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IS dubbed biggest threat to journalists

Cairo, Aug 21 : As condemnation of the beheading of American scribe James Foley by the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist organisation continued to pour in, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Thursday warned that the terror outfit operating in Syria and Iraq is one of the biggest threats to journalists.


IS video shows dozens of Yazidis converting to Islam

Cairo, Aug 21 : The Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist organisation, based in Iraq and Syria, Thursday released a video showing dozens of members of the Yazidi minority religious community converting to Islam.


Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds dead

Dublin, Aug 21 : Former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds, who played an important part in the Northern Ireland peace process, died Thursday after a long illness.


Army, militants fighting for control over Syrian airport

Cairo, Aug 21 : Fierce clashes broke out Thursday between the Syrian army and militants of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group on the outskirts of al-Tabaqa military air base, the only bastion still in the hands of government forces in al-Raqa province in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.


Saudi Arabia sentences 18 over terror attacks

Riyadh, Aug 21 : A specialised criminal court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 18 people to varied prison terms for participating in terrorist attacks within the country, media reported.


Arab League condemns killing of American scribe

Cairo, Aug 21 : The Arab League Thursday condemned the killing of US journalist James Foley by militants of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group, MENA news agency reported.


Indian men draw Jordan, UAE in Asian Games football

New Delhi, Aug 21 : The Indian men's Under-23 football team will take on Jordan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Group G while the women's team is placed in Group A with hosts South Korea, Thailand and the Maldives in the upcoming Incheon Asian Games.


Egypt to have three new provinces

Cairo, Aug 21 : Egypt is to establish three new provinces and demarcate others including Cairo, Giza and Suez, a government official said Wednesday.


UAE president issues anti-terror law

Abu Dhabi, Aug 21 : UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan issued the country's anti-terrorism law Wednesday, state media reported.


Israel to step up Gaza offensive: Netanyahu

Jerusalem, Aug 21 : Israel will step up the offensive in the Gaza Strip until rocket firing from there into Israel stops, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday in response to renewed Gaza rocket attacks against central and southern Israel earlier in the day.


Three policemen shot dead in Yemen

Sanaa, Aug 20 : Three policemen were killed by unidentified gunmen in Yemen's southern province of Abyan late Wednesday, a government official said.


Hamas military head alive as Gaza conflict continues

Gaza, Aug 20 : Islamist movement Hamas said Wednesday its military wing commander Mohammed Deif is alive and still issuing orders in the fight against Israel in the Gaza Strip, according to media reports.


Egypt mufti's adviser slams killing of US journalist

Cairo, Aug 20 : Ibrahim Negm, advisor to the mufti of Egypt, Wednesday denounced the beheading of US journalist James Foley by the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group in Iraq, state-run MENA news agency reported.


Indian found dead in Oman

Muscat, Aug 20 : An Indian national was found dead in his room in Oman, media reported.


Israeli airstrikes targeted Hamas military chief in Gaza

Jerusalem/Cairo, Aug 20 : Israeli airstrikes Tuesday night were aimed at the home of Hamas's military wing commander Mohammed Deif in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Radwan in Gaza city, an Israeli official told Channel 2 TV channel Wednesday.


Gaza ceasefire talks collapsed: Palestinian negotiator

Cairo, Aug 20 : A temporary ceasefire in the Gaza Strip has "collapsed" after the 24-hour respite ended Tuesday midnight but no truce-extension agreement could be reached and Israel and Hamas renewed their hostilities, a Palestinian official said.


Syria hails global anti-terror cooperation

Damascus, Aug 20 : Syrian government Tuesday welcomed global cooperation in its fight against terrorism.


ICRC wants respect of humanitarian law in Gaza

Geneva, Aug 20 : The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Tuesday called on parties in the Gaza conflict to respect humanitarian law to ensure effective delivery of sustainable humanitarian efforts.


Five Syrians killed in fresh mortar fire

Damascus, Aug 20 : At least five people were killed and 18 wounded Tuesday in a renewed mortar shelling against a central Syrian town, state media reported.


Hamas denies launching rockets into Israel

Gaza, Aug 19 : The Islamist Hamas movement denied Tuesday firing four rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel.


Iraqi forces halt operation to retake Tikrit

Baghdad, Aug 19 : Iraqi security forces Tuesday halted an offensive to retake control of the militant-held city of Tikrit, the capital of the Sunni-dominant province of Salahudin, due to heavy resistance by the militants, security sources said.


Dubai hopes to attract more tourists with new visa system

Mumbai, Aug 19 : Dubai hopes to attract more tourists after regulatory changes to the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) visa system which are expected to have a transformative effect on the city's cruise and medical tourism sectors.


Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti condemns Islamic terrorism

Riyadh, Aug 19 : Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh Tuesday termed extremist militant groups as "the first enemy of Islam" and stressed that the ideas of extremism and terrorism do not belong to Islam at all.


Three rockets explode in Israel breaching ceasefire

Jerusalem, Aug 19 : Three rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip Tuesday noon and exploded in southern Israel, breaching a 24-hour temporary ceasefire between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said in a statement.


More facilities in place for Indian Haj pilgrims this year

Riyadh, Aug 19 : The Indian consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has introduced a slew of measures, including a high-tech app for Haj pilgrims, aimed at making more comfortable their holy visit to the country scheduled later this month, Consul General B.S. Mubarak has said.


Egypt condemns terrorist acts by Islamic State

Cairo, Aug 19 : Egypt has condemned all forms of terrorist acts conducted by the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremists group in Iraq where scores of civilians have been killed and injured, the state-run MENA news agency reported.


Iraqi forces advance towards Tikrit

Baghdad, Aug 19 : Iraqi forces Tuesday launched a major offensive to recapture the militant-seized city of Tikrit, the capital of the Sunni-dominant province of Salahudin, a security official said.


Israeli offensive cost Gaza billions: Palestinian official

Gaza, Aug 19 : Israel's nearly two-month military campaign against the Gaza Strip has cost the coastal enclave an estimated six to eight billion dollars, a senior Palestinian official said Monday.


US blacklists two men of Syrian, Iraqi terror groups

Washington, Aug 19 : The US Monday added two men from terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq to its list of specially designated global terrorists and imposed sanctions on them.


Fake policeman molested Indian student in UAE

Dubai, Aug 18 : An Indian woman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was kidnapped and molested last year by an man posing as a police officer, a court was told, media reported Monday.


Indian expatriate killed in road accident in UAE

Dubai, Aug 18 : An Indian expatriate died in a road accident in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a media report said Monday.


Saudi Arabia offers USD 1 mn more in aid to West Bank

Riyadh, Aug 18 : Saudi Arabia will provide an additional funding of one million dollars to support humanitarian operations for Palestinians in the West Bank, media reported Monday.


IAEA chief says visit to Iran 'useful'

Tehran, Aug 18 : The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Sunday that his brief visit to Iran and talks with top Iranian officials were "useful", as he offered new proposals to boost cooperation between the UN nuclear watchdog and the Islamic republic, a media report here said.


Iran wins World Military Taekwondo Championship

Tehran, Aug 18 : The Iranian women team has won the 22nd World Military Taekwondo Championship, a media report said here Sunday.


Israel partially lifts Gaza fishing ban

Jerusalem, Aug 18 : Israel has partially lifted its fishing ban in Gaza to allow fishing within three nautical miles off Gaza shores, a media report said here Sunday.


Kurdish forces break IS hold on Iraqi dam

Baghdad, Aug 18 : Kurdish forces in northern Iraq are in near complete control of Iraq's largest dam after ousting Islamic State (IS) militants, BBC quoted Kurdish officials as saying Sunday.


31 killed in Syrian air strikes

Damascus, Aug 18 : A total of 31 radical fighters were killed as the Syrian air force Sunday struck positions of the Islamic State (IS) militants in the country's Raqqa province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based watchdog group, said.


Iranian missile programme non-negotiable: Rouhani

Tehran, Aug 18 : Iran's missile programme is non- negotiable and will not be discussed in the nuclear talks with the western powers, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said here Sunday.


Iraq's minority fears another civilian massacre

London. Aug 17 : Members of Iraqi minority believe there could be another massacre of civilians by the extremist militants of the Islamic State.


Syrian families in Lebanon suffer food insecurity: UNHCR

Beirut, Aug 17 : About 74 percent of the Syrian displaced families suffer a certain amount of food insecurity, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Lebanon said Saturday.


'IS militants killed 700 tribesmen in two weeks in Syria'

Damascus, Aug 17 : The Islamic State (IS) militants have executed 700 tribesmen in Syria's Deir al- Zour provine in the last two weeks, a TV report quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying Saturday.


Iraq crisis: Sunni leaders say could work with new PM

London, Aug 16 : In a move that could end political deadlock in Iraq, leaders of the Sunni Muslim minority have said they could work with the new Shiite prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi.


EU to help to stop arms trafficking to Gaza

Brussels, Aug 15 : The European Union (EU) is prepared to contribute to arrangements that prevent illicit trafficking in arms and ammunition to the Gaza Strip, a statement here said.


Indians in Kuwait celebrate Independence Day

Kuwait City, Aug 15 : About 10,000 people gathered at the premises of the Indian embassy in Kuwait to celebrate India's 68th Independence Day Friday.


Four killed in Egypt protests

Cairo, Aug 15 : Four people killed in Egypt in clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, a media report said.


No new MERS case in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Aug 15 : The Saudi Arabian health ministry said no case of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome corona virus (MERS) was reported Thursday.


UAE leaders wish President Mukherjee on India's I-Day

Abu Dhabi, Aug 14 : President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent a congratulatory cable to Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, on the occasion of his country's 68th Independence Day that will be celebrated Friday.


Fresh strikes follow ceasefire extension in Gaza

Cairo/Jerusalem, Aug 14 : Palestinian militants launched more rockets into Israel prompting the Israelis to resume their strikes on Gaza Strip moments after the Egypt brokered five-day truce began between the two sides Thursday.


Israel, Hamas extend truce in Gaza

Cairo, Aug 14 : A five-day ceasefire extension agreement has been reached between Israel and Hamas in Cairo to give the two sides a chance to hold further consultations on a permanent truce.


Rocket launched from Gaza shortly before truce expires

Jerusalem, Aug 14 : A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel Wednesday evening, two hours before a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas is set to expire, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) spokesperson said.


More than 50 Palestinians arrested in Jerusalem for rioting

Jerusalem, Aug 13 : At least 57 Palestinian Arabs were arrested in various parts of east Jerusalem overnight for recent riots and protests, the Israeli police said Wednesday.


Libyan parliament calls for UN intervention to protect civilians

Tripoli, Aug 13 : The Libyan parliament that was elected in July Wednesday urged the UN for a military intervention to protect civilians from clashes between rival militias taking place in the capital, Tripoli, and the eastern city of Benghazi.


Israel to launch inquiry into war crimes in Gaza

Jerusalem, Aug 13 : Israel's state comptroller Wednesday announced to launch an inquiry into the military and political operation during the Gaza war, including possible war crimes and human rights violations.


Cheated Indian women workers stranded in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Aug 13 : Thirty-two Indian women have been awaiting repatriation for months at a shelter house in Saudi Arabia after recruitment agencies back home conned them with promises of decent jobs, media reported Wednesday.


Will Gaza ever have peace?

New Delhi, August : For over a month we have been reading in newspapers stories of violence in the Gaza strip, the fight between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and consequent death of innocent citizens in the Gaza strip and Israel. According to reports, over 1,900 have died and nearly 100 Israelis have lost their lives in the current conflict.


Iraqi President replaces Maliki with Abadi as PM to ease political paralysis

London, Aug 12 : In order to quell the political paralysis inflicting the Iraq government, President Fouad Massoum has appointed a rival Shia candidate who will replace Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and form a new government at the centre.


OIC holds emergency meeting on Gaza situation

Jeddah, Aug 12 : The executive committee of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Tuesday held an emergency ministerial meeting here to deliberate on the Israeli "aggression" on the Gaza Strip, state-run Saudi Press Agency reported.


A campaign in UAE to bring Indians, Pakistanis closer

Abu Dhabi, Aug 12 : An entrepreneur in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has launched a campaign to promote goodwill between expatriates from India and Pakistan, a UAE daily reported.


Egypt rejects Human Rights Watch report

Cairo, Aug 12 : Egypt Tuesday termed as "negative and biased" a human rights report on the crackdown a year ago on protest camps at Cairo's Rabaa el-Adaweya mosque and Nahda square, state-run MENA news agency reported.


Syrian forces kill 35 rebels in Idlib

Damascus, Aug 12 : At least 35 rebels were killed Tuesday by the Syrian forces in the country's northern province of Idlib, Syria's state-run news agency SANA reported.


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