Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » World The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Tue, 26 May 2015 07:21:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pakistani president’s son escaped life attempt in Balochistan Mon, 25 May 2015 10:41:13 +0000 Read the full article...]]> HabThe son of Pakistani president Mamnoon Hussian’s son has escaped a life attempt in Baluchistan province.

A motorcycle, laden with explosives, was parked on the way of Salman, son of Pakistan’s president but he escaped unharmed from the explosion in Hub District last night.

Bashir Borohi the police chief of Hub District said that including five body guards of Salman, 15 people were wounded in the explosion.

He said the blast was carried out through a remote control which also shattered windows of nearby house and damaged public property in the area.

Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) which is fighting the government of Pakistan for separating Baluchistan has claimed responsibility for the attack saying that the target was Mamnoon Hussain’s son.

BLA threatens to continue the fight until the separation of Balochistan from Pakistan.

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Forced sex is not rape, ISIS jihadi bride claims Mon, 25 May 2015 05:50:04 +0000 Read the full article...]]> A jihadi bride of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has claimed that forced sex with is not rape.

The remarks by Umm Sumayyah Al-Muhajirah were printed in the ninth edition of the group’s propaganda magazine Dabiq.

In an article entitled “Slave girls or prostitutes”, Al-Muhajirah also insults Michelle Obama and brands her as a prostitute whose “price won’t exceed a third of a dinar”.

“who knows, maybe Michelle Obama’s price won’t even exceed a third of a dīnār, and a third of a dīnār is too much for her!” the article reads.

She claims in her latest article that that keeping enemy prisoners of war and civilians as slaves during war is justified in the “great prophetic Sunnah (teachings of Mohamed) containing many divine wisdoms and religious benefits” in Islamic traditions.

“As for the slave-girl that was taken by the swords of men following the cheerful warrior then her enslavement is in opposition to human rights and copulation with her is rape?! What is wrong with you? How do you make such a judgment? What is your religion? What is your law? Rather, tell me who is your lord?’ Allah has opened the lands for His awliya [supporter], so they entered and dispersed within the lands, killing the fighters of the kuffar [non-believer], capturing their women, and enslaving their children,” the author says while admitting that the terror group has looted villages and kidnapped women.

The latest article comes as the terror group has been enslaving and sexually abusing the women – particularly Iraq’s minority Yazidi community it captures and justifies the horrendous sex crimes as Sunnah.

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ISIS kill 400 people mostly women and children in Syrian city Sun, 24 May 2015 12:25:28 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS Palmyrah SyriaThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group militants have killed at least 400 people mostly women and children in the ancient city of Palmyra.

According to the Syrian state television, the mass killing by the ISIS militants was carried out after the city fall to terror group’s control.

An image of an ancient castle in the area was posted with a black flag flying above it was posted online by one of the group’s supporters.

The ancient was reportedly captured by the ISIS militants on Wednesday with the opposition activists saying hundreds of bodies were seen in the streets following the fall of the city, Reuters reported.

The activists also added that those killed by the ISIS militants were believed to be government loyalists.

The ancient Palmyra city is home to renowned Roman-era ruins including well-preserved temples, colonnades and a theatre and is a Unesco world heritage site.

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Kidnappers release video of abducted Chinese tourist in Pakistan Sun, 24 May 2015 11:43:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Chinese kidnapped in Pakistan

Mashal Radio that is related to Azadi Radio has received a video from the kidnappers of a Chinese tourist in Pakistan.

The video is sent to Mashal Radio today from an undisclosed location by a Saiful Asad who identifies himself spokesman for Jaish Al-Hadid “Contingent of Steel,”

The video purportedly shows the Chinese man Hong Xudong who was kidnapped by gunmen in May 2014.

Xudong who is seen alone in the video asks his government and International community to release him from the custody of Taliban.

He criticizes the government of Pakistan for not trying to secure his release.

He says that he does not believe in China-Pakistan friendship. He further says that Pakistan is only friend with money.

Xudong is looking scared in the video who says that Taliban have told him if their demands are not met he will be killed.

Hong Xudong was abducted  in Daraban area on the outskirts of Dera Ismail Khan district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on May 19, 2014.

Jaish Al-Hadid that claims to have the Chinese hostage seems to be a new name within the militant groups in Pakistan.

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Pakistan struggling with fake degrees scandal Sat, 23 May 2015 17:23:03 +0000 Read the full article...]]> pakistan fake degreesPakistani media have been going through a frenzy, a New York Times expose alleged Axact an information technology company have been producing fake degrees on a worldwide scale.

The government of Pakistan have initiated their investigation after the allegations and have promised to resolve the issue as soon as possible. The allegation is of a global concern and devalues higher education all together.

Axact, also owns BOL tv network which is enduring criticisms. A few of the top journalists have resigned as a result of the scandal.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Saturday that the government will seek international assistance to investigate the scandal.

Khan further added that Pakistan’s Interior Ministry will also write letters in the coming days to seek assistance from FBI and Interpol regarding the issue.

According to Khan the government is expecting to conclude an initial inquiry into the company Axact within the next 10 days.

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39 students wounded after school roof collapsed in Pakistan Sat, 23 May 2015 09:49:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan school roof collapse39 students sustained injuries after the roof of their school collapsed in Punjab province of Pakistan on Saturday.

The incident spread panic in the area and parents of the students immediately rushed to the school. Security officials and emergency rescue teams also arrived and removed students to a safer location.

Some victims were treated at the spot but some others were transferred to Nishtar Hospital for severe wounds.

Security officers arrested the principle of the school after he was accused for being the cause of the tragic incident in Multan.

Parents of the school children and local residents blamed principle of the school for constructing shops next to the school building which caused the incident.

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Witch doctor forces 2-day-old baby to walk in India Sat, 23 May 2015 08:16:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Witch doctor IndiaA shocking video of a newborn baby sparked rage among the local residents after it was widely shared which purportedly shows the baby is grabbed by the neck and forced to walk by a witch doctor.

The video emerged from a rural Indian village and was widely shared and shown to Morigoan police.

Filmed by a villager present during the ritual in the state of Assam, the video shows the witch doctor believed to be in her 50s, holding the baby by the neck and making him take several steps in front of a crowd of people.

The baby was reportedly suffering from high fever since his birth and was taken to the witch doctor by his parents.

India’s NDTV reported that the child is in hospital and he is recovering now but the witch doctor was arrested by police.

Another was also arrested and is in judicial custody with the witch doctor. He [the newborn] was suffering from fever, but now the baby is healthy. We must overhaul our post natal care system, have directed officials to launch a vigorous campaign,” said Rakesh Kumar, a senior official in Morigaon.

He also warned mothers in rural areas of the country to avoid seeking help from witch doctors.

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ISIS claim responsibility for Saudi suicide attack that left 21 dead Sat, 23 May 2015 05:16:07 +0000 Read the full article...]]> SaudiIslamic State which also widely known as ISIS has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack in Saudi Arabia that left 21 people dead on Friday.

Islamic State has issued a statement in Arabic language as well as a photograph of a person they claim was the suicide bomber who carried out the attack in Al-Qadeeh village of Qatif, a predominantly Shi’ite province.

The attack took place while around 150 Shi’ite Muslims were gathered to offer Friday prayers in the local mosque.

Photographs published on social media showed bodies covered in sheets and laid out on the floor and victims covered with blood were being taken away on stretchers.

SPA, the Saudi state news agency confirmed the suicide blast in a local mosque of eastern Qatif province.

Interior Ministry of Saudi issuing a statement stated that the bomber had hidden his suicide vest under his clothes and exploded as Muslims were offering prayers.

SPA is quoting the Interior Ministry officials as saying that government will put all efforts to arrest those involved in the suicide attack in Qatif.

“Security authorities will spare no effort in the pursuit of all those involved in this terrorist crime.”, the official is quoted as saying.

The province has been witnessing rising tensions between Shi’ite residents and Sunni tribes as well as the central government.

]]> 0 ISIS claims they are close to buy nuclear weapon from Pakistan Sat, 23 May 2015 03:22:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS nuclear weaponThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has claimed it is closer to buy a nuclear from Pakistan and smuggling it into the United States.

The latest claim by the terror group is seen as yet another propaganda which was published in terror group’s magazine – Dabiq.

The article titled “The Perfect Storm” is attributed to the British hostage John Cantlie who been held captive for more than two years, has appeared in multiple propaganda videos and articles for the extremist group.

Photojournalist Cantlie is regularly used in the terror group’s propaganda and has appeared in a number of videos, including a YouTube series called “Lend Me Your Ears”. He has been held a hostage by Isis for more than two years.

It claims ISIS has billions of dollars in the bank and describes a ‘hypothetical operation’ which involves it buying a nuclear bomb ‘through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials’ in Pakistan.

The article also describes militant Islamist groups such as Boko Haram, which recently pledged allegiance to Isis, uniting across the Middle East, Africa and Asia to create one global movement, according to the Independent.

It claims this alignment of groups has happened because Isis militants seized “tanks, rocket launchers, missile systems, anti-aircraft systems,” before turning to more extreme weapons the group is not in possession of – such as nuclear weapons.

The article continues “Let me throw a hypothetical operation onto the table. The Islamic State has billions of dollars in the bank, so they call on their wilāyah in Pakistan to purchase a nuclear device through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials in the region.”

While admitting that such a scenario is “far-fetched” but warns that “It’s the sum of all fears for Western intelligence agencies and it’s infinitely more possible today than it was just one year ago.”

“And if not a nuke, what about a few thousand tons of ammonium nitrate explosive? That’s easy enough to make,” the article reads.

A chilling warning is also issued at the end of the article which states “As the territory of the Islamic State crosses from one border to another like a wildfire that is burning out of control, it’ll be only a matter of time before the Islamic State reaches the western world.”

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ISIS sending ‘prettiest Yazidi virgins’ it abducts to slave markets Thu, 21 May 2015 04:38:54 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS sex slavesThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has taken sex crime atrocities to whole new level by institutionalizing sexual violence where brutalization of women and girls is central to their ideology.

According to a latest report the group is sending the ‘prettiest virgins’ they capture to slave markets in the Syrian city of Raqqa, where they are sold as sexual objects to the highest bidder.

Reports regarding the ISIS atrocities comes as the United Nation’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura gathered data on ISIS sex crimes, including those against captured Yazidi women.

In an interview with the Middle East Eye Bangura said “During my recent five-country Middle East visit, I met officials, frontline workers and survivors. My focus was IS’s war on women, including from Yazidi, Christian and Turkmen Shia minorities.”

“After attacking a village, IS splits women from men and executes boys and men aged 14 and over. The women and mothers are separated; girls are stripped naked, tested for virginity and examined for breast size and prettiness. The youngest, and those considered the prettiest virgins fetch higher prices and are sent to Raqqa, the IS stronghold,” she added.

According to Bangura there is a hierarchy where sheikhs get first choice, then emirs, then fighters. They often take three or four girls each and keep them for a month or so, until they grow tired of a girl, when she goes back to market. At slave auctions, buyers haggle fiercely, driving down prices by disparaging girls as flat-chested or unattractive.

“We heard about one girl who was traded 22 times, and another, who had escaped, told us that the sheikh who had captured her wrote his name on the back of her hand to show that she was his ‘property’,” she said.

Bangura said their research will feed into the annual UN report on conflict-related sexual violence and advocacy work.

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Popular India TV face ‘Baa’ Sudha Shivpuri passes away Wed, 20 May 2015 09:11:17 +0000 Read the full article...]]> baamainIndia’s popular television face Sudha Shivpuri who also became popular in Afghanistan for her role of ‘Baa’ in ‘Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ drama serial has passed away.

According to reports, the 77-year-old TV actress passed away this morning due to unwell health condition.

The Hindustan Times newspaper reported that Shivpuri was keeping unwell since 2013 following a stroke on Dec 2, 2013, which affected her basic motor skills.

The report further added that stayed at the hospital for almost six months after the stroke.

Shivpuri also appeared in several movies including Insaaf Ka Tarazu, Hamari Bahu Alka, Sawan Ko Aane Do, Sun Meri Laila, Burning Train, Vidhaata and Maya Memsaab.

Married to Bollywood veteran Om ShivpuriShe made her film debut with Basu Chatterjee’s Swami in 1977 but the big break in her TV career was marked Ekta Kapoor’s Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu thi in 2000.

ast rites will be performed at around 2.30 pm at a crematorium in Oshiwara, reportedly.

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13 suspected militants killed in military airstrike in North Waziristan Wed, 20 May 2015 07:45:18 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan airstrike in North Waziristan13 suspected insurgents have been killed Pakistani military’s fresh warplanes bombardment in North Waziristan.

Pakistani Army’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relation (ISPR) says that war jets bombed insurgent hideouts in Dattakhil area of North Waziristan on Wednesday morning.

13 militants were reportedly killed and their hideouts destroyed in the bombardment.

Pakistani military began a sweeping operation against militants in Waziristan in June 2014 after peace talks with TTP collapsed and a deadly terrorist attack carried out at Karachi airport in which around 30 people killed.

Pakistan claims to have broken the backbone of the militants groups with killing thousands of their fighters and destroying their places of escape.

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ISIS militants brutally beat own fighters for smoking cigarettes Wed, 20 May 2015 07:17:03 +0000 Read the full article...]]> isis militants beat own fightersA new video has emerged from territories under the control of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group which purportedly shows the brutal beating of the group’s fighters for smoking cigarettes.

The video was reportedly released by the terror showing the men lined up and sitting against a wall as a masked militant walk up and down them.

The men vainly try to defend themselves from the blows raining down as the masked militant stomps on them.

The video also shows the masked militant jabbing the men with the barrel of his assault rifle. One of the men is also seen bashed by the militant on his head with the wooden butt of the weapon.

The men are also seen fanatically whipped with what appears to a belt.

Smoking is banned by the terror group which enforce strict rules and consider the habit a “slow suicide” and therefore as un-Islamic.

The group punishes the convict with 40 lashes at first and at second offence the convict is whipped and imprisoned but anyone violating the rule for the third time would be fined with a large sum of money and would be sent to a country camp.

The violation of the rule could also lead to execution besides public whipping and massive fine.

This comes as a senior ISIS police chief was found decapitated with a cigarette hanging from his mouth in February earlier this year.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the body of the senior police chief was found with words “O Sheikh this is munkar” written on his body, translated as “this is evil, you Sheikh”.

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Senior Pakistani police officer gunned down in Peshawar Wed, 20 May 2015 06:33:57 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani policeA senior police officer was gunned down by unidentified gunmen in Peshawar, provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday morning.

Bahadur Khan, the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Peshawar’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) was on his way to drop off his daughter to school when unidentified gunmen riding on a motorbike sprayed bullets on his vehicle in Gulbahar area.

Bahadur Khan’s daughter remained unharmed but he sustained serious injuries in the attack and breathed last on way to the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) in Peshawar.

Soon after the attack security forces cordoned off the area but attackers had managed to flee.

Police say DSP Bahadur Khan was receiving threats before he was gunned down on Wednesday.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mohammad Khorasani the group’s spokesman said that the attack was carried out by their Special Task Force.

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Four militants killed in drone strike in North Waziristan Tue, 19 May 2015 08:25:58 +0000 Read the full article...]]> DroneFour militants have been killed and several others wounded after a drone targeted a militant hideout in North Waziristan tribal built which borders Afghanistan.

Local media reports that the UAV fired two missiles at a house in Shawal area of North Waziristan which caused heavy casulaties to insurgetns and destroyed the coumpound.

It comes only a day after Pakistan’s foreign ministry again asked that these strikes need to be stopped.

In a statement Pakistan’s foreign office stateted that this is “clear violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

The statement further stated that these attacks create security concerns in the area at the time Pakistani military is conducting Operation Zarb-i-Azab in the area.

“These generate distrust among the local populace at a time when Operation Zarb-e-Azab is moving ahead decisively,” the statemed added.

But these air strikes have killed several key members of Al-Qaeda, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militant groups in the area.

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Raped Indian nurse dies 42 years after spending in coma Mon, 18 May 2015 17:49:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> raped Indian nurse dies after 42 years in comaThe Indian authorities said Monday that a Mumbai nurse died after spending 42 years in a vegetative state following a sexual assault while she was working in a hospital.

The 67-year-old nurse, Aruna Shanbaug, was raped in Mumbai in 1973 where she suffered severe brain damage when she was sodomized and strangled with a metal chain.

The perpetrator was a hospital worker who left her for 11 hours in the basement of the hospital after sexually assaulting her.

He served seven years in prison after being convicted of robbery and attempted murder.

“She was recovering and all her other medical parameters were fine. Today she suffered a sudden attack and could not be saved,” Dr. Ahmad Pazare, head of medicine at Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial hospital (KEM), told the Indian Express.

She was reportedly suffering from pneumonia for the past week and later suffered a cardiac arrest.

Shanbaug began working as a junior nurse at Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial hospital (KEM) and was 25=year-old when she was assaulted.

She became the face of the debate on euthanasia in India in March 2011 after the country’s Supreme Court rejected a petition filed by the writer Pinki Virani that sought permission for a “mercy killing.”

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Nine people killed, 18 wounded as bikers clashed in U.S. Mon, 18 May 2015 04:45:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> bikerNine people were killed and 18 others wounded after a clash erupted between rival motorcycle gangs in the Texas state of the U.S. on Sunday.

The incident occurred at a busy shopping center of Waco city along Interstate 35 shortly after noon when there is a large crowd.

Officials said eight people died at the crime scene while another breathed last at the hospital.

Sgt. Patrick Swanton from Waco police said that 18 others who are under treatment at the hospital are being stabbed or shot.

 He said “This is probably one of the most gruesome crime scenes I’ve ever seen in my 34 years of law enforcement.”

The police officer added that at least five rival gangs had gathered at Twin Peaks for a meeting which ended in a deadly clash.

Sgt. Patrick Swanton said that additional police were assigned in the area because of the advance knowledge of the gangs coming and causing issues here.

“We’ve been made aware in the past few months of rival biker gangs … being here and causing issues,”

“Apparently the management (of Twin Peaks) wanted them here and so we didn’t have any say-so on whether they could be here or not,” he said.

Dozens of members of the biker gangs have been arrested from the site after the incident.

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Drone strike kills six militants in North Waziristan Sun, 17 May 2015 05:07:12 +0000 Read the full article...]]> DroneA US-drone strike has killed six foreign and local militants in Pakistan’s troubled tribal area of North Waziristan.

The drone reportedly fired two missiles at a compound belonging to militants in Shawal area of North Waziristan late Saturday afternoon.

Most of those killed in the attack are reported to be foreigners.

Waziristan is allegedly the home for several militant groups including Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – the primary militant organization fighting with the government of Pakistan, Al-Qaeda, Uzbek and other insurgent groups.

Based on the reports published in Pakistani media, these militant groups have lost several key commanders in the air strikes carried out by drone. Several others among more than 2,000 insurgents have been in Pakistani military operation Zarb-i-Azb started in June 2014.

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Nigerian restaurant shut down for cooking human meat Sat, 16 May 2015 18:21:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> human meat Nigeria restaurantThe police forces in Nigeria closed a restaurant after discovering the human meat was cooked and served for customers.

The MailOnline quoting BBC Swahili reported that the operation by Nigerian police was launched after they were tipped off by local who suspected something horrific was taking place inside the kitchen.

The report further added that human heads dripping with blood in plastic bags were discovered following the operation by police.

The restaurant was located in the south-eastern province of Anambra where a local priest who ate the restaurant was alarmed at the price of meals there, let alone where the meat came from.

The priest said he was alarmed after receiving a bill of 700 Naira – around £2.20 – when the daily wage for tens of millions of Nigerians is approximately 60p.

“The attendant noticed my reaction and told me it was the small piece of meat I had eaten that made the bill scale that high,” the priest added.

He said “I did not know I had been served with human meat, and that it was that expensive.”

At least ten people were arrested by police and an arsenal of weapons including grenades were discovered and confiscated following the raid.

One resident said, “I am not surprised at the shocking revelation… Every time I went to the market, I observed strange activities going on in the hotel”

“People who were never cleanly dressed and who looked a bit strange made their way in and out of the hotel, making me very suspicious of their activities,” the resident added.

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Ex-Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi sentenced to death Sat, 16 May 2015 09:40:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Mohammad-Morsi

The former Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi has been sentenced to death by a court in Egypt on Saturday.

Morsi was given the death sentence for passing state secrets for mass prison break that took place in 2011.

According to the court ruling, the sentencing of Morsi will be referred to the Grand Mufti for cofirmation along with 105 others sentenced to death.

Morsi was earlier sentenced to 20 years in jail for ordering the arrest and torture of protesters while he was serving as the president of Egypt.

He was accused of devisive policies by the Egyptians who staged days of mass street protests demanding his removal.

The Egyptian authorities have banned his Muslim Brotherhood movement and arrested thousands of his supporters since he was deposed by the military in July 2013.

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Islam is a religion of fighting, al-Baghdadi says in new audio message Fri, 15 May 2015 10:00:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> al-baghdadiThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group released a new audio statement on Thursday in which the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calls for recruits from the around the world while calling Islam a religion of fighting.

The latest audio statement comes as there have been speculations that al-Baghdadi was seriously injured following a US-led airstrike in the month of March and that he is no more leading the terrorist organization.

The 35-minute audio message posted on militant websites features a voice that sounds like al-Baghdadi’s exhorting all Muslims to take up arms and fight on behalf of the group’s self-styled caliphate, the Associated Press reported.

He criticizes harshly the Saud royal family for the air campaign in Yemen and calls for the humiliation of the Saudi regime while vowing to liberate Isis prisoners in Saudi jails.

Referring to Islam as religion of fighting, al-Baghdadi says “Islam was never a religion of peace. No one should believe that the war that we are waging is the war of the Islamic State. It is the war of all Muslims, but the Islamic State is spearheading it. It is the war of Muslims against infidels.”

The audio message was released shortly after the second-in-command of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group, Abu Alaa al-Afri, was reported killed following a US-led airstrike.

According to Iraqi government officials, al-Afri was killed while attending a meeting at a mosque in Tal Afar.

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Vatican formally recognizes the state of Palestine Fri, 15 May 2015 04:53:27 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Vatican recognizes Palestina stateThe state of Palestine was formally recognized by the Vatican in a new treaty finalized on Wednesday in a bid to “enhance the life and activities of the Catholic Church and its recognition at the judicial level.”

The conclusion of the agreement comes days before Pope Francis is due to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and is likely to solidify relations between the Vatican and Palestinians.

According to a statement released by the Vatican, the agreement will be officially signed by the respective authorities “in the near future.”

The statement further added that the text of the treaty will be covering Church activities in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

The decision by Vatican to recognize Palestine sparked Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects.

The Foreign Ministry of Israel said it as disappointed and insisted that “This move does not promote the peace process and distances the Palestinian leadership from returning to direct and bilateral negotiations.”

In the meantime, the Palestinian officials welcomed the move and said “This is a very important recognition as the Vatican has a very important political status that stems from its spiritual status.”

Nabil Shaath, a senior to Abbas, said “We expect more EU countries to follow.”

The Vatican has been referring unofficially to the state of Palestine since 2012 and the Vatican’s official program referred to Abbas as the president of the “state of Palestine” during Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land in 2014.

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Indonesia urged to stop virginity tests for army recruits Thu, 14 May 2015 18:49:18 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indonesia virginity testsThe Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Indonesia’s military to drop a “discriminatory and invasive” virginity tests for female military recruits.

According to HRW the painful “two-finger” virginity test is given early in the recruitment process to determine if the woman’s hymen is still intact.

However, the Indonesia’s military has said the tests are given with an aim to stop immoral women from entering the armed forces.

Fuad Basya, spokesman for Indonesia’s military, told the Guardian “We need to examine the mentality of these applicants. If they are no longer virgins, if they are naughty, it means their mentality is not good.”

He said the test has been carried out “for a long time” and that it can determine whether the women have “accidentally” lost their virginity or were sexually active.

According to Basya those who failed the test are not eligible to join the military. “We will continue to carry out the test because to be a military person, the most important thing is your mentality. Physical and intellectual requirements are secondary,” he added.

In the meantime, the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) also expressed concerns regarding the tests.

Ahead of a conference on military medicine in Bali, Indonesia, the IRCT described the testing as “a gross violation of women’s rights and one that may amount to ill-treatment and torture under international law”.

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Squeezed Pak Taliban Tries To Unite the House Thu, 14 May 2015 11:26:26 +0000 Read the full article...]]>  Pakistani-Talib12493By Manish Rai

After Pakistan Army launched operation Khyber II in the tribal region as a part of its stepped-up efforts since a militant attack in Dec 2014 killed 150 people, mostly children, at Peshawar’s Army Public School. Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is being squeezed out in their former tribal strongholds. Since the beginning of operation Zarb-i-Azb of Pak Army after the Karachi airport attack last year TTP militants have fled to other tribal regions, including to Khyber and its Tirah Valley that borders Afghanistan. They appear to be moving across the border and seem to operate from both sides of the Durand Line. But situation drastically changed after the recent very effective Khyber II operation in which most of the hideouts in the strongholds have been lost by the militants and now there been squeezed from all the sides by the Pakistan security forces. TTP, which once has presence across the country and currently resisting Pakistani troops in the volatile tribal regions on the border with Afghanistan is rapidly loosing ground and facing an existential threat. In the recent months after the attack on the Peshawar, the Pakistan government has upped the ante against the TTP and its allied militant organizations. The military has destroyed all the command and control centers of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. Now to put the effective resistance front against the security forces and to show its strength. TTP leadership has initiated the efforts to unite the various factions which break away after the leadership and ethnic dispute.

Recently three jihadist groups, including one led by a key commander who has served as a senior leader in al Qaeda and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, have united with the Pakistan Taliban. The merger is part of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s efforts to rebuild itself, likely with the guidance of al Qaeda. The merger is part of TTP’s attempt to rebuild its shattered image in the wake of the ongoing military operations. After the killing of Hakeemullah Mehshud the Taliban appointed Mullah Fazlullah to lead the TTP, but multiple factions were unhappy with the choice and split, including two Mehsud factions in North and South Waziristan, and a large branch led by Omar Khalid Khorasani. But Omar Khalid Khorasani’s faction (Jamaat-ul Ahrar) and Lashkar-e-Islam of Mangal Bagh joined the TTP early last month as part of the effort to mend the rift between the jihadist groups. The decision of merger was taken at a meeting attended by Mulla Fazlullah, Omar Khalid Khurasani and Mangal Bagh. The head of the new set-up was yet to be named. It worth noting that Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam, led by Mangal Bagh, are allied to each other from long but not they formally coming toghter and making combined command structure, pooled resources, fighting force. TTP is also now trying hard to make good relation with its previous affiliates like- Harkatul Jihad Al Islami, Qari Saifullah Akhtar Group, Tehrik-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi, Tehrik-e-Taliban Punjab, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and some Chechen and German-Turk groups. All these efforts are being done because of the need of the hour. Now the TTP core organization is not a big group with its cadre at most at 5,000 to 7,000 which was about 25,000 to 30,000 when it was united under the strong leadership of Baitullah and Hakeemullah Mehshud.

The recent regrouping of various TTP factions suggests efforts may be underway for broader cooperation and moreover TTP wants to be in the limelight and it is trying to send a message of its presence through the media. The ongoing military operations have forced them to adopt such tactics just to show their power. In fact, these groups have broadly lost their ability to conduct major terrorist activities solely on their own and are on the run. But according to some senior security analysts the developments of regrouping was of little significance in the prevailing situation as it may be just a propaganda tool rather than a major game changing alignment. The next few months will be critical in determining whether this new tactic of TTP is effective against the security forces operations or a simple name change for some existing groups, or as a new, unifying umbrella. But one thing which is emerging is that Al-Qaeda is playing a major role in all these patch up activities. Al Qaeda and the TTP have had a close working relationship since the latter was formed in December 2007. The Pakistan Taliban has provided shelter for al Qaeda in Pakistan’s tribal areas, while al Qaeda has provided military expertise and access to global donors. Seeing TTP fighting for its survival Al-Qaeda has come for its rescue and the inspirational source of TTP that is Afghan Taliban has turned a blind eye on all this episode in fear of annoying Pak Army and ISI. Al- Qaeda is acting as the interlocutor and meditator for the regrouping. And one thing is certain that closer to Al Qaeda than to Afghan Taliban, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan is a formidable challenge for Islamabad and the region.

(Author is a columnist for Middle-East and Af-Pak region and Editor of a geo-political news agency Views Around can be reached at Mr Farman Nawaz Columnist from Bannu, Pakistan provided inputs for the article.)

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Islamabad says Kabul should prevent RAW from using its territory against Pakistan Thu, 14 May 2015 09:40:54 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan spokesmanAfter the deadly Karachi attack that left more than 40 people killed, Pakistan once again accused the Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) for creating unrest in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry on Thursday said that two perpetrators arrested in Karachi were trained by the spy agency.

He said Pakistan will take up the issue on all international forums if RAW was found to be behind yesterday’s massacre in Karachi.

In the meantime, Qazi Khalilullah the spokesman for Islamabad’s Foreign Office said that Afghanistan should not let RAW use its territory against Pakistan.

He said it is against the bilateral relation agreement between the two countries. But Afghan leaders have repeatedly said that Kabul is not allowing anyone use its territory against others.

A group of about six assailants attacked a civilian bus in Karachi, Pakistan’s business hub, yesterday and killed 43 people belonging to Ismailia community on the spot. Three more succumbed to their wounds, raising the death toll to 46.

Attackers escaped from the scene but left a leaflet linking the attack to Daesh the Arabic name for ISIS.

Also, media received a statement in Arabic language in which the attack is identified to be the act of Daesh.

Ahmad Marwat identifying himself the spokesman for Jundullah, a TTP splinter group which also has contacts with Al-Qaeda, also claimed responsibility for the attack yesterday.

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Pakistan’s Sindh province observing “day of mourning” over 45 deaths Thu, 14 May 2015 06:27:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan attackThe local government in Pakistan’s Sindh province announced Thursday as the “day of mourning” across the province over the militant attack in Karachi that left 45 people killed on Wednesday.

Sindh’s Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon announced on Wednesday that the government made the decision to officially observed mourning across the province on Thursday.

Memon said the terrorists involved in the attack would be dragged to justice.

Altaf Hussain head of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a powerful political party in Pakistan, has condemned security forces for not searching Madrasas (seminaries) who according to him are training militants.

45 people were killed and more than 20 others wounded after gunmen attacked a civilian bus carrying mostly members of the Ismaili community on Wednesday in Karachi.

Following the attack leaflets were found in Safora Chowrangi area linking the attack to ISIS and later media received a statement stating that the attack was carried out by Daesh Arabic name for ISIS.

The attack is also claimed by a Ahmad Marwat who identified himself spokesman for the militant group of Jundullah, a TTP splinter group which also has contacts with Al-Qaeda.

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ISIS Wedding Certificate: Husband’s permission not needed for suicide attacks Thu, 14 May 2015 06:27:04 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS wedding certNew images have emerged from Syria which purportedly shows a wedding certificate issued by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

According to the wedding certificates, the women who have married with the militants are allowed to carry out suicide mission with the permission of their husband.

The document states that the ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi would be the final decision maker regarding the life and death of the jihadi brides.

“If the Prince of believers [Baghdadi] consents to her carrying out a suicide mission, then her husband should not prohibit her,” according to the ‘conditions of wife’ in the certificate.

A user of the Twitter called @axn___i published the document on social media on 9th of May, according to a report by the MailOnline.

The user whose profile has been shut down since then claimed that women living under Islamic State rule are “more powerful and free than those in the rest of the world.”

It is believed that the terror group will use more women to carry out their twisted attacks with the emergence of the wedding certificate.

According to the experts the ISIS terror group has stepped up their desperate attempt to force women to the battle-front to replace the countless male soldiers being slain in bloody battles across Iraq and Syria.

The experts further added that the attempt by the terror group to spread fear and confusion through the document means “they are losing the war.”

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Dozens killed in Philippine factory fire Thu, 14 May 2015 05:24:03 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Factory fire (2)45 people were confirmed killed as of Thursday morning in a fire that broke out in a rubber slipper factory in northern Philippine.

The death toll is expected to rise as 26 people are still missing in the gutted building of the Kentex Manufacturing Corp. factory.

 Valenzuela city Mayor Rex Gatchalian hoped that some of the 26 people missing would have gotten out.

“The city government is still praying and hoping that the 26, some of them, must have gotten out earlier in the morning and had gone to relatives and have not logged on at city hall. So we are still hoping that the number 26 will still go down,” he said.

But Dionesio Candido, whose kin are among the ones missing, said iron grills reinforced with fencing wire covered windows on the second floor and even cats could not escape.

Candido said that he was given permission by authorities to enter into the building where he saw several dead bodies pile up on each other.

Initial reports suggest the fire was caused by sparks from welding work being done at the factory. The fire triggered an explosion of the chemicals available at the factory for making slippers which spread the fire to all over the factory.

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ISIS acting leader al-Afri killed by US-led airstrike Wed, 13 May 2015 15:38:19 +0000 Read the full article...]]> al-Afri killedThe second-in-command of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group, Abu Alaa al-Afri, has reportedly been killed following a US-led airstrike.

According to Iraqi government officials, al-Afri was killed while attending a meeting at a mosque in Tal Afar.

He had been meeting dozens of militants who also died in the strike, Iraq’s foreign affairs ministry said Wednesday.

According to reports, al-Afri assumed acting command of the ISIS terrorist group last month after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group’s self-declared “caliph”, was injured in a separate air strike in March.

Al-Afri is a physics professor and longtime senior official of the ISIS terrorist group who has published dozens of publications and religious studies.

He has reportedly trained in Afgahnistan from 1998 onwards as he is thought to have know al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Described as the strongest men in ISIS after al-Baghdadi, al-Afri is thought to have acted as the link between al-Baghdadi, his inner circle and ISIS’s network of emirs in provinces across their self-proclaimed caliphate.

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Afghan girl awarded the Madeleine K. Albright Award Wed, 13 May 2015 10:20:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan girlKhalida Noori, 24, an Afghan girl who is fighting for women’s right in restive Kandahar province, the birthplace of Taliban, has been awarded the Madeleine K. Albright Award in the United States.

Noori received the award through America’s National Democratic Institute (NDI), which recognizes the contribution of outstanding women in advancing democracy and political participation of women across the globe.

Noori runs the Worker Women Social Organization (WWSO), a grassroots group based in Kandahar, which provides educational opportunities for girls and women and then find them jobs in governmental organizations.

She says several women have been graduated from WWSO who are now the earning hands of their respective families.

Senator Barbara Mikulski, a U.S senator talked about the importance of involving women in the politics “As Madeleine Albright and the leaders of NDI know so well, when we share our stories, whether in Congress or Kandahar, we inspire women everywhere to fight for opportunity. Every culture responds to a passionate message. Every community can be changed. But first, it takes the power of the one to organize the many.”

First lady Rula Ghani who attended the ceremony said that the women are among the strongest women who with very limited means strive to make better life for themselves and their families

“They live under very difficult circumstances.  Yet, with very limited means, these women are striving to make a better life for themselves and their families.  They are the glue that keeps society together, they are the conscience that goads the leaders onto the right path.  They are hardworking, persistent, resourceful, and they are tough. If they need support and help it is not because they are weak or clueless but because they are strong and will put every little bit of support to good use.”

Worker Women Social Organization (WWSO) president said she will use the $25,000 grant to raise females in Kandahar to join the next generation of the political leaders of Afghanistan.

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North Korea executed its defense minister on treason charges Wed, 13 May 2015 05:44:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> North-Korea-executes-defense-chief-Hyon-Yong-cholNorth Korea has publicly executed its defense minister Hyon Yong Chol on treason charges.

Yonhap, a South Korean media outlet citing Seoul’s National Intelligence Services reported on Wednesday that Yong Chol was executed by firing-squad with an anti-aircraft gun in front of hundreds of people.

The execution comes after South Korea’s spy agency said late last month that Kim ordered the execution of 15 senior officials this year as penalty for challenging his authority.
Michael Madden, an expert on the North Korean leadership and contributor to the 38 North think tank said that “North Korean internal politics is very volatile these days,”
He said “Internally, there does not seem to be any respect for Kim Jong Un within the core and middle levels of the North Korean leadership,”
“There is no clear or present danger to Kim Jong Un’s leadership or stability in North Korea, but if this continues to happen into next year, then we would seriously have to start looking at a contingency plan for the Korean peninsula” Madden said.

Kim Jong Un had executed his uncle, Jang Song Thaek on treason charges in 2013.

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Nepal hit by another deadly earthquake Tue, 12 May 2015 07:40:14 +0000 Read the full article...]]> nepal quake29 people have been confirmed dead and more than 900 others wounded in the fresh earthquake in Nepal.

Several tall buildings were destroyed in the strong earthquake on Tuesday.

The earthquake is measured 7.4 magnitude on Richter scale. It tremors were also felt in India which has reportedly claimed one life in Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh.

]]> 0 15 people killed, 20 others wounded in “bus-crash incident” in Kashmir Mon, 11 May 2015 11:32:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Kashmir15 people were killed and 20 others wounded after a passenger bus they were travelling in veered off a mountain road in and rolled down into a deep gorge in Indian administered Kashmir on Monday.

Officials say the driver probably lost control of the bus which caused the tragic incident took place in Udhampur District.

Yasha Mudgal the Deputy Commissioner of Udhampur told the Press Trust of India that choppers have been requested to air left those critically wounded.

“The injured are being hospitalized and choppers have been requisitioned to airlift the critically injured people to Government Medical College (GMC) hospital in Jammu from Mantalie belt of Udhampur,”

She feared that the casualties may rise since six wounded are in critical condition.

“Fifteen people have died and 20 others are injured. Six people are in critical condition,” she added

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47 people killed over land dispute in Pakistan Sun, 10 May 2015 06:02:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> North Waziristan47 people have been killed and 25 others wounded over land dispute in Pakistan’s tribal area of North Waziristan.

Reports indicate that the clash erupted between the tribes of Pepali Kabul khil and Mada Khil over the ownership of a mountain on Friday.

The gun battle in which heavy and light weapons were being used had already left 47 people killed and 25 others wounded by Saturday but it continued till Sunday.

Reports suggest that both sides have been fighting for the ownership of the mountain from the past three years and numerous Jirgas were organized to find solution to the dispute but did not have positive result.

The situation this time has become tenser because some of the peace makers have moved out of the area.

Pakistani media reports that local administration is not granting permission to the tribesmen for taking the casualties to Peshawar for treatment so they are making arrangements to take them to Afghanistan.

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ISIS militants set up dates with gay men to expose them for execution Sun, 10 May 2015 04:24:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS militants date gay menThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has formed an undercover male-only squads to set up dates with the gay men so they can lure them to their deaths.

According to the sources within the territory controlled by the ISIS militants, the special brigades of young fighters in the Hisbah religious police are using the honey trap tactic.

“They set up dates to coax them into being arrested and executed,” a member of the anti-ISIS resistance quoted by Daily Star newspaper said.

The source further added “Homosexuality is viewed as the most disgusting practice by the regime. “Jihadists have been seeking to entrap gay guys in sting operations.”

“Sometimes the men are lucky if they have money and can pay a ransom but often they are taken straight to their deaths,” the source added.

This comes as extremists belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group executed a man over alleged homosexuality in Raqqa city of Syria recently.

According to the photographs which emerged online, the accused man was initially thrown from the roof of a building and was then stoned to death by the mob.

Another man was also thrown from a high building and was stoned to death after he was sentenced to death by an Islamic court in the same city two months ago.

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300 villagers kidnapped in India Sat, 09 May 2015 07:58:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indian forcesReports suggest that some 300-400 villagers have been kidnapped by rebels from Chhattisgarh state of India.

The villagers of Marenga village of Sukma District had reportedly supported the construction of a bridge near their village which was opposed by Maoist rebels.

Harish Rathod, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) says the abduction was carried out by Maoist rebels.

He said “Hundreds of Maoists came to Marenga village in the wee hours on Saturday and forcibly took away all the male villagers along with them. Some villagers from neighbouring villages were also abducted,”

According to Indian media reports Maoist rebels might have taken these villagers deep into the forest of Chindgad block of Sukma.

The kidnapping took place ahead of Indian premier Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Sukma’s neighboring Dantewada District to inaugurate two development projects.

Maoist rebels are fighting aiming to over through the government in India.

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Norwegian, Philippine ambassadors killed in Pakistani helicopter crash Sat, 09 May 2015 06:42:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani-helicopterPakistani officials confirm that four diplomats were among seven people killed in yesterday’s helicopter crash in Gilgit region.

Asim Bajwa the Director General of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistani Army’s media wing, says that Philippine Ambassador Domingo Lucenario, Norwegian Ambassador Leif Larsen and the wives of the ambassadors of Indonesia and Malaysia Heri Listyawati Burhan Muhammad and Habibah Mahmud were among the seven people killed in the crash.

Asim Bajwa said in a tweet that the three others killed are two pilots and a crew member.

Mohammad Khorasani, spokesman of Pakistani Taliban claimed in an email that the helicopter was shot down by them.

Mohammad Khorasani has written in the statement that “Nawaz Sharif and his allies are our prime targets,” but Army rejects the claim.

Asim Bajwa said that the crash apparently caused by a technical fault.

Six Pakistani and 11 foreigners were on board at the time MI-17 helicopter crashed into a school in Gilgit leaving seven killed and the remaining passengers wounded.

Indonesian ambassador to Pakistan, Burhan Muhammad was among the ones wounded in the incident.

The helicopter was one of the few flying Pakistani officials including Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif and foreign diplomats to an inauguration ceremony in Gilgit region.

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Salman Khan to stay out of jail as high court suspends prison sentence Fri, 08 May 2015 17:02:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> salman khan convictedThe famous Bollywood film star Salman Khan will not be jailed for now as the high court in the Indian city of Mumbai suspended the 5-year imprisonment for a 2002 hit-run conviction.

It was expected that the star would be jailed today after he was convicted by a lower court of culpable homicide on Wednesday.

Khan was found guilty of killing Noorullah Khan by driving over him and was sentenced to five years in prison.

At least four others were also injured in the incident which took place on the night of 22 September 2002 after Salman rammed his Toyota Land Cruiser on the pavement of the American Express bakery in Bandra.

However, he returned home on an extended interim bail after furnishing a bail bond of Rs 30,000 as directed by Justice Abhay Thipsay and completing all other formalities.

Thipsay quoted by Hindustan Times said it would be proper to suspend the sentence during the pendency of the convict’s appeal as it raised “arguable points needing consideration”.

Khan had argued during his trial that he was not behind the wheel when the incident took place. A final appeal hearing into the case is due in the month of July.

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Two foreigners including four killed in helicopter crash in Pakistan Fri, 08 May 2015 08:12:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani helicopterFive people including three foreigners were killed after a Pakistani Army helicopter crashed in Naltar Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan region.

Asim Bajwa the Director General of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistani Army’s media wing, confirmed the crash in a tweet. “One MI-17 helicopter out of 3 carrying visitors had a crash landing at Naltar.

Six Pakistani and 11 foreigners were onboard when the helicopter crashed.

Asim Bajwa said two Pakistani pilots and 2-3 foreigners comprised those killed in the crash. Soon after the crash Rescue crews arrived at the site and transported the victims to a nearby treatment center. Three wounded people are announced to be in critical condition.

Reports suggest that the helicopter was assigned for the security of Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif who was scheduled the area to attend an inauguration ceremony.

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Pakistan receives US-military equipment used in Afghanistan and Iraq Thu, 07 May 2015 05:36:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanThe United States has handed over hundreds of its military equipment including aircraft, trainer jets and armoured vehicles to Pakistan.

According to US Congress’s Congressional Research Service the equipment were previously used by American forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As per a report published by Pakistan’s Dawn news agency the equipment handed over include 14 combat aircraft, 59 military trainer jets and 374 armoured vehicles.

After the United States started pulling out troops from Afghanistan it offered some military equipment to its allies including Afghanistan and Pakistan to use them in battle against terrorism in the region.

These weapons are classified under “Excessive Defence Articles”, i.e. equipment used by the US forces, which can be supplied to allied nations at withdrawal instead of shipping them back to the United States.

Afghan parliament members had previously requested that the United States should leave all of its military-equipment in Afghanistan which is used by their soldiers here.

Afghan MPs reasoned that Afghan security forces need to be well equipped in order to overcome the challenges especially at the time foreign troops are leaving the country.

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ISIS opens luxury hotel in Mosul city of Iraq Wed, 06 May 2015 18:23:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS luxury hotel in IraqThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has opened its own luxury hotel in Iraq’s second city Mosul.

According to reports the 262-bed Ninawa International Hotel will be primarily used for members of the extremist group to stay in while visiting.

The ISIS-affiliated social media accounts started circulting pictures which shows the group’s memebrs tending to a well-maintained garden, polishing floors and cleaning windows, expansive swimming pools and two black Isis flags flying at the front of the multi-storey building.

The group has also reportedly enforced strict rules while operating the hotel which includes a ban on dancing, music, smoking or gambling and the women must dress head-to-toe to in black.

The female police force of the group – al-Khansaa brigade have been tasked with patrolling the grounds to check clients are obeying strict Sharia law.

The hotel was reportedly opened during an event on May 1 and the ISIS affiliaated Twitter accounts were pormoting the event by circulating images showing dozens gathered around pools during the day followed by a firework display in the evening.

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Indian star Salman Khan jailed for five years in hit-and-run case Wed, 06 May 2015 10:01:53 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Salman KhanA court in India sentenced Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to five years in jail for killing a homeless man with his SUV in a 2002 hit-and-run.

Khan was found guilty of culpable homicide and other charges for driving his Land Cruiser into a group of homeless men sleeping rough in suburban Mumbai.

Judge DW Deshpande also rejected the actor’s claim his driver was to blame. “You were driving the car,” the judge told a downcast and visibly dejected Khan, according to news channel NDTV.

The Press Trust of India reported that Khan listened to the verdict with tears in his eyes while the members of his family present in the courtroom broke down in tears.

Khan will now be remanded to police custody with legal experets saying they expect the actor appeal against the verdict.

He is one of Bollywood’s biggest stars and has appeared in more than 80 Hindi films but it is believed that the guilty verdict is a huge setback for the actor.

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U.S. announces $20 million bounty on top ISIS leaders Wed, 06 May 2015 10:00:19 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Main-ISISRewardUnited States has announced a bounty of $20 million for information leading to whereabouts of four top Islamic State leaders.

Senior American officials say the four ISIS leaders who are wanted dead or alive are the top leaders in the extremist organization who have allowed tortures, child maiming, rapes and murders.

ISIS extremist group has carried out atrocities in the areas they seized in Iraq and Syria.

State Department through its “Reward for Justice” program on Tuesday offered up to $7 million for information on Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, up to $5 million each for Abu Mohammed al-Adnani and Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili and up to $3 million for Tariq Bin-al-Tahar Bin al Falih al-‘Awni al-Harzi.

In the picture from left to right is Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli identified as a senior ISIS official who originally joined Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani a “senior leader and official spokesman”, Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili a battle field commander in northern Syria and Tariq Bin-al-Tahar Bin al Falih al-‘Awni al-Harzi ISIS’s commander for the border region between Turkey and Syria.

State Department says that Tariq Bin-al-Tahar Bin al Falih al-‘Awni al-Harzi, al-Harzi is also believed to be heading the suicide bombing division of ISIS.

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Afghan investors given deadline to leave UAE Wed, 06 May 2015 04:12:22 +0000 Read the full article...]]> UAEUnited Arab Emirate (UAE) has reportedly cancelled the work permits and visas of about 600 Afghan investors and issued them notices to close their businesses and leave the country within two weeks.

Afghan government confirms the mass-expulsion issue of the Afghan investors from the UAE.

Ahmad Shakib Mustaghni, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that government has acknowledged that a large number of Afghan investor are being told to wind up their businesses and leave UAE. He said government is working on the issue to try to find out resolve the issue with UAE officials.

Mustaghni added that for this purpose a government delegation is scheduled to visit UAE to discuss the matter and find solution for it.

No reason has been given for the decision. Thousands of Afghans have set up businesses in the UAE with billions of dollars of investment.

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ISIS claim responsibility for US attack Tue, 05 May 2015 10:33:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> US-shooting (1)Islamic State or Daesh claimed responsibility for the latest attack outside a cartoon contest on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Texas State of the United States.

ISIS’s official radio on Tuesday called the two attackers as their “brothers” and soldiers”.

One of the attackers identified as Elton Simpson had posted an ominous tweet before the attack associating themselves as loyal to “Amirul Momineen”, a name IS now refers to their leader. The tweet also stated “May Allah accept us as mujahideen.”

A soldier was wounded in the attack but Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi were killed in the return fire in Dallas suburb of Garland on Sunday.

The event was hosted by the New York-based American Freedom Defense to offer a prize of $10,000 for the person who draws best picture of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

]]> 0 Al-Qaeda accuses Indian PM for conspiracies against Muslims Tue, 05 May 2015 08:23:28 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indian PMAl-Qaeda’s branch of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) in a video has blamed Indian Prime Minister for conspiracies against Muslims.

Maulana Asim Umar has said that a war has been initiated through the utterance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi against Muslims.

The video released by Al-Qaeda’s media wing As-Sahab on May two is titled “‘From France to Bangladesh: The Dust Will Never Settle Down” which mentions Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in war against Muslims.

AQIS’s chief, Indian-born Maulana Asim Umar says in the video “through World Bank and IMF policies, drone attacks, satanic conspiracy of Kerry-Lugar bill, Charlie Hebdo’s writings, UN charter, official sermons by muftis and Narendra Modi’s speeches which call for Muslims to be burnt alive- this is the same war.”

However, analyzers believe by sending out such a message AQIS wants to attract attention.

Umar is believed to be from northern part of India who migrated to Pakistan in early nineties.

AQIS under the leadership of Umar has claimed responsibility for the assassination of several secular writers and intellectuals in Pakistan and Bangladesh, including Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American activist who was killed in Dhaka in February.

The authenticity of the video released on May 2 is not ascertained yet.

AQIS was announced by the Al-Qaeda leader Ayaman Al-Zawahiri last year.

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Hidden bomb kills two thieves in Pakistan Tue, 05 May 2015 05:27:39 +0000 Read the full article...]]> NDSTwo thieves were killed and four others wounded after a bomb hidden under the household items exploded on them in Pakistan.

The incident took place in a house of tribal Orakzai Agency on Monday.

Officials say a group of robbers sneaked into an empty house in Zub Darra area and while collecting the luggage from the house a bomb that was hidden under the household items exploded leaving two of them killed and four others wounded.

An official from the political administration said that the wounded thieves have been taken by their comrades but the two dead bodies were left at the house.

Security forces have taken the dead bodies into custody and trying to identify them.

According to Pakistani media reports thieves from neighboring areas would usually go to Zub Darra for robbery but this family might have decided to teach a lesson to the robbers.

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Iran bans “devil worshipping” haircuts Mon, 04 May 2015 16:18:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> IranIran banned spiky and unorthodox nature of hairstyles saying that they imply the worship of devil.

The modern day haircuts have become fashionable among all categories of Iranian youths but authorities look at them as not being in accordance with Islamic values, copied from the West.

Mustafa Govahi, the head of Iran’s Barbers Union is cited by ISNA news agency as saying that “Devil worshipping hairstyles are now forbidden.”

He says those barbers who continue “devil shipping” haircuts in their shops will lose their licences and or violate the Islamic system’s regulations they will be dealt with in accordance to the law.

“Any shop that cuts hair in the devil worshipping style will be harshly dealt with and their licence revoked,” he is quoted as saying.

Officials say Tattoos, plucking of eyebrows and solarium treatments have also been outlawed and violation in these regards will also not be accepted.

Mustafa Govahi accused some barbers for offering the jagged haircuts but he said those are “not licenced” and will be dealt with in according to the Islamic system’s regulations.

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Eight Indian soldiers killed, four missing in rebel attack Mon, 04 May 2015 06:03:33 +0000 Read the full article...]]> India-NagalandEight Indian police were killed and four others went missing after rebels ambushed them in north-eastern Nagaland State on Sunday.

Officials say militants triggered a powerful explosion and then fired heavy and light weapons at the soldiers at Changlang Su area in Mon District where they went to get water.

LL Doungel the police chief for Nagaland province said “Eight Assam Rifles troopers were killed and six others injured in the attack. Four troopers are reported missing.”

Two of the six wounded soldiers admitted to hospital are reported to be in critical condition.

Doungel said that they are looking for the culprits. “An operation has been launched in and around the area,” he said.

A security official said that militants also used rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) in the attack.

The rebels who belong to Naga tribe are fighting government from the past 58 years for an independent homeland for their tribe.

Several ceasefires were set between government and rebels but repeatedly broken in the past.

Naga tribe mainly lives in the north-eastern states of Nagaland, Assam, Manipur and Arunachal.

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Gunmen killed outside cartoon contest on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in US Mon, 04 May 2015 03:11:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]> US shootingAt least two people were shot dead in Texas – a state in the southern part of the United States on Sunday evening, the authorities said.

The incident in the Dallas suburb of Garland took place after two armed men opened fire on a security officer outside of a provocative contest for cartoons depictions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

According to reports, a police officer was initially shot by the gunmen at the scene but details were not available on his or her condition.

The two gunmen drove up in a car and began shooting a police officer outside the event led by prominent conservatives who are critical of Islam, according to the officials.

The officials further added that the suspects, who were both armed, were shot and killed after Garland police officers returned fire.

The contest was hosted by the New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative that would award $10,000 for the best cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

Around 350 drawings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was submitted to the contest which was reportedly attended by about 200 people.

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Seven policemen kidnapped in Pakistan Sun, 03 May 2015 05:16:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani policeSeven policemen have been kidnapped during an attack at their checkpoint in Panjab province of Pakistan.

The attack took place in Rahim Yar Khan City of Panjab province this morning. Gunmen stormed by security check post and kidnapped seven policemen including an officer.

Five abductees are identified as Arif Shah, Mohammad Asif, Mumtaz, Mohammad Tahir and Zia-ur-Rahman.

No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

This story will be updated as more details come available.

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ISIS extremists throw a man from a roof for being gay Sat, 02 May 2015 17:57:40 +0000 Read the full article...]]> 283D231400000578-3065283-image-m-37_1430582421138

Extremists belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group executed a man over alleged homosexuality in Syria.

The incident took place recently in Raqqa city of Syria which is a stronghold of the ISIS terror group.

According to the photographs which emerged online, the accused man was initially thrown from the roof of a building and was then stoned to death by the mob.

t is not the first occasion that Islamic State have published photos of such persecution. Another man was also thrown from a high building and was stoned to death after he was sentenced to death by an Islamic court in the same city two months ago.

ISIS militants also punished two other men for being drunk and taking drugs in the same city where the man was thrown from the roof and was stoned to death.

The two men were whipped by ISIS militants in front of a large crowd in the centre of Raqqa city.

One of the men had drunk alcohol while the other was accused of using drug, according to the caption which accompanies the photographs emerged online.

]]> 1 12 militants killed in fresh air strike in Pakistan Sat, 02 May 2015 08:58:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan airstrike in North WaziristanPakistani forces have killed 12 militants in fresh air strike in Khyber agency, bordering Pakistan.

Pakistani officials say that the fighter jets targetted two militant hideouts in Konda Gharibi and Kach Kol areas of Khyber agency last night.

Officials add that 12 militants were killed and both militant hideouts destroyed in the air strike.

Khyber is one of the seventh semi-autonomous regions in Pakistan where large-scale military operation against the militant groups has been initiated.

Khyber agency is reportedly the stronghold of Lashkar-e-Islam which is led by Mangal Bagh Afridi. The group is believed to have thousands of fighters with reports that it has emerged to Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

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Nigerian army releases hundreds more women and children from Boko Haram Sat, 02 May 2015 06:49:33 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nigerial special forceNigerian army has released 234 more women and children from the custody of Boko Haram militant group.

According to a statement issued Friday by defense headquarters the hostages were released from northeastern Sambisa Forest, strong hold of Boko Haram militant group who is now part of Islamic State.

The number of those recently released from the custody of Boko Haram passes 700 who are undergoing a screening to find out their origin.

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan whose term will end this month says that Sambisa Forest is the last stronghold for Boko Haram and that he will hadn over a Nigeria completely free of terrorist strongholds.

Those brought from Boko Haram hideout of Sambisa Forest may include the group’s family members or those willingly joined Boko Haram because some of them fired on the military during the operation.

Boko Haram has reportedly abducted thousands of girls and women since their insurgency started in 2009.

In one attack they kidnapped more than 200 school girls from northeastern Chibok town in April 2014 and later announced that the girls were married off to their fighters.

Boko Haram after pledging its allegiance with Islamic State terrorist group recently adopted a new name of “Islamic State’s West Africa Province” or (Iswap).

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Anti-aircraft guns used to execute victims in North Korea Fri, 01 May 2015 11:06:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> North Korea uses anti-aircraft guns to execute people

The authorities in North Korea have been accused of horrific public execution of the accuseds using high-impact guns normally deployed to shoot down military planes.

According to the satellite images which have emerged recently shows at least six anti-aircraft guns were used to execute the group of people.

A US-based image interpretation company – AllSource Analysis, Inc. and Committee for Human Rights in North Korea have released the pictures.

According to reports, the pictures were taken on October 7, 2014, from above the Kanggon Military Training Area, some 15 miles north of Pyongyang.

The analysts have identified six ZPU-4 anti-aircraft guns lined up in front of a viewing area on a small-arms firing range.


Behind the weapons are what appear to be a line of troops or equipment, while parked nearby are a number of military trucks, a large trailer and a bus.

The executive directo fo Human Rights in North Kore, Greg Scarlatiou, said in a statement the bus indicates that senior officers or VIPs were on hand to witness what was happening.

About 100 feet down the firing range, and throwing distinct shadows, are a line of what appear to be people.

Scarlatiou said “The most plausible explanation of the scene … is a gruesome public execution. Anyone who has witnessed the damage one single US .50 calibre round does to the human body will shudder just trying to imagine a battery of 24 heavy machine guns being fired at human beings.”

“Bodies would be nearly pulverised”, he said, adding that “The gut-wrenching viciousness of such an act would make ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ sound like a gross understatement”.

The images are released a day after South Korean intelligence said the reclusive leader has ordered the execution of 15 people this year – including several top officials.

They included two vice ministers and a number of people executed by firing squad on spying charges.

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Pakistani forces arrest two Afghans on terrorism charges Fri, 01 May 2015 07:38:43 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani policePakistan’s security forces have arrested two Afghans on terrorism charges in Peshawar.

Pakistani media reported on Friday that security forces recovered more than 300 kilograms of explosive materials from the house of the arrested Afghans.

According to media reports the arrest was made in Sethi Town area of Peshawar, provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Although Afghan government has not yet commented on the report but Afghan refugees returning to their home land say they were facing hard time in Pakistan.

According to some of the refugees returned to the border province of eastern Nangarhar, Pakistan’s security agencies would arrest Afghan refugees, snatch their money and put them in jails on terrorism charges without proof.

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Miracle survivals after Nepal’s earthquake kills over 6,000 people Fri, 01 May 2015 05:27:43 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nepal miracle survivals

A five-month-old infant is among six people who survived miraculously from a deadly earthquake in Nepal which left over 6,000 dead.

The infant Sonit Awal was located under a collapsed house in Bhaktapur by a team of search-and-rescue workers from Nepal’s Army on Sunday with the help of a fiber-optic camera.

He was rescued by the team after carefully moving bricks one by one from the debris before reaching him.

Krishna Chandra Paudel, in charge of a relief center in Bhaktapur, said the infant was treated for only minor injuries at the local hospital.

Elsewhere, a 15-year-old boy was rescued and was pulled out alive nearly five days after the devastating incident and was treated for only minor injuries.

The teenager Pemba Tamang was rescued by Nepal’s armed police and a group of rescue specialists from France with the help excavators.

Another 26-year-old man was pullout of debris on Tuesday night after more than 80 hours tapped beneath concrete slabs in a collapsed flophouse in Katmandu.

An 11-year-old girl was also rescued from the remains of her house by Nepal’s army nearly 70 hours after the temblor on Tuesday night in Bhaktapur.

The Nepal’s army and residents also rescued two elderly women in their 70s from the Shiv Dunga neighborhood of the Katmandu Valley on Wednesday night from the debris of an apartment building.

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ISIS smashes thieves heads with concrete blocks in a horrific execution Thu, 30 Apr 2015 19:15:52 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS horrific exeuctionThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group executed two men in northern Iraq by smashing their heads with concrete blocks.

The brutal murder of the alleged culprits is believed to be one of the most save executions carried out by the terrorist group yet.

Pictures showing the execution of the two men in the presence of armed jihadists and crowd of people recently emerged from Nineveh province of Iraq.

The two men were reportedly arrested by policemen belonging to the terror group after they were accused of robbing and killing three women.

The pictures show the condemned men lie at the side of the road with their hands tied as militants lift concrete blocks high above their heads and hurl on the heads of the men.

The ISIS supporters shared the images after they were released on social media by the notoriously media-savvy organization.

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25 Islamic State fighters killed in blast of their own explosives in Syria Thu, 30 Apr 2015 06:35:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Syria25 fighters from the militant group of Islamic State were killed after a strong blast occurred in their explosive manufacturing plant in Syria on Wednesday.

Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) which provides information about the ongoing war in Syria is reporting that the IS explosives factory was destroyed in the explosion.

“A strong explosion took place this evening in an IS explosives factory in the town of Al-Mayadeen in the province of Deir Ezzor,”, SOHR report states.

The report adds that “Several other explosions followed, shaking the whole town. Twenty-five ISIS fighters were killed, around 20 others were injured.”

Most parts of Deir Ezzor province in Syria are in the hands of self proclaimed Islamic State.

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Nigerian army releases nearly 300 girls, women from Boko Haram (Iswap) Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:48:32 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nigerial special forceNigerian military have freed nearly 300 girls and women abducted by Boko Haram or Islamic State’s West Africa Province (Iswap).

Major General Chris Olukolade Nigerian director of defense told reporters on Wednesday says that the nearly 300 female were released from the custody of the militants in northeastern Sambisa Forest.

Nigerian army is still screening the rescued female to find out their origin or whether they include the school girls abducted from Chibok about a year ago.

Major General Chris Olukolade says it is still early to say whether the school girls from Chibok are among them but added that the military will soon release more information in this regard.

Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 school girls from northeastern Chibok town in April 2014 and later announced that the girls were married off to their fighters.

Boko Haram after pledging its allegiance with Islamic State terrorist group recently adopted a new name of “Islamic State’s West Africa Province” or (Iswap).

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Saudi TV says Iran seized US cargo ship Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:47:56 +0000 Read the full article...]]> gulfIranian forces have seized an American cargo ship with 34 sailors on board in the Gulf, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported on Tuesday.

The ship was directed to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas on the southern coast, the Arabian TV added.

Iranian forces also fired on the ship before it was directed to Bandar Abbas, the channel said. Though, there is no report whether the shots hit anyone on the ship or not.

There are no immediate comments from Iranian or US authorities on the report.

The news comes as relationship between the two countries is repairing. The Relationship had been damaged due to Iran’s nuclear program.

But recently Iran Okayed to reach an agreement with the US and other world powers at the end of June over the decades long issue.

Iranian leader argue that they will not accept an agreement if all sanctions applied to Iran are not lifted.

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Boko Haram adopts new name of “IS’s West Africa Province”, 100s killed in fresh attacks Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:15:30 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Boko Haram

The Nigerian militant group of Boko Haram or Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad who recently pledged allegiance with ISIS adopted a new name.

They are now calling their area as “Islamic State’s West Africa Province” or ISWAP, based on reports published in Nigerian media.

Boko Haram which means “Western education is forbidden” was founded in 2002 but they began their military operation in 2009. Their military operation began in Nigeria but later spread to other neighboring countries in West Africa including Cameroon.

According to an estimation published by Amnesty International in January, Boko Haram force had a force of around 15,000 fighters.

Also fresh reports have emerged that the group has killed hundreds of people in the north-east Nigerian town of Damasak.

Officials said on Monday that Boko Haram is behind the hundreds of decomposing bodies found littering the streets of Damasak.

About three months before the terrorist group in a single attack killed at least 2, 000 people and burned their villages in northern Nigeria.

The group last year kidnapped more than 200 school girls from Borno state of Nigeria and later announced that the girls were married to their fighters.

Islamic State (Previously known as ISIS/ISIL) accepted the allegiance of Boko Haram on 13 March, 2015.

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ISIS execute five journalists in Libya Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:09:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISISISIS or Islamic State militants have beheaded five journalists in eastern part of Libya.

Faraj Al-Barasi, an army commander in eastern Libya says that the bodies of the five journalists kidnapped by ISIS awhile back were found in the city of Bayda on Monday.
“Five bodies with slit throats were found today in the Green Mountain forests,” Barrasi told Reuters.

However, Al-Barasi did not say when the journalists were killed.

The five journalists, one Egyptian and four Libyans working for Barqa TV went missing in August last year after leaving the inauguration ceremony of the country’s parliament.

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), a Brussels-based organization supporting press freedom reports that the group was abducted at an ISIS checkpoint and beheaded recently.
IFJ president Jim Boumelha said “We are deeply shocked by this brutal slaughter,”

“ISaims to horrify but we can only feel great sorrow and further resolve to see the killers held responsible for their crimes.”
Islamic State is taking the advantage of the vacuum created by infighting in Libya.

 ISIS recently released a video purportedly showing the killing of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

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Earthquake struck parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:26:54 +0000 Read the full article...]]> quakeA moderate earthquake recorded 5.5 magnitudes by Richter scale struck parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan this morning.

The tremor jolted provincial capital Peshawar, Swat, Malakand, Shangla, Dir Bala, Lower Dir and surrounding areas.

According to Pakistan’s Meteorological Department the epicenter of the earthquake was the mountain range of Hinjukosh near the border with Tajikistan at a depth of 144 kilometers.

The jolt triggered panic and people went out of their homes. No loss of live or property has been reported yet.

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake killed about 500 people in southwestern Baluchistan province in 2013.

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Saudi Arabia will be toppled soon, senior Iranian General says Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:14:29 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Gen. JafariIran’s head of the Revolutionary Guards said Monday that the leadership of Saudi Arabia was on the edge of collapse and would be toppled soon.

Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari quoted by Tasnim news agency said “The traitor Saudi Arabia is following the path of Israel.”

“Saudi Arabia is bombarding this country without any coordination with international bodies,” Gen. Jafari said during a speech.

He also added added “We can no longer stay silent.”

This comes as the Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, publicly attacked Saudi Arabia for the first time in a speech recently.

Khamenei directly named Saudi Arabia and said it was as bad as Israel.

Over 1,000 people have been killed since Saudi Arabia started airstrikes targeting the Houthi rebels who swept through Yemen taking advantage of years of infighting among Sunni leaders.

Saudi in coalition with Arab countries is trying to push the Houthis back who are financially supported by Iran, a regional rival to the Kingdom.

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Nepal earthquake death toll passes 3,600 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:11:28 +0000 Read the full article...]]> NepalDeath toll from the strong earthquake in Nepal has passed 3, 600 as hundreds of others are still missing and rescuers are searching for them under the debris of devastated buildings.

Police have confirmed the death of 3,617 but fear the number could go higher.

People are in desperate need of emergency assistance as several villages in the Districts and mountainous regions have not yet received assistance.

Udav Prashad Timalsina, a top official from Gorkha district says he is aware of villages struck by earthquake where villagers are still looking for assistance.

“There are people who are not getting food and shelter. I’ve had reports of villages where 70 percent of the houses have been destroyed,” he said.

Number of the casualties went even higher when Saturday’s earthquake of 7.9 was followed by strong aftershocks, one of them was 6.7 on Sunday.

61 people have been killed in India and 20 others in Tibet due to the tremors of earthquake.

India and Pakistan are among the countries that have sent humanitarian assistance to the broken economy country.

Afghan government has expressed deep grief over the loss of lives and properties in Nepal.

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Heavy rainfall in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 39 people dead, hundreds wounded Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:22:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanAt least 39 people have been killed and more than 200 others in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan due to heavy rainfall and windstorm.

Most of the deaths are reported from Akbar Poora, Nawshehra, Charsada, Badhni and Badho areas out of Peshawar city where a number of clay houses and walls collapsed.

Children and women are among the victims who are shifted to different hospitals in Peshawar.

Emergency has been announced in the hospitals where the health condition of some of the wounded is announced worrying.

Rescue operation is hampering due to non-stop torrential rain. Rescuers feared the death toll could rise.

Warning has been issued that the rainfall and windstorm could get heavier.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister who is on a visit to UK has expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives and properties.

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Russian hackers obtained Obama unclassified emails Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:59:36 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Obama emails accessed by Russian hackers

Some of President Barack Obama’s emails were accessed by hackers from Russia after they managed to penetrate into the computer system of White House last year.

According to a report by New York Times, the hackers were able to read some of Obama’s unclassified emails in a breach which was significantly more intrusive than originally thought.

The hackers also managed to penetrate into the unclassified system of the US Department of State however they failed to access the closely guarded servers that control the message traffic from Mr Obama’s BlackBerry, which he or an aide carries constantly.

It is yet not clear how many emails were accessed by the hackers but the officials quoted in the report by the Times said some highly sensitive information including schedules, email exchanges with ambassadors and diplomats, and debates about policy and legislation may have also been obtained.

The hacking which reportedly took place in October last year led to a partial shutdown of the White House email system.

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ISIS warns to “cut the throats” of Houthis by announcing arrival in Yemen Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:14:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS warns to cut throats of HouthisThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISSI) terrorist group warned to “cut the throats” of the Houthis while announcing the group’s arrival in Yemen.

The group declared their official presence in conflict-torn Yemen and vowed to avenge the Sunnis.

An ISIS militant appearing in the video said “We have come to Yemen, with men hungry for your blood to avenge the Sunnis and take back the land they have occupied.”

Around two dozen AK-47-wielding jihadists were seen dressed in full military gear in the lateest nine-minute video which was professionally shot and edited.

The militants also addressed the fellow Sunni men to join the battle against the Houthis in the country.

Although the location of the video could not be confirmed, it was claimed by the militants that the video was shot in a desert area near the Yemeni capital Sana’a.

The video was released following an attack against Houthis in the central province of Ibb which was reportedly carried out the local Yemeni group Green Brigade.

The latest video by the ISIS threatening to stage attacks in Yemen comes as the country has been intense unrest for several weeks after Houthi rebels went on the offensive capturing several places.

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Four people killed, 18 wounded in explosion in Pakistan Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:10:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan explosionFour people were killed and 18 others wounded after a bomb placed in a motorcycle went off on a roadside in Baluchistan Province of Pakistan on Sunday morning.

Officials say that the motorcycle was parked near a busy vegetable market on Chakar Khan Road in Sibi District and exploded as a huge crowd of people arrived at the market to buy vegetable.

Eyewitnesses say explosion occurred when people were busy shopping.

Nearby buildings and shops were also damaged in the explosion.

Hospital sources in Sibi have announced two of the 18 people wounded in the explosion being in critical condition.

Anwar Khetran, the District Police Officer (DPO) says that the target of the explosion is not known but an investigation is initiated into the incident.

He said: “Target of the blast is yet to be confirmed,”

No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Baluchistan province located in the southwestern part of the country is gripped with low-intensity insurgency by separatists who want autonomy from Islamabad.

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Indian woman with 7-foot-long hair eyes Guinness World Record Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:17:28 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indian womanA woman in Allahabad city of northern Uttar Pradesh state of India eyes Guinness World Record for hair her extreme length of hair for which she holds the country’s top record.

The 37-year-old Smita Srivastava was given the record for the longest hair in India by the Limca Book of Records besides she holds several other awards.

Ms Srivastava who become somewhat of a local celebrity, says she does not intend to rest on her laurels. “My life is a busy life. My hair length is 7 feet,” she was quoted as saying in a report by the Mail Online.

“I have won many awards and I am a record holder in the Limca Book of Records and I am planning to attempt a record for the Guinness Book of Records,” she added.

She said “Whenever I go out shopping to the market people admire me and they come and talk to me, asking me how I have such long hair.”

“Women and kids come and touch my hair thinking that it’s fake hair,” Ms Srivastava said, adding that ‘But after realizing it is original hair, they say “you are lucky” and that my hair is “so good and long.”

China’s Xie Qiuping is currently holding the Guinness World Record since 2004. Her hair was measured at 18ft 5.54in (5.627m) and has been steadily growing since 1973.

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Baby born with eight limbs being worshiped in India Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:48:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indian boy editedA baby has been born with eight limbs in Giridih district of Jharkhand state, eastern India.

Thousands of Hindu devotees have flocked the small town of Dmri-Isri and more are coming to see the baby of whom the warship is already started as Hindu god Ganesha.

Ganesha is widely-worshiped got by Hindus devotees who is symbolized as a four-armed elephant.

Hindu religion devotees believe the baby is a reincarnation of their god Ganesha and they are celebrating the arrival of the baby.

Baby delivery with multiple limbs is not new in India but this child has attracted extra attention due to his striking appearance.

He looks like two babies in one as a result of his underdeveloped co-joined twin still being attached to him.

Kuntalesh Pandey, a Hindu devotee who is among the thousands arrived from long distance at the town of Dmri-Isri to see the baby said: “When a friend first sent me a picture I wrote it off as photoshopped but when he confirmed that it is real I came to see the baby straight away.”

Sarita Devi, a Nurse at the hospital said “We are taking great care of the baby.”

The health condition of Ureda Khatun who is the mother of the baby — not named yet – is unknown.

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Outrage in Brazil after transgender prisoner is stripped and beaten by police Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:36:29 +0000 Read the full article...]]> brazil transgender2

An outrage was sparked among the LGBT groups in Brazil after a transgender prisoner was allegedly “pulverised” by police and prison guards.

The outrage across Brazil was sparked after the picture of the victim went viral online showing the victim – Veronica Bolinaa, stripped naked and her head shaved in brutal assault.

The graphic images showed showed the 25-year-old transgender lying partially naked on the ground in front of a group of officers and other prisoners in Sao Paulo.

Although the officials deny Bolinaa was victimised, it was reported she was set upon by officers on three different occasions after being taken into custody.

According to a statement released by police, Bolinaa was was attacked by prisoners when she was seen performing a sex act on herself in her cell and that officers were forced to intervene.

She was also accused of biting an officer and it has been claimed that her injuries were as a result of a struggle with the police officers.

In the meantime, an LGBT campaigner Montalvo Sarabia, condemned the attack and said “It is just sickening that in this day and age such things as this still happen. They have pulverised that poor woman’s face and are now trying to cover it up. Whether she is innocent, guilty, transgender or straight doesn’t matter. The police should not be allowed to do this to anyone.”

According to reports, Bolinaa was arrested over an alleged attack on her 73-year-old neighbour, it has been reported.

The authorities in Sao Paulo have said they have launched an investigation in the matter.

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Afghans among 14 killed by train in Southeast Europe Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:53:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> MacedoniaSeveral Afghans were among 14 migrants lost their lives after they were hit by a train in central Macedonia, Southeast Europe.
Police say migrants were heading towards the European Union along the railway tracks when hit by a train on Thursday.
According to Macedonian authorities the Afghan and Somali migrants were heading from northern Greek city of Thessalnoiki to the Serbian capital of Belgrade when the incident happened in Veles city, central part of Macedonia.
The city prosecutor in a statement says that the driver of the train saw dozens of people on the tracks.
“At that moment, he took action to stop the train and engage the siren, at which point some people left the tracks. The train was unable to stop before hitting and running over some of them.” the statement states.
Rescue operation was launched soon after the incident but the operation pace was slow because the area was only accessible by railway or foot.
Authorities believe members of the group were between 30-40 people, eight of them arrested and the remaining fled the area before police arrived.
Illegal migrants and refugees usually take the overland route from Greece to central and Western Europe and use railway tracks for guidance.

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Strong earthquake struck Nepal, tremors felt in Pakistan and India Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:42:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nepal-treatmentA strong earthquake has struck Nepal but tremors also felt Pakistan and India on Saturday morning.

The earthquake is reported to be 7.9 magnitudes on the Richter scale with its epicenter in Nepal.

There has been damages and casualties due the earthquake in Katmandu, capital of Nepal but a complete report is not yet issued.

However, heavy damages to property is witnessed in Katmandu including the collapse of the 9-story historic tower of Dharahara which relates back to 19th century. Fears that people might have been trapped.

A child lost his life after a statue fall over him in a park outside Kathmandu.

Kathmandu airport shut down following the earthquake.

Emergency treatment centers have been established in Kathmandu and in surrounding areas.

The earthquake was also felt in India’s Delhi, Kucknow, Kolkata and parts of northern India but yet no report of damages or casualties has been released.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that they are working on reaching out to those affected in India and Nepal.

“We are in the process of finding more information and are working to reach out to those affected, both at home and in Nepal.” he has tweeted.

Mr. Modi has called a high-level emergency meeting over the earthquake.

The earthquake was also felt in Peshawar and other cities of Pakistan but report of possible damages or casualties is not yet released.

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Has Saudi Gained Anything In Yemen? Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:28:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> saudi invasion in yemen1By Manish Rai

Saudi Arabia announced that it is scaling back its military intervention in Yemen, after more than three weeks of punishing airstrikes failed to drive back the Shiite rebels that have plunged the Arabian Peninsula poorest nation into chaos. The coalition declared that the initial phase of the campaign named “Decisive Storm” had achieved its military objectives by successfully eliminating threats to Saudi Arabia’s security, including the destruction of the rebels supply of missiles and heavy weapons. But this initial campaign of airstrikes by the Saudi led Arab coalition has further destabilized Yemen, helping radical groups such as Al-Qaeda expand their influence there. The coalition’s initial war aim of driving the rebels out of major urban centres, including Sanaa, the capital, has not been achieved. The rebels control most of northern Yemen. The Houthis are still actively fighting to take territory and this could lead to further, heavy clashes. Although Saudi Arabia has characterized operations to date as successful, the Houthis still control large areas of the country and have not been dislodged from Aden, Yemen’s commercial hub. For sure Saudi led Air campaign put a dent in the military capabilities of the Houthis in Yemen but they are still holding strong position on the ground.

Now rumours of a coordinated land invasion from multiple fronts are mounting but that may be very unlikely. Saudi’s knew from beginning that airstrikes alone will not finish off the Houthi movement and its allies in the Yemeni armed forces. It requires ground troops on a huge scale. Riyadh has tried hard to muster a military coalition that is willing to dispatch ground troops but its effort has so far been nothing short of a fiasco. The Pakistanis most famously turned down the Saudi request and let it be known that Yemen is a quagmire they can do without. Instead, Islamabad has asked Iran to push the Houthis for a political compromise that Riyadh can live with. The Turks were enthusiastic at first about stopping the Houthis but in his visit to Tehran Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear that he has prioritized Iranian-Turkish trade relations over rivalry in Yemen, and emphasized a political solution for the Yemeni conflict. The Egyptians and the Jordanians are still supportive of Saudi efforts and claim publicly to be open to the idea of deploying military forces to assist Riyadh in Yemen. But whether they will go through with it is another matter. Egypt has a long list of problems of its own, including a bloody counter-terrorism campaign in Sinai that it cannot afford to lose, but also an eastern border with lawless Libya that is increasingly a new front in Cairo’s fight against jihadists. The threat from ISIS, will also prevent Jordan from any significant contribution to Saudi military efforts in Yemen.

These hard realities leave Riyadh with two options. It can look for or even mediate a political solution that will invariably include the same Houthis that Riyadh is attacking today. Alternatively, given the absence of willing states to contribute ground troops, Riyadh will have to contemplate a full-scale invasion of Yemen. It’s also not a win-win equation for Iran as well. The Iranians too are faced with stark choices. It is beyond Tehran’s ability to tame the Yemeni crisis. As tempting as it might be for Tehran to see the Saudis bleed in Yemen, the danger of this conflict further fuelling sectarian tensions in the Middle East will undermine broader regional Iranian interests. A political compromise that both Riyadh and Tehran and their respective Yemeni allies can live with seems to be the only option that is not cataclysmic. These airstrikes have proven to be counter-productive for the regional stability. Across southern Yemen, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is on the offensive taking advantage of the chaos in the country. AQAP has freed its members from various jails and has raised its flag over Mukalla, a city of nearly four hundred thousand and a major port with critical oil and gas handling facilities. The primary targets of the aerial campaign, beyond critical infrastructure, food factories, and refugee camps, are the Houthis, a Zaidi Shi’a group that has had more success at fighting AQAP in the last six months than the US and its drones have had in the last decade. So in a way Saudi led air campaign has benefitted local Al-Qaida franchisee which is also very much against the ruling royal family of Saudi Arabia. Moreover on the other hand these strikes added to the misery of the defenceless Yemeni people and Anti Saudi sentiments are on all time high among the masses. The International Red Cross says the humanitarian situation in Yemen is nothing short of catastrophic. The Red Cross reports since Saudi Arabia launched its air campaign on March 26, violence has escalated and conditions for millions of civilians in Yemen have dramatically deteriorated.

Only thing which can rebuilt Yemen and put bam on the wounds of the Yemeni people is the composite dialogue. The resumption of diplomatic negotiations with all the political factions is required to put an end to the fighting in Yemen. The Yemeni people deserve the opportunity to hold a peaceful debate about their new constitution, to participate in a credible and safe constitutional referendum, and to vote in free and fair national elections. All the diplomatic and international community measures should be taken in this direction. So, that the vulnerable and poor Yemeni people living in a land, once the home of the world’s oldest civilizations, can find peace.

(Author is a columnist for Middle-East and Af-Pak region and Editor of a geo-political news agency Views Around can be reached at

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Obama takes responsibility on US and Italian hostages death in drone strike Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:09:45 +0000 Read the full article...]]> obamaThe US President Barack Obama has said he takes full responsibility for the drone strike which led to the loss of lives of American and Italian hostages.

The White House said Thursday that the two hostages were accidentally killed in a drone strike against al Qaeda terrorists near the Durand Line.

The hostages were identified as American Warren Weinstein and Italian national Giovanni Lo Porto who were held by the militants since 2011 and 2012.

The White House said “No words can fully express our regret over this terrible tragedy.”

“Warren and Giovanni were aid workers in Pakistan devoted to improving the lives of the Pakistani people,” Obama said.

He also added “As president and as commander in chief I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations, including the one that inadvertently took the lives of Warren and Giovanni.”

Obama said the mission was “fully consistent” with guidelines for conducting counterterrorism missions in the region and that there had been no information to show that the two hostages were being held in the targeted compound.

An American al Qaeda member, Ahmed Farouq, was killed along with another prominent al Qaeda member and US citizen in the same operation.

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Abu Alaa al-Afri is the new leader of ISIS terrorist group Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:03:44 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Abu Alaa al-AfriAccording to reports Abu Alaa al-Afri has been leading the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group since the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was injured following a US airstrike last month.

Dr. Hisham al Hashimi, an advisor to the government of Iraq, has said al-Afri is a former physics teacher who is well known by the militants as a charismatic figure.

Speaking to Newsweek, Hashimi said al-Afri is ready to assume permanent command if self-appointed Caliph al-Baghdadi dies who is believed to be seriously injured in the airstrike.

He said “After al-Baghdadi’s wounding, he [al-Afri] has begun to head up Daesh [the Arabic term for ISIS] with the help of officials responsible for other portfolios.”

Hashimi further added “He will be the leader of Daesh if al-Baghdadi dies.”

This is the second time al-Baghdadi has been targeted in an airstrike by US in Iraq with Iraqi officials saying in November last year that al-Baghdadi was among the ISIS leaders when he was targeted in the airstrike.

The appointment of al-Afri as the terror group’s new leader comes as sources with connections to the group revealed that al-baghdadi has lost day-to-day control of the group since his wounds were life-threatening at first.

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Obama’s grandmother cried after performing Umrah Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:48:29 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Obama GrandmaSara Omar, paternal grandmother to U.S. President Barack Obama cried after performing Umrah, Arabic language Akhbar reported on Wednesday.

According to Akhbar, Sara Omar performed Umrah and then visited an exhibition about the life of Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w) in Makkah.

Akhbar adds that Obama’s grandmother said during the exhibition that this is a good example of teaching moderate Islam and cried.

“I am very happy to visit this exhibition, which is a good example for the propagation of Islam in a modern way, supported by scientific and authentic documents”.

Barack Obama’s grandmother comes from Kenya where militants using the name of Islam massacred 148 people during a single attack at a university earlier this month.

Sara Omar is accompanied by her son and grandson Sayed and Mousa Obama to Saudi Arabia.

Barack Obama is a Christian, his mother Ann Dunham was Christian and his father Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. was Muslim-turned-atheist from Kenya.

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Chile on “red alert” amid huge volcanic eruption Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:31:19 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ChileA volcanic eruption south of Chile is sending ash and smoke several kilometers into the air, prompting red alert in the country.

The Calbuco volcano is spitting mushroom-shaped cloud of smoke into the sky on the horizon in the Los Lagos region, southern Chile.

Government has announced “red alert” in the country which means that the eruption is a fact and the risk that substantial amounts of ash will end up in the atmosphere is severe which is now visible from about 200 kilometers.
Emergency services fear that the smoke column from the eruption may collapse which can cause a super hot wave of gas and rocks spreading from the volcano can reach a speed of up to 200 to 300 Kilometers per hour.

Evacuation from nearby areas continues and so far around 4,000 people have been shifted to safer locations.

In addition, schools in the area are closed, and the airport located in the area has suspended operations because of much volcanic ash in the air that can endanger aviation.

Chile is second country in the word for having largest chain of volcanoes.

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Saudi prince promises luxury cars to pilots who killed 1,000 people in Yemen Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:59:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> bentley-yemen

A Saudi prince has promised to give brand new luxury cars to fighter pilots who took part in Riyadh’s latest airstrikes in Yemen.

The commitment by the billionaire Saudi prince – Alwaleed bin Talal, to give each of the 100 fighter pilots a brand new Bentley was made on social media.

Bin Talal is the owner of Saudi Arabia’s largest companies, Kingdom Holdings, and owns a $300m stake in Twitter and with a fortune estimated at around $23 billion and investments in Apple, Time Warner and Citigroup.

He is the grandson of Saudi Arabia’s founder Ibn Saud and one of the richest men ion the world,

Through a Twitter message on Tuesday, Bin Talal said “I congratulate our wise leaders on the victory of Operation Decisive Storm and the beginning of Operation Restoring Hope.”

“To recognise the one hundred participating Saudi pilots I am pleased to present them with 100 Bentley cars,” he said.

However, he has deleted the message with reports suggesting that his pledge has been met with anger by Twitter users.

“Am I right to think giving this type of gift is [a] sort of disregard to what [the] army does in Yemen,” Essam Alzamil, a Saudi blogger wrote in his Twitter account.

According to World Health Organization at least 944 people have been killed and 3,487 wounded over the past four weeks of violence in Yemen.

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Halal sex shop to open in Saudi Arabia to sell adult toys Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:40:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Halal sex shop in Saudi ArabiaAccording to reports, a halal sex shop is due to be opened in the Mecca city of Saudi Arabia that will sell ‘Islamically-approved’ sex toys and other adult products.

The shops will be opened by Abdelaziz Aouragh, whose Dutch halal sex shop El Asira is famous for its sensual oils, in partnership with German adult entertainment giant Beate Uhse.

The shops will “strictly cater to Muslim customers in Mecca” and are being opened after due consultation with Saudi clerics, who have approved it as ‘halal’, according to an Arabic news portal Alyaoum 24.

Aouragh is told AFP that he was told by a Saudi Arabian cleric that opening of a “halal” sex shop would lead to “the improvement of the sexual relationship between husband and wife”.

“Our products do include items that increase feelings of sensuality and improve the atmosphere between the couple in the sexual relationship between them,” Aouragh said.

At least 18 ‘Islamically-approved’ toys would be sold in the shops but will not be offering vibrators, as Islam does not allow them.

An American scholar, Hamza Yousuf, told Foreign Policy that Islam is not repressive about sex – in contrast to popular belief – and both the Quran and hadith encourage sex as long as it is within the confines of marriage.

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22 militants killed in fresh aerial strikes in North Waziristan Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:57:33 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan's Air Attacks22 insurgents were after Pakistani fighter jets targeted their hideouts ahead of Datta Khil area in North Waziristan last night, a statement issued Wednesday by Pakistani military’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) states.

The aerial strike is part of the ongoing Pakistani military offensive against Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militants hiding in Waziristan and other tribal areas.

According to a separate report seven Pakistani soldiers were wounded in an armed attack by TTP militants at their check point in Lara area of South Waziristan.

Officials said eight militants were also killed during the gun battle.

TTP has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Waziristan is reportedly the stronghold of Pakistani Taliban, Al Qaeda, Uzbek and some other militant groups.

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US warns Iran not to send weapons to Yemen Wed, 22 Apr 2015 06:06:52 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Barack ObamaU.S. President Barack Obama says that his government has sent “very direct message” to Iran warning the country not to send weapons to Yemen.

According to Reuters, Obama has said in a televised interview the MSNBC that US is not sending obscure message to Iran about the issue.

“What we’ve said to them is that, ‘If there are weapons delivered to factions within Yemen that could threaten navigation, that’s a problem, and we’re not sending them obscure messages. We send them very direct messages about it.”

“Right now their ships are in international waters. There’s a reason why we keep some of our ships in the Persian Gulf region and that is to make sure that we maintain freedom of navigation,”

About sending ships to Persian Gulf, Obama has said during the interview that there is a reason.

“Right now their ships are in international waters. There’s a reason why we keep some of our ships in the Persian Gulf region and that is to make sure that we maintain freedom of navigation,” he said.

There are accusations that Iran is backing Huthi rebels in the fight against forces loyal to the president in Yemen.

After the advancement of Huthis, Yemen’s president left the country to Saudi Arabia and asked for assistance.

Since then Saudi Arabia began an air operation against Huthis to stop their advancement in Yemen but now the country is mulling a political solution for the crisis.

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57 Afghan nationals arrested in Pakistan Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:07:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Peshawar policePolice in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province have conducted fresh raids in which they have arrested 57 Afghans.

Pakistani media reports that these Afghans were arrested for not having legal travelling documents.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is located on the border with Afghanistan where millions of Afghans crossed the border to escape the war. Hundreds of other crosses the border on daily basis either for treatment or visiting their relatives residing in Pakistan.

Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan say that police would harass and arrest Afghans for petty charges and snatch their money.

A delegation from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation is reportedly visiting Pakistan in about two weeks to discuss with Pakistani officials the release of Afghans arrested on petty charges.

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ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi seriously wounded in US airstrike Wed, 22 Apr 2015 02:29:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi wounded in US airstrikeThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi has been serious wounded in an airstrike in Iraq, it has been reported.

The airstrike was reportedly carried out by the United States in western part of Iraq in the month of March.

Sources with connections to the terror group have revealed that al-baghdadi has lost day-to-day control of the group since his wounds were life-threatening at first.

However, the sources have said he has made slow recovery. “Yes, he was wounded in al-Baaj near the village of Umm al-Rous on 18 March with a group that was with him,” Hisham al-Hashimi, an Iraqi official who advises Baghdad on Isis, told the Guardian.

Baghdadi is understood to have been spending much of his time in al-Baaj, about 200 miles west of the Isis stronghold of Mosul.

A source privy of al-baghdadi’s movement said “He chose this area because he knew from the war that the Americans did not have much cover there. From 2003 (the US military) barely had a presence there. It was the one part of Iraq that they hadn’t mapped out.”

This is the second time al-Baghdadi has been targeted in an airtrike by US in Iraq with Iraqi officials saying in November last year that al-Baghdadi was among the ISIS leaders when he was targeted in the airstrike.

The officials further added that the terror chief’s right hand man, Auf Abdulrahman Elefery, had died during the aerial assault and al-Baghdadi was injured.

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Pakistan executed 17 more death row convicts Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:20:19 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan-executionPakistan executed 17 more death row convicts in different jails amid tight security on Tuesday.

The executions were carried out in Sialkot, Gujranwala, Lahore, Mach, Multan, Gujrat and Fasalabad.

Two convicts were hanged in District Jail Sialkot, three were hanged in Central Jail Gujranwala, three were hanged in District Jail Faisalabad and the rest were hanged in other jails.

Most of the 17 hanged to death today were convicted of serious crimes like murders.

According to reports Pakistan has executed 75 death row convicts after lifting the moratorium on death row in December last year.

The moratorium was lifted after a deadly attack at a military-run school on Warsak Road of Peshawar which left around 250 people killed and wounded, most of them school children.

Human Rights organizations condemn Pakistan for resuming the executions.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Pakistan Mon, 20 Apr 2015 06:41:17 +0000 Read the full article...]]> pak-china-890x395Chinese President Xi Jinping left Beijing and arrived in Pakistan on Monday morning on an official visit at the request of Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif.

Xi Jinping is accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan and other high ranking government official in this visit.

Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar and other high ranking government officials, military commanders and politicians gave him a warmed welcome after he landed in Nur Khan air base in Islamabad.

Chinese President will address a joint session of parliament tomorrow and also receive Pakistan’s highest civil award, the Nishan-e-Pakistan during his visit

Chinese delegation is expecting to discuss investment, security and other regional issues with Pakistani officials during the visit.

Before his visit Xi Jinping called for enhancing cooperation with Pakistan in various sectors including shaping a general framework for bilateral ties and bilateral economic corridor.

Tight security measures have been taken in Islamabad.

The visit of a Chinese President to Pakistan is happening after nine years.

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Shocking new ISIS video shows beheading of Ethiopian Christians Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:21:22 +0000 Read the full article...]]> isis-lib2The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has released a new propaganda video which purportedly shows the killing of two groups of Ethiopian Christians captured by its Libyan affiliates.

The 29-minute video appears to show the hostages executed in eastern Libya known as Barka province and the Fazzan province in the south.

A masked ISIS militant appearing in the video with a pistol in his hand says the Christians must convert to Islam or pay a special tax prescribed by the Quran.

The video which bore the logo of ISIS’s media arm, al-Furqan, resembling previous footage it has released, shows the captives are shot dead in the south while the captives in the east are beheaded on a beach.

At least 15 of the captives were beheaded and 15 others were shot dead by the militants.

This comes as the terrorist group released a video in February which shows the militants in Libya beheading 21 captured Egyptian Coptic Christians.

Militants loyal to the ISIS also claimed responsibility for an attack on the Corinthia hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli in January that left 10 people including an American and four other foreigners dead.

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Rescue operation for more than 600 migrants ongoing at Mediterranean Sea Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:05:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> SeaA boat packed with up to 700 migrants capsized in international waters south of Italy’s Sicily iland on Saturday night.

The Italian news agency ANSA states that the vessel was reported to be sinking and a Portuguese merchant ship transiting from the area rushed to the site to try to rescue the migrants.

According to ANSA the ship was able to rescue 28 migrants but then the boat capsized drowning hundreds of others in the water.

Although a solid number of the migrants on board is still being questioned but ANSA states that the boat may have held up to 700 passengers.

24 bodies have been recovered as the search-and-rescue operation has been launched in the area including craft, Italian guard ship, various merchant vessels and forces.

A spokesman for Italian coastguard said that now it is a search-and-rescue operation but in time it will be only search for bodies.

“At the moment, this is still a search and rescue operation, but in time it will be a search [for bodies] only” he said.

Mark Micallef who is a journalist from Southern European island country of Malta told BBC that such incidents are not ‘uncommon’ in the Mediterranean Sea.

He said: “We have seen this sort of scenario happen all over again, where a boat gets capsized right at the moment of rescue”.

“This is part of the problem: merchant vessels… ill equipped to do rescues, are being tasked to do a job they’re not designed for” he added.

According to a recent report by UNHCR some 3,500 people lost their lives in Mediterranean Sea in fail attempts to cross into EU from its southern borders last year.

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to adopt a Syrian child Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:06:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> angelina jolieThe Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are planning to expand their family by adopting another child.

The couple already have six chidlren which includes three biological and three adopted.

The three adopted children are the 13-year-old Maddox from Cambodia, 11-year-old Pax from Vietnam and 10-year-old Zahara from Ethiopia.

Their biological children are 8-year-old Shiloh and 6-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

“She has been moved to tears on several occasions over the plight of youngsters orphaned in the Syrian conflict,” a business associate, who has known Brad and Angelina for more than a decade, told UK’s The Express.

The source further added “Now she has sorted out her health issues, she and Brad believe the time is right to adopt another orphan from there, most likely a daughter.”

Angelina was appointed as a special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and since then she has visited Syrian refugee camps for six times.

According to reports, at least 70,000 children have lost their fathers and a further 3,700 have had both parents either killed or imprisoned or have been separated from them while fleeing the civil war.

The decision by Angelina to adopt another child comes as she made an impassioned plea in November 2013 on the world to act “to save a generation of traumatised, isolated and suffering Syrian children from catastrophe”.

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Indian boy born with upside-down head should be allowed to die Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:49:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indian boy1A 12-year-old boy, Mahendra Ahirwar, from Madhya Pradesh in central India, suffers from a rare condition that his head hangs at a 180-degree angle.

The parents of the young boy have admitted they would rather he died than continue to suffer as Mahendra’s neck is constantly bent and he is restricted to a sitting position, unable to stand or walk, because of his weak backbone.

Mahendra needs help when eating and going to the toilet as he can just about crawl is forced to sit in the corner of the room for a whole day.

His parents, Mukesh Ahirwar, 40 and Sumitra Ahirwar, 35, who work as labourers, said they have contacted more than 50 doctors across the country but none have been able to diagnose their son’s condition.

“I cannot see him suffer anymore. Watching his life is devastating,” his mother Sumitr Ahirwar said.

Mrs. Ahirwar said “I have to carry him like a baby everywhere but he is 12-years-old, how will I carry him when he grows even older? “

“If doctors cannot treat my son it is better that God takes him,” she added.

The local residents have disturbingly blamed Mahendra’s condition on Mukesh’s past sins and believe he is to blame for his son’s disability.

“They say I must have committed some terrible sins and this is why he is suffering. It’s awful,” said Mahendra’s father who is a construction worker with only earning around Rs200 a day.

With India’s premier hospital and All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi remaining incapable to determine a diagnosis for the child, Mr. and Mrs. Ahirwar made a devastating decision to stop taking Mahendra to the doctors.

However, Mr. Ahirwar is still hoping for a miracle. He added: “I still have so many hopes and dreams for him. I want to see him go to school and play with other kids,” he said.

“I want to see him living a normal life and I am hoping that my wish will be fulfilled one day,” Mr. Ahirwar added.

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Five suspects arrested for planning attacks in Australia Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:24:19 +0000 Read the full article...]]> AustraliaPolice have arrested five people on suspicion planning for terrorist attacks in Melbourne, Australia.

Tony Abbott Australia’s Prime Minister said that the suspects were planning to attack a national ceremony scheduled in a week “The act that we believe was in preparation involved attacks against police officers,”

A joint counter-terrorism team executed seven search warrants in Melbourne in which around 200 officers took part on Saturday.

Police say they believe one of the attacks was ISIS-inspired.

“Some evidence that we have collected at a couple of the scenes and some other information we have leads us to believe that this particular matter was ISIS-inspired,” said Neil Gaughan the Acting Deputy Commissioner of Australia’s Federal Police.

According to police this attack was planned by two men both 18 to target a ceremony commemorating Anzac soldiers who fought and died for their country.

“Edged knives” were also seized in the operation conducted earlier this morning.

Australia is now in the middle of sending a batch of 330 more troops to Iraq for training local soldiers against ISIS.

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US national wounded in Pakistan in apparent ISIS attack Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:51:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> USA US national was shot and wounded by a group of gunmen who claimed to be ISIS fighters in Pakistan’s business hub of Karachi on Thursday.

Debra Lobo, 55, was living in Karachi with her Pakistani husband and was the vice-principle of Jinnah Medical and Dental College.

According to police four attackers riding on motorbikes shot indiscriminate fire at Lobo on Shaheed-e-Millat Road after she left college and was heading home.

Assailants escaped from the area following the attack but left a note in Urdu and English languages in which they have claimed to be ISIS.

The leaflet states that the attack was carried out to avenge the killing of five of their companions in Karachi.

The leaflet is titled “We will burn America” and call themselves supporters of Daulah Al-Islamiyyah which is the Arabic name for Islamic State. It further reads “We shall lie in wait until we ambush you and kill you wherever you may be until we confine and besiege you in America,”

This is first time pro-ISIS militants claim responsibility of an attack that is confirmed by Pakistani officials.

A video has emerged in the past showing a group of ex-TTP members announcing allegiance with ISIS in Pakistan.

Debra Lobo sustained injuries to her head and should but hospital sources have announced her out of danger.

Debra Lobo’s family back in the US says that she grew up in California and had moved to Pakistan over 25 years before.

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Saudi Arabia beheads mentally ill woman over murder charges Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:52:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indonesian woman beheaded in SaudiThe authorities in Saudi Arabia beheaded a mentally ill Indonesian woman over murder charges in the holy city of Medina.

The convict = Siti Zaenab Duhri Rupa was on death row during the past 15 years after she was found guilty of murdering her employer by stabbing him to death.

She was working as a domestic worker who was arrested in 1999 for murdering her employer and was sentenced to death in 2001 after confessing to stabbing her employer who allegedly mistreated her to death.

Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry condemned her execution and said Jakarta has filed a protest with Riyadh for carrying out the execution without any prior notification.

“The government filed a protest with the Saudi Arabian government for not informing Indonesian representatives in Saudi Arabia, or the convict’s family, about the timing of the execution,” the ministry said.

The Amnesty International also condemned Siti Zainab’s execution and said her killing in the holy Islamic city of Medina “smacks of a basic lack of humanity”.

Siti Zainab’s execution was confirmed in 2013 after Walid bin Abdullah bin Muhsin al-Ahmadi, the youngest son of her employer, told the court he refused to pardon Siti.

Her execution was delayed until her employer’schildren were old enough to decide whether Siti could be pardoned.

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Saudi Arabia asks Pakistan to join coalition against Huthis Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:49:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Saudi ArabiaSaleh bin Abdul-Aziz Al ash-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia’s Minister on Religious Affairs who is currently in Pakistan has asked Islamabad to join the Arab nation coalition against Huthis in Yemen.

Sheikh Saleh says he is optimistic that Pakistan will send it troops to take part in the coalition which is formed to fight Huthis in Yemen.

Pakistan’s parliament recently voted for not involving militarily in Yemen’s crisis. Legislators said that Pakistan will take the role of a mediator and try to solve the matter through dialogues. But Sheikh Saleh says those who think about mediation in Yemen conflict are wrong and should review their statements.

Sheikh Saleh in an explosive interview with Pakistan’s Geo News which is going to be aired this evening has claimed that Houthi rebels were carrying out massacres in Yemen and that Saudi Arabia only decided to attack them as a result.

Sheikh Saleh has also blamed Iran for spreading an atmosphere of lawlessness and instability in Syria and Iraq and now wants to do the same in Yemen.

“Iran spread an atmosphere of lawlessness and instability in these countries and for that it will have to be accounted for,” Sheikh is quoted by Geo News as saying.

But he says that they will do whatever to stop “Iranian intrusion”.

Internal pressure on Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif was further fueled when a Pakistani delegation visited Saudi Arabia to discuss their part in Yemen conflict. After wide spread demonstrations in parts of Pakistan its parliament rejected Saudi Arabia’s request.

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ISIS bomber’s car explodes in mid air after being blasted into the sky Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:50:02 +0000 Read the full article...]]> 278D191100000578-3038067-image-a-1_1428997876208A video emerged from Iraq shows the incredible moment a car being driven an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) suicide bomber explodes in the sky, after it is sent flying by an explosion on the road.

The Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) is apparently blasted skywards by an explosion on the ground due to a roadside bomb explosion.

The incident has reportedly taken place near Kirkuk in northern Iraq while the would-be suicide bomber was attempting to launch an attack on Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

The vehicle is engulfed by a fireball just as it begins to fall back to the ground – caused either by the explosives packed on the vehicle or the fuel tank.

Debris resulting from the explosion can then be seen disappearing into the huge cloud of smoke.

The footage is reportedly released by Kurdish forces which also shows failed attacks by ISIS militants, including militants being killed or injured by back-firing mortars, malfunctioning machine guns and misfiring rockets.

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Japanese woman attacks husband with sharp knife for leaving “terrible smell” in toilet Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:03:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> knifeA wife in Japan has attacked her husband with a sharp knife for leaving terrible smell in toilet, Japan’s Jiji Press and police in Tokyo reported Monday.

Emi Mamiya, 29, says there was a “terrible smell” in the toilet after her husband used it.

“The toilet stinks so much that the child cannot even use it,” Jiji Press quotes Mamiya as saying.

Jiji Press reports that Mamiya’s anger was further grown after her husband tried to assist their 3 year old son use the toilet without washing his hands first.

Police arrested Mamiya for attempted murder of her husband.  The husband did not lose life but sustained injuries to his face during the attack.

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ISIS behead man over alleged blasphemy in Syria Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:03:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> man beheaded in SyriaNew photographs emerged from Syria on Monday which purportedly shows the latest atrocity the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

The ISIS militants are shown beheading a man who was accused of blasphemy in the latest set of the gruesome photographs.

The man was reportedly beheaded in Hama in Syria by a masked executioner surrounded by several ISIS militants armed with guns.

A heavy meat chopper was used to behead the victim who was blindfolded and forced to kneel on the floor.

In one of the photographs, an ISIS militant is seen to read a paper – apparently a ruling by the terrorist group before the victim was beheaded.

The severed head of the victim is seen placed on his body in another photograph with each of the images similar to videos released of the foreign hostages beheaded by the terrorist group.

The photographs were released shortly after the group released a propaganda video threatening a 9/11-type attack on United States.

SIS calls on supporters to attack the US on its own soil in the latest video is 11 minute long and titled “We will Burn America”.

Featuring several mass beheading including the execution of of U.S. journalist James Foley and the horrific burning of Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh, the video claims the US citizens’ sense of safety is a “mirage”.

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ISIS threatens to burn America in another 9/11-style attack Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:14:02 +0000 Read the full article...]]> new isis video warns to burn americaThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has warned to ‘burn America’ in another 9/11-style attack by releasing another propaganda video.

ISIS calls on supporters to attack the US on its own soil in the latest video which is 11 minute long and titled “We will Burn America”.

Featuring several mass beheading including the execution of of U.S. journalist James Foley and the horrific burning of Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh, the video claims the US citizens’ sense of safety is a “mirage”

The subtitles of the video reads “By Allah’s willing, the fear will spread among them again soon. Here it is America now losing billions still to make sure their country is safe. But today, it’s time for payback.”

While showing the footage of the planes hitting the World Trade Centre in September 2001, it is claimed in the video that the militants “are much more stronger and they have more resources (than) before. Thus they are able to burn (the) United States again.”

Other incidents related to the ISIS terrorist group are also featured in the video including the massacre of four civilians and policeman in French and murder of corporal Nathan Cirillo, at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill.

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