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Illegal excavation uncovers Pharaonic temple ruins

Cairo, Oct 30 : A clandestine excavation in a rural town, south of Egypt's capital Cairo, has uncovered artifacts from a Pharaonic temple dating back to more than 3,500 years ago, said Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh al-Damati.


IS releases 25 kidnapped Kurdish students in Syria

Damascus, Oct 30 : The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has released 25 Kurdish students it had kidnapped in Syria last May, a monitoring group said.


Israeli NGO blames occupation for Palestinians' poor living standards

Jerusalem, Oct 30 : Israel's military, civil and administrative occupation of the West Bank has led to a dramatic decline in Palestinians' living conditions, according to a Israeli human rights group B'Tselem's report.


Jordan warns against forced displacement of Arab Christians

Amman, Oct 30 : Jordan King Abdullah II Wednesday warned of the forced displacement of Arab Christians in some unrest-hit neighbouring countries, media reported.


Israel launches aerial surveillance in Jerusalem to fight riots

Jerusalem, Oct 30 : The Jerusalem mayor's office announced Wednesday the launch of an aerial surveillance unit that would help security forces curb a wave of riots in Arab neighbourhoods in the eastern part of the city.


10 of a family killed in Egypt car crash

Cairo, Oct 29 : Ten members of a family were killed and 17 injured in a fatal car crash on a desert highway 80 km from here Wednesday, state media reported.


Sudan supports regional plan to resolve conflict in Libya

Khartoum, Oct 29 : Sudan Tuesday announced its support for a regional plan within Libya's neighbouring countries to resolve the conflict in Libya.


Egypt to evacuate border HOUSE with Gaza to create buffer zone

Cairo, Oct 29 : The Egyptian army ordered Tuesday to evacuate the houses in North Sinai's Rafah city that are located alongside the border line with the Gaza Strip to create a buffer zone as part of its anti-terrorism war, a senior security official said.


Turkey allows Iraqi Kurdish forces in Syria to fight IS

Ankara, Oct 28 : Turkish government Tuesday said the Iraqi Kurdish forces could cross its territory into Syria at any moment to fight against Islamic State (IS).


Woman saves Indian from Bangladeshis' captivity in Baharin

Manama, Oct 28 : An Indian, allegedly tortured and held hostage in Bahrain by five Bangladeshis for a paltry BHD800 ransom (about $2,000), was rescued with the help of his co-worker, an Indonesian woman, in an undercover police operation.


IPTL names team coaches

Dubai, Oct 28 : Organisers of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) Tuesday appointed Joshua Eagle and John Laffnie de Jager as coaches of Singapore Slammers and UAE Royals respectively. Fabrice Santoro and Treat Huey will be player-coaches for the Indian Aces and Manila Mavericks.


Bahrain bans major opposition group

Manama, Oct 28 : A Bahrain court Tuesday banned for three months all activities of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, the main Shia opposition group, just less than one month before parliamentary elections in the Gulf nation.


Iraqi govt forces recapture key towns from IS militants

Wellington, Oct 27 : Iraqi government forces have said that they have recaptured key towns from Islamic State militants in Iraq that include Zumar in the north and Jurf al-Sakhar, just south of Baghdad.


Five killed in bomb attack in Baghdad

Baghdad, Oct 28 : At least five people were killed and 32 others wounded in a car bomb attack in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad Monday evening, a police source said.


Israel PM orders harsher penalties for stone-pelters

Jerusalem, Oct 27 : Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday met law enforcement officials and legal experts over the escalating violence in Arab east Jerusalem, ordering the judiciary to expedite legislation which dramatically stiffens penalties against stone-pelting Palestinians.


15 killed in Iraq suicide bombing

Baghdad, Oct 27 : At least 15 Iraqi soldiers and Shia militiamen were killed and 30 others were wounded in a suicide bombing near Jurf Al Sakhar in Iraq's Babil province, south of Baghdad.


Iranian president vows to deal seriously with acid attackers

Tehran, Oct 27 : The Iranian government will spare no efforts to bring justice to anyone responsible for the recent "gruesome" acid attacks on women in the central city of Isfahan, the media quoted President Hassan Rouhani as saying Monday.


Egypt to try civilians in military courts for terrorism

Cairo, Oct 27 : Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi issued a decree Monday allowing military trials for civilians suspected of attacking the country's essential infrastructure, even institutions not belonging to the army, media reported.


11 security personnel killed in Iraq suicide bombing

Baghdad, Oct 27 : At least 11 security personnel were killed and some 25 others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack in Iraq's central Babil province, a provincial security source said Monday.


Netanyahu decides on 1,000 new houses in East Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Oct 27 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the planning of 1,000 new housing units in East Jerusalem, along with more infrastructure in the West Bank, Israeli sources said Monday.


Iran to set up Ebola control hospital

Tehran, Oct 26 : Iranian health officials are working to set up a special hospital to fight any possible Ebola outbreak, a media report said.


Iran's execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari draws worldwide condemnation

London, Oct 26 : The execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, the Iranian woman who was sentenced to death for killing her alleged attempted rapist, has drawn worldwide condemnation.


'Iran's n-rights part of possible comprehensive deal'

Tehran, Oct 25 : Iran will not give up an iota of its nuclear rights in the run-up to a possible comprehensive deal with other powers, senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said Saturday, media reported.


Iraqi forces, Kurdish Peshmerga free two towns from IS

Baghdad, Oct 25 : Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga freed two towns in northern and central Iraq Saturday after fierce clashes with militants of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation, a security source said.


2014 Abu Dhabi Film Festival kicks off

Abu Dhabi, Oct 24 : The 8th edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) began at the Emirates Palace here.


Indian teacher honoured in Saudi Arabia

Jeddah, Oct 24 : The Indian community in Saudi Arabia held a reception here to honour a teacher who has received India's best teacher award.


'Algeria, Egypt face common security challenges'

Algiers, Oct 24 : Visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has said Algeria and Egypt are facing common security challenges resulting from the critical situation prevailing in the Arab world.


Syrian troops recapture majority of key town

Damascus, Oct 24 : The Syrian army Thursday recaptured vast part of a strategic town in central province of Hama after battles with the armed militant groups, the state media reported.


Second MERS case reported in Qatar

Doha, Oct 23 : A 43-year-old man in Qatar has tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the second confirmed case of the deadly virus in 10 days, media reported Thursday.


Indian man reunited with family after 40 years

Dubai, Oct 23 : An Indian man, who had disappeared from his hometown in Kerala nearly 40 years ago, has been found by his family at a hospital in Dubai in the UAE, a newspaper report said.


14 killed, 65 injured in Iraq bomb attacks

Baghdad, Oct 23 : At least 14 people were killed and 65 wounded in two car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital city Wednesday, a police source said.


Khamenei wants less reliance on oil

Tehran, Oct 23 : Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on the country's officials Wednesday to formulate plans to cut Iran's dependence on oil revenues and manage the economy on the basis of the domestic capabilities.


Indian dies after falling from Dubai high-rise

Dubai, Oct 22 : An Indian in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has died, the latest in a series of deaths, after falling from the balcony of his 16th floor apartment.


Two rioters sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Oct 22 : A special court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced two men to death and another person to 12 years in jail for taking part in rioting in Qatif governorate.


U.S., Iraq planning ground offensive against IS to recapture towns, cities

Washington, Oct 22 : The United States and Iraq are drawing up a plan for Iraqi ground troops to launch operations against the Islamic State militants in order to reclaims the towns and cities occupied by IS, said a senior administration official.


Palestine, Israel urged at UN to halt unilateral initiatives

United Nations, Oct 22 : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Tuesday called on Palestine and Israel to overcome differences and halt unilateral initiatives that fuel mistrust, so as to pursue long-term stability in the region.


India calls on Israel, Palestine to resume peace process

United Nations, Oct 22 : India has called upon Israelis and Palestinians to resume the peace process as "dialogue remains the only viable option" to address the issues confronting the region.


Palestine seeks UN action to end Israeli occupation

United Nations, Oct 22 : A Palestinian envoy to the UN Tuesday called on the UN Security Council to support its initiative to end Israel's occupation within a time frame and protect the Palestinians.


Iran supports Iraq's new government: supreme leader

Tehran, Oct 22 : Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Tuesday said the Islamic republic fully supports the new Iraqi government.


Syrian tribe members express resentment over being ignored by West in fight against IS

Washington, Oct 21 : The recent tribal revolt against the Islamic State in Syria that was brutally crushed by the extremists- who massacred hundreds of Shaitat tribe members for rising up against them-received little international attention, causing anger and resentment among the tribesmen.


Mystery over Indian schoolgirl's death in UAE

Dubai, Oct 21 : Mystery surrounds the death of a 12-year-old Indian girl in the emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after she fell from a building, a media report said Tuesday.


Indian arrested in UAE for murdering compatriot

Dubai, Oct 21 : Police in the emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have arrested an Indian man for the alleged murder of a 28-year-old compatriot 24 hours after the crime, media reported.


Lebanon to stop accepting Syrian refugees

Beirut, Oct 21 : Lebanese government has announced no to accept Syrian refugees anymore, state media reported.


13 killed in attacks in Shia areas in Iraq

Baghdad, Oct 20 : At least 13 people were killed and 48 injured Monday in separate bomb attacks in Shia areas in Iraq even as the country's top Shia cleric expressed support for the government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.


Bahrain clerics warned not to use places of worship for campaigning

Manama, Oct 20 : Bahrain authorities Monday warned religious leaders not to promote parliament and municipal candidates in mosques and places of worship ahead of the elections to be held next month.


Iranian women attacked with acid for wearing 'bad hijab'

Johannesburg, Oct 20 : A wave of acid attacks on women in Iran's Isfahan city has triggered fears and concerns that the victims were targeted for being "badly veiled".


10 killed in Baghdad mosque bombing

Baghdad, Oct 20 : Ten worshippers were killed and some 31 others wounded Monday in a suicide bomb attack at a Shia mosque in Iraq's capital Baghdad, an interior ministry source said.


Saudi man's American wife files for e-mail divorce

Riyadh, Oct 20 : An American woman has been allowed to file for divorce from her Saudi husband via e-mail after the man left the US with her three kids and prevented her from seeing them.


Social media helps find missing Indian girl in Sharjah

Sharjah, Oct 20 : A minor Indian girl, who went missing from her home in Sharjah, was found after some five hours -- thanks to social media spreading information about her, media reported Monday.


Israel's Tamar gas field to sell gas to Egypt

Jerusalem, Oct 20 : Israel's Tamar gas field announced Sunday they have signed a bid to sell at least five billion cubic meters of natural gas over three years to private consumers in Egypt.


21 Iraqis killed in mosque sucide attack

Baghdad, Oct 20 : At least 21 people died and 25 others wounded in a suicide attack inside a Shiite mosque in western Baghdad, a police official said Sunday.


Israel arrests 13 Palestinians for rioting

Jerusalem, Oct 19 : Israeli troops overnight Saturday arrested 13 Palestinians across the West Bank who were suspected of rioting and using violence towards Israeli civilians and security forces, the Israeli army said.


Iran summons Pakistan envoy over border guards' deaths

Tehran, Oct 19 : Iran has summoned the Pakistani ambassador to Tehran over a series of terrorist incidents that killed several Iranian guards along the Pakistani border, media reported.


Bahrain opposition party threatens poll boycott

Manama, Oct 19 : Bahrain's largest opposition party, Al Wefaq National Islamic Society Sunday asked its members and supporters not to participate in the upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections.


Western states condemn violence in Libya

Cairo, Oct 19 : The US, France, Britain, Italy and Germany have condemned ongoing violence in Libya and demanded an immediate stop of all hostilities.


Arab League delegation supports Iraq's anti-IS fight

Baghdad, Oct 19 : An Arab League chief headed delegation arrived in Baghdad Sunday to show support to Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State (IS).


Saudi Arabia may ban children from performing Haj

Jeddah, Oct 19 : Saudi Arabia is considering a ban on children below 10 years of age from performing the Haj next year, media reported Sunday.


Mahmoud Abbas says keen to contnue dialogue with Hamas

Ramallah, Oct 19 : Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that he is keen to keep dialogue with Hamas movement going to finalise reconciliation and end the internal rift.


Jordan appeals to end Al Aqsa Mosque restrictions

Amman, Oct 19 : Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh Saturday called for international efforts to end Israeli violations against Al Aqsa mosque, media reported.


Elephant tusk smuggle attempt foiled by Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Oct 19 : Saudi Arabia said Saturday that it foiled an attempt to smuggle 588 pieces of elephant tusks from Africa to Asia, media reported.


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