Saturday , September 22 2018


Growing desertions as DAESH loses ground – Western extremists return

PARIS, June 10, (AFP): Growing numbers of Western jihadists are deserting the Islamic State (IS) group and returning to countries like France, where security services are trying to sort genuine repenters from terror suspects, experts say. IS, which is losing ground on several fronts in Syria and Iraq, is also …

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Hindu worker hacked to death in Bangladesh

A 62-year-old Hindu monastery worker was hacked to death in Bangladesh on Friday, police said, the latest in a series of such attacks on religious minorities in the mainly Muslim country. The latest murder came as Bangladeshi police announced a special week-long crackdown on militants as they ramp up efforts …

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Muslim women fight ‘triple’ divorce – Overwhelming majority favor abolition of practice

BHOPAL, India, June 10, (AFP): Only three words were scrawled on the letter from her husband and posted to her parent’s home in central India, but they were enough to shatter Sadaf Mehmood’s life. Using an ancient and controversial Islamic practice, Mehmood’s husband wrote “talaq, talaq, talaq” or “I divorce …

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Riyadh denies threat to UN funding

UNITED NATIONS, United States, June 9, (AFP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday rebuked Saudi Arabia and its allies for resorting to “undue pressure” to remove the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen from a blacklist of child rights violators. In his first public remarks about the uproar, Ban said he …

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Ethiopia says army killed 101 jihadists – ‘Militants killing 43 Ethiopian soldiers is an absolute lie’

MOGADISHU, June 9, (AFP): Ethiopia has said that its soldiers deployed in Somalia killed 101 Shabaab fighters who on Thursday attacked an army base used by the African Union force fighting the Al-Qaeda linked group. The Shabaab movement earlier announced a major assault on the base in Halgan in the …

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US apologises to Qatar over military video

DOHA, June 9, (AFP): The US ambassador in Doha on Thursday formally apologised to Qatar after a video was posted online showing laughing American soldiers stationed in the Gulf allegedly insulting the emirate’s flag. Dana Shell Smith took to Twitter to apologise and called on the US military to investigate …

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Kuwait dips in Global Peace Index – Second in MENA

LONDON, June 8: Kuwait is ranked as the 51st most peaceful country in the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2016 released Wednesday, a deterioration of 15 from last year’s rank, and is ranked second out of the 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa region. The tenth edition of …

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Tax fears in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH/DUBAI, June 8, (RTRS): Expatriates in Saudi Arabia and their Saudi employers alike voiced unease about a proposal the government is studying to impose income tax on foreign workers to make up for falling oil revenues. Around a third of the 30 million inhabitants of the world’s top oil exporter …

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12 people killed, 50 abducted in E. Afghan highway attacks

GHAZNI, Afghanistan, June 8, (RTRS): Suspected Taleban insurgents in Afghanistan killed 12 people after stopping their vehicles on a road in the east of the country, while 50 people were kidnapped in the north, the latest in a spate of highway attacks, officials said on Wednesday. The Taleban have made …

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Daughter burned alive for marrying for love in Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan, June 8, (AP): A Pakistani woman was arrested Wednesday after dousing her daughter with kerosene and burning her alive, allegedly because the girl had defied her family to marry a man she was in love with, police said. Police official Sheikh Hammad said the killing took place in …

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