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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.

Egypt inks deal with firms to dredge New Suez Canal

Cairo, Oct 19 : Egypt has signed two contracts with a consortium of six international firms for the dredging work of the New Suez Canal alongside the original one, head of the canal authority Mohab Memish said Saturday.

Two Egyptian soldiers killed in tunnel collapse

Cairo, Oct 18 : At least two soldiers were killed Saturday when a smuggling tunnel connecting Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip collapsed, a security source said.

Palestinians deny Arab states' pressure on UN appeal

Ramallah, Oct 18 : The Palestinians Saturday denied any sort of Arab states' pressure on their appeal to the UN Security Council for establishing a Palestinian state.

Egyptian army arrests leading Sinai militant

Cairo, Oct 18 (Xinhua) Egyptian military arrested Friday a leading member of Al Qaeda-inspired Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group in a raid on southern Arish city of North Sinai province, a security source said.

Fly Emirates for best in-flight food

Melbourne, Oct 17 : A luxury food magazine has rated Emirates as the carrier with the best in-flight food options.

New offensive to liberate Iraqi province from IS

Baghdad, Oct 17 : The Iraqi army began Friday a military operation to free Baiji city and other areas in the northern province of Saladin, under the control of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli soldiers

Ramallah, Oct 17 : Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager during a raid in the West Bank village of Beit Laqiya, north of Ramallah, Palestinian medical sources said Friday.

Syria sends aid to 2,000 displaced Kurdish families

Damascus, Oct 17 : The Syrian government Thursday sent aid convoys to as many as 2,000 Kurdish families displaced by the ongoing grinding war between the Islamic State (IS) and the Kurdish militants in the northern city of Kobane, according to the state-run news agency SANA.

10 killed in Baghdad bomb attacks

Baghdad, Oct 16 : At least 10 people were killed and 35 others were injured in three car bomb attacks that were carried out Thursday in different areas of Baghdad, according to an Iraqi police source.

Ebola scare at Dubai airport

Dubai, Oct 16 : A passenger who arrived at Dubai airport from Liberia via Morocco underwent tests to check for symptoms of Ebola, media reported Thursday.

Houthi militants take over Yemeni city

Sanaa, Oct 15 : Houthi Shia rebels seized control of the central Yemeni city of Eb Wednesday, in their latest advances aimed at extending their influence in the northern areas of the country, witnesses told Efe news agency.

Iran Parliament chief warns air strikes alone will not destroy IS in Iraq, Syria

Washington, Oct 15 : While touting Iran's "good experience" in fighting terrorism, Iranian Parliament head has reportedly said that air strikes alone would not be enough to destroy the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria.

Indian woman on trial for killing husband in Bahrain

Manama, Oct 15 : An Indian woman, accused of killing her husband while he was asleep by stabbing him 30 times in front of their minor daughter, appeared in court, media reported Wednesday.

Bahrain undertakes measures to deal with Ebola

Manama, Oct 15 : Bahrain is tightening control of its ports and screening travellers from Ebola-hit countries, as officials announced intensive training for healthcare workers, the health ministry said.

Bush shoe-tossing painting hits record at Doha auction

Doha, Oct 15 : A controversial painting by Iranian artist Mahmud Obaidi, depicting an Iraqi journalist throwing shoe in 2008 at then US president George W. Bush, was sold for $62,500 at a Sotheby's auction in Doha.

21 killed in Baghdad suicide bombing

Baghdad, Oct 14 : At least 21 people were killed and 60 others injured Tuesday in a suicide car bomb attack targeting security forces in the Iraqi capital, an interior ministry source said.

US national shot dead in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Oct 14, : A US national was shot dead and another wounded in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Dubai Petroleum finds gas in deepest Dubai well

Dubai, Oct 14 : Dubai Petroleum Establishment (DPE), owned 100 percent by the Dubai government and responsible for Dubai's offshore oil and gas development and production, has identified significant volumes of gas in its T-02 deep gas exploration well.

Three get death penalty on terror charges in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Oct 14 : Three terror suspects have been sentenced to death and 19 others have been given varied jail terms in Saudi Arabia for their role in various terror acts, media reported Tuesday.

Palestinian president preparing for Gaza visit

Jerusalem, Oct 14 : Palestinian authorities Tuesday said that security preparations are under way for President Mahmoud Abbas who is set to visit the Gaza Strip for the first time since 2006.

Jewish settlers set fire to mosque in Palestinian city

Ramallah, Oct 14 : A group of radical Jewish settlers Tuesday torched a mosque south of the Palestinian city of Nablus, officials said.

Britain to balance anti-IS support to Iraqi, Kurdish forces

Baghdad, Oct 14 : Britain's support to Iraqi security forces and regional Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State (IS) will be balanced, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said here Monday.

Israel to lift Gaza siege after Hamas 'neutralised'

Jerusalem, Oct 14 : Israel would lift the eight-year blockade on the Gaza Strip only after the Islamist group of Hamas is "neutralised", President Reuven Rivlin has told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

17 killed, 60 injured in Iraq bomb attacks

Baghdad, Oct 14 : At least 17 people were killed and 60 wounded in three bomb attacks here in the Iraqi capital city Monday evening, a police source said.

Indian woman in UAE faces embezzlement charges

Dubai, Oct 13 : An Indian in the UAE, who had access to her employer's bank account, faces charges for allegedly embezzling more than 247,000 dirhams (about $67,000), media reported Monday.

Islamic scholar urges Haj pilgrims not to take selfies

Riyadh, Oct 13 : A prominent Saudi Islamic scholar has urged pilgrims not to indulge in taking "selfies" while performing Haj, saying the new rampant phenomenon distracts worshippers from completing the rituals they came for, media reported Monday.

New MERS case confirmed in Qatar

Doha, Oct 13 : Qatar's Supreme Council of Health (SCH) has confirmed a new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) case in the country, the first case reported this year after a gap of more than 10 months, media reported Monday.

Wealthy Saudi businesswoman posts 'matrimonial ad' on Twitter

Dubai, Oct 13 : A businesswoman in Saudi recently posted a 'matrimonial ad' on Twitter expressing her desire to get married again.

International donors' money may flow to Hamas if not supervised, warns Knesset speaker

Jerusalem, Oct 13 : Yuli Edelstein, the speaker of the unicameral national legislature of Israel, Knesset, has warned that the international donors' aid money to rebuild Palestine post the Gaza war might flow to Hamas if the global community did not supervise it.

IS may soon seize control of 350 miles of territory from Baghdad's doorstep to Raqqa

Washington, Oct 13 : As the Islamic State (IS) advances through a strategic town on the border of Syria and Turkey and an entire province on Baghdad's border, Falleh al-Issawi, Anbar Provincial Council's deputy head has warned that the group may soon seize control over 350 miles of territory beginning from the perimeter of Iraq's capital to Raqqa in Syria, a report said.

Several Palestinians hurt in clash with Israeli soldiers

Ramallah, Oct 13 : Several Palestinians were injured and one was arrested Monday in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian security sources told the local Maan news agency.

IS had overrun Iraqi forces to come within 15 miles of Baghdad airport

Washington, Oct 13 : The Islamic State (IS) militants managed to overrun Iraqi forces to reach within 15 miles of the Baghdad airport, a top US military leader said.

Israeli parliamentary delegation visits Rwanda

Kigali, Oct 13 : An Israeli parliamentary delegation led by the president of the Middle East country's lawmakers, Ronen Plot, arrived in Rwanda Sunday for a four-day visit to strengthen and expand bilateral ties and cooperation, a statement said.

Jordan to get $129 mn from IMF

Amman, Oct 13 : The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will lend soon Jordan 129 million dollars as part of a loan to the Kingdom, a state media report said.

38 killed, 141 injured in Iraq attacks

Baghdad, Oct 13 : A total of 38 people, including two senior police officers, were killed and 141 wounded in separate bomb attacks across Iraq Sunday, security sources said.

UN chief to visit West Bank, Gaza

Ramallah, Oct 12 : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will start a two-day visit to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip Monday, a senior Palestinian official said.

Qatar pledges $1 billion for Gaza rebuilding

Cairo, Oct 12 : Qatar pledged $1 billion for reconstructing the Gaza Strip, which was battered in 50-day-long conflict with Israel, at an international donors' conference here Sunday.

IS executes Iraqi journalist, 12 others in a day in Baghdad

Johannesburg, Oct 12 : A report has revealed that the Islamic State (IS) has executed an Iraqi cameraman and 12 other people in a day in several towns and villages of Baghdad.

Now, a happiness meter in Dubai!

Dubai, Oct 12 : A unique initiative to measure the happiness and satisfaction of the public in government services on a daily basis using electronic devices connected to a central network has been launched in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Bahrain opposition to boycott November polls

Manama, Oct 11 : Bahrain's Shia-led opposition said Saturday it will boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections slated for November.

133 Arab pilgrims died during Haj

Riyadh, Oct 11 : A total of 133 foreign Arab pilgrims died, while 213 others have been admitted to hospitals during this Haj season, media reported Saturday.

Iraqi defense ministry confirms IS militants now only 8 miles away from Baghdad

Washington, Oct 11 : The Iraqi Defense Ministry confirmed on Friday that Islamic State (IS) militants are now only eight miles away from Baghdad's international airport and have moved till Abu Ghraib.

Ankara, Baghdad and Riyadh ask: Are US air strikes working?

By Saeed Naqvi : The ISIS, plaguing many countries in West Asia, made a symbolic assertion during Haj too. At the ritual stoning of the devil at Mina, five kilometres to the East of Mecca, fluttered a black banner of the Islamic State (IS). The police said nothing.

Islamic State executes Iraqi journalist, three others

Baghdad, Oct 11 : An Iraqi news cameraman, along with his brother and two other civilians, was executed by the Islamic State (IS) militants in public Friday, his relatives said.

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