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81 killed in Iraq as security forces launch offensive

Baghdad, Oct 1 : At least 81 people were killed Wednesday in airstrikes and clashes between the Iraqi forces and militants, security sources said.


Iran delays execution of woman accused of stabbing attempted rapist to death

Washington, Oct 01 : Iran has reportedly postponed the execution of a woman who was to be put to death on Tuesday for allegedly killing her attempted rapist.


Saudi Arabia's terrorist list decline

Riyadh, Oct 1 : The number of wanted suspects on six lists published by Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry in 2003 has declined from 263 to 132.


US-led anti-IS coalition illegitimate: Iran

Damascus, Oct 1 : The US-led anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition is "illegitimate", said a top Iranian official visiting Syria Tuesday.


Egypt court sends 63 Brotherhood members to jail

Cairo, Sep 30 : An Egyptian court Tuesday sentenced 63 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to 15 years in prison on charges of violence during last year's protests in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.


Netanyahu's UN speech provocative: Palestinian officials

Ramallah, Sep 30 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech at the UN General Assembly in New York was provocative to Palestinians, officials said.


98,000 denied Makkah entry for Haj

Riyadh, Sep 30 : Saudi Arabia has barred 98,000 people from entering Makkah because they did not have Haj permits, media reported Tuesday.


Saudi man punishes son for not eating by burning foot

Dubai, Sept 29 : A Saudi man punished his son for refusing to eat by burning his foot with a hot iron rod.


Talks between India and Israel focused on expanding bilateral ties: MEA

New York, Sept. 29 : Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu was focused on strengthening ties between both the nations after there has been change in the government.


Israel slams militant Islamists in UN address

United Nations, Sep 30 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday lashed out at militant Islamists in a speech at the UN, saying Palestinian militant group Hamas and the Islamic State (IS) "share a fanatical creed".


27 killed in Iraq airstrikes, clashes

Baghdad, Sep 29 : At least 27 people were killed Monday in airstrikes and clashes between the Iraqi security forces and insurgent militants, including those of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group, security sources said.


Egyptian court releases 21 Muslim Brotherhood members

Cairo, Sep 29 : A court in Egypt Monday decided to release 21 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood (MB) on bail of 1,000 Egyptian pounds (about $140) each, state-run MENA news agency reported.


Morsi trial postponed for security reasons

Cairo, Sep 29 : A court in Egypt Monday decided to postpone until Oct 14 the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and 35 leaders of the banned Muslim Brotherhood (MB) on charges of spying.


Turkey deploys 35 tanks in border town near Syria

Ankara, Sep 29 : Turkey's military Monday deployed 35 tanks in a border town near Syria after mortar shells landed on Turkish territory, injuring three people, media reported.


Iran foils BBC's plot to 'steal documents'

Tehran, Sep 29 : Iran's intelligence ministry has thwarted a plot by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to steal artistic, historical and cultural documents from the country's archive centres, the ministry has said.


Palestinian arrested after breaching Gaza border

Jerusalem, Sep 29 : A Palestinian youth, armed with a knife, was arrested after infiltrating from the Gaza Strip.


Libyan parliament opens talks with rival groups

Tripoli, Sep 29 : The Libyan parliament Monday started talks with opposing political figures in the border town of Ghadames, in an attempt to prevent the country from descending further into anarchy.


US strikes target IS fighters at Syrian gas facility

Damascus, Sep 29 : The US-led anti-terror coalition targeted a position of the Islamic State (IS) militant group at a key gas production facility in Syria's Deir al-Zour province Sunday night, the oppositional Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


143 killed in clashes against IS in Iraq

Baghdad, Sep 29 : A total of 143 people were killed Sunday in the ongoing clashes between the Iraqi security forces and militants, including of the the Islamic State (IS), security sources said.


15 Shia rebels killed in Yemen suicide attack

Sanaa, Sep 28 : At least 15 Shia Houthi rebels were killed in a suicide car bombing in Yemen's central province of Marib Sunday, security and tribal sources said.


Jordan warns against Israeli curbs on Jerusalem mosque

Amman, Sep 28 : Jordan Sunday expressed opposition to the Israeli military's measures that prevent Muslims from entering Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, media reported.


1,500 Kurdish fighters join forces against IS in Syria

Damascus, Sep 28 : As many as 1,500 Kurdish fighters joined their fellow Kurds in Syria's Kobani city to fight the Islamic State (IS) radical group, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday.


Israeli PM to counter Palestinian claim in UN

Jerusalem, Sep 28 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday headed to New York to address the UN General Assembly (UNGA), pledging to expose the alleged "lies" stated by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in his speech there.


Man pours boiling water on wife in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Sep 28 : Police have arrested a man in Saudi Arabia for pouring boiling water on his wife following a dispute, a media report said Sunday.


Girl's on-stage act raises howl in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Sep 28 : A girl who performed on stage in Saudi Arabia with make-up and uncovered hair has been facing criticism in the social media, a media report said Sunday.


Egypt army kills 18 Sinai extremists

Cairo, Sep 28 : At least 18 extremists were killed and 10 arrested Saturday in security raids on their hideouts in Egypt's North Sinai province, a security source said.


Al Qaeda claims attack near US embassy in Yemen

Sana'a, Sep 28 : The Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for a rocket attack near the US embassy in Sana'a Saturday evening, in which five Yemeni soldiers were wounded.


'Iran fully ready to counter IS on its borders'

Tehran, Sep 27 : Iranian forces will repel the Islamic State (IS) radical group effectively if it launches any attack on the country, a senior military official said Saturday.


235 in Syria join IS after Obama's declared war

Damascus, Sep 27 : A total of 235 fighters in Syria have joined the Islamic State (IS) militant group since US President Barack Obama declared war against the IS Sep 10, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was cited by a Lebanese TV as saying Friday.


UAE endorses joint Arab strategic food reserve

Dubai, Sep 27 : The UAE minister for food and agriculture, Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Friday said the Gulf Arab desert state is committed to support joint Arab efforts to set up a strategic food reserve in response to the world food crisis, WAM news agency reported.


Over 160,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey

Ankara, Sep 27 : Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said that over 160,000 Syrian refugees have entered Turkey to escape the Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Syria.


Egypt's Mubarak arrives in court ahead of re-trial verdict

Cairo, Sep 27 : Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Saturday arrived at Cairo's criminal court ahead of an expected verdict on charges of giving orders to kill protestors during the 2011 uprising against him.


33 Indians die during Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Sep 27 : Thirty-three Indians have died of illness or old-age ailments during the Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia this year, a media report said Saturday.


Syrian troops kill 24 Al Qaeda militants

Damascus, Sep 26 : At least 24 militants of the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front were killed in an ambush by Syrian troops Friday, media reported.


Around 100 Bahrainis fighting alongside IS

Dubai, Sep 26 : Around 100 Bahrainis have taken up arms alongside the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group, Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said.


SABIC resin to be used in Mumbai suburbans' seats

Jeddah, Sep 26 : Saudi Arabia-based Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) has agreed to provide Indian Railway's Integral Coach Factory (ICF) with 'Lexan' resin for manufacturer of new seating material for the Mumbai suburban rail system.


Meet UAE's first female fighter pilot on mission to blast IS into oblivion

London, Sep 26 : Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri, the first female fighter pilot among the United Arab Emirates' forces took part in the airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, leading her country's mission to wipe out the extremist group.


Indian man stands murder trial in UAE

Dubai, Sep 25 : An Indian man in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been accused of killing his co-worker by repeatedly punching him and then strangling him for not paying the rent collected to the landlord, media reported Thursday.


Saudi man divorces wife for not closing car door

Riyadh, Sep 25 : A Saudi man divorced his wife because she refused to close the car door, media reported Thursday.


Son of Saudi crown prince participates in airstrikes against IS

Riyadh, Sep 24 : Prince Khaled bin Salman, a pilot and son of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, is taking part in the airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group in Syria, the Saudi daily Sabaq reported Wednesday.


Indian expatriates in UAE to help flood victims in J&K

Dubai, Sep 24 : Indian expatriates from Jammu and Kashmir in United Arab Emirates (UAE) are joining hands to work towards rebuilding the flood-hit state, media reported Wednesday.


India a key strategic partner: Saudi ambassador

New Delhi, Sep 24 : Saudi Arabia attaches much importance to its ties with India, which has been accorded the status of a "strategic partnership", and this is set to expand further in multifaceted ways in the years to come, the kingdom's ambassador to India has said.


Libyan groups strike back on Islamist militants

Tripoli, Sep 24 : Libya's pro-secular militias from Zintan counterattacked the Islamist militants Tuesday near capital Tripoli, military sources said.


IS executes rights activist in Iraq

Baghdad, Sep 24 : The Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group executed rights activist Samira Saleh Ali al-Neaimi in a central square of north Iraq's Mosul city Tuesday, a week after she was detained for her criticism of the jihadi group.


Iran unveils combat drone

Tehran, Sep 23 : Iran has unveiled an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) armed with air defence missiles suitable for aerial combats, a media report said Tuesday while showing a footage of the new drone.


Saudi man divorces wife for not closing car door

Dubai, Sept 23 : A Saudi man divorced his wife in a fit of rage recently, when she told him to shut the car door.


Three sentenced to death for terror links in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Sep 23 : Three Saudi men have been sentenced to death for their role in one of the the country's largest terror cells, media reported Tuesday.


Indian in UAE convicted of suicide attempt

Dubai, Sep 23 : An Indian man in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been convicted of attempting suicide by taking sleeping pills after he could not sleep because of anxiety, media reported Tuesday.


Suicides by Indians in Oman on decline

Muscat, Sep 23 : There has been a fall in the number of suicides by Indians in Oman this year, according to Indian embassy data.


Israel arrests four Gaza fishermen, says official

Gaza, Sep 23 : The Israeli naval forces late Monday has arrested four Palestinian fishermen in the central Gaza Strip while they were on their fishing boat, an official said.


UN agency steps up aid for 130,000 Syrian refugees

United Nations, Sep 23 : The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has been stepping up assistance to the Turkish government to aid an estimated 130,000 Syrian Kurds who have crossed into Turkey since last Friday, the United Nations spokesman said Monday.


Israel seeks cancellation of travel warnings

Jerusalem, Sep 22 : Israeli diplomats have appealed to various countries to remove travel advisories against visiting the country that were issued during the two-month military campaign against militants in Gaza, a media report said here Monday.


Indian woman found dead in Oman

Muscat, Sep 22 : An Indian woman has been found dead in her apartment in Oman's Sohar city, hours after having lost her daughter and husband in a car-tanker collision.


Syrian air strike kills 10 rebels near Lebanon border

Damascus, Sep 22 : The Syrian air force raided a rebel position near a border crossing between Syria and Lebanon Monday, killing 10 and injuring 15 others, a media report said.


UAE police investigating Indian girl's death at sea

Dubai, Sep 22 : Police in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are investigating the death of a five-year-old Indian girl, who was drowned while swimming with her mother in the turbulent sea Sep 18, a media report said Monday.


Etihad Airways plans major global recruitment drive

Abu Dhabi, Sep 22 : Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will hold a major recruitment drive globally, seeking individuals with outstanding hospitality experience to join the airline's cabin crew.


16 Palestinians arrested in West Bank

Jerusalem, Sep 22 : Israel arrested 16 Palestinians in raids across the West Bank overnight, the Israeli army said Monday.


Haj pilgrims tested for Ebola at Jeddah airport

Jeddah, Sep 22 : Haj pilgrims arriving at Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) are being screened, tested and given preventive medication against the Ebola virus, media reported Monday.


Yemeni government, Houthi rebels sign truce deal

Sana'a, Sep 22 : The Yemeni government and Houthi rebels signed a ceasefire deal late Sunday after days of deadly clashes in the capital Sanaa, an official said.


Israel steps up cyber defence with new body

Jerusalem, Sep 22 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday announced the establishment of a new organisation that would spearhead the country's cyber defence operations.


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