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Over 100 killed in Iraq airstrikes, clashes

Baghdad, Sep 18 : Over 100 people were killed and 79 others wounded in Iraq Thursday in US air strikes and clashes between the Iraqi security forces and insurgent militants, including those with the Islamic State(IS), officials and security sources said.


Indian charged with leaking exam papers in UAE

Dubai, Sep 18 : An Indian technician has been charged with leaking examination papers to a university student in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a media report said Thursday.


Archaeologists unearth Byzantine Age compound near Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Sep 18 : Archaeologists uncovered a large Byzantine Age compound west of Jerusalem, with a rarely preserved oil press, a wine press and a mosaic, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Thursday.


Iran hangs five prisoners sentenced to death

Tehran, Sep 18 : Iranian authorities hanged Thursday in public five prisoners who had been sentenced to death on charges of kidnapping, rape, armed robbery and other crimes, state news agency IRNA reported.


Iran hangs five prisoners sentenced to death

Tehran, Sep 18 : Iranian authorities hanged Thursday in public five prisoners who had been sentenced to death on charges of kidnapping, rape, armed robbery and other crimes, state news agency IRNA reported.


Top Saudi clerics back fight against IS, extremism

Riyadh, Sep 18 : Religious scholars in Saudi Arabia have vowed their support to recent moves undertaken by Riyadh to tackle Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group, a media report said Thursday.


14 jailed over terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Sep 18 : A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced 14 people to varying jail terms for planning terror attacks in the country, media reported.


Egypt restores stolen fragments of Cheops pyramid

Cairo, Sep 18 : Egypt recovered fragments from the pyramid of Cheops that were stolen by some Germans, state-run MENA news agency reported Thursday.


Indian expatriate faces trial for drug peddling in Bahrain

Dubai, Sep 18 : An Indian expatriate is facing trial for drug peddling in Bahrain, a media report said Thursday.


Yemen expected to reach agreement with Shia rebels

Sanaa, Sep 18 : Yemeni officials expect the government to reach an agreement with the Shia Houthi rebels who are besieging the capital Sanaa in an attempt to force the government to resign.


Iran sentences dancing youths to jail, 91 lashes

Tehran, Sep 18 : A group of Iranian youths, who released a video on YouTube dancing to the popular song "Happy" by American singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams, has been sentenced to six months in jail accompanied by 91 lashes, media reported Thursday.


Iran ready for nuclear agreement: Foreign minister

Tehran, Sep 18 : Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has underlined Tehran's readiness for a nuclear agreement, the media reported Thursday.


Saudi Arabia launches website for expatriate workers

Riyadh, Sep 17 : Saudi Arabia's labour ministry has launched a website to educate expatriate workers about their rights and ways to avail them, a media report said Wednesday.


30 killed in Iraq violence

Baghdad, Sep 17 : At least 30 people were killed and 29 others wounded in clashes between security forces and Islamic State (IS) militants in western and eastern Iraq Wednesday, security sources said.


Kuwait arrests 11 IS supporters

Dubai, Sep 17 : Authorities in Kuwait have arrested 11 people for supporting the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. They will be prosecuted for promoting terror-related activities, a media report said Wednesday.


Indian family seeks help to repatriate UAE accident victim

Dubai, Sep 17 : An Indian family has sought help to repatriate an accident victim lying in coma in a United Arab Emirates (UAE) hospital after the company he was working with refused to give details of his insurance policy or settle his end-of-service benefits, a media report said Wednesday.


Israel to allow transfer of materials for Gaza reconstruction

Ramallah, Sep 17 : A senior Palestinian official Wednesday said Israel will allow the transfer of construction materials into the Gaza Strip within two weeks under the supervision of the UN.


20 soldiers killed in clashes in Yemen capital

Sanaa, Sep 17 : Fresh clashes between the army and Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen's capital have left at least 20 soldiers dead, tribal and medical sources said on Wednesday.


65 Shia rebels killed in Yemen airstrike

Sanaa, Sep 17 : At least 65 members of Yemen's Shia Houthi rebel movement were killed Wednesday in a military airstrike in the country's troubled north, a media report said.


Israel reports Gaza mortar attack

Jerusalem, Sep 17 : The Israeli Army Wednesday reported that a Palestinian mortar shell was fired from Gaza into the southern Israeli area of Eshkol, but said there were no casualties nor damage.


N-talks to resume Wednesday: Iran

Tehran, Sep 17 : Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has announced that fresh round of talks between Iran and six major world powers over Tehran's nuclear energy programme will begin Wednesday.


Two IS militants shot dead in Iraq

Mosul (Iraq), Sep 16 : Two gunmen belonging to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group were killed in separate incidents Tuesday in the centre of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, security sources told Efe news agency.


Syrian Air Force plane downed in IS stronghold

Cairo, Sep 16 : A Syrian Air Force warplane was downed Tuesday in al-Raqqa city in northern Syria, a stronghold of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.


Iraq parliament fails to endorse key ministerial nominees

Baghdad, Sep 16 : Iraqi lawmakers Tuesday failed to approve new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees for defence, interior and tourism ministers, media reported.


Riyadh calls for 10-year fight to wipe out terror

Riyadh, Sep 16 : Saudi Arabia wants that the war on the so-called Islamic State (IS) and other terrorist organisations should continue for 10 years, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal has said.


22 Palestinians arrested on suspicion of rioting

Jerusalem, Sep 16 : Jerusalem police and border patrol officers have arrested 22 Palestinians on suspicion of rioting in east Jerusalem in recent days, Israeli police said in a statement Tuesday.


Iraqi troops retake villages, US jets pound IS positions

Baghdad, Sep 16 : Iraqi security forces Tuesday recaptured several villages in heavy clashes with extremist insurgent groups, while US warplanes expanded their airstrikes and pounded Islamic State militants near Iraq's capital Baghdad.


14 IS militants killed as their rocket explodes

Baghdad, Sep 16 : At least 14 members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group were killed Tuesday near Baghdad when a rocket whose warhead they were filling with chlorine gas exploded.


Jordan to get 193 mn euros as German aid

Amman, Sep 15 : Germany Monday announced it will provide 193 million euros in assistance to Jordan, state media here reported.


UAE aid for Jammu & Kashmir flood victims

Abu Dhabi, Sep 15 : Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE ruler's representative in the country's Western Region and chairman of Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), has ordered the provision of urgent humanitarian assistance to the victims of the floods, which hit India recently.


Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood chief gets 25 years in jail

Cairo, Sep 15 : Egypt's Giza Criminal Court Monday sentenced terrorist Muslim Brotherhood (MB) supreme guide Mohamad Badie along with 14 other leaders to 25 years in prison over clashes in Bahr el-Azam, Giza, the state-run MENA news agency reported.


Indians in Saudi Arabia appeal to Modi for 'massive' help in Kashmir

Riyadh, Sep 15 : About 20 Riyadh-based Indian organisations have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a massive response to the unprecedented disaster caused by floods in Jammu and Kashmir on a scale similar to that carried out during the Uttarakhand landslides.


Abbas to approach UNSC for settling Palestinian issue

Ramallah, Sep 15 : Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Monday said he will soon head to the UN Security Council to debate a solution to the Palestinian cause.


Morsi jailbreak trial adjourned to Sep 21

Cairo, Sep 15 : The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned to Sunday the trial of deposed president Mohamad Morsi and 130 others over the jailbreak from Wadi el-Natrun prison complex in northern Egypt in 2011, state-run MENA news agency reported Monday.


Palestinian PM seeks more aid for Gaza

Ramallah, Sep 15 : Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah Monday called for more aid from donor countries for the Gaza Strip.


Kurdish militias capture 14 villages from IS in northern Syria

Damascus, Sep 15 : The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) have recaptured 14 villages in Syria's northern al-Qamishli province from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Monday.


Saudi king conferred honorary doctorate for world peace

Riyadh, Sep 15 : Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has been conferred an honorary doctorate by a Riyadh-based university for his efforts in promoting international relations, world peace, and security.


Syria sceptical about US-led anti-IS coalition

Damascus, Sep 15 : Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has expressed scepticism about a US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, saying that any coalition that excludes Syria and Russia could have "certain" agendas, media reported Monday.


Arab countries offer helping hand to US for taking on ISIS in Iraq

London, Sep 15 : A report has said that several Arab countries have offered to take part in air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in Iraq.


Libyan PM rejects talks with armed Islamist group

Tripoli, Sep 15 : Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni has ruled out any negotiations with the Libya Dawn Islamist armed alliance, saying the government will launch new assaults to wipe it out.


3,000 jobs for women in Saudi outsourcing centre

Riyadh, Sep 15 : The first Saudi all-female business process outsourcing (BPO) service centre will aim to provide 3,000 jobs to Saudi women in the next three years, a media report said Monday.


Court gives ex-Israeli PM Olmert reprieve

Jerusalem, Sep 15 : Israel's Supreme Court Monday ruled that former prime minister Ehud Olmert can stay out of jail pending his appeal against his conviction for bribery, Jerusalem Post reported.


Dubai to host Asian Tour's newest event in December

Dubai, Sep 15 : In another first for the city, Dubai will play host to the Asian Tour's final event of 2014 in December, underscoring the buoyancy of the golf industry in the country and across the region.


Syrian opposition reiterates commitment to fight IS

Abu Dhabi, Sep 15 : Hadi al-Bahra, president of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), has reiterated the coalition's commitment to fight the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group during a meeting with officials of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


17 IS militants killed in Syria airstrike

Cairo, Sep 15 : At least 17 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in airstrikes launched by the Syrian army in the north-eastern part of the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced.


Seven militants killed in Egypt

Cairo, Sep 15 : At least seven militants were killed by security forces in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.


Israel targets Palestinian fishermen off Gaza coast

Gaza, Sep 14 : Israeli gunboats Sunday opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza coast in a breach of the truce reached late last month.


Gaza children return to schools

Gaza, Sep 14 : Schools reopened across the Gaza Strip Sunday following a three-week delay due to damage caused by an Israeli offensive on the enclave that ended late last month.


TCS opens all-women back office in Saudi Arabia

Mumbai, Sep 14 : Indian IT bellwether TCS Sunday opened the first all-women back office centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in partnership with GE and Saudi Aramco.


Sharjah to woo Indian tourists

Sharjah, Sep 14 : After a successful campaign in Europe, the UAE emirate Sharjah will launch an India Road Show Sep 15-22 to woo tourists.


Indian family refuses to receive body of MERS victim

Riyadh, Sep 13 : The family of an Indian expatriate, who died of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) corona virus in Saudi Arabia, has refused to receive his body in India, amid fears of contracting the deadly disease, a media report said Saturday.


Fighting IS: Iraq PM orders halt to shelling of civilian areas

Baghdad, Sep 13 : Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Saturday that he has ordered security forces to stop shelling populated areas in all cities that are under the control of militant groups.


Iran, US cooperation against IS unlikely: official

Tehran, Sep 12 : Cooperation between Iran and the US in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) is impossible, a senior Iranian military commander said Friday.


Ten Arab nations join hands with US to counter ISIS in Iraq, Syria

London, Sep 12 : A report has said that 10 Arab nations have agreed to help the United States to combat the expansion of the militant group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).


10 Arab states agree on joining forces against IS

Jeddah, Sep 12 : Ten Arab countries, including six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, and the US have agreed to combine forces to destroy the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group wherever they exist in Iraq and Syria.


Ready to jointly combat terrorism in Middle East: Saudi minister

Riyadh, Sep 12 : Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal has said the US and Arab allies were ready for a unified vision to combat terrorism through all means.


Saudi Arabia-backed summit to combat IS gets underway

Riyadh, Sep 11 : A regional meeting at the foreign ministers' level to formulate a strategy to counter terrorism, particularly the threat from the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group, in the Middle East began Thursday in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.


Syrian military kills 32 rebels

Damascus, Sep 11 : The Syrian forces killed at least 32 rebels Wednesday in the countryside of the capital Damascus, media reports said.


Israel orders probes into Gaza war

Jerusalem, Sep 11 : Israel has ordered criminal probes into its recent military operation in the Gaza Strip, including an Israeli shelling that killed four Palestinian children in mid-July, media reports said Wednesday.


Iran to hold nuclear talks in Vienna

Tehran, Sep 10 : A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator will meet representatives of three European countries over Tehran's nuclear issue at the UN headquarters in Vienna, media reported Wednesday.


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