamic State and posted on social media sites on Sunday appeared to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. Reuters was unable to verify the authenticity of the video, but the killings resemble past violence carried out by Islamic State, an ultra-hardline group that has...


Clashes, air strikes kill 85 in Yemen

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th April 2015

Clashes, air strikes kill 85 in Yemen Aden: Clashes between rebels and pro-government forces and Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 85 people in Yemen, medics and military sources said Sunday, after Riyadh pledged to fund a UN aid appeal. The United Nations says hundreds of people have died and thousands of families have fled their homes since the coalition air war...


Iraqi forces retake most of Iraq’s largest refinery: officials

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th April 2015

Iraqi forces retake most of Iraq’s largest refinery: officials BAGHDAD: The insurgents attacked Iraq’s Baiji refinery a week ago by blasting through the security perimeter around it and taking over several installations, including storage tanks. A spokesman for Iraq’s counterterrorism forces told Reuters troops protecting the refinery had now retaken most facilities, although there were still small pockets of insurgents left on the site....


Al Shabaab militants kill regional Somali lawmaker in capital

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th April 2015

Al Shabaab militants kill regional Somali lawmaker in capital MOGADISHU :  Gunmen from Somali Islamist group al Shabaab killed a regional lawmaker on Saturday after he had taken his wife to hospital in the capital Mogadishu, the group and officials said. Aden Haji Hussein, a legislator from the semi-autonomous Puntland region, was sprayed with bullets when he returned to his parked car outside the...


New restrictions in Lebanon mean Syrian refugees live in fear

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th April 2015

New restrictions in Lebanon mean Syrian refugees live in fear BEIRUT: New rules in Lebanon, which has the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world, have left many thousands of them at risk of abuse from landlords and detention at any time, aid workers and a rights group say. Four years of civil war across the border in Syria means that one in...


At least 76 dead in Yemen air raids, fighting

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th April 2015

At least 76 dead in Yemen air raids, fighting Aden: At least 76 people were killed in Yemen Friday as Saudi-led warplanes pounded rebels heading to bolster an assault on loyalists in Aden and fighting raged in Taez, officials said. At least 20 rebels were killed, and two tanks and four armoured vehicles destroyed, in the overnight air strikes on a convoy headed out...


No breakthrough between Iran and U.N. nuclear watchdog

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 16th April 2015

No breakthrough between Iran and U.N. nuclear watchdog VIENNA: The U.N. nuclear watchdog said it had a “constructive exchange” with Iran this week but there was no sign of a breakthrough on aspects of its nuclear program that the agency says Tehran has failed to fully address. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is investigating Iran’s nuclear program in parallel to talks between...


New Yemen Vice President says he hopes to avert Saudi invasion

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 16th April 2015

New Yemen Vice President says he hopes to avert Saudi invasion ADEN: Yemen’s newly-appointed Vice President Khaled Bahah, a widely respected figure named this week to shore up the legitimacy of the exiled Saudi-backed government, said on Thursday he hoped to avert a Saudi-led invasion to restore unity to the country. Arab military exercises planned for Saudi Arabia have raised speculation that Riyadh is considering land...


Iran to name first woman ambassador since 1979: media

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 15th April 2015

Iran to name first woman ambassador since 1979: media TEHRAN: Iran is to appoint a woman ambassador for the first time since its 1979 Islamic Revolution, according to unconfirmed media reports Wednesday. The reports said foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham would be named ambassador to an Asian country. Afkham herself said she could not comment on “rumours”, quoted by state news agency IRNA. “Appointments...


Iran not negotiating nuclear deal with US Congress: Rouhani

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 15th April 2015

Iran not negotiating nuclear deal with US Congress: Rouhani TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani downplayed Wednesday the threat of US congressional action against an eventual nuclear deal, saying Tehran is not negotiating with the lawmakers but with world powers. The US Senate foreign relations committee gave the green light Tuesday to a bill that would give Congress the right to review a possible final...


Obama, Iraq’s Abadi to discuss Islamic State fight in White House meeting

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th April 2015

Obama, Iraq’s Abadi to discuss Islamic State fight in White House meeting WASHINGTON: Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and President Barack Obama will discuss the fight against Islamic State on Tuesday at a White House meeting likely to be dominated by Iraqi requests for U.S. arms and tension over Iran’s role on the battlefield. In his first U.S. trip since becoming prime minister, Abadi is expected to seek billions...


Iran puts forward Yemen peace plan as Houthis suffer battlefield setbacks

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th April 2015

Iran puts forward Yemen peace plan as Houthis suffer battlefield setbacks ADEN: Iran proposed a peace plan for Yemen on Tuesday and called for an end to Saudi-led air strikes against Houthi rebels allied to Tehran, but the move was likely to draw a cool response from Riyadh. On the battlefront, militiamen loyal to deposed President President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said they had pushed back Houthi fighters at several...


Deal or not, many U.S. states will keep sanctions grip on Iran

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th April 2015

Deal or not, many U.S. states will keep sanctions grip on Iran WASHINGTON: As the United States and Iran come closer to a historic nuclear deal, many U.S. states are likely to stick with their own sanctions on Iran that could complicate any warming of relations between the long-time foes. In a little known aspect of Iran’s international isolation, around two dozen states have enacted measures punishing companies operating in...


Rebels in Syria bombard government-held part of Aleppo

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th April 2015

Rebels in Syria bombard government-held part of Aleppo BEIRUT: Insurgents bombarded a government-held part of Syria’s second city Aleppo overnight, killing at least eight people, Syrian state media reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group that tracks the war, said eight people were killed in an air strike by government forces in a separate, rebel-held part of the city. Aleppo,...


Syrian Kurds battle Islamic State in northeast

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th April 2015

Syrian Kurds battle Islamic State in northeast BEIRUT: At least two dozen Islamic State fighters have been killed in northeastern Syria in a battle with Kurdish forces supported by U.S.-led air strikes, a Kurdish official and a group monitoring the war said on Saturday. Ten members of the Kurdish YPG militia were also killed in the fighting in Hasaka province, a strategically...


Iran produces mouthwash from satureja

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th April 2015

Iran produces mouthwash from satureja ISLAMABAD:  Researchers at a knowledge-based company has developed a mouthwash using satureja. The product called Orthodentol is an antiseptic solution intended to reduce the microbial load in the oral cavity, Iran Daily reported. The mouthwash also has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties and keeps teeth clean and breath fresh. Those who wear braces have a higher...


Afghan aid workers found dead; 100 students hospitalised after meal

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th April 2015

Afghan aid workers found dead; 100 students hospitalised after meal KABUL: Authorities in western Afghanistan are investigating whether 100 schoolboys who were hospitalised on Saturday were poisoned, police said, a day after five aid workers kidnapped by the Taliban were found dead. The boys, ages 10 to 14, fell sick after they ate beans from a vendor outside the school who told them the meal...


First Red Cross, UNICEF planes land in Yemen

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th April 2015

First Red Cross, UNICEF planes land in Yemen GENEVA: The first two planeloads of medical aid for Yemen landed in the capital Sanaa on Friday after weeks of conflict which have killed 600 people and displaced 100,000 others, and the United Nations appealed for a pause in fighting to allow more aid in. U.N. officials and aid workers say that the fighting is pushing...


Islamic State attacks Iraqi provincial capital

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th April 2015

Islamic State attacks Iraqi provincial capital BAGHDAD: Islamic State militants attacked the capital of Iraq’s vast Anbar province on multiple fronts on Friday, seizing two areas on the city outskirts in a setback for a government campaign to retake the desert terrain. The jihadists deployed vehicle and suicide bombs to tear through Iraqi government lines north of the city of Ramadi...


Israeli troops kill Palestinian at militant’s funeral in West Bank

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th April 2015

Israeli troops kill Palestinian at militant’s funeral in West Bank HEBRON: Israeli troops killed a Palestinian stone-thrower and wounded several others in the occupied West Bank on Friday after a militant’s funeral turned violent, hospital officials and witnesses said. An army spokeswoman confirmed soldiers opened fire during the incident at Beit Omar, near the Palestinian city of Hebron, saying they had feared for their lives...


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