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U.S. sanctions Syrian research employees over developing 'chemical weapons'
Moscow [Russia], Apr. 25 : The United States has declared to pursue anyone connected to the use of chemical weapons in Syria and also threatened to shut down their financial networks. Read Full Story

Prince Khaled bin Salman appointed as S. Arabia's new envoy to U.S.
Jeddah [Pakistan], April 23 : Saudi Arabia's Prince Khaled bin Salman has been appointed as the country's new ambassador to the United States. Read Full Story

Ten Yemeni soldiers killed after blast struck military camp in Aden
Aden [Yemen], April 23 : As many as 10 soldiers were killed in a blast that struck a military camp in Yemen's southern Aden city on Sunday, Anadolu news agency reported citing a military source. Read Full Story

Syria: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's close associate killed
Washington.D.C [U.S.A], Apr. 22 : An ISIS terrorist, linked to the deadly New Year's eve attack on Istanbul's Reina nightclub, was killed in Syria last month by the American forces, U.S.' Middle East command confirmed. Read Full Story

Syrians babies are being named 'Putin' in honour of Russian President
Moscow [Russia], Apr 22 : Syrian families are naming their children Putin as a mark of gratitude for the Russian President's support for his Syrian counterpart in the six-year war, a government official has said. Read Full Story

Taliban suicide attackers kill 50 Afghan soldiers at army base
New York [U.S.A.], Apr 22 : More than 50 Afghan soldiers have been killed after some Taliban suicide attackers disguised as army personnel targetted a national army base in northern Afghanistan. Read Full Story

Donald Trump's remark raises fears of U.S. disengagement in Libya
New York [U.S.A.], Apr 22 : Donald Trump's declaration that the United States had o role in Libya has raised doubts about whether a political compromise can still be reached with the help of Americans in the embattled oil-rich country, possibly opening the door to greater Russian involvement in the region. Read Full Story

Syria still has chemical weapons: U.S. defence secy
Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Apr 22 : The Syrian Government has retained an unspecified amount of chemical weapons and dispersed its aircraft after a U.S. cruise-missile attack this month, United States Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday. Read Full Story

Qatari royals held hostage released in Iraq
Abu Dhabi, [UAE], Apr 21 : Members of the Qatari royal family held hostage in Iraq since 2015 were among the 26 Qataris released on Friday, the CNN reported citing a Qatari source Read Full Story

Trilateral talks on Syria postponed after U.S. backs out
Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Apr 21 : The United States, Russian and United Nations trilateral talks on Syria scheduled for Monday have been postponed, says U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. Read Full Story

Turkish President insists constitutional reforms don't make him 'dictator'
Ankara [Turkey], April 19 : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has insisted the new constitutional reforms in the country don't make him a dictator. Read Full Story

Egypt: One dead, four injured in attack near St. Catherine's Monastery
Cairo [Egypt], Apr 19 : At least one policeman died and four others were injured in an attack on the security officials near Egypt's St. Catherine's Monastery, local media reports said. Read Full Story

Erdogan slams criticism of Turkey referendum
London [U.K.], Apr 18 : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday rejected the criticism by international monitors of a referendum, which would see the country switch from the Parliamentary to the Presidential system. Read Full Story

Pak extends felicitations to Turkey on outcome of referendum
Islamabad [Pakistan], Apr. 17 : Pakistan has extended felicitations to the Government and people of Turkey on the outcome of the referendum for the constitutional amendment, according to the unofficial results. Read Full Story

Woman held after Lahore encounter had visited Syria to join ISIS
Lahore/Hyderabad [Pakistan], Apr. 17 : A woman, who was arrested after the Lahore encounter, had earlier visited Syria to join the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group. Read Full Story

Pope Francis calls for end to 'horror and death' in Syria in Easter sermon
New York [U.S.A.], Apr 17 : While delivering the traditional Easter Sunday Mass sermon in Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis called for an end to the horror and death in Syria and prayed for Jesus to help world leaders end the arms trade. Read Full Story

Turkey votes 'Yes' in referendum, President Erdogan thanks people for support
Istanbul [Turkey], Apr 17 : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed victory in the referendum, which would see the country switch from the Parliamentary to the Presidential system. Read Full Story

Turkey votes in historic constitutional
Ankara [Turkey], Apr 16 : More than 55 million Turkish citizens began voting across the country on Sunday in a historic referendum proposing key constitutional changes that would allegedly give wide-ranging executive powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Read Full Story

Syrian Army expels Daesh terrorists near Deir ez-Zor Airbase
Damascus [Syria], Apr. 16 : Syrian government forces have freed territories to the south of the Syrian airbase in Deir ez-Zor from Daesh terrorists. Read Full Story

Turkish President rejects regime shift after referendum on constitutional amendments
Ankara [Turkey], Apr. 15 : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has discarded claims of a regime change after Sunday's referendum on constitutional amendments. Read Full Story

Iranian President to run for second term
Tehran [Iran], Apr 14 : Iranian President Hasan Rouhani has registered to run for a second term in the upcoming presidential elections in the country, set for May 19. Read Full Story

British woman allegedly stabbed to death by Palestinian in Jerusalem
Jerusalem [Israel], Apr. 14 : A British woman in her twenties has been stabbed to death in Jerusalem according to police, as thousands of Jewish and Christian pilgrims thronged the city's holy sites for Good Friday and the continuing Passover holiday. Read Full Story

Syria responds to Trump's 'animal' remark for Assad
Moscow [Russia], Apr. 14 : Following Donald Trump's 'animal' remark for Syrian President Bashar Assad in the wake of the Idlib chemical attack, Syria's senior diplomat has come down heavily on the U.S. President. Read Full Story

Chemical attack 'fabricated' as 'pretext' to justify US strike: Assad
Damascus [Syria], April 13 : Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed Thursday that the alleged chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun was a "fabrication" to justify the U.S. missile strike. Read Full Story

Syrian Army says US-led airstrike killed hundreds, including civilians
Damascus [Syria], April 13 : The Syrian Army claimed Thursday that a US-led airstrike against the Islamic State near Deir ez-Zor killed a large number of civilians, due to the suffocation resulted from inhaling toxic substances. Read Full Story

Ivanka influenced Syria missile strike decision: Eric Trump
New York [U.S.], Apr. 12 : Following President Donald Trump's asserted that the horrific images from a chemical weapons attack in Syria forced him to authorize a missile strike last week, it has come to light that his daughter Ivanka also had a hand in taking the crucial decision. Read Full Story

Trump administration open to more strikes on Syria
Washington D.C. (U.S.), Apr. 11: The White House on Monday said U.S. President Donald Trump is open to authorising additional strikes on Syria if the use of chemical weapons continues in the country. Read Full Story

Egyptians protest against Church attack, says 'Your terrorism brings us together'
Cairo (Egypt), Apr. 10 : Outraged Egyptians of different faiths rallied together on Sunday in defiance of ISIS, after the group claimed responsibility for two Coptic Christian Church bombings hundreds of miles apart. Read Full Story

Egypt drafts bill to ban burqa, Islamic veils in public places
Cairo (Egypt), Apr. 10 : The Egyptian Parliament is drafting a law banning women from wearing the niqab veil. Read Full Story

Syria expresses condolences over terror attacks in Egypt
Moscow (Russia), Apr. 10 : Syria has expressed condolences to families of victims of the deadly attacks in the Egyptian cities of Alexandria and Tanta, local media reported. Read Full Story

Syrian Govt.'s allies denounce U.S. strikes
Moscow (Russia), Apr. 10 : The Russian and Iranian Presidents in a phone conversation stressed the inadmissibility of aggressive U.S. actions against Syria in violation of international law, the Kremlin said in a statement issued on Sunday. Read Full Story

Egyptian President declares three-month state of emergency after terror attacks
Cairo (Egypt), Apr. 10 : Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi has declared a three-month state of emergency after deadly terror attacks in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria. Read Full Story

Trump considering to introduce sanctions against Russia, Iran for supporting Syria
Washington D.C. (USA), Apr. 10 : U.S. President Donald Trump is discussing with members of his administration the possibility of introducing sanctions against Russia and Iran for supporting the Syrian Government. Read Full Story

UN condemns terrorist attacks on Church in Egypt
New York (U.S.), Apr. 10 : UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council have condemned the attacks on two Coptic churches in north Egypt, stressing the need to bring the perpetrators to justice. Read Full Story

Egyptian President orders Army to ensure vital infrastructure's security
Cairo (Egypt) Apr. 10 : Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi has ordered the army to ensure security of the vital infrastructure facilities across the country in wake of the deadly terrorist attacks that hit two Egyptian cities-- Tanta and Alexandria, the president's press service said on Sunday. Read Full Story

Deeply pained by attacks in Egypt: PM Modi on Palm Sunday church bombings
New Delhi , Apr. 9 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the deadly twin Palm Sunday church bombings in Egypt, which claimed around 37 lives. Read Full Story

Egypt: Six killed in second church blast
Alexandria [Egypt], Apr. 9 : At least six persons have reportedly been killed in a second explosion that occurred in front of St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, hours after a bomb attack near a church in Egypt's Tanta, north of Cairo, earlier on Sunday. Read Full Story

Death toll rises to 21 in Egypt church attack
Cairo [Egypt], Apr. 9 : The death toll in the bomb attack near a church in Egypt's Tanta, north of Cairo, on Sunday has risen to 21. Read Full Story

Israel condemns Egypt church attack
Jerusalem [Israel], Apr. 9 : Israel has condemned the bomb attack near a church in Egypt's Tanta, north of Cairo, on Sunday in which at least 15 people were killed and 42 others injured. Read Full Story

15 killed, 42 injured in blast at Coptic church in Egypt
Dubai [UAE], Apr. 9 : At least 15 people were killed and 42 others injured following a bombing near a church in Egypt's Tanta, north of Cairo, Al Arabiya News Channel reported on Sunday. Read Full Story

Syria condemns US missile attack, calls it 'reckless, irresponsible'
Damascus [Syria], Apr. 7 : Bashar al-Assad-led Syrian Government on Friday condemned the 'reckless and irresponsible' missile attack carried out by the United States and said that the act reflected a short-sightedness and a political and military blindness. Read Full Story

Trump considering options for 'military action' in Syria: Report
Washington D. C. [USA], Apr. 6 : U.S. President Donald Trump has told some members of the Congress that he is considering military action in Syria in retaliation for this week's chemical attack. Read Full Story

ISIS kills 33 execution-style in Syria; 22 in Iraq attack
New York [United States], Apr.6 : At least 33 people have reportedly killed execution-style by ISIS gunmen in eastern Syria, according to a monitoring group. Read Full Story

Syria chemical attack: Russia to submit data to UN Security Council
Moscow [Russia], Apr. 6 : Russia has said that it will submit data from its Defence Ministry on an air strike on chemical arms production facilities in Syria at a UN Security Council session. Read Full Story

Saudi-led military alliance not against any country: Pakistan
Islamabad [Pakistan], Apr. 5 : Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua has made it clear that the Saudi-led 41-nation Islamic military alliance is against terrorism and not against any country. Read Full Story

World leaders condemn suspected chemical attack on Syria's Idlib
New Delhi , Apr. 4 : Political leaders across the world minced no words while condemning Tuesday's suspected chemical attack on Syria's rebel-held Idlib province. Read Full Story

Syria: Dozens reportedly killed in gas attack in Idlib province
Idlib [Syria], Apr. 4 : Dozens of people, including at least ten children, were killed and over 200 injured as a result of asphyxiation caused by exposure to an unknown gas in northern Syria on Tuesday, as reported by CNN. Read Full Story

Trump praises Egyptian President for doing a "fantastic job"
Washington D.C. [United States], Apr. 4 : President Donald Trump praised his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for doing a fantastic job as he hosted the latter in his Oval Office and pledged unstinting support for the authoritarian ruler. Read Full Story

PM Modi, Yousuf bin Alawi exchange views of close relations between India, Oman
New Delhi , Apr. 3 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Oman Foreign Affairs Minister Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah on Monday exchanged views on the close relations between India and Oman that are making progress in diverse areas. Read Full Story

Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner travels to Iraq
New York [U.S.], Apr. 3 : White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, went to Iraq this weekend and is likely to be back in the United States early this week. Read Full Story

Airstrikes kill over 100 ISIS militants near Syria border in Iraq
Baghdad [Iraq], Apr. 2 : In an airstrike, carried out by the Iraqi fighter jets against the Islamic State group outside Mosul, killed more than 100 militants. Read Full Story

Govt rescues two abducted Indians in South Sudan, tweets Swaraj
New Delhi, Mar 31 : The Government of India has rescued two Indians, who were abducted in South Sudan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Friday. Read Full Story

Conflict now eroding food security in 'stable' areas of South Sudan - UN Mission
New York, Mar 31 : The ongoing conflict in South Sudan is affecting food security in some of the country's more "stable" states, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operation there has said. Read Full Story

In Baghdad, UN chief Guterres pledges solidarity with Iraqi government and people
New York, Mar 31 : On what he called a "visit of solidarity" with Iraq, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday welcomed the commitment of the country's leaders to civilian protection and national dialogue, and pledged the ongoing support of the United Nations as the Government seeks to bolster aid delivery to needy populations and rebuild Iraq institutions. Read Full Story

Yemen: UN envoy urges Security Council to put pressure on warring parties to discuss his proposal
New York, Mar 30 : United Nations envoy for Yemen has urged the members of the Security Council to put pressure on the warring parties in that country to engage constructively in discussing the peace process framework he had presented. Read Full Story

Oman FM to visit India next month
New Delhi , Mar.30 : Mr. Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Oman's Foreign Minister, will undertake an official visit to India on April 2-3, 2017 at the invitation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Read Full Story

Workshop on trends in solar power generation, energy harvesting held Amity's Dubai campus
Dubai [UAE], Mar.30 : The Amity Institute of Advanced Research and Studies and the Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries recently organised an international workshop on trends in solar power generation, energy harvesting at Amity's Dubai campus. Read Full Story

Turkey announces end of Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria
Ankara [Turkey], Mar. 30 : Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced the end of Turkish-led Operation Euphrates Shield, which began in August last year to eliminate the Daesh presence in northern Syria. Read Full Story

In Jordan, UN chief calls for 'new Arab world,' united to tackle common challenges
New York, Mar 30 : Addressing the League of Arab States Summit in Jordan on Wednesday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres highlighted the importance of unity among the countries in the region to confront the challenges it is facing. Read Full Story

Indians with US visa, green card to get visa upon arrival in UAE
Dubai [UAE], Mar. 29 : The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Cabinet today approved a decision to grant Indian passport holders 'visa on arrival' provided they have a valid US visa or a green card holder. Read Full Story

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