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Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood demands leader's release

Amman, Nov 22 : Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood has demanded the release of its detained leader Zaki Bani Rsheid.

Lebanon won't celebrate independence day, owing to presidential vacancy

Beirut, Nov 22 : Lebanon has cancelled all official plans to celebrate its independence day, according to media reports.

Bahrain set for first election since 2011 protests

Manama, Nov 22 : Bahrain will hold its first parliamentary elections Saturday, since a failed protest against the monarchy in 2011, though the Shiite opposition has called for a boycott of the elections.

Syrian army kills 'terrorists' near Kobane

Damascus, Nov 21 : Syrian troops reportedly killed tens of "terrorists" in the northern part of the country Thursday.

Iraqi forces retake town from IS

Baghdad, Nov 20 : Iraqi security forces Thursday retook control of a town from Islamic State (IS) militant group in eastern Iraq, and are fighting to seize another in the west, security sources said.

Turkey to cooperate with Iraq in fighting IS: Iraqi PM

Baghdad, Nov 20 : Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Thursday that Turkey has offered military cooperation to fight the Islamic State(IS) militant group.

Walt Disney may open first Middle-East Disney World in Egypt

Jerusalem, Nov 20 : Walt Disney is reportedly in talks with Egypt to open its first Disney World in the Middle East.

Indian jailed for strangling wife

Dubai, Nov 20 : An Indian man in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been sentenced to three years in jail for strangling his wife to death under the influence of liquor after suspecting that she had an extramarital affair, media reported.

Egypt welcomes Saudi call for Arab solidarity

Cairo, Nov 20 : Egypt has welcomed Saudi king Abdullah bin Abdulaiz Al Saud's call for solidarity among the Arab states in order to tackle the challenges affecting the region.

Iran says nuclear deal possible if world powers refrain from making excessive demands

Johannesburg, Nov 19 : Iran's foreign minister has said that the final round of talks between him and the permanent members of UN Security Council could lead to a nuclear deal provided the world powers refrained from making 'excessive demands'.

Al-Malki urges Spain to recognise Palestine state

Ramallah, Nov 19 : Palestinian Foreign Minister Reyad al-Malki Wednesday called on Spain to recognise the state of Palestine after its parliament voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in favour of establishing a Palestinian state.

Indian jailed for molesting minor girl

Dubai, Nov 19 : An Indian man in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been sentenced to one year in jail for molesting a seven-year-old British girl on the pretext of giving her tissues, media reported.

Riyadh has never funded extremists: Saudi journalist

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 19 : Saudi Arabia has never knowingly or unknowingly funded extremists, a veteran Saudi journalist said Wednesday.

Indian family waits for months to receive body from Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Nov 19 : A poor Indian family is waiting for several months to receive the body of their breadwinner, who had committed suicide in Saudi Arabia for not being able to return home due to poor financial and health condition, media reported Wednesday.

Saudi authorities warn against hunting migratory birds

Riyadh, Nov 19 : Saudi Arabian authorities have warned citizens against hunting or coming into contact with migratory birds that are currently travelling through the country to avoid bird flu, media reported Wednesday.

Jordan urges restraint after Jerusalem synagogue attack

Amman, Nov 19 : Jordan Wednesday called for self-restraint in Jerusalem after four Israelis were killed and eight injured in an attack at a synagogue in west Jerusalem Tuesday, media reported.

10 killed in security raid in Egypt's Sinai

Cairo, Nov 19 : At least 10 people, including civilians, were killed in an exchange of fire between security forces and militants at a village in Rafah city in Egypt's restive North Sinai province, a security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Iraq rejects entry of foreign ground troops

Baghdad, Nov 19 : Iraqi Defence Minister Khalid al-Obiedi said Tuesday his country rejected the entry of foreign ground troops to fight against terrorism, stressing that the Iraqi army will be able to expel the Islamic State (IS) militant group from the country.

Israeli PM orders demolition of synagogue assailants' homes

Jerusalem, Nov 18 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday ordered security officials to demolish the homes of two Palestinians that perpetrated a deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, his office said in a statement.

Iranian minister thinks nuclear deal possible before deadline

Vienna, Nov 18 : Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed here Tuesday that he believed it is still possible to reach an agreement on his country's nuclear programme before the Nov 24 deadline.

Saudis not to pay insurance fee for unskilled Indian maid

Makkah, Nov 18 : Saudi sponsors need not pay medical insurance of unskilled housemaids from India who carry a passport with a stamp of ECR (emigration clearance required), the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said in a circular.

No hike in wages of Indian workers, says envoy to UAE

Dubai, Nov 18 : Refuting a report published in a section of the media about a hike in wages of Indian workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council copuntries, Indian Ambassador to the UAE T.P. Seetharam said that no such revision in the minimum wages of Indian workers in this Gulf nation was made in the recent past.

Indian woman gets life term for killing minor in Dubai

Dubai, Nov 18 : A 30-year old Indian nanny was sentenced to life by the Dubai Court of First Instance for killing an 11-month old British baby girl in January.

Difficult to get into rhythm in Abu Dhabi: Hulkenburg

Abu Dhabi, Nov 17 : Force India driver Nico Hulkenburg Monday said, ahead of this weekend's Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, that the Yas Marina Circuit here is a difficult track to get into rhythm as it has long straights followed by tight corners.

Saudi man divorces wife over neglected Whatsapp messages

Dubai, Nov 17 : A man from Saudi recently divorced his wife for ignoring his messages on Whatsapp despite being an avid smartphone user.

Egypt strongly condemns beheading of US aid worker

Cairo, Nov 17 : Egypt Monday strongly condemned the beheading of a US hostage by the Islamic State(IS) Sunni radical organisation.

Laying foundation of democratic state: Egypt PM

Cairo, Nov 17 : Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab Monday said his government is acting to lay the foundation of a democratic, modern state, the state-run MENA news agency reported.

GCC ends diplomatic row with Qatar

Riyadh, Nov 17 : Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have ended their row with Qatar and have agreed to return their ambassadors to the country, media reported Monday.

Riyadh hosts GCC summit to discuss Qatar

Riyadh, Nov 17 : Leaders of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members gathered in Riyadh Sunday for a summit to discuss issues of common interests, mainly Qatar's policy towards other member countries.

Libyan court postpones trial of Gaddafi-era officials

Tripoli, Nov 16 : A Libyan court Sunday postponed to Nov 30 the trial of Muammar Gaddafi-era officials at the request of the defence lawyers.

Ready to cooperate in all sectors: Saudi crown prince to Modi

Brisbane, Nov 16 : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday had a first-time bilateral meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who congratulated him as prime minister of a friendly country.

UAE lists Muslim Brotherhood among terrorist groups

Abu Dhabi, Nov 16 : The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has officially branded the Muslim Brotherhood and its local affiliates as terrorist groups, in a latest terror list that includes a total of 83 Islamist organisations.

Syrian troops kill 11 jihadis in Daraa province

Damascus, Nov 16 : Syrian troops killed 11 fighters of jihadi groups during clashes in the southern province of Daraa Saturday, a monitoring group said.

Top US officer in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi leaders

Baghdad, Nov 15 : The top US military officer, Gen. Martin Dempsey, arrived in Iraq's capital Baghdad Saturday on an unannounced visit to meet with Iraqi leaders over fighting against the Islamic State (IS) militant group, official television reported.

Lauda scores at MRF Challenge in Bahrain

Sakhir (Bahrain), Nov 15 : Mathias Lauda, son of racing legend Niki Lauda, won the MRF Challenge at the Bahrain International Circuit here Saturday.

Libyan PM's Saudi visit successful

Tripoli, Nov 15 : Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani's talks in Saudi Arabia have been positive, Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Dairi said.

Egypt arrests Morsi loyalists for inciting violence

Cairo, Nov 15 : The police in Egypt Friday arrested several supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi for participating in anti-government protests and inciting violence, a media report said.

Saudi women have $100 bn as bank deposits!

Riyadh, Nov 13 : Disposable cash belonging to Saudi women in commercial banks has exceeded the 375 billion Saudi Rubles (about 100 billion dollars) mark, government statistics here show.

Saudi Arabia to launch work-at-home programme for women

Riyadh, Nov 13 : Saudi Arabia will launch an updated work-at-home programme for women in a few weeks, while its portal will be introduced by the end of December, media reported Thursday.

Saudi girl, 17, refuses to marry man in his 90s

Riyadh, Nov 12 : A Saudi Arabian court has supported a duped teenaged girl who refused to marry a man of her grandfather's age after her father showed her a youngster for the matrimonial alliance.

14,000 liquor bottles seized at Saudi border

Riyadh, Nov 12 : An attempt to smuggle over 14,000 liquor bottles into Saudi Arabia was foiled when custom officials seized the supply being carried in a truck.

Three killed in Baghdad suicide bombing

Baghdad, Nov 12 : At least three people were killed and more than nine injured in a suicide car bomb attack targeting the Iraqi police in Iraq's capital Baghdad Wednesday, a police source said.

Al Qaeda embittered by IS' 'soaring global popularity'

Washington, Nov 12 : A new report has said that the soaring global popularity of the Islamic State (IS) has presented a direct challenge to the Al Qaeda movement's "original core" in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region and has sparked off an "exceptional level of flux" among Pakistani militant groups.

Iraqi troops retake 'most of IS-controlled oil refinery town of Baiji'

Washington, Nov 12 : Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State (IS) have reportedly taken most of the Iraqi town of Baiji which houses the country's largest refinery that can produce 320,000 oil barrels a day.

Sushma Swaraj says welfare of expatriates is priority

Abu Dhabi, Nov 12 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Tuesday here said welfare of the Indian nationals residing abroad, particularly in the Gulf countries, is one of the top most priorities of her government.

Abbas blames Hamas for bombing Fatah leaders' properties

Gaza, Nov 11 : Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday accused the Islamic Hamas movement of carrying out Friday's bombing attacks against properties of his Fatah Party's leaders in Gaza.

Palestinian killed in clash with Israeli soldiers

Ramallah, Nov 11 : A Palestinian man was killed Tuesday in a clash with Israeli soldiers near al-Aroub refugee camp north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, medics said.

Israeli police arrest relatives of suspects involved in attacks

Ramallah, Nov 11 : In coordinated raids at dawn Tuesday, Israeli security forces arrested relatives of two Palestinian suspects wanted for separate attacks Monday in Tel Aviv and the West Bank, according to local Palestinian sources.

Malayalam 'Kavyasandhya' attracts huge crowd in Sharjah

By Malavika Vettath, Sharjah, Nov 11 : Poetry sessions are usually attended by a motley audience not numbering over 100 unless there is a celebrity presence. But an evening of Malayalam poetry in Sharjah attracted nearly 2,000 people, much to the surprise of the poets themselves.

Iran claims 'successfully' tested replica of US drone captured in 2011

Washington, Nov 11 : Iran has reportedly said that it has successfully tested an Iranian version of a United States-made drone that it captured in 2011.

Israeli soldier dies of injuries after stabbing attack

Jerusalem, Nov 11 : An Israeli soldier died Monday night of injuries caused earlier in the day in a Palestinian stabbing attack in Tel Aviv, the Sheba Medical Center in the city said in a statement.

Islamic Jihad claims responsibility for stabbing attack

Gaza, Nov 11 : The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility Monday evening for the stabbing attack in southern West Bank, in which the attacker was killed after stabbing three Israelis.

Iran nuclear talks in Oman end with little progress

Muscat, Nov 11 : The trilateral meeting that among the US, Iran and the European Union(EU) in Muscat, capital of Oman, ended Monday with little progress.

One killed in West Bank stabbing attack

Jerusalem, Nov 10 : A 14-year-old girl was killed and two people were wounded in a stabbing attack near the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut Monday, Israeli police said.

Jordan says scrapping peace deal with Israel impossible

Amman, Nov 10 : Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour Sunday said it is impossible to scrap the peace deal with Israel under the current circumstances, media reported.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi injured in air strike in Iraq

Baghdad, Nov 10 : Iraqi Interior Ministry confirmed Sunday that the Islamic State (IS) top leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was injured in a air strike, which killed several senior leaders of the extremist group, state-run Iraqiya news channel reported.

Netanyahu says Israel will not tolerate anti-national activities

Jerusalem, Nov 10 : Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday Israel would not tolerate rallies in Arab townships in which protesters publicly call for the nation's destruction, threatening to use force against lawbreakers.

Lebanon army arrests Syrian rebel leader

Beirut, Nov 10 : The Lebanese army Sunday arrested a Syrian rebel leader at a checkpoint in the eastern border town of Arsal, media reported.

Outrage spirals in Israel over police shooting at Arab youth

Jerusalem, Nov 10 : Hundreds of Israeli Arabs Sunday protested across the country in a second day of clashes with the police over a video footage showing Arab youth being shot at while retreating from the police.

Hamas called for meeting over Gaza explosions

Gaza, Nov 9 : Islamic Hamas movement has called on all the Palestinian political factions to convene in Gaza to evaluate the consequences of early Friday blasts that targeted Fatah Party's leaders.

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