Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » World The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:55:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 World’s oldest person dies at the age of 117 in Japan Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:50:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> world's oldest person diesA Japanese woman who was recognized as the world’s oldest person by Guinness World Records, died at the age of 117 from heart failure.

Misao Okawa was born in on 5th March 1898 in the city of Osaka and died in the same city in a nursing home, an official at the nursing home said.

The offficials further added Misao was praised by nurising home workers afor achieving a long and healthyt life.

“She went so peacefully, as if she had just fallen asleep. We miss her a lot,” said Tomohiro Okada, an official at an Osaka nursing home.

Ms Okawa celebrated her 117th birthday earlier this month where she had said that 117 years did not seem such a long time.

She had also revealed the reasons behind her long life and said at least eight hours of sleep a night and eating her favourite food – sushi, were key in achieving a long and healthy life.

The world’s oldest person is believed to be a US woman who is 116-year-old and is in Arkansas state of the United States.

The woman has been identified as Gertrude Weaver by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which keeps records of super-centenarians.

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ISIS kills over 40 in Syria by ‘beheading, burning and firing on them’ Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:30:38 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS massacre civilians in SyriaAt least 44 civilians including women and children were killed by the insurgents belonging to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in Syria.

According to state TV and opposition activists, ISIS militants massacred the civilians during a raid on the government-held village of Mabuja.

The offensive was reportedly carried out early on Tuesday morning with state TV reporting that 44 people including women and children were slaughtered.

However, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead included 37 civilians who were either shot dead, burned or stabbed before the militants withdrew.

The director of the Britain-based group, Rami Abdurrahman, said many villagers were still missing but it was unclear if they were kidnapped by ISIS fighters.

This comes as ISIS last week released a video showing its militants beheading eight men said to be Shiite Muslims from the central province of Hama.

Minority groups including Christians as well as Ismailis and Alawites, both Shiite offshoots are residing in the Central Syria.

According to reports the minority groups are supporting President Bashar Assad who is himself an Alawite. The minorities fear attacks by extremists among the mostly Sunni rebels fighting to topple Preident Assad.

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Mother kills toddler son in US then blames devil for killing Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:31:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Latisha-FisherA mother has killed her toddler son in Midtown New York and later blamed devil for killing.

Police officers said Latisha Fisher, 35, took her 20-months old son Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher to the bathroom of burger bar suffocated him and later blamed devil for killing.

According to the police officers the incident took place yesterday at around 02:25 PM (local time).

Witnesses say a woman walked into the toilet after the queue began to grow longer and customers and employees became concerned. When the woman got into the toilet Fisher, the child’s mother, told the woman that she is putting her son to sleep.

“I put (hand) my over his mouth to put him to sleep.” She told the woman.

Restaurant staff says that is when restaurant workers broke into the toilet to try to save the child but by the time they got in the child was unconscious and rushed to hospital where he later died.

Police say Fisher later blamed devil for the killing.

The Daily Mirror, a British national daily news paper, who has published the report quotes Latisha Fisher’s mother Merial Fisher as saying that it is hard for her to believe. “It’s hard, it’s really unbelievable. I know my daughter loves her son.” Merial Fisher is quoted as saying.

“I don’t know what happened. It’s just so sad. He was such a happy baby.” She adds.

Latisha Fisher who also has another son of 12 years was arrested by security forces and put in jail who is not awaiting charges.

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Lamb born with face like an ‘angry old man’ terrifies village in Russia Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:19:39 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Lamb with human face in Russia

A farmer in south-western Russia was left in shock when one of his lambs gave birth to an offspring with a “human-like” face.

The 45-year-old Blasius Lavrentiev from Chirka said he was completely baffled by the unique lamb as both her parents “are normal-looking sheep”.

According to Lavrentiev, the newborn emerged as an angry old man with a protruding nose, huge ears and a gurning mouth.

“We had quite a tough winter and when I noticed she was pregnant I was delighted as it meant I would be able to sell the lambs and start making some money again,” he said.

Lavrentiev said “But when I went down to see how it was going I nearly died from shock when I saw what looked like the hairy face of an old man staring up at me.”

The newborn lamb has become the talk of the village with one of Lavrentiev’s neighbour Dementi Galkin saying “I’ve seen some weird stuff in my time, but nothing like this. She looks like an angry old man with a big nose.”

Another villager Dana Mishina said “She is both freaky and sweet. “I don’t know what to make of it really, But she terrifies my grandchildren. “It will be interesting to see what she looks like when she gets older.”

In the meantime, Lavrentiev said a local circus has proposed to pay 10 times the normal price of the lamb besides receiving several enquiries since the lamb was born.

But he said “Whatever has caused it she’s a little beauty and I definitely won’t be selling her for anyone’s dinner table either as the buyers want her on display.”

“She’ll be staying with us until then,” Lavrentiev added.

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Airstrike kills 40 people at camp for displaced in Yemen Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:43:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Yemen 3According to local reports at least 40 people were killed at a camp for displaced people in northern Yemen by an air strike believed to be from a Saudi Arabia jet fighter.

Humanitarian aid workers liked to International Organization for Migrants said 40 people were killed and 200 wounded in the airstrike in northern Yemen on Monday.

According to Reuters, Yemen’s State news agency Saba which is now controlled by Huthis, broadcasted images of five dead children on a blood-streaked floor, it claims died in the attack.

Medecins Sans Frontieres said 34 injured were brought into a hospital it supports in Haradh and 29 people were dead on arrival.

MSF operational manager for Yemen Pablo Marco said “People in Al Mazraq camp have been living in very harsh conditions … and now they have suffered the consequences of an air strike on the camp.”

However, The Saudi Arabian military says it is seeking clarification of the incident in Mazraq. Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri said “It could have been that the fighter jets replied to fire, and we cannot confirm that it was a refugee camp. We will ask the Yemeni official agencies to confirm that.”

Saudi Arabia began airstrikes on neighboring Yemen on March 25 aimed at hitting Huthi positions. The airstrike started after Saudi Arabia received a request from Yemeni government due to the advancement of Huthis.

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TTP claim responsibility for killing Pakistan’s Army colonel Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:57:29 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Peshawar attackTehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), main armed group fighting the government in Pakistan, has claimed responsibility for killing Lieutenant Colonel Tahir Azim in Peshawar.

Mohammad Khorasani, TTP spokesman on Monday emailed a statement to media in which he has accepted responsibility for yesterday’s attack in Phase III area of Peshawar.

Lieutenant Colonel Tahir Azim whose duty station was in Panjab province had recently come to Peshawar to attend a wedding but was killed during an ambush.

Imran a police officer told reporters at the attack sight that two gunmen were waiting for his return from the mosque.

“Colonel Tahir was on his way home from offering prayers in the mosque when he came under the attack” he said.

He further said that the attackers had setup an ambush for colonel Tahir who fled the area after the attack.

Imran added that colonel Tahir was seriously wounded following the attack who letter succumbed to his injuries.

This was the second target killing of high profile people by TTP in Peshawar this month.

On March 18, TTP killed Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s (PML-N) Peshawar chapter President Haji Sardar Khan in Yakatoot area.

TTP had threatened more attacks.

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Syrian child mistakes camera for gun and surrenders in disturbing photo Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:42:40 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Syria child mistakes camera for gunThe photograph of a Syrian child has gone viral in social media and news networks which shows the innocent child mistakes camera for gun and holds her hand up in surrender.

The picture was shared first shared on Twitter by photojournalist Nadia AbuShaban and was retweeted over 10,000 times.

The young girl is seen surrendering to the journalist by reaching her hands as high up as she possibly can, apparently surrendering for his life in the fear that her life is danger.

The child has been identified as four-year-old Adi Hudea who reportedly lost his father in the Hama bombing.

The photograph reflects the reality of the strife-torn country and the everyday situation faced by children caught up in Syria’s ongoing civil war.

Around 220,000 people have reportedly been killed and 12.2 million others are in desperate need of humanitarian aid since the beginning of the Syria’s civil war five years ago.

Named by the UN as the “world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe”, it is estimated that at least 5.6 million of those in need are children.

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Earth Hour observed across the world Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:12:19 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Earth HourEarth Hour was observed by millions of people across the world between 08:30 PM to 09:30 PM (local time) to conserve energy and for the sake of environment.

Lights and other electronic appliances were off for an hour to celebrate the Earth Hour, the global campaign of awareness for climate change.

A string of well-known sights around the globe plunge into darkness during the one hour period to celebrate the Earth Hour, organized by World Wide Fund (WWF) which works on matters pertaining to conservation, research and restoration of the environment.

America, Britain, China, Australia, Russia, Paris, India, Pakistan, France were among some 162 countries observed the Earth Hour last night.

This year’s Earth Hour celebrated on Saturday 28 March as the French capital prepares to host a crucial UN climate conference in December that will bring together the international community to discuss efforts to limit global warming.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris went black for only five minutes due to security reasons but nearly 300 other monuments in the city turned their lights off.

Earth Hour is a worldwide grass roots movement uniting people to protect planet. Earth Hour is celebrated as a lights-off event in more than 7, 000 cities and towns in over 162 countries and territories worldwide.


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Yemen Caught Up In Regional Power Play Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:42:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> By Manish Rai

Yemen 1The ongoing conflict in Yemen is quickly devolving into a wider regional conflagration, pitting Shiite Iran and an allied Houthi militant group against Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab states that came together to launch airstrikes on those Houthi militants. The airstrikes by Saudi Arabia against Iran-backed Shiite rebels in turbulent Yemen have added a regional dimension to the conflict in the Arab world’s poorest country. The country plunged further into chaos with Abed Raboo Mansour Hadi, its internationally recognized president, had fled the country. All of this violence and instabilityis occurring within a larger regional frame in which arch-rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia are sparring over their interests in the country. The regional brinksmanship, with all its inherent dangers, is being played out as Yemen disintegrates into a series of shifting power blocs split between duelling presidents and a trio of militant groups. After consolidated their gains in Sanaa, Houthi Shia militia is now advancing south in a bid to takeover the rest of the country. The Houthis, who are a Zaydi-Shi’a group and receive some support from Iran, have been aided in all of this by former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was forced to step down in February 2012 after 33 years in power. The Houthis decision to stage an offensive into the south is likely to further inflame tensions between the two regions north and south. There is high possibility that as soon as the Houthis declare victory, then the real fighting will start, which is guerrilla resistance across the south.Yemen 2

Iran’s government is widely believed to be providing support to the Houthi rebels, though the extent of that support is unclear. Yemeni and Western officials say their intelligence indicates Iran has been training the fighters as well as sending them weapons and cash. Reuters cited one senior Iranian official as admitting this was indeed the case, although the Houthis themselves deny they are receiving Iranian help. It is highly speculated that the Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards for the last four years have been smuggling weapons to the Houthis, as well as providing expert military training, with the result that the Shia Houthi militia finally succeeded in seizing control of the capital Sana’a last year, forcing the Western-backed president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, to seek refuge in Aden. The prospect of growing Iranian influence in Yemen has deeply worried Saudi Arabia, Iran’s great regional rival and Yemen’s neighbour. So after realising that Iranian backed militia is closer to take full control of the country Saudis reacted with airstrikes against Houthis. The strikes were a startling turn of events that came as the Houthis, in control of Yemen’s capital for months, barreled south toward the coastal city of Aden, seizing an air base along the way that was evacuated by U.S. Special Operations forces­.

The Saudis have certainly proved adept at protecting their interests against Iranian incursions in the past as well. When Iran tried to provoke Shia dissidents in the tiny Gulf state of Bahrain to overthrow the kingdom’s Sunni monarchy, the Saudi military quickly intervened to crush the protest movement. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies fear that the Shiite advance in Yemen is putting that strategic country on the southern Saudi borders into the control of Iran. The Houthis and Iran both deny Tehran is arming the rebels. Still, a direct air route recently opened from Tehran to Sanaa, which has been held by the Houthis since September, officially to being aid and medical supplies. Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his allies say the heavy air traffic along the route is delivering Iranian weapons. But with Hadi driven out, there isn’t a clear front line for international intervention to support. Any intervention would likely be in the name of restoring Hadi but doing so with airstrikes alone would be a difficult task. So Egypt and Saudi Arabia were considering an intervention on the ground, aimed at giving the president Hadi a secure foothold to return to the country, while backing Sunni tribesmen to fight against Shiite rebels and their allies. It is belived that ground deployment by troops from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other allies would come after airstrikes have weakened Houthi-Saleh forces sufficiently.

But there is no guarantee that the Saudi-led military alliance will win a quick and clean victory in Yemen or that its intervention will demonstrate the strength and competence that it hopes will deter Iran. A Saudi failure, stalemate or escalation could boost Arab anxieties over Iran or spark wider clashes across the region. Iran, for its part, may not sacrifice its Houthi chip quite so easily it may be tempted, instead, to suck the Saudis deeper into a costly Yemeni quagmire. We’re not going to be able to see any stabilization in Yemen unless the Saudis and the Iranians find a way to be able to talk to each other, rather than to fight each other through proxies. It should be clear to all major powers that they have to sit across the table in order to be able to find a new equilibrium in the region through diplomatic means, rather than thinking that it can be achieved through military means. Unless the Saudi-led intervention transitions rapidly from military strikes to inclusive diplomacy and governance, Yemen will face further destruction, decay and radicalization, adding to an already formidable array of challenges from the presence of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIL to impoverishment and environmental degradation. Even if the regional contest playing out in Yemen can ultimately be managed by the external stakeholders, it is likely to come at the expense of the long-suffering Yemeni people.

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

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Al-Shabaab attack in Somalia left 17 killed, 28 injured Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:28:07 +0000 Read the full article...]]> SomaliaA 12 hours long attack by Al-Shabaab insurgents at a hotel in Somlia ended Saturday leaving 17 people killed and 28 others injured.

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Somalia President, said that Somalia’s ambassador to Switzerland was among those killed in the attack.

Senior police officer Capt Mohamed Hussein said that there is no resistance at Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel. Adding that it is now in full control of the security forces.

“The operation has ended we have taken full control of the hotel,” he said.

Al-Shabaab insurgents started the attack at Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, at around 04:00 PM (local time) Friday by carrying out a suicide motor bomb explosion at its gate.

Officials say gunmen quickly moved in to Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel after the explosion and took the hotel into siege.

The hotel was took back into control by security forces after 12 hours of siege which left 17 people killed and 28 others wounded.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack at Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel which is famous for Somalia officials and foreigners in Mogadishu.

Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen or Al-Shabaab active in east African region since 2006 is linked to Al-Qaeda.

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Afghan students in India sought punishment for Farkhunda’s killers Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:04:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan students studying at Jamia Millia Islamia University in India has asked the National Unity Government to drag those behind Farkhuna’s killing and punish them for their evil act.2

Students also performed the tragic incident in the University by copying the details of the brutally beating and killing of Farkhunda.

The drama made eyes of most of the audiences full of tears.1

Farkhunad, 27, an Afghan girl was cruelly beaten to death by angry mob after she was wrongfully accused of burning a copy of the holy Quran and her body was set ablaze.

The killing was largely condemned in Afghanistan and abroad which also sparked vast demonstrations in Afghanistan.

Thousands of Kabul residents took to the streets seeking “Justice for Farkhunda”.

Also, in Herat, Balkh, Kundoz and other parts of the country also people staged protests against the killing and asked government to punish those responsible.

More than 20 people have been arrested by the security agencies in connection to the killing.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer of the government Abdullah Abdullah have said that justice will be applied.

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10 Hindu pilgrims killed, dozens wounded in stampeded in Bangladesh Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:50:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Astami snan-bg20130418094307Ten Hindu pilgrims were killed and dozens of others wounded when a stampede occurred during a religious gathering outside Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh on Friday.

Local police Chief Nazrul Islam told reporters that the stampede occurred on the banks of the Brahmaputra River, where hundreds of thousands of pilgrims had converge for ritual bathing during an annual Hindu festival.

Police Inspector Nasir Ahmed said three men and seven women were among those killed in the stamplede.

“We are investigating what triggered the stampede, but it seems that the tragedy was due to an unusually high number of pilgrims,” he said.

Nasir Ahmed feared a rise in the number of those killing and wounded. He said “The stampede involved a huge number of people as thousands of shoes could still be seen on the road an hour after it happened,”

The cause of the stampede is still under investigation.

The bathing ritual resumed after the stampede was controlled by the security forces.

Astami Snan festival in Narayanganj district of Bangladesh which Hindus consider holy draws hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees from Bangladesh and neighboring India and Nepal every year.

Majority of Bangladesh’s 160 million people are Muslims but Hindus account 10 percent of the country’s population.

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7 Pakistani policemen killed, 13 wounded in separate attacks Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:29:53 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani policeSeven policemen have been killed and 13 wounded in separate attacks in Pakistan.

According to reports two policemen were killed and 13 others wounded in explosion at a bus carrying policemen in Pakistan’s Karachi city on Friday morning.

Security officials said that the explosive materials were placed in a motorcycle which was parked at the side of the road.

All of the victims of the explosion belong to Sindh Police’s Special Security Unit (SSU).

A high ranking police officer Malir confirmed to reporters that the target of the blast was SSU bus.

Doctors in Jinnah hospital where the victims of Quaidabad area explosion have been taken for treatment say one wounded policeman is in critical condition.

Police have been targeted in this explosion in Karachi only a night after five policemen were killed during an armed attack in Baluchistan’s Loralai district.

A group of armed gunmen attacked a police vehicle in Loralai’s Chichloo area during patrol leaving five policemen killed.

Law enforcement officials arrived at the scene following the attack but attackers had already fled from the area.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the explosion in Karachi but there is no claim of responsibility for the attack in Baluchistan.

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Australia beat India by 95 runs in CWC 2015 2nd semi-final Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:07:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Australia beat indiaAustralia beat India by 95 runs in Cricket World Cup 2015 second semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.

Australia won the toss and chose to bat first making 328 runs out of 50 Overs with seven players out.

Steve Smith made the highest score for Australia leading his team to play in final with New Zealand on Sunday.

He made 105 runs with two sixes and 11 fours.

India needed 329 runs to win the semi-final from Australia but it was unable to reach the target.

All players of the Indian cricket team were out by making 233 runs in 46 Overs.

The final is scheduled to be played between Australia and New Zealand the two host countries of the Cricket World Cup 2015 in Melbourne, Australia on March 29.

Both host countries have already played a match in this World Cup where Australia was defeated by just one wicket.

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Man killed, body burnt in Pakistan Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:51:36 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani police at crime sceneA man was killed and his body was burned inside his house in Panjab province of Pakistan.

Police who discovered the body from a house in Pakpattan district in the morning say that more likely the incident has taken place the previous night.

Police investigation suggests that the person might have been sleeping when he is attacked and killed inside his house.

According to local residents Riaz did not have personal enmity but had suspected members of local council for a robbery at his shop.

The dead-body was sent for post-mortem examination and police are conducting further interrogation.

Pakpattan is one of the ancient cities in Panjab province of Pakistan. It is well-known by the shrine of Baba Fareed where people from long distance come to pray for health, solve problems and good fortune.

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Obama mistakenly refers to President Ghani as ‘President Karzai’ Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:59:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Obama and Ashraf GhaniThe US President Barack Obama on Tuesday referred to his counterpart Mohammad Ashraf Ghani as ‘President Karzai’ in what is said to be a high-profile slip of the tongue.

President Obama was speaking during a press conference with President Ghani to annouce his plan to slow the drawdown of American troops from Afghanistan.

Gesturing towards President Ghani, Obama said the U.S. will maintain 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015 “in part so that President Karzai – who has taken on the mantle of commander-in-chief in a way that we have not seen in the past from an Afghan president – can do a serious review.”

The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s term ended in 2014 following a controversial presidential election which led to the formation of the government of national unity.

Karzai became one of the main critics of the US-led war against terrorism and repeatedly slammed the U.S. for its role in Afghan civilian casualties.

Karzai also refused to sign the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington which was endorsed by majority during a gathering of the tribal elders in late 2013.

He laimed America had attempted to undermine the Afghan government, and even suggested the U.S.-led forces could “leave” the country.

The agreement was signed soon after Ghani took office as the new president of Afghanistan and played a key role to mend the ties between the two nations.

President Ghani has routinely lauded the partnership between Washington and Kabul and thanked American troops and “the American taxpayer” for their role in the reconstruction and stability of the country.

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Airbus crashes in France with 148 on board Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:19:53 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

The Airbus A320 was traveling from Barcelona city of Spain to Dusseldorf city of Germany that crashed in Alps mountain range in France on Thursday.

Manuel Valls, Prime Minister of France says he fears everyone on board might have been killed.

“We of course don’t know the reasons for the crash. We obviously fear that the 142 to 150 passengers and crew died today, given the conditions of this crash.” He told reporters.

Six crew members were reportedly on the plane apart from 142-150 passengers.

Officials from the transport ministry of France say that before the crash the airbus sent distress signals.

The plane belonged to a German low-cost airline Germanwings which is owned by Lufthansa, the largest airline in Europe.

Germanwings says in an immediate message on its facebook page that they do not know what happened to Flight 4U 9525.

“We do not know exactly what happened to Flight 4U 9525. Our thoughts are now with all the relatives and friends of our passengers and crew. We will do everything possible in order to provide further information.” the message reads.

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US investigating fresh ISIS threat Sun, 22 Mar 2015 09:08:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISUnited States is investigating the fresh threat of the Islamic State or ISIS of killing 100 of its soldiers.

An official from the defense department of the United States has told media on the condition of anonymity that they are looking into the threat.

“I can’t confirm the validity of the information, but we are looking into it.”, he has told media.

ISIS recently posted names and addresses of about a hundred United States soldiers online whom they have threaten to kill for taking part in the operations against the insurgent group.

The information was posted on a website linked to ISIS and the group who has posted the information claims to be the Islamic State Hacking Division.

The group says that they have received the information by hacking servers and databases but officials say most of the data was on public domain.

According to the message the group has asked its supporters in the US to take final steps against those on the list.

The United States is leading a coalition against the Islamic State in which there are around 40 countries. The coalition has been conducting air strikes on ISIS positions in Syria and Iraq.

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80 terrorists, 7 Pakistani soldiers killed Sun, 22 Mar 2015 07:03:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan airstrike in North WaziristanPakistani forces have killed 80 terrorists in fresh military actions in the tribal area of Khayber agency.

Pakistan’s security officials say terrorist bases were also targeted in the Operation Khaber-2 and now terrorists are escaping to the borders areas.

Seven soldiers were also killed in the operation, authorities confirm.

Operation Khayber-2 was launched in October 2014 to clear targeted areas of militants in the tribal built.

Pakistani officials claim killing hundreds of militants during Operation Khayber-2 so far and say that it will continue until the elimination of all militants from these areas.

The operation was launch four months later from Operation Zarb-e-Azab which was launched mainly in Waziristan.

More than 2000 militants including foreign insurgents have been killed in Operation Zarb-e-Azb so far, according to Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations which provides information about the ongoing operations in Pakistan.

Pakistan began to take strict actions against insurgents in its territory after peace talks with them did not give a positive result and then terrorists attacked Karachi airport leaving at least 29 people killed.

The attack was claimed by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Pakistan’s main armed opponent group who conducted other deadly attacks in Pakistan following the one on Karachi airport.

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34 people killed, 150 injured in Indian train derailment Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:29:12 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????At least 34 people were killed and 150 others were injured after a train derailed in India on Friday.

The train was traveling from Dehradun, capital of Uttarakhand state, to Varanasi city of Uttar Pradesh when it derailed more than halfway along the route, near Bachhrawan village in Uttar Pradesh (UP) state.

UP Minister Manoj Kumar Pandey said that 34 persons were announced dead following the incident.

“The death toll has mounted to 34. While 30 persons died in Rae Bareli, four were declared brought dead in Lucknow,” he said.

Officials feared the death toll could rise as the health condition of some of the ones wounded was announced being critical.

The real cause for the derailment of the engine and two adjoining coaches of the Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express is still being investigated but officials believed it was caused by break failure as the train overshot an intended stop.

Indian Premier Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the incident.

“PM has expressed grief on the loss of lives in the train accident in UP and has wished the injured a speedy recovery,” the official twitter account handled by his office states.

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Yemen suicide bombings: Death toll reached to 77 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:14:46 +0000 Read the full article...]]> yemenThe death toll from today’s triple suicide bombings in Yemen has reached to 77 people and more than 150 others are wounded.

The suicide attackers were among the prayers and detonated their explosives during the Friday prayers in the areas controlled by Shia Huthies.

One attack was carried out at Al-Hashahush in the northern part of capital Sanaa while two others were carried out inside Al Badr mosque in the southern part of the capital Sanaa.

Eyewitnesses said one attack took place inside the mosque while the other one took place at the gate as people were running out of the mosque following the first attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for today’s attacks but Huthies are in fight with Hadi loyalists and Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch AQAP.

Today’s attacks were the deadliest at Huthies following the January car bombing in which at least 39 people were killed and dozen others wounded.

The attack took place at an academy in Sanaa where Huthies were lined up to register.
Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch AQAP was blamed for the attack.

Due to the raising clashes in Yemen the United States and some other countries, mainly European, have suspended their diplomatic operations.

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2 killed, 20 injured in explosion during Friday prayers in Pakistan Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:21:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Blast 2Two people were killed and twenty others were injured after an explosion took place during Friday prayers in Pakistan.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) police Abdul Khaliq Shaikh says that the bomb was placed on a motorbike which was parked at the gate of Saleh mosque in Arambagh area of Karachi city.

He said it was a time bomb which detonated during Friday prayers at the mosque of Bohra community-related to Shia Muslims.

Including children 20 people were injured in the explosion and two others were killed, officials and hospital sources confirmed.

At least two persons injured in the explosion are reportedly in critical condition.
No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed responsibility for last month’s attack at a Shia mosque in Peshawar that left 20 people killed and 65 others wounded.

Mohammad Khorasani, spokesman for TTP called it a revenge for one of their fighters who was executed by the government of Pakistan.

Mohammad Khorasani had threatened more attacks.

Pakistan in the wake of a TTP attack on a military-run school in Peshawar lifted the moratorium on death penalty and since then the government has executed at least 50 people.

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UN: Pakistan should immediately stop executions Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:05:30 +0000 Read the full article...]]> UNThe United Nations has called on Pakistani authorities to immediately restore the moratorium on death penalty which is against the international law.

“The UN in Pakistan urges the Government to reinstate its moratorium as soon as possible. We stand ready to support it in doing so and to assist in strengthening the existing justice system if so requested,” The United Nations stated in a statement.

The statement adds the United Nations appreciate the need for effective counter-terrorism measures to protect people but such actions must be proportionate in a democratic way and in accordance with Human rights and international law.

“While we appreciate the need for effective counter- terrorism measures to protect people, including children, such action must strengthen human rights and be proportionate and necessary in a democratic society,”, the statement adds.

Pakistan has executed at least 50 people after reinstating the death penalty in the wake of deadly Peshawar attack last December.

The deadly Peshawar attack which left at least 150 people killed and more than 130 injure, most of them school children, emotionalized the government and civilians which resulted in reinstating the death row.

There are currently around 8, 000 people on death row in Pakistan.

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9 more executions in Pakistan Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:00:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> hangPakistan on Wednesday hang to death nine more terrorist convicts a day after executing 12 persons.

This is the largest number of people executed in a single day since the moratorium was lifted in last December in the wake of a deadly Peshawar school attack.

The execution took place in separate jails across the country.

Two convicts were executed in Jhang District Jail, one in Attock Jail, one in Kot Lkhpat Jail and five more in other jails.

There are currently more than 8, 000 people on death row in Pakistan among whom one is Shafaqat Hussain who was arrested at the age of 14 and sentenced to death by a court.

Shafaqat Hussain is allegedly for kidnapping and killing a seven years old boy but reports indicate that he was severely tortured in the custody to confess to the crime.

Shafaqat Hussain is scheduled to be executed tomorrow but his mother Makhni Begum and sister Samira Bibi on Wednesday appealed to the government, judiciary and Human Rights Organizations to save Shafaqat Hussain from execution.

They told a news conference that Shafaqat Hussain was innocent and he was tortured to confess to the crime that he had not committed.

His mother said that the court had sentenced him to death when he was minor but according to the law, a minor cannot be sentenced to death.

Human Rights Watch has asked Pakistan to immediately halt the execution but Pakistani authorities have not yet responded to the call.

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Alleged child offender’s execution tomorrow in Pakistan Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:50:38 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Shafaqat HussainShafaqat Hussain was arrested when he was 14 years old, under Pakistan’s legal age of adulthood, for allegedly kidnapping and killing a seven years old boy, an allegation which reports indicate confessed by him after severe torture in the custody.

His family says police in Karachi tortured him for nine days; he was tied up, beaten, burnt with cigarettes, electrocuted, removed three of his finger nails during the interrogation and was told that he would never escape the torture until he confess to the crime.

Last December Hussain’s eldest brother, Manzoor, told reporters “When I asked him about torture in custody,” Shafqat “started shivering and wet his pants. He put both his hands on his head and starting crying, saying, ‘Don’t ask, I can’t tell you what they did.”

According to some media reports Shafaqat Hussain was given electric shorts to his genitals.

Shafaqat Hussain after spending ten years in prison is scheduled to be executed tomorrow  beside condemnation of the decision by Human Rights Organizations.

On March 14 Human Rights Watch issued a statement strictly asking Pakistan not to execute child offenders. The statement was subjected as “Pakistan: Don’t Execute Child Offender”

Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch Deputy for Asia had stated in the statement that executing child offender is violation of basic decency and international law.

The quote on the Human Rights Watch statement stated “Executing child offenders is a barbarous violation of basic decency and international law,”

“Sending someone to the gallows for an alleged crime committed as a child shows the Pakistani government’s disregard for children’s rights.” Second quote from Phelim Kine stated in the statement.

Kine asked Pakistani authorities to stay committed to the commitment of Human and Childern Rights. “Above all, Pakistan’s government should reaffirm its commitments to fundamental human rights and the rights of children by explicitly rejecting the odious practice of executing child offenders.” Kine stated in the statement.

Pakistan lifted the moratorium on death penalty after a deadly attack at a military-run school in Peshawar that left at least 150 people killed and more than 130 injured, most of them school children.

Since the moratorium is lifted Pakistan has executed at least 39 people and there are more than 8, 000 other people on death row.

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Toy bomb kills children in Pakistan Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:45:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Toy bombA toy bomb has killed two children and wounded three others after it exploded inside a house in Khayber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan,

Security officials say that the toy bomb went off on Tuesday morning as a child was playing with it.

According to the officials two children and an older man were killed in the explosion and three other kids wounded.

A member of the family who survived told reporters that the toy bomb was brought from outside by a child which exploded as the child was playing with it.

He said that he lost three family members in the explosion and three others wounded who are now battling for their lives in the hospital.

He did not know who had brought the toy bomb and left it in front of the 1st door of his house but police have started an investigation into the case.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the most restive province within the four provinces of Pakistan.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its splinter groups are active in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

They have carried out several deadly attacks in the province. One attack that was carried out at a military-run school in the capital Peshawar in December last year, left at least 150 people killed and more that 130 wounded, most of them school children.

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Anti-government protests draw 1.5 million across Brazil Mon, 16 Mar 2015 05:59:01 +0000 Read the full article...]]> _JRP9163

More than a million Brazilians joined demonstrations against President Dilma Rousseff who faces crises from a faltering economy to a massive corruption scandal at state oil giant Petrobras.

The protesters who were calling for the impeachment of Rousseff said the president must have known about the corruption scandal.

Rousseff narrovely retured to power less than six months ago in the most bitterly fought presidential race since the end of a military dictatorship in 1985.

According to the police estimates the biggest demonstration took place in Sao Paulo, where a million people rallied while peaceful demonstrations also took place in 83 cities and towns around the country, including major protests in the capital Brasilia and in Rio de Janeiro.


This comes as pro-government supporters staged demonstrations across Brazil on Friday in support of President Dilma Rousseff.

The protesters said calls for an impeachment, less than five months after she was elected to a second four-year term, amount to a coup attempt.

However, the protests on Sunday significantly were larger than those convened on Friday in support of Rousseff.

Brazil’s Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo and Miguel Rossetto, presidential chief of staff, gave a press conference saying immediate steps would be taken to fight graft and impunity.

“The demonstrations against the government are legitimate. What is not legitimate is the coup, violence and unfounded ‘impeachment’ that is damaging democracy,” Rossetto quoted by AFP said.

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Global Teacher Prize winner donates $1m Mon, 16 Mar 2015 04:41:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> NancieYesterday Varkey Foundation announced Nancie Atwell, an American teacher, the winner of the $1m Global Teacher Prize but she said she is going to donate amount to a school she founded.

Sooner after the announcement came Nancie Atwell from the northeastern United States said “I’m honored to accept this award, especially so in the company of these extraordinary teachers,”

Nancie Atwell has been teaching since 1973. She says she is going to donate the $1m prize to  Center for Teaching and Learning.

Nancie Atwell has written numerous book with most of them on education methods. More than 500, 000 copies of her one book whish titled “In the Middle “ has been sold.

The book was released in 1987.

“I’ve learned, and I’m still learning, how to make a school a place of happiness and wisdom for my students and myself,” Atwell said during her acceptance speech. “I love the challenges. I love my teaching life.”

Varkey Foundation says she was recognized for her activities of teaching, reading and writing.

Sunny Varkey, founder of the Varkey Foundation said “not only about money, it’s also about unearthing thousands of stories of inspiration”

The Global Teacher Prize is supported by Varkey GEMS Foundation, a Dubai-based welfare organization that is training and funding teachers and also providing 140,000 students in more than 150 countries with private education.

Azizullah Royesh, an Afghan teacher made it to the top-10 teachers out of 5, 000 nominees for the award but he did not win the prize.

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ISIS militants dress up like women to flee battle in Iraq Sun, 15 Mar 2015 17:50:46 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS in women dressIn a bid to escape from the battle in Iraq the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have started disguising themselves in women’s dress. (Mail Online Photo)

The Iraqi forces have claimed that the militants are also shaving their beards and put make-up on their face to escape the battlefield.

A bizarre series of snaps have emerged online on social media websites which shows the men caught wearing dress and bras.

According to the Arabic captions the the pictures were taken in the Baiji area of northern Iraq. However, one of the photos apparently belongs to an Afghan insurgent who was captured by the Afghan security forces.

The Iraqi forces are engaged in a military operation in jihadi strongholds in Tirkrit for the first time since Wednesday with reports suggestig as many as 20,000 militiamen could be involved in the offensive to take back the city.

This comes as the the Iraqi Special Forces have posted shocking pictures and videos which purportedly shows the torturing and beheading of Islamic State (ISIS) prisoners.

The photographs were reportedly posted through Instagram online in the past few days which apparently shows revenge attacks on ISIS militants after the terrorist group massacred hundreds of Iraqi military cadets at Camp Speicher, near Tikrit, the hometown of the late Saddam Hussain, in June.

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Twin blasts rock Lahore city in Pakistan, 14 killed, 64 injured Sun, 15 Mar 2015 07:21:56 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanTow simultaneous blasts rocked Lahor city of Pakistan on Sunday.

Local TV channels reported that 14 people have been killed and 64 others injured.

Initial investigation suggest that one of the two blasts was a suicide attack on a church in Youhanabad area of the city where hundreds of Christians had gathered for Sunday services.

Soldiers are also reportedly among the casualties.

Those wounded have been rushed to the General Hospital Lahore where some of them were announced to be in critical condition.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group Jamaatu-l-Aharar have claimed responsibility of the attack.

A spokesman of Jamaat-l-Ahrar group has messaged media and stated that “Aafia Siddiqui Brigade” was assigned for the attack. Aafia Seddqui is a Pakistani national is sentenced for 86 years in prison in the U.S.

TTP splinter group Jamaat-l-Ahrar spokesman has also said that the attack was a warning to the rulers that they have reached Lahore.

Following the explosions all the churches and mosques in Panjab province have been put on high alert in wake of possible threats.

Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, other government and political leaders have strongly condemned the attack.

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Immediately halt child execution: HRW to Pakistan Sun, 15 Mar 2015 05:18:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> HRWThe Human Rights Watch (HRW) says an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has approved the execution of a child which is barbaric.

HRW issuing a statement has sought Pakistan to immediately halt the execution of the child which according to the HWR is scheduled for March 19, 2015.

According to the statement Shafaqat Hussain has been charged by court of allegedly kidnapping and killing seven years old boy.

The statement states that there are allegations that security forces have tortured Shafaqat Hussain a 14 or 15 years old boy for confessing to the crime.

Phelim Kine, the deputy director in Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division says that executing children is barbaric and against the international law. “Executing child offenders is a barbarous violation of basic decency and international law,” he has stated in the statement.

Kine calls on Pakistan’s president Mamnoon Hussain to prevent the serious Human rights violation.

“Pakistan’s president should immediately commute Shafqat Hussein’s execution and prevent a serious human rights violation,” Kine is quoted in the statement.

Phelim Kine in anotherr quotes says that Pakistan should reaffirm its commitments for human right and children rights.

“Above all, Pakistan’s government should reaffirm its commitments to fundamental human rights and the rights of children by explicitly rejecting the odious practice of executing child offenders.”

After the deadly Peshawar attack on a military-run school in Warsak Road area that left nearly three hundred people killed or injured, most of them school children, Pakistan lifted the moratorium death penalty.

Pakistan has executed at least 24 convicts since lifting the moratorium in the wake of December 16, 2014 Peshawar attack that was claimed by Tehreek-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

TTP in a message to the media said that the attack was carried out to revenge of the death of their people who have been killed in military operations.

Pakistani forces began Operation Zarb-i-Azab in Waziristan and adjourning areas against insurgent groups after the peace the failure of peace talks with Taliban and a deadly attack on Karachi air port which left nearly 30 people dead.

Pakistani officials claim killing dozens of insurgents during Operation Zarb-i-Azab since it began in June 2014.

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Mother’s true love brings baby back to life in Australia Sun, 15 Mar 2015 03:42:30 +0000 Read the full article...]]> MumKate and David Ogg told the rocky story of his life to Jamie after nearly five.

Kate had a premature delivery in Queensland of Australia on March 25, 2010 where she delivered two babies of six months.

Jamie, a boy, was delivered first and his sister Emily was delivered second with about two minutes difference.

After the delivery Emily started wailing but Jamie did not make sound.

That is when about 20 medical staff came around the baby boy and after trying for about 20 minutes they finally give up and saw that the baby was not breathing.

A doctor came to the couple and said that their son could not make it and that there was nothing more they could do to save him.

But Kate who was waiting to see her son from the past six months did not listen to the doctors and started to do everything she could think off at the time her eyes were full of tears.

She begged everyone to leave the room and cuddle her son for the probable last moments.

Kate asked her husband David Ogg to help her warm their son whom the distraught parents wanted to live but he had stopped breathing.

After being in the hug for few moments the true love of mum and dad brought brought the baby back to life.

The doctors were shocked after seeing the miracle.Jamie and Emily

Jamie and Emily are now nearly five years old and living a healthy life. They both love each other.

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Iraqi forces take revenge by torturing and beheading ISIS militants Sat, 14 Mar 2015 10:02:07 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Iraqi forces behead isis militantsAccording to reports the Iraqi Special Forces have posted shocking pictures and videos which purportedly shows the torturing and beheading of Islamic State (ISIS) prisoners.

The photographs have reportedly been posted through Instagram online in the past few days which apparently shows revenge attacks on ISIS militants.

The exact dates when the pictures and videos were taken is not clear so far, however the pictures and videos have gone viral amid an ongoing military operation in jihadi strongholds in Tirkrit for the first time on Wednesday.

According to reports, as many as 20,000 militiamen could be involved in the operation to take back Tikrit.

Iraqi Army spokesman, General Saad Maan, said an investigation would be launched into the images.

Several pictures showing disembodied heads and mutilated bodies were posted by one particular account called Iraqi_lion18 with the holdier of the account had reportedly vowed “revenge”.

This comes as ISIS massacred hundreds of Iraqi military cadets at Camp Speicher, near Tikrit, the hometown of the late Saddam Hussain, in June.

Some senior military figures, politicians and human rights experts said they were “evidence of Iraqi war crimes.”

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Indian bride walks out of wedding after groom fails to answer maths test Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:10:53 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indian bride walks out of weddingAccording to reports an Indian bride walked out of her wedding after her soon-to-be groom failed to answer a simple maths question.

The bride named Lovely Singh had asked groom Ram Baran to solve “15+6″ at her wedding ceremony in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

Ms Singh fled after the groom answered 17, insisting that she would not marry someone who could not add.

The bride’s father Mohar Singh told the Associated Press “The groom’s family kept us in the dark about his poor education.”

“Even a first grader can answer this,” Mr. Singh added, accusing the groom’s family of concealing the bride’s level of education.

Most marriages are arranged by the families of the bride and groom according to the Indian tradition and the pair rarely get to actually meet before the wedding.

The fact that the bride and groom had just met wasn’t that unusual — but the math quiz certainly was.

The two families returned all the gifts that had been exchanged before the wedding after the local police in Rasoolabad, near the industrial town of Kanpur, mediated between the families.

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ISIS accepted allegiance of Boko Haram from Africa Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:44:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISISIslamic State has published a message online in which the terrorist group has welcomed the allegiance of Boko Haram militant group from Africa.

Boko Haram militant group which is based in West Africa last week announced its support to the Islamic States and accepting Abu Bakar Albaghdadi as their Khalifa (caliphate).

The announcement of the allegiance of Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad which is commonly known as Boko Haram was made by its leader Abu Bakar Shekau, states the Site Intel Group which collects news and information about insurgent groups.

Claiming of establishing an Islamic government in Nigeria Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad or Boko Haram announced its existence in 2002 but their actual bloodshed began in 2009 in which they have killed around 13, 000 people so far.

According to a report only in 2014 the group has killed 6,000 people in separate attacks.

About two 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.

Observers believe now that ISIS has support in West Africa and looking at the announcement of Khurasan, ISIS may announce a province (Walayat) in West Africa with Abu Bakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram as its Governor (Wali) leader.

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ISIS child carries out execution Wed, 11 Mar 2015 04:19:25 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????A video has been published online purportedly showing an Islamic State child fighter executing a man they accused of being an infiltrated spy for Israel within their ranks.

In the video the child is seeing shooting the man in the head who was kneeling in front of him, after the man fell down, the boy shoot his dead body four more times.

The boy in the video does not look above 12 years of age. IS had previously released a video of a training camp purportedly showing children under training.

Islamic State claim Mohammad Said Ismail Musalam joined their ranks to spy for Israel but the man’s father says his son wanted to return home which was not acceptable for the Islamic State militants.

Islamic State states in their online message that Mohammad Said Ismail Musalam was spying on IS and other Palastanians within their ranks for the Israel intelligence.

But Musalam’s father had told AFP news agency last month that his son was innocent. “My son is innocent; IS accused him of working for Mossad because he tried to run away,” the father was quoted by AFP as saying.

The video went wire late yesterday but the authenticity of the video is not yet confirmed.

Islamic State has executed own fighters in the past who wanted to leave their ranks and rejoin with their families.

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More time requested for Afghan refugees in Pakistan: Pakistani media Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:56:59 +0000 Read the full article...]]> KPKThe Express Tribune, a Pakistani media outlet states that the Afghan delegation who is currently in Pakistan discussing the fate of Afghan refugees with Pakistani authorities has requested more time for Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

The Express Tribune has quoted Maulvi Shahzada Shahid who is part of the Afghan delegation as saying that they have requested the extension of the time of the registered refugees and the allowance of the unregistered refugees in Pakistan.

“We are asking for an extension in the duration of the stay of the registered refugees whose PoR cards will be expired in 2015, and documentation of all unregistered Afghans,” Maulvi Shahzada Shahid was quoted as saying.

“The reality is that all refugees cannot return home, and if they stay in a vague status then it will be a matter of concern for the government of Pakistan and the refugees,” Shahid has told The Express Tribune.

During the visit Afghan delegation also met with the governor, chief minister and other high ranking officials of Khayber Pakhtunkhwa province where most of the Afghan refugees are based and discussed in details with them about the matter of the refugees.

The Express Tribune quotes Shahid as saying that both sides agreed on cooperation for a solution to the problem.

“Both sides agreed the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan jointly work for the solution to the problems of the refugees,” he told the paper.

On Sunday the Afghan delegation that is led by Sayed Husain Alemi Balkhi, Minister of Refugees and Repatriation arrived in Pakistan and currently busy with Pakistani authorities on the fate of nearly three million Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan.

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ISIS creates own version of facebook, Khelafabook Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:29:01 +0000 Read the full article...]]> khelafabook

The supporters of the Islamic State have created their own version of facebook which is named Khelafabook.

Khelafabook has looks similar to facebook with a blue background and photograph of the world in the background of the page and their logos on it.

Khelafabook also has a portion on the front of the page just like facebook. It has a place to log in as normal users and a form for new users to sign up.

Khelafabook is created by the Islamic State supporters to communicate with each other in face they are banned on other social networks like facebook and twitter.

Thousands of accounts suspected of having links to ISIS or other insurgent groups have already been blocked on facebook and twitter.

The site is registered by a person from the city of Musal, now in the hands of Islamic State, in Iraq but the person has registered his country as the Islamic State and home country Egypt.

Khelafabook reportedly had services in many languages.

The site is reportedly hosted by an American company GoDaddy, one of the larger companies of web hosting in the US.

Khelafabook is now not accessible and it is yet unknown who might have blocked it.

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Mystery woman voice heard to rescue child: Police Officers Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:03:05 +0000 Read the full article...]]> accidentPolice officers in the US state of Utah say they heard a soft mysterious voice of a woman calling to rescue the child after the vehicle overturned into the river.

Four police officers have said that when they arrived at the scene they heard mysterious soft sounds of a woman calling to save the child even the mother of the child was dead.

The incident took place Utah State of the United States where the driver of the vehicle who is also the mother of the child accidentally left the road and overturned the vehicle into the Spanish Fork River.

14 hours after the incident, the 18 months old baby girl was found alive in the rear passenger seat but her 25 year old mom Lynn Groesbeck was found dead in the driver’s seat after the vehicle fall into the river.

The baby was taken to Salt Lake City hospital in critical condition but doctors later announced that she was out of danger.

When the crash took place there was no one around so the accident was not reported but the next day a fisherman found the car in the river and informed the authorities.

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Pakistan claims new missile can hit every corner of India Tue, 10 Mar 2015 07:32:46 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakMissilePakistan claims that Shaheen-III missile can hit every corner of India and also some other countries in the Middle East including Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhistan, Uzbekistan and Turkemistan.

Washington post has published a report in which a retired commander of Pakistan’s air force is quoted as saying that the missile test fire sends a loud message to India.

Shahid Latif is quoted as saying “Now, India doesn’t have its safe havens anymore,” another quote states “It’s all a reaction to India, which has now gone even for tests of extra-regional missiles. . . . It sends a loud message: If you hurt us, we are going to hurt you back.”

According to Pakistan’s military sources Shaheen-III missile can reach a range of 1, 700 miles when fired.

Pakistan before Shaheen-III had tried Shaheen-I and Shaheen-II but those can hit a shorter range than Shaheen-III.

The missile was test fired at Arabian Sea on Monday which according to Pakistan’s military sources was a successful test-fire.

Pakistan and India after their partition in 1947 have fought four wars with the main cause for three of the wars were the disputed area of Kashmir in which both sides suffered heavy casualties.

During the last few months, soldiers from both sides exchanged fire with each other at the Line of Control (LOC), drawn dividing Kashmir into two territories for Pakistan and India, where at least 20 people killed from both sides.

Both sides blamed each other for beginning the skirmishes along the LOC and threatened each other with heavy responses.

But the leaders of both countries are now evolved in talking to solve problems through dialogues.

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5 killed in Japan knife attack Mon, 09 Mar 2015 09:06:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> JapanA knife attack has left five people killed in western Japan.

Security officials have arrested Tatsuhiko Hirano, a 40 years old suspect, on Monday morning after five persons were found dead in his neighborhood.

Security officials say they suspect the killing was the work of Tatsuhiko Hirano as his house is in the neighborhood of the victims.

Police say five bodies aged between 60 to 80 years of age were found in two houses that were stabbed to death.

Police add that by the time they arrived at the sites of the incidents, the bodies were covered by blood and there was blood everywhere on the floor.

The motive behind the attack is unknown. Police say they will issue details of the incident after their interrogation is completed.

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Boko Haram joins Islamic State Sun, 08 Mar 2015 06:44:01 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Boko Haram, a terrorist group based in west Africa which is responsible for the killing of thousands of people has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State also known as ISIL.

Site Intel Group which collects news and information from insurgent sources says that a message has been published online by an account related to the insurgent group of Boko Haram from Nigeria which is announcing the groups allegiance with the Islamic States.

Site Intel Group states that the announcement of allegiance is made by Abu Bakar Shekau, the leader of the Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad what is known as Boko Haram.

The message states that Boko Haram will from now on listen and obey the orders of Abu Bakar Albaghdadi, the caliphate-announced by Islamic State.

Boko Haram came into existence in 2002 but the group’s insurgency raged in 2009. Although a specific number of the people killed by the militant group are not reported but estimation shows that around 13, 000 people have been killed by the group since 2009.

Boko Haram started its militancy in Nigeria but now it has spread to the neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon countries also in the west Africa.

Before Boko Haram some militant groups in Pakistan, Egypt, Libya, Algeria and other countries have also announced their allegiance with the militant group of Islamic State.

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Man arrested in the US says he planned to kill President Obama Sat, 07 Mar 2015 05:49:17 +0000 Read the full article...]]> OhioA man who was arrested in January on terrorism charges in the Ohio state of the United States says he planned to kill President Barack Obama.

He has told a local TV channel during his interview from the prison that if he would have not been arrested, he would have gone to Washington to kill President Barack Obama.

“I would have put it to Obama’s head, I would have pulled the trigger, then I would unleash more bullets on the Senate and House of Representative members, and I would have attacked the Israeli embassy and various other buildings.” Christopher Lee Cornell told local TV channel from the prison.

The reason he said was because according to him President Obama wants to wage war against Islamic States “the continued American aggression against our people and the fact that America, specifically President Obama, wants to wage war against Islamic State.” he told the TV channel during the interview, a part of which was aired last night.

He further said in the interview that “They might say I’m a terrorist, but you know we see American troops as terrorists as well, coming to our land, stealing our resources and killing our people, raping our women.”

He also said that they (Islamic State) is everywhere in the United States “We’re here in Ohio. We’re in every state,” he said. “We’re more organized than you think.”

“There will be many, many attacks.” He warned.

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US ambassador attacked in South Korea Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:04:50 +0000 Read the full article...]]> AmbassadorA man with a razor has attacked the US ambassador to South Korea who was attending a function and was about to give a lecture in Seoul.

“We can confirm that there was an incident this morning. The ambassador is in stable condition. We have no further comment at this time.”, said US embassy spokesman in Seoul.

“The president called US ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Mark Lippert, to tell him that he and his wife Robyn are in his thoughts and prayers, and to wish him the very best for a speedy recovery,” Meehan, white house national security advisor said.

Park Geun-hye has condemned the attack and has called it “attack on the South Korea-US alliance”.
The ambassador was seen bleeding with blood on his head and other parts of the body.

Mark Lippert, was taken to a hospital after the attack where his injuries were announced not life threatening.

The initial reports indicate that the attacker was not happy with the US-South Korea joint military exercise that came in cultural Korean clothes and attacked the ambassador.

Eyewitnesses said that the person who attacked the ambassador was shouting anti-US slogans.
Video footage showing the aftermath of the attack shows Kim Ki Jong being handcuffed and in the captivity of the security forces.
The person who attacked Lippert was 55 Kim Ki Jong who was arrested on Thursday morning after the attack.

Mark Lippert has been the US ambassador to South Korea since October 2014.

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Afghan policemen martyred in Pakistan: Pakistani news agency Dawn Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:08:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan cops killed in Pakistan 02March2015Dawn, Pakistan’s reliable news agency, have published a report stating that two Afghan policemen have been martyred in Pakistan.

According to the news agency the incident took place in Qallah Abdullah District of Balochistan Province on Sunday.

Dawn states that a number of unidentified gunmen riding on a motorbike opened fired at the policemen in Chaman area, capital of Qallah Abdullah District, and fled the area after the attack.

Dawn adds that the policemen were on their way to Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province, for treatment when the incident happened.

Dawn further states that no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to Dawn the Afghan policemen, originally from southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, were moved to District Headquarters Hospital for postmortem following the attack.

Afghan government has not commented on the report yet.

Pakistan which shares a long border with Afghanistan, compare to Afghanistan has better medical system.
Afghans usually go to Pakistan for treatment when there is a serious sickness. But usually they get harassed by the police in Pakistan or face security issues like the one happened on Sunday.

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ISIS kidnap 90 Christians in Syria Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:38:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISISIslamic States militants have kidnapped at least 90 Syrian Christians from rural villages in north-eastern region of war-torn Syria.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday that the abduction took place west of Hasaka, the capital city of Al-Hasakah Governorate.

British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that the abduction occurred after Islamic States militants attacked villages during predawn.

The area where the kidnapping took place is inhabited by Assyrian Christian minority, the area borders territory of Iraq that is controlled by Islamic States militants.

Islamic States militants killed at least 500 Yazidis including women and children across the border in Iraq in 2014.

Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, Iraq’s Human Rights Minister said some of the women and children were even buried alive.

The genocide took place in Sajr, an area inhabited by Yazidis, after it was seized by the Islamic States militants in 2014.

Soon after the genocide the United States formed an international coalition, comprised from around 40 countries, in September 2014 to fight the terrorist group.

The coalition is since then conducting air strikes on ISIS targets in Syria which has caused high casualties to the terrorist group.

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Reuters bureau chief dies in Islamabad Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:42:44 +0000 Read the full article...]]> reutersMaria Golovanina, 34, who was the bureau chief of Reuters, an international news agency, for Afghanistan and Pakistan died in Islamabad on Monday.

Maria was taken to a hospital in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, after being found unconscious. Kulsum International Hospital announced her dead after doctors could not save her.

The real cause of her death is not announced yet but a report will be presented after her post mortem.

Originally from Russia, Maria could fluently speak Russian and Japanese beside English and worked with Reuters for more than a decade.

Maria joined Rueters news agency in Tokyo in 2001 and then served in London, Moscow, Iraq, a short period in Afghanistan in 2009 and other places before becoming bureau chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2013.

Katharine Houreld, correspondent of Reuters in Afghanistan and Pakistan said “She was a great boss; warm, with a big heart and someone who really care,”

“All of us at Reuters mourn the untimely death of our beloved colleague Maria. She was one of our finest journalists, combining fearlessness with an upbeat enthusiasm that inspired confidence, respect and affection from everyone around her. She will be deeply missed.” Said Reuters Editor In Chief Stephen Adler.

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10 people burnt alive as van caught fire in Pakistan Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:56:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> van burned10 people have burnt alive after the van they were travelling in gutted fire due to an explosion in its gas cylinder in Pakistan.

The incident took place in Karachi, the business hub of Pakistan late last night where a number of other people also sustained injuries.

Officials said most of the bodies could not be identified as they are completely burned and the only way to identify them is through DNA tests.

Officials added that the driver of the van is among the ones killed.

Witnesses said that the only passengers who saved their lives were the ones setting close to the doors and windows but they also sustained injuries while jumping from the van.

Nine passengers injured in the incident were shifted to Jinnah Hospital in Karachi city for treatment, officials said.

The rescue operation was jointly conducted by locals and Pakistan’s motorway police.

Officials said that the van was converted to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), a more risky alternative for Petrol and Diesel.

In Pakistan and Afghanistan it is cheaper to use CNG for vehicles than Petrol and Diesel.

Such like incidents have also happened in Afghanistan.

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Boko Haram rebels mulling allegiance to IS Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:27:57 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Site Intel Group which collects news and information from insurgent sources quotes a media outlet connected to the armed rebels Boko Haram in West Africa as mulling a possible allegiance to the Islamic States (IS).

Site Intel Group quoting Afriqiyah Media, a media group that publishes information regarding insurgents, as stating that the group’s Shura (Council) is conducting a study over the possible allegiance to the IS under the leadership of Abu Bakar Albaghdadi.

Led by Abdubakar Shekau, Boko Haram a terrorist group came into existence in 2002 in west Africa’s Nigeria but spread to the neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon countries.??????????????????????????

The group has killed thousands of people in West Africa with at least 2, 000 killed during a single attack in Nigeria in 2014.

The group has also carried out several other deadly attacks in Nigeria and is blamed for also using kids in their attacks.

Yesterday a seven years old girl carried out a suicide attack in a market area in the town of Potiskum in Nigerial killing herself and five others.

Officials blamed Boko Haram for the attack as the group has previously used children in their attacks.??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Boko Haram has also kidnapped at least 500 girls and women during raids in Nigerian towns and villages.

During one attack in April 2014 the militant group kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school in Chibok town of Borno state in Nigeria and later claimed that all of the girls have converted to Islam and are married to the group’s fighters.

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Mock funeral ceremony held for Pakistani cricket team Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:25:45 +0000 Read the full article...]]> cricket cricket funeral PakistanA mock funeral was organized by fans of Pakistan’s national cricket team following a record-shattering World Cup defeat at the hands of the West Indies.

Replete with a coffin with several cricket bats placed over it the symbolic funeral procession was organized by the residents of Multan city which is the hometown of some of the top Pakistan cricketers including former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.

The mock funeral participants also on fire an effigy of the former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board and presently on its board of governors, Najam Sethi.

One of the protesters said on a television channel “We have taken out this mock funeral because millions of cricket fans stayed up all night and prayed for success of the cricket team. But the team let us down so badly.”

Another participant Shama Bibi quoted by AFP said “This time we were really hoping for Pakistan to win. We don’t want to watch this anymore.”

The Pakistani national cricket team faced a defeat by 150 runs during their second match in ICC cricket World Cup.

Chasing a target of 310 runs Pakistan gave up its first four wickets for just one run – the worst start in one-day international history.

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Barack Obama – Road To 2016 Sun, 22 Feb 2015 05:56:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Obama and ModiAuthor: S.Mubashir Noor

Pakistan should start praying for a Republican win in the next US Presidential Elections. In his last year or so in charge, President Obama’s priorities are legacy building, and the 2016 Democratic defense of the White House. His snubbing Pakistan on this latest Southeast Asia trip is ominous.

From now till election day, whatever Obama says or does is less about him, and more about how his party wants to run the race. Hillary Clinton is the likely Democratic nominee, and Obama owes her husband Bill his second term in office.

Former President Clinton’s humdinger of a speech, at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, tore the Romney-Ryan ticket to shreds. Afterwards, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos said on CNN, “This convention is done. This will be the moment that probably reelected Barack Obama.”

In an interview with India Today before his visit, Obama gushed about how “the stars are aligned” for both India and the US to become “true global partners.” His tone became solemn however when adding “safe havens within Pakistan are not acceptable and that those behind the Mumbai terrorist attack must face justice.”

Clearly the US now views India as a mature global player, while Pakistan remains the problem child. Obama even compared 9/11 New York to 26/11 Mumbai, citing the commitment of both countries to preserve their way of life. No hats were tipped to acknowledge the thousands of civilian and military casualties in Pakistan, for a war essentially concocted in the Pentagon.

Responding to a White House press conference question about Obama ignoring Pakistan, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes stated “frankly, that’s in the interest of all the three countries.” How is slighting the foot-soldiers in their global war on terror in their best interest, one wonders? That said, how do you ‘do more’ with the morale tank on empty?

Obama’s been on a roll since 2014. After five indifferent years as top dog, he finally got his act together. Oil prices dropped to $2 a gallon for the first time since the 2008 financial crises. Similarly unemployment figures fell below 6%, a full year faster than the GOP’s economic pontiff, Ronald Reagan.

The stock markets also rebounded to post all-time highs, boosting the working American’s nest-egg. With key economic indicators peaking at the right time, the Democrats look good for reelection.

On the foreign policy front, Obama worked two magic acts to help Hillary out. First, he ‘magically’ made Pakistan & Afghanistan start working together to route the Taliban. Two neighbors locked in an endless game of ‘chicken’ somehow saw the bigger picture. Teddy Roosevelt’s ‘big stick’ no doubt proved persuasive.

A Hillary Clinton seriously scarred by the Ben Ghazi blowback, can ill-afford another national security gaffe on her watch. To become President, she needs focus on the Clinton brand, not her failings as Secretary Of State.

Furthermore, Obama ‘magically’ undercut the 2016 Republican dream-ticket, by normalizing relations with Cuba. This firmly puts the Cuban-American voting bloc in the blue column. Coincidentally, 70% of these voters live in Florida, home to both Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio. Both are the GOP’s pride and joy, and neither will have it easy carrying their home state, a litmus test for winning nationwide.

Goodwill from this act is also likely to solidify the national Latino vote. Traditionally Democrat, its the fastest growing demographic in the US due to high birth and migration rates. Hillary needs them to win or compete in three major races; California, Texas and Florida. Obama won Florida by a razor thin margin in 2012, he’s set Hillary up to do better.

If elected, Hillary Clinton, forced to resign as Secretary of State after Ben Ghazi, will be out for blood. Pakistan, accused of serial two-facedness, is the convenient whipping boy. Obama has set her narrative in motion, and a lot more admonishment is in store should she become President.

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Jundullah claim responsibility for recent Pakistan attack Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:07:01 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ???????????????A spokesman Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group Jundullah called media and claimed responsibility for last night’s attack in Rawalpindi that left at least three people killed and ten others wounded, most of the wounded are reportedly in critical condition.

Jundullah spokesman has also said that the attack in a serious was to revenge the Pakistani military operation Zarb-e-Azab in North Waziristan tribal belt.

Asghar Askari, a religious leader in Pakistan who is also the leader of Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen blamed the government for supporting terrorism.

He said “This is a terrorist government. We have been collecting corpses because of them.”

The attack took place at the entrance of imambargah in Qasr-e-Sakeena area of Rawalpendi, located 14 kilometers south of Islamabad, capital of Pakistan.

According the security officials a suicide attacker planned to enter into the imambargah where Shia Muslims had gathered but detonated his explosive at the entrance after he was stopped.

This was 2nd attack on Shia Muslims in Pakistan since.

On Friday insurgents attacked an Imambargah in Hayatabad area of Peshawar and killed 21 people had gathered to offer Friday prayers.

55 others were also wounded in the attack, carried out by five-six insurgents from Jundullah group, the group who claimed responsibility for last night’s attack.

]]> 0 Eight people killed in explosion in Pakistan Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:55:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanEight people have been killed and over a dozen others wounded in a powerful explosion in Lahor city of Pakistan.

The explosion took place near Police Lines in Qala Gujir Sing area of the city this afternoon.

Several vehicles parked at the site also gutted following the explosion.

Officials imposed emergency in the city hospitals following the explosion.

Inspector-general of Punjab Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhara told reporters that it was a suicide attack.

He added “Intelligence information was received that suicide attackers may carry out attacks in Lahore or elsewhere in Punjab”.

Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif have condemned the attack.

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a militant group that separated from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in August 2014 has claimed responsibility for the attack.

This attack happens days after a deadly attack of Taliban in Peshawar city of Pakistan that left 21 people killed and over 50 others injured.

On Friday a group of five-six insurgents armed with weapons and bombs attacked an Imambargah in Hayatabad area of Peshawar city at the time hundreds of people had gathered to offer Friday prayers.

Officials said that 21 people were killed and 55 others injured during the arm and bomb attack.

The responsibility of the attack was claimed by Jundullah, a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group.

TTP splinter group Jundullah had threatened more attacks.

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India beats Pakistan in Cricket World Cup 2015 Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:32:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ????????

Indian National Cricket Team beat Pakistan National Cricket Team in Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2015 by 76 runs in Adelaide, Australia on Sunday.

On coming to the ground both of the rivals tossed to start the Cricket World Cup 2015 4th match with India winning the toss and choosing to bat 1st.

Indian National Cricket team was able to make 300 scores in 50 overs with the loss of seven wickets.

India’s Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Shikhar Dhawan made the highest scores for India.

Virat Kohli made 107 runs, Suresh Raina made 74 runs and Shikhar Dhawan made 73.

Virat Kohli was the only one who hit a century in this 4th Cricket World Cup 2015 match.

Pakistan was required to make 301 runs to win the match but failed to hit the target.

Pakistan made 224 runs with all players out in 47 overs.

In Pakistan side Msbah-ul-Haq and Ahmad Shehzad made the highest scores.

Msbah-ul-Haq made 76 and Ahmad Shehzad 47.

This was the 6th time Pakistan faced India in the Cricket World Cup since 1992. India has won all Cricket World Cup matches played with Pakistan since 1992.

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Imams forced to dance in the street in China Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:37:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Imams forced to dance in ChinaThe government of China has reportedly forced Muslim imams to dance in the street in a move which is seen as yet another crackdown on religious freedoms.

According to a report published World Bulletin on Monday, the incident took place in Xinjiang district which is inhabited mostly by the Muslims.

The imams were also forced to swear to an oath that they will not teach religion to children as well telling them that prayer is harmful to the soul.

The newspaper citing reports by the statement media reportd that the imams were also forced to chant out slogans such as ‘peace of the country gives peace to the soul”.

In the meantime, the public servants are forced to brandish the slogan that “our income comes from the CKP not from Allah”.

Female teachers were instructed to teach children to stay away from religious education and made to swear an oath that they will keep children away from religion, the report added.

According to reports, around 13.4 million Muslims are residing in Xinjiang which has a population of around 22 million.

The province has witnessed a wave of deadly clashes that Beijing often describes as Islamic terrorism where Beijing launched a so-called “people’s war on terror” in May.

The operation was launched in the wake of a market bombing in Urumqi in which 31 people were killed.

However, the experts believe that violence in the province is often caused due to ethnic tensions boiling over between the two groups.

Xinjiang is home to the Uighurs, a largely Muslim, Turkic-speaking group as well as a growing number of Han Chinese migrants who have poured into the region which borders Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan.

In the meantime, human rights groups accuse the government of systematically violating the Uighurs’ right to freedom of worship and say the Communist Party’s hard-line policies on religion are only serving to further radicalise Muslim youth.

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Horrific ISIS video shows prisoner killed with shotgun in Syria Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:38:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> shotgun execution in SyriaThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISSI) terrorist group has released another horrific video which purports to show the execution of a prisoner with a shotgun.

The prisoner, presumably a member of Bashar Al-Assad’s Syrian Arab Army is made to read a statement to the camera.

He is then seen having his hands tied behind his back being marched to an area of scrub land behind a stone wall beneath a hill where the killer fires a single round into the back of the victim’s head causing horrific injuries.

The horrific video is released almost ten days after the terror group released a gruesome video showing the execution of a captured Jordanian pilot who was burned alive.

First Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh, 26, was captured by Islamic State militants on Dec. 24 after his F-16 fighter jet ent down over northern Syria. He was conducting a mission which is part of an American-led force that has been bombing the ISIS targets.

The release of the video provoked a military response from the King of Joradan who launched a series of air strikes against the extremists’ strongholds in northern Syria.

Jordan also executed two ISIS linked militants including Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli a day after the gruesome video was published.

According to reports ISIS terrorists have killed around 2,000 people in Syria during the past six months which includes mostly civilians.

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Afghanistan face defeat in 2015 CWC warm-up match against India Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:43:30 +0000 Read the full article...]]> crick

Afghanistan has faced defeat in the 2015 Cricket World Cup warm-up match against India.

The match started at about 08:00 AM (Afghanistan time) Tuesday morning in Australia.

India won the toss and chose to bat 1st.

Playing 50 overs, India made 364 runs with losing four wickets.

The target set by India to Afghanistan was 365 to win the friendly match.

Afghanistan could not reach the target and loss the match with the difference of 153 runs.

Afghanistan made 219 runs in 50 overs with the loss of eight wickets.

This match was played in Australia where Afghanistan’s National Cricket Team has gone to play in 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Afghanistan National Cricket Team had its 1st warm-up match with Australia where they were able to beat Australian team and win the friendly match.

Afghanistan before going to Australia played four friendly matches with Ireland and  Scotland in United Arab Emirates (UAE) where they won two matches but were defeated in two others.

Afghanistan National Cricket Team is scheduled to play their 1st match for 2015 Cricket Word Cup against Bangladesh on February 18.

This will be the 1st time Afghanistan is playing in the Cricket World Cup.

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Baby girl born ‘pregnant’ with twins in Hong Kong Tue, 10 Feb 2015 02:54:03 +0000 Read the full article...]]> baby girl born pregnant in Hong KongA newborn baby girl in Hong Kong was found to have been born ‘pregnant’ after doctors removed two fetuses from the abdomen of the baby, according to a newly released study report.

The report released in the Hong Kong Medical Journal earlier this month stated that tests were performed on the newborn when a pair of tumors were detected in her abdomen and doctors determined the growths were actually “absorbed” siblings.

Each of the two structures found in the girl contained intestines, an umbilical cord, a rib cage, a spine, and “primitive” brain matter which was between the girl’s liver and left kidney.

They are believed to have grown to between 8 and 10 weeks before being absorbed into the girl’s body, ABC news reported.

Dr. Yu Kai-man, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital said he condition is known as “fetus-in-fetu” and occurs about once in every 500,000 births, with fewer than 200 cases reported in literature.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the condition as a type of cancer known as a mature teratoma, according to the doctors but the cause is still unknown.

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Pro-ISIS website claims American hostage Kayla Mueller killed Sun, 08 Feb 2015 04:35:32 +0000 Read the full article...]]> US hostageA Pro-ISIS website claims that Kayla Mueller an American hostage being held in Syria has been killed in a Jordanian airstrike.

The Guardian, a British newspaper quots a Pro-ISIS or IS website as stating that the air strike was conducted in Raqqa city on Friday where rockets hit a compound in which the hostage was being kept.

The Guardian states that a statement has been issued on this website showing pictures of a destroyed building claiming to be the building destroyed in Friday’s airstrike.

Bernadett Meehan, a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council told media that they still have not seen proof to support the claim.

Kayla Mueller, 26, an aid worker from Arizona states of the United States was kidnapped in Syrian city of Allepo after leaving a hospital in August 2013.

This airstrike is reported after Jordan’s King Abdullah II vowed harsh response for the burning of his pilot Lieutenant Moath Al-Kasasbeh by ISIS fighters.

He vowed to enhance his country’s role in the ongoing operation against ISIS.

ISIS recently released a video in which a person they are burning is claimed to be the Jordanian pilot Moath Al-Kasasbeh who was captured close to Raqqa city last year.

Lieutenant Moath Al-Kasasbeh was participating in the air operations being conducted against on ISIS positions in Syria when his fighter jet went down, but ISIS claimed they had shot the fighter jet.

After the burning of Al-Kasasbeh, as an apparent revenge Jordanian government executed two ISIS prisoners and four more are said to be executed.

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Jordan in harsh response to ISIS Thu, 05 Feb 2015 06:03:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> King-Abdullah-II-of-Jorda-008Jordan’s king Abdullah II has vowed harsh response to Islamic States of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after the killing of his pilot by the militant group.

King Abullah said the blood of Moaz al-Kassasbeh will not be in vain and the response of the government of Jordan and its army will be harsh.

Jordan is among the over 40 countries coalition that is being led by the US against ISIL.

King Abdullah II says his country will increase its role in the coalition against ISIL.

ISIL which is also known as ISIS or DAESH this week burned a Jordanian pilot alive after he was captured during air operations by the groups fighters close to Raqqa city in Syria.

Jordan in its first response yesterday hanged two of the ISIS prisoners including Sajida Al-Rishawi who was captured in November 2005 after a failed suicide attack in Amman.

Al-Rishawi along with her husband went to a hotel in Amman where a wedding party was organized.

Her husband was able to carry out the suicide attack which killed 38 people but her suicide vest failed to explode and she was arrested.

Four ISIS prisoners are still in jail in Jordan who the Jordanian government has pledged to execute.

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Imran Khan’s wife to join film industry in Pakistan Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:05:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Imran KhanReham Khan who recently married Imran Khan Pakistan’s cricketer-turned politician has announced that she is going to join the film industry in Pakistan.

According to Pakistan’s Express News Reham Khan has decided to make and produce Pashto and Urdu movies.

Reham Khan born on 3 April 1973 was a BBC weather girl and after three children from ex-husband, who was also her 1st cousin, recently married Imran Khan.

Imran Khan also has two children from his previous wife.

Rumors went viral last month about the secret wedding of Imran Khan with Reham Khan but a week later they publicly announced to be Husband and wife.

They organized a Nikkah ceremony at Imran Khan’s resident in Bani Galal of Islamabad and later arranged a very low-key wedding due to the tragic incident of Peshawar.

On December 16, 2014 when Peshawar attack took place there was a vast sit-in by thousands of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) faction in Islamabad against the government in Pakistan.

But after Peshawar’s attack that left nearly 150 killed and more than 130 injured, most of them school children, Imran Khan announced the end of his sit-in to pay respect to the students killed in the attack.

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Jordan executed ISIS prisoners after ISIS burned Jordanian pilot alive Wed, 04 Feb 2015 04:20:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Al-Rishawi

Jordanian officials announced this morning that they have executed two Islamic States of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) prisoners.

Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli are the two ISIL prisoners who were announced to have been executed.

Thousands had gathered in Amman after Tuesday’s video in which a Jordanian pilot was shown burning alive by ISIL, asking government to immediately kill the arrested members of the militant group.

ISIL which also goes by ISIS or its Arabic name DAESH yesterday released a video showing a Jordanian pilot who was captured by them being burnt alive.

Lieutenant Moaz Al-Kasasbeh, 26, was detained by ISIS in December last year after the fighter jet he was flying went down near Raqqa city in Syria.

Jordanian officials said that the fighter jet crashed but ISIS claimed they had shot the fighter jet which was taking part in the air operations against the militant group.

As retaliation of the brutal killing of a Jordanian pilot by ISIS, the government of Jordan announced to execute six members of the terrorist group arrested.

Sajida Al-Rishawi who is among the two ISIS members executed was arrested for a failed suicide attack in November 2005.

Al-Rishawi along with her husband went to a hotel in Amman where a wedding party was organized.

Her husband was able to carry out the suicide attack which killed 38 people but her suicide vest failed to explode and she was arrested.

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Captured Jordanian pilot burnt alive by ISIS (Daesh) militants Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:41:18 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Jordanian pilot burnt aliveThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has executed the captured Jordanian pilot by burning him alive.

The terrorism watchdog SITE Intelligence Group reported that a video was released by the ISIS terrorist group which purportedly shows the execution of the captured pilot.

The video was reportedly released on social media websites although the authenticity of the footage has not been confirmed so far.

First Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh, 26, was captured by Islamic State militants on Dec. 24 after his F-16 fighter jet ent down over northern Syria.

He was conducting a mission which is part of an American-led force that has been bombing the ISIS targets.

Media reports Jordan quoted the captured pilot’s family members as saying that the the man in the video is Moaz al-Kasaesbeh.

Media reports also added that Lt. Kasasbeh was killed a monthago and Jordan had tried to secure his release since then.

The Jordanian authorities vowed a swift and lethal response to avenge the execution of Lt. Kasasbeh.

A spokesman for the Jordanian army Colonel Mamdouh al Ameri said “The revenge will be as big as the calamity that has hit Jordan.”

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Explosion in Pakistan leaves 4 soldiers killed Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:16:29 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan Army convoyFour Pakistani soldiers were killed and two others wounded after their vehicle ran over a landmine in Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal belt on Tuesday.

Pakistan’s security officials say that an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded in the Warmagai area of Lower Kuram agency as a security forces convoy was passing through the area this afternoon.

Security officials add that the vehicle was completely destroyed in the explosion leaving four soldiers dead and two others seriously wounded.

Pakistan’s armed opponent group, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

This explosion takes places as Pakistan has expanded its military operations against insurgents in its territory including Kurram agency where there is reportedly a vast presence of TTP and foreign fighters.

Pakistan enlarged its military operation against insurgents after a deadly attack at a military-run school in Peshawar that left at least 141 killed and more than 130 injured, most of them school children in December 2014.

Some of the wounded students and school staff later succumbed to injuries bringing up the death toll to at least 150 people.

TTP who claimed responsibility for the attack threatened to continue fighting against Pakistani military and the current government in Pakistan.

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NATO-Afghanistan commander discussing border security with Pakistan Tue, 03 Feb 2015 08:44:31 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Campbell and Raheel SharifNATO commander for Afghanistan General John F. Campbell is in Pakistan discussing Afghanistan-Pakistan border security.

General Campbell arrived in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi city yesterday and met with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and some other high ranking officials.

According to Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) both commanders had a meeting in Pakistan’s General Headquarters.

ISPR statement adds that General John F. Campbell and General Raheel met discussed regional security, specifically the security at the joint border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

After Peshawar’s deadly school attack on December 16 last year, this is the 2nd visit of General Campbell to Pakistan.

In his last visit Afghanistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Shir Mohammad Karimi also accompanied him where they had important meetings with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif in December 2014.

An agreement of sharing intelligence information along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan was reached during this visit.

In the meetings they also agreed that commanders from Afghanistan and Pakistan will begin meeting each other for coordination of border security.

Since General Campbell and General Karimi’s visit to Pakistan, commanders of Afghanistan and Pakistan have began meeting each other and the security at the joint border has also gotten better.


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Egypt Court announced death sentences to 183 Muslim Brotherhood devotees Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:07:07 +0000 Read the full article...]]> EgyptOn Monday a court in Egypt announced death sentences to 183 devotees of Muslim Brotherhood accused of playing a role in the killing of 16 policemen in 2013.

These policemen were killed during an attack at a police station in Kardasa area near Egypt’s capital Cairo in August 2013.

The attack took place while vast protests were ongoing in Egypt over the ousting of President Mohammad Morsi from power by the military.

In July 2013, Egyptians against the Presidency of Mohammad Morsi staged protests after which the military got involved and announced the end of Mohammad Morsi’s Presidency.

Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi who is now the President of Egypt was then the Army chief who led the coup against Mohammad Morsi.

After the topple of Mohammad Morsi the Chief Justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt Adly Mansour was announced as the intern president of Egypt who led the country until June 2014.

Following the topple Mohammad Morsi was under house arrest and then put in jail along with thousands of his Muslim Brotherhood supporters who staged vast protests following the topple of Mohammad Morsi.

Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters have received death sentences since then but none taken place yet.

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ISIS beheads second Japanese hostage Kenji Goto Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:52:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> goto1n-2-webThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reportedly beheaded the second Japanese hostage Kenji Goto on Saturday.

The terrorist group has released a video which purportedly shows the execution of Mr. Goto who was abducted by the group last year.

The 1 minute and 7 second clip shows Mr. Goto is being beheaded by the ISIL executioner known as Jihadi John who was involved in the beheading other foreign hostages.

“Because of your reckless decision to take part in an unwinnable war, this knife will not only slaughter Kenji, but will also carry on and cause carnage wherever your people are found. So let the nightmare for Japan begin,” the executioner addresses to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before killing the hostage.

Goto was arrested by ISIL militants after he travelled to Syria last year in a bid to rescue his friend Haruna Yukawa who was also executed by the group last week.

He was a freelance journalist and was covering war zones including Afghanistan, Africa and the Middle East for more than 20 years.

The group had earlier demanded $200m for the freedom of the two Japanese hostages and set a deadline of sunset on Thursday for the freedom of Goto in return for the freedom of Iraqi woman Sajida al-Rishawi by the Jordanian government.

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Taliban fighters divert to ISIS: NBC NEWS Sun, 01 Feb 2015 03:58:39 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISISNBC NEWS, a US based media organization says to have talked to some insurgent commanders in Afghanistan and Pakistan who have confirmed that hundreds of Taliban have diverted to Islamic States in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) or DAESH.

NBC NEWS claims to have talked to four insurgent commanders in Afghanistan who have said that a number of Taliban fighters have joined DAESH and more are talking about it.

“A small number of people of the Afghan Taliban who weren’t happy with their leadership joined Daesh, but others are discussing meeting and waiting for a suitable time to become part of it,” NBC NEWS quotes a Taliban commander in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan who has spoke to them on condition of anonymity.

“Our people are now getting frustrated and asking us why did we fail in getting a space in Afghanistan to implement Shariah, despite the loss of thousands of people in their war against the U.S. and its allies,”, the unnamed Taliban commander was quoted as saying.

NBC NEWS further quotes the Taliban commander as saying “Their concerns are genuine as we don’t have an inch of land in our possession in Afghanistan where we could live freely.”

Afghan Taliban leadership has not accepted that their fighters have diverted to ISIS but has ordered fighters not to let ISIS operate in Afghanistan.

NBC NEWS also claims to have talked to some insurgent commanders in Pakistan who have confirmed that hundreds of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) fighters are now part of DAESH’s new branch in Pakistan.

NBC NEWS quotes a Mufti Hassan Swati, who according to NBC NEWS was TTP commander for Peshawar, now claims to be the deputy of ISIS in Pakistan, as saying “Hundreds of militants quit their groups and joined us [after it started]. Initially we had some problems of resources in running the organization but we have enough resources now.”

Swati has told NBC NEWS that the new branch of ISIS is being led by Hafiz Saeed Khan and its headquarters is in Baloochistan state of Pakistan.

ISIS releasing a video recently claimed to have established Khorasaan, previous name of Afghanistan which also included parts of Pakistan, Iran and other neighboring countries.

Although Pakistan has not publically accepted that ISIS has started operation in its territory but a video emerged last month showing a number of EX-TTP commanders claiming to have joined ISIS and currently operating in Pakistan under the command of ISIS.

In the video a man with a long knife in his hands was seen beheading a person who he claimed was a Pakistani soldier captured during fighting.

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Indian man arrested while he was burying his daughter alive Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:55:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> CAP_BuriedGirl_01.jpgPolice in India’s Tripura state arrested a man while he was attempting to murder his 9-year-old daughter by burying her alive.

The man identified as Abul Hussein was reportedly arrested after local residents of Putia village alerted police.

According to India’s NDTV channel Abul Hussein had a pit in the back garden of his home while his wife was away from the house on Friday afternoon.

Police officials have said Hussein was attempting to murder his daughter Rukshena as he disliked her as he was desperate for a son and hated that he had a daughter.

The officials further added that the little girl’s hands and feet were tied together before placing tape over her mouth and placing her int eh hole.

Hussein was beaten by the local residents after they found the little girl buried. “Abul Hussein was roughed up by the people who rescued the girl from half-buried condition,” Amal Chakraborty, the officer-in-charge of the local police station said.

According to reports Rukshena is currently in hospital in a serious but stable condition and her father has been arrested on attempted murder and will remain in custody until 20 February.

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54 killed, over 60 injured as heavy explosion rocks Pakistan Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:54:27 +0000 Read the full article...]]> explosion in PakistanA heavy explosion rocked shikarpur district in Sindh province of Pakistan on Friday afternoon leaving at least 54 people dead and 60 others injured.

According to the local security officials the incident took place inside a central imambargah at Lakhi Dr area after Friday prayers.

Preliminary reports suggest a suicide bomber detonated his explosives among the prayers attendants.

The officials further added that several others have been trapped under the debris after the roof of the imambargah collapsed due to the explosion.

There are fears that the death toll could rise as a number of the injured individuals are in critical condition, the officials added.

According to reports the Jundullah militants group has claimed responsibility behind the incident.  Jundullah a splinter group of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which last year pledged support for the Islamic State group based in Syria and Iraq.

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Pakistan kills 92 insurgents including foreign fighters Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:34:54 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan airstrike in North WaziristanInter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistani Army’s media information source says that they have killed 92 insurgents and destroyed their six hideouts in fresh air strikes in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency.

ISPR states that 76 insurgents were killed in Datakhil area of North Waziristan and 16 others in Khyber Agency.

According to ISPR information, 12 foreign fighters were among the ones killed.

Pakistan widened its offensive against insurgents after a warning issued by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Mullah Fazlullah of carrying out more attacks like the one on a school in Peshawar that left over 250 people killed or injured, most of them school children.

On December 16 2014 a group of 6-7 gunmen stormed a school in Warsak Road area of Peshawar and sprayed bullets on school children, leaving 141 killed and over 130 injured.

Few of the slain were school staff and the remaining were all school children.

Mullah Fazlullah after the attack issued a video justifying the attack.

He said the school was indeed a training camp for Pakistan Army where they were raising soldiers to fight with them.

He further said in his video message that his fighters only killed the ones over 18 who along the military could join the fight against Taliban. He warned to kill the sons of Pakistani military personnel who have turned eighteen where ever they find them.

Pakistan-Teachers receiving weapon trainingSince the school attack last month, Pakistan issued weapons to school teachers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province which is a primary target for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Hundreds of teachers both male and female have received weapon training and more are either under the training or scheduled to be trained.

After the threats of more attacks on schools the daughter of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif and some other high ranking government officials discharged their children from schools in Pakistan.

Reports surfaced that they were planning to send their kids abroad the country to study.

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ISIS warns White House and Obama in new video Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:52:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> IS ThreatIslamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in a new video warns White House of reaching there.

This video which is received and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a fighter of ISIS in Arabic language says ” Know, oh Obama, that will reach America, Know also that we will cut off your head in the White House, and transform America into a Muslim Province.”

White house has not commented on the report yet.

ISIS has also warned killing Japanese and Jordanian hostages if Jordan does not free Sajida Al Rishawi held by Jordan government for the past nine years.

Al Rishawi was arrested on suspension involvement in deadly attacks in Amman that left 57 people dead.

She later convicted his involvement in the attack.

ISIS in a video yesterday threatened that Jordanian government has 24 hours to release Al Rishawi in exchange for hostages.

ISIS which controls large areas in Iraq and Syria try to spread to the world.

Yesterday ISIS claimed shaping Khorasan in a video published on twitter by one of the spokesman of ISIS.

They also named a Hafiz as their commander for Khorasan and a Abdul Marouf his assistant.

Khurasaan is the old name of Afghanistan.

Khorasan included parts of Pakistan, Iran and other neighboring countries.

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Facebook website suffered temporary outage Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:54:26 +0000 Read the full article...]]> facebook-inc-news-feed

Facebook, one of the world’s most popular social networking sites, faced a temporary outage due to unknown reasons on Tuesday.

The website refused to refresh, and multiple attempts led to the error message — “This website is not available.”
This is the second time Facebook is crashing during the past eight months. The site had went down for at least 15 minutes on 19th June last year.

The image sharing platform owned by Facebook – Instagram has also went down. ‘We’re aware of an outage affecting Instagram and are working on a fix. Thank you for your patience,’ Instagram said in a statement.

In the meantime, the service of the Facebook website was restored in about 40 minutes but there were no words regarding the reason that led to the outage.

According to reports, Facebook has about 1.25 billion users and Instagram has about 300 million.

In the meantime, reports suggest that Chat app AIM and dating app Tinder were also hit by the outage.

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Assad Emerging As Victor in Syria Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:08:13 +0000 Read the full article...]]> AssadBy Manish Rai

It’s hardly a secret that the Obama administration’s plan to topple Syrian President Bashar-Al-Assad has long since been derailed by the rise of the Islamic State that now controls over one-third of Syrian territory and swathes of Iraq. But the evolution of Obama’s rhetoric across successive State of the Union speeches illustrates just how baldly the U.S. has abandoned the prospect of regime change in Syria something it once demanded. As a result of it now Syrian President Bashar-Al-Assad now at least in near future sees his position secured. But the forces of change coupled with strong Iranian and Russian backing and a splintered rebel movement have been a major advantages for Mr Assad. US Secretary of State John Kerry recently said it is time for President Assad, the Assad regime, to put their people first and to think about the consequences of their actions, which are attracting more and more terrorists to Syria, basically because of their efforts to remove Assad. He made no call for Mr. Assad’s resignation, a notable omission for Mr. Kerry, who has typically insisted on it in public remarks. Instead, he spoke of Mr. Assad as a leader who needed to change his policies. It clearly shows major policy shift of US with regard to Syria.

Not only America but other western countries are also looking in mood of tolerating Assad regime. The political solution will of course include some elements of the regime because we don’t want to see the pillars of the state fall apart, France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said last week. But this drastic change in the policy of US and West regarding Syria doesn’t happen all of a sudden it’s a results of very clever strategy of Bashar- Al-Assad. President Assad casts himself as the nation’s guardian against Sunni jihadists, but he has deliberately encouraged the rise of extremism. The Syrian president’s forces have allowed ISIS to consolidate a rump caliphate in north-eastern Syria as a visible warning about what the alternative to his rule looks like. Indeed, Assad’s troops rarely battle ISIS, saving their fire for more moderate enemies. Many analysts now believes Islamic State did not appear from nowhere but was part of a diversionary tactic by the Assad regime to undermine the credibility of its opponents. The regime released jihadists from Syrian jails, and they were able to make common cause with Iraqi militants who profited from America’s departure from Iraq on a timetable set by US electoral considerations. The regime has now won that trick, with some unwitting help from the Americans.

As a result of this strategy of Assad regime they have got a de facto coalition partner in the form of the United States itself, which has not only launched strikes against Islamic State targets within Syria, but also targeted other groups battling the Assad regime like the Khorasan group. American planes now bomb the Islamic State group’s militants in Syria, sharing skies with Syrian jets. American officials assure Mr. Assad, through Iraqi intermediaries, that Syria’s military is not their target. The United States still trains and equips Syrian insurgents, but now mainly to fight the Islamic State, not the government. While the Americans and Mr. Assad ostensibly share a common enemy, the two parties are not formally collaborating. Yet American fighter planes regularly invade Syrian airspace to bomb Islamic State targets and Syrian armed forces don’t show any reaction against US aircrafts. It’s a clear sign of informal understanding between Syrians and Americans. If the main threat is the Islamic State and the goal is to defeat it, might the West at some point be forced to work formally with Mr. Assad. The greater threat in the eyes of west is not now Mr. Assad but the Islamic State, especially if it continues to expand in Syria, entices more foreign fighters into its ranks and uses its territory to launch attacks on the West. A recent study by the Rand Corporation which does research for the government, says the collapse of the Assad regime, while unlikely now, would be the “worst possible outcome” for American interests depriving Syria of its remaining state institutions and creating more space for the Islamic State and other extremists to spread mayhem.

Americans see an emerging international consensus on the need for a long-term diplomatic solution between Mr. Assad and diverse rebel groups. There is also interest in United Nations-led cease-fires in local communities like Aleppo that might serve as a basis for a broader peace. Now the Russians are stepping in and trying to bring the two sides i.e. Syrian Government and Oppositions groups into talks with the apparent aim of a more gradual change in Syria. The prospect of these talks taking place are dim. But the diplomatic move confirms the clear shift in emphasis of US foreign policy away from removing the Assad regime to stopping the ISIS advance. Syrian reconciliation seems bleak but still Assad has enough reason to be confident that he will stay in power at least for some time to come. With his uncompromised grip on the power, Assad seems to have proven his ability even to the US and west by tightening the rope around Syria’s belly. Although Syria still occupies world attention, it is isolated and stuck within Assad’s political narrative dynamics.

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

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35 insurgents including foreign fighters killed in North Waziristan Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:18:36 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan airstrike in North WaziristanPakistan’s military officials say to have killed 35 insurgents in fresh air strikes in North Waziristan.

A statement issued by Pakistani military’s media office states their air force carried out several air strikes on militant centers and hide outs in Dadakhil area of North Waziristan late yesterday.

As a result of which 35 insurgents including several foreign fighters were killed and their centers and hide outs were destroyed, the statement adds.

The statement does not give details about the nationalities of the foreign fighters killed but foreign fighters hiding in North Waziristan are reportedly most of them Arabs, Uzbek and Chechens.

Pakistan started large scale operations against militants in North Waziristan and adjourning areas in June 2014 after their peace talks failed and then Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with the assistance of Uzbek fighters carried out a massive attack on Karachi airport in Pakistan’s business hub Karachi.

The attack left at least 28 people dead.

Since June 2014 Pakistan claim to have killed more than 2, 000 militants and breaking back bone of terrorists hiding in Pakistan.

This operation was taken more serious after another deadly attack by TTP in Pakistan.

The attack in Peshawar left at least 141 people killed and more than 130 injured, most of them school children.

On 16 December 2014 a group of six-seven TTP fighters stormed a school in Warsak Road area of Peshawar and sprayed bullets on school children leaving 141 killed and over 130 others injured.

At least eight wounded people including school children and school staff died of wounds in the hospitals.

A TTP spokesman later contacted media and claimed responsibility for the attack.

The spokesman claimed that the attack was revenge for their people killed in North Waziristan in Pakistani military operations.

TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah in a video later said that children killed in Peshawar attack were of military personnel who were under training to join Pakistani military against them.

Mullah Fazlullah threatened will target sons of military personnel above eighteen years of old wherever they are found.

He also said that if military finds chance they can do the same to him.

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Pakistan fire shells on India ahead of Obama’s visit Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:48:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Obama and PM ModiIndian officials say Pakistani forces fired shells on India hours before US President Barak Obama’s was scheduled to arrive.

Indian officials say their soldiers retaliated to the unprovoked fire and the exchange of fire continued for little while in Kashmir but there was no loss of life.

Pakistani officials confirmed the skirmish.

Pakistani forces say the fires were retaliation to the rounds received from across the border.

Although Pakistani and Indian forces occasionally exchange gunfire along the border in Kashmir but there were no reports of such an event in at least last two weeks.

US President Barak Obama on Sunday arrived in India for a three days visit to discuss terrorism, enhance economic cooperation and trade.

Reuters reports that US President Barak Obama ahead of his arrival to India supported India’s quest to have a permanent seat at the UN Security Council.

President Barak Obama was given a warm welcome By India’s premier Narendra Modi in New Delhi upon his arrival.

President Obama is now busy in meetings with Indian officials.

He will leave India on Tuesday for Saudi Arabia to pay tribute to Saudi nation for the death of King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Saud.

King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Saud passed away at the age of 90 on Friday.

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Charlie Hebdo & The Old World Order Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:57:36 +0000 Read the full article...]]> By S. Mubashir Noor

In the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo, Western Europe can finally make amends for its mistakes since Armistice Day 1918 by completely clamping down on Muslim migration to the neighborhood. This will force Muslims to learn to love themselves before they expect others to reciprocate. It will help shake off the malaise of learned helplessness that has overwhelmed their lives. They will work towards making their own countries livable, aware that no handouts also mean no strings attached. Sink or swim, do or die.

Charlie Hebdo

This won’t come to pass because the stakes are too high. Misery is big business and business is good. For the many sponsors of manageable chaos, every child born below the poverty line is an opportunity to make a buck. An upwardly mobile third-world is bad for investors, and bad for the soul.

The Entente powers are unwilling to relinquish the right to tut-tut their colonial peasantry. Simultaneously they cannot risk diluting their predisposition to war and disease, for big defense and pharmaceutical contracts depend on it. Immigration is a carrot dangled to these world-weary, a ticket to the promised land of plenty, free of strife and strain.

Now the chickens have come home to roost. The war has announced itself at their doorstep, and freedom fears for its life. Ironically Britain and France have only themselves to blame for a gross miscalculation. At the end of World War I, they greedily divvied up Muslim lands comprising the vanquished Ottoman Empire, thereby dismantling the only leash that would fit rapidly radical Islam, the Caliphate.

Outwardly, the logic was flawless. The Ottoman Empire consisted of local power brokers looking for a leg up. Despite having pledged their allegiances to the Ottoman Sultan, the circumference of nationalities nonetheless provided cracks to chip away at. The Arabian peninsula was especially vulnerable, the Arabs having little in common with their Turk overlords. The Sultan was no mere despot however, he was also Caliph of the Muslim world.

The Islamic institution of the Caliphate was established by companions of the Prophet Muhammed to provide historical continuity to Islam. It survived 1300 years, many relocations and the Mongols. Unlike the Roman Catholic faith where the Pope is law unto himself, the Imam (chief cleric) of the Great Mosque in Mecca has little to no spiritual sway in the Muslim world. The Caliph was considered the spiritual and military leader of the Muslim Ummah (entire community). His personal virtues or lack thereof were irrelevant. He was the only person under Islamic law able to declare offensive jihad.

When the Caliph spoke, Muslims shut up and listened. That was the status quo. It is hard to imagine these alternate realities of Islam slipping into the mainstream had the Caliphate survived. Such theological anomalies and their progenitors would have been flagged and dealt with post-haste to preserve the body politic. Detours of faith propped up by wayward sons would erode the Caliph’s political capital in the Islamic world. That would be unacceptable.

From Morocco to Indonesia, large swathes of Muslim land fell under generations of European rule in the 19th & 20th centuries. Their British & French sovereigns recut the socio-economic fabric to better dress the fealty of their new subjects. Land was exploited, cultures diminished and histories rewritten.

When they grudgingly parted ways after World War II, power was transferred to the local blue-eyed boys, thereby keeping one hook in the national life force. The other hook was planted into infant economies. Promise of money replaced the yoke of tyranny. Neo-colonialism in the form of super-lending entities like the IMF and World Bank came to be. The premise was simple, keep the colonial rat in the money maze. If the Muslim world were addicted to beg and borrow, the Entente owned their first borns for perpetuity.

Trampled underfoot by one scourge after the other, the Muslim consciousness sought refuge in religious introspection. Like a little child it grew possessive of this comfort blanket, lashing out at the mere suggestion of replacement or repair. How else would they get by? For quick perspective, India, that bastion of poverty, has almost 30% of its 1.2 billion living on less than USD $6 a month. 31% of that figure are Muslims.

Muslims display as much humor on the subject of Islam and the Holy Prophet as the Jews do about the Holocaust. They don’t debase other faiths and expect the same courtesy extended to them. If respect is a two-way street then Charlie Hebdo is the land-mine. Three million new copies of another passion-stoking cover may plump up their retirement benefits, but puts them in the crosshairs of other malcontents. Thanks to France and friends, the Muslim world is teeming with them.

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Barak Obama arrives in India for a three day visit Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:26:22 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Barak Obama in India2US President Barak Obama landed in New Delhi, capital city of India on Sunday morning for a three days visit to meet Indian officials on various topics.

Indian media reports that both leaders will talk about the militant hide outs in India’s neighboring Pakistan and its threats.

Yesterday British based Telegraph reported US President Barak Obama giving a strait warning to Pakistan to close terrorist save havens.

Reuters reports that President Barak Obama has also supported India’s quest for a permanent seat on UN Security Council.

President Barak Obama is scheduled to be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade tomorrow.

Both leaders are also expected to talk on various topics including nuclear deal, enhancing ties, economic cooperation, strengthening trade and climate changes.

Tight security measurements were taken in New Delhi ahead of Obama’s visit.

President Barak Obama will leave India on Tuesday for Saudi Arabia to pay tribute to Saudi nation for the death of late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who died at the age of 90 on Friday.

He will also meet Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who took office after the death of his half-brother King Abdullah.

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Obama vows to hunt terrorists from “Pakistan to the streets of Paris” Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:14:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ObamaThe US President Barack Obama has vowed to to relentlessly hunt down terrorists from “Pakistan to the streets of Paris”.

Speaking during his sixth State of the Union address Obama said “We stand united with people around the world who’ve been targeted by terrorists – from a school in Pakistan to the streets of Paris.”

“We will continue to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their networks,” Obama said, adding that “We reserve the right to act unilaterally, as we’ve done relentlessly since I took office, to take out terrorists who pose a direct threat to us and our allies.”

Obama called on Congress to approve new war powers against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

He argued that US military leadership in Iraq and Syria is stopping ISIL from advancing, but asked lawmakers “to show the world that we are united in this mission” with a war authorisation vote.

“Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition, including Arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group,” Obama said.

In the meantime, the Republican lawmakers have said they are prepared to work with him to pass such a measure, if he sends a proposal up to Capitol Hill.

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ISIS warns to kill Japanese hostages if ransom not paid Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:10:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> IS ThreatIslamic States of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/IS/DAESH) in a new video threatens to kill two Japanese hostages if ransom is not paid.

In the video the group has asked for $200 million in exchange for the release of these hostages.

Two men are shown standing on their knees in the video whom DAESH claims to be Japanese hostages in their custody.

A man is seen holding a knife in his hands who is standing behind the hostages and threatens to kill these hostages if ransom is not paid in three days.

Although IS have executed hostages in the past but a ransom demand for release of hostages seems to be a new trend in their strategies.

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Story of America’s most lethal sniper on screen Tue, 20 Jan 2015 04:20:22 +0000 Read the full article...]]> American sniper

A new Hollywood movie “American Sniper” had the best January opening ever by collecting a massive $90.2 million and receiving six Oscar nominations, including Best Actor and Best Movie.

The war drama directed by Clint Eastwood which is about post-traumatic stress and death and war and sadness and is based on the true story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle who had served four tours in Iraq and was called the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.

Kylye claimed 255 kills over six years, with 160 of them officially confirmed by the Pentagon.

American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper which cuts back and forth between Kyle’s time in the field and his home life with wife Taya (Sienna Miller) and their two children.

Kyle was gunned down at the age of 38 in February 2013 at a shooting range in his native Texas by Eddie Ray Routh, a Marine veteran allegedly suffering from PTSD.

“American Sniper” star Bradley Cooper told FOX News “it became quite a responsibility to tell the story” after Kyle was killed last year at a shooting range in Texas. He also said he hopes the film will provide insight into the lives of soldiers and their families.

“It was a keyhole into that life,” Cooper said. “One thing that we were able to do was explore this man’s life and this woman’s life and their children and their family and in doing so hopefully get just a nugget, a kernel of truth, that people who actually have gone through it and are going through it can relate to it and not feel alone.”

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Newborn baby mysteriously catches fire in India Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:25:46 +0000 Read the full article...]]> rahulbaby_660_081013061337A mysterious case has been reported in Viluppuram district at Tamil Nadu state of India a newborn baby who is mysteriously catching fire.

According to the local media reports, the 10-day-old baby boy is currently being tested by the doctors in Kilpauk Meical College and Hospital (KMCH) in Chennai.

The mother of the baby has said her child caught fire and his feet burst into flames last Thursday when he only six day old.

A four-member special committee headed by KMC dean Dr N Gunasekaran, and comprise chief pediatrician Dr Sathya Moorthy, chief plastic surgeon Dr Nirmala Ponnambalam and chief psychiatrist Dr Raja Rathinam was formed by the state governmnet to investigate the mysterious case.

The KMCH dean Dr Gunasekaran has said they have conducted blood, creatinine and electrolyte tests immediately after the infant was admitted, and the results were normal.

“The child suffered burns on the legs. Today morning, the wound swab culture was sent for tests to detect bacterial infection if any. The results will be known after 48 hours,” Gunasekaran quoted by The Indian Express said.

This comes as a 3-month-old baby belonging to the same family was also admitted to the hospital in August 2013 where doctors conducted a series of tests.

According to the results of the tests, the baby had not caught fire mysteriously which raised concerns at that time that the baby may have been abused by relatives or burnt in an accidental fire.

In the meantime, the doctors have said they will on Monday discuss about further investigations and study the latest case in-depth.

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4 insurgents killed in US drone strike in NW Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:31:12 +0000 Read the full article...]]> DronePakistan’s local media reports that a US drone strike killed four suspected militants North Waziristan on Monday.

As per the information published by Pakistan’s local media the drone targeted a compound of suspected militants in Shahikhel area of North Waziristan leaving four suspected insurgents killed on the spot.

Previous reports published indicate that US drone strikes have killed several high ranking Al-Qaeda leaders and foreign fighters beside local insurgents in North Waziristan in the past.

However, these strikes are not largely popular in Pakistan.

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No terror attack during Obama’s visit to India, US warns Pakistan Mon, 19 Jan 2015 07:54:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> obama_modi_4The United States has asked Pakistan to make sure there is no cross-border terror incident during President Barack Obama’s visit to India later this month, according to local media reports.

Washington has also reportedly warned Islamabad of “consequences” if any such attack is traced.

Obama is expected to arrive in India on January 25 and will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations on January 26.

The local newspapers have also reported that New Delhi is also expected to hold crucial talks over Afghanistan with the US President.

According to the reports the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks on various issues with President Obama, including the possible rise of ISIS, the Al-Qaeda adn also the sudden surge in activity by Pakistan.

Sources told One India newspaper last week that Afghanistan will be a very vital issue during the talks between the two leaders.

Sources further added that the issue of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar who is kept in a safe house by Pakistan is also in the agenda as the Prime Minister’s think tank is gearing itself up to discuss a host of issues.

Other issues included in the agenda are heightened Pakistan activity in Afghanistan as India has seen Pakistan increasing funding and providing weapons and also aiding the Taliban with strategic planning.

Enhancing trade relations specifically in energy sector and natural resources of Afghanistan, training the Afghan police and cooperation to curb drug trafficking would also be discussed, according to the paper.

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Fierce fighting between Yemeni forces and Houthi rebels Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:38:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> yemeni-shia-houthi-rebels-seize-the-control-arman-city-aFierce fighting erupted between the guards of Yemen’s presidential palace and Houthi fighters in the capital Sanaa on Monday.

A report about the casualties was not issued until the writing of this story.

Huthis who claim to be fighting for their rights are blamed for a proxy war in Yemen for Iran.

They seized most parts of the capital Sanaa in September.

They are also blamed for abduction of Chief of Army Staff of Yemen’s president in Hada area of the city which has a strong presence of Huthi fighters.

Ahmed Awab Bin Mubarak was kidnapped along with two of his guards on Saturday.

War engulfed in larger flames in Yemen after vast protests forced President Ali Abdull Saleh to step down in 2011.

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3 Muslims killed in Muslim-Hindu violence in India Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:19:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Burned villageThree Muslims have been burned to death after Hindus burned their Houses in India.

The violence occurred in Muzaffarpur area of Bihar state on Sunday after Hindus found dead body of a Hindu boy who went missing over a week ago.

Hindus blamed Muslims for the killing as the boy was friendly with a Muslim girl in their village.

Security forces arrested 14 people in connection to the violence occurred in Azizpur village.

On Sunday after a crowd of angry Hindus attacked the village and started to burn huts, most of the villagers escaped.

A spokesman for Bihar police says at the time of the violence they were unable to enter the village for several hours but by the time they entered the village everything was burned.

He said that the situation is now under control.

]]> 0 Yemeni Chief of Army Staff kidnapped Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:25:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Yemen's chief of Army StaffUnidentified gunmen have kidnapped the Chief of Army Staff of Yemen in Yemen’s capital Sanaa.

Officials say Ahmed Awab bin Mubarak and two of his guards were abducted at an insurgent check point in Hada area on Saturday.

Until writing this story, no group had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping but officials suspect Shia Houthi militiamen are behind the abduction.

Most of the capital Sanaa is in the hands of Shia Huthi militiamen.

Ahmed Awab bin Mubarak was nominated by the president for the post of prime minister in 2014 but was largely opposed by the Shia Huthis.

Yemen’s current instability occurred in 2011 following a large scale demonstrations that forced president Ali Abdulla Saleh to resign from his post.

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Pakistan arrest Afghan Taliban who opposed ISIS Sat, 17 Jan 2015 07:59:04 +0000 Read the full article...]]> paksitani police 9

Killid Radio reports that two Afghan Taliban commanders who had opposed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) or (DAESH) in Logar province have been arrested by Pakistan.

Killid Radio quotes the police chief of Logar province Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai as saying that after the Afghan Taliban commanders opposed DAESH flag in Charkh district they were called to go to Pakistan and put in jail upon their arrival.

Killid Radio further quotes the police chief as saying that these commanders had fought with the supporters of DAESH in their area.

Before Logar, officials in Helmand, Zabul and Farah provinces reported the existence of DAESH supporters in their provinces.

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Woman publicly beheaded by authorities in Saudi Arabia Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:06:04 +0000 Read the full article...]]> B7ZNzvCCEAE907ZA Burmese woman was publicly beheaded by authorities in Saudi Arabia Mecca city of Saudi Arabia after she was found guilty of sexual abuse and murder of her seven-year-old step-daughter.

The Burmese woman identified as Laila Bint Abdul Muttalib Basim was residing in Saudi Arabi. Her execution further prompted criticism of Saudi’s human rights record.

A video of her execution which was carried out by a sword was released online on YouTube. The video showed the woman being dragged into what appeared to be a car park, screaming “I did not kill” repeatedly.

Held down by four police officers, she was then beheaded with three blows of a sword. YouTube later removed the video as part of its policy on “shocking and disgusting content”.

A human rights activist Mohammad al-Saeedi said the woman was beheaded without injecting painkillers as the authorities wanted to make the pain more powerful for her.

According to al-Saeedi there are two ways to behead people. “One way is to inject the prisoner with painkillers to numb the pain and the other is without the painkiller,” he told the Middle East Eye.

A statement by the Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia said it believed the sentence was warranted due to the severity of the crime.

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Gunmen attack another school in Pakistan Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:49:08 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani Police

Reports suggest that gunmen have attacked another school in Swabi area of Khayber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province of Pakistan.

The attack took place this morning.

Police officer of Swabi area confirming the attack says gunmen opened fire at the school but escaped after a retaliation of fire by the watchmen.

According to the police officer no one was killed or injured in the attack.

Following the attack parents of the students arrived and took their children back home.

This comes after Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) threatened to carry out more attacks against Pakistani forces and their sons who are over eighteen wherever they find them even in schools.

Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah in a recent video claimed that they had told fighters to kill children of soldiers who are above eighteen in a recent attack at a military-run school in Peshawar.

The attack left at least 141 dead and over 130 injured, most of them school children.

Attackers who were wearing military uniform entered a military-run school in Warsak Road are of KPK’s main city of Peshawar and sprayed bullets on school children on December 16, 2014.

The responsibility of the attack was claimed by TTP.

A TTP spokesman told media that the attack was a revenge for their people killed in Pakistani Army operation in North Waziristan.

TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah by issuing a video recently threatened to continue his war against the current government of Pakistan and its forces.

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Drone strike kills 6 insurgents in North Waziristan Thu, 15 Jan 2015 06:48:39 +0000 Read the full article...]]> DroneA US drone strike killed six suspected militants in the North Waziristan on Thursday.

According to Pakistani Media, the drone targeted a militant position in North Waziristan’s Shawal area.

North Waziristan is reportedly a hideout to local and foreign fighters.

Pakistani forces have started a mass operation against the insurgent in North Waziristan and adjacent areas since June 2014.

Pakistan claim to have killed over 2, 000 local and foreign insurgents in this operation and have confiscated large amount of explosives, weapons and ammunition.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif says insurgents have been weakened due to the ongoing military offensive against them in North Waziristan.

Mohammad Nawaz Sharif also says that the military operation will continue until the elimination of terrorists.

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Can Geneva Accelerate US and Iran Patch Up? Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:04:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Iran US talksBy Manish Rai

Negotiators form Iran and the major powers that is P5+1 — the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany resume their talks next week in Geneva. While they have made significant progress, they remain at odds over how large a nuclear program geared for energy production and medical uses Iran will be permitted to have. In 2013, the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China, struck a preliminary agreement with Iran for Tehran to suspend sensitive nuclear work in return for easing some economic sanctions imposed during more than 12 years of nuclear dispute. However, the two sides failed for a second time in November last year to meet a self-imposed deadline for ending the stand-off and securing a comprehensive agreement, and extended the preliminary accord by seven months. Fresh round of talks on Iran’s disputed nuclear programme set to resume in Geneva on January 18, as a third deadline for a deal approaches. The teams have now set a July 1 ultimatum, although they hope to reach a framework accord sometime in March, leaving the most complex technical details to be finalized afterwards. It should be known that the two sides have been negotiating for more than a decade to reach a deal that would ease international economic sanctions on Iran if it agrees to limit its nuclear activities.

In a sign that there are still tough talks ahead, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei voiced his distrust of Washington as he weighed the prospects of a complex nuclear deal if reached with the west. Moreover because of amid pressure from the US Congress to impose more sanctions, Washington has also insisted that in the initial stages of a deal it would only suspend, not entirely lift, the measures. On one hand the United States and Iran continue negotiating a possible breakthrough nuclear agreement, but on another hand both sides are carrying concealed weapons that could be used if the talks collapse. The threats that underlie the bargaining are rarely discussed publicly, but both countries recognize the dangers ahead if they don’t reach an agreement by the June 30 deadline. The United States leverage is its demonstrated ability to use cyber weapons to attack Iranian nuclear facilities and impose more sanctions; Iran’s leverage is its ability to target the more than two thousand U.S. military personnel now in Iraq. The political pressures surrounding the bargaining are evident in Tehran and Washington. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tried to create space for a deal by arguing that Iran’s economy shouldn’t be hobbled by ideological factors, but Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned that the United States couldn’t be trusted to lift sanctions. Meanwhile, conservatives in Congress are urging even more sanctions, while the Obama administration tries to pin down a deal.

President Obama pursued what amounted to a two-track policy. At the same time as he sought engagement with Iran, he authorized use of the computer weapon to sabotage Iran’s enrichment facility at Natanz. Iran’s leverage in this game of chicken is its ability to wage covert war through its proxies in the Middle East. The threat matrix includes Iranian aid to Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Assad regime in Syria and the Houthi rebels in Yemen. But Iran’s most potent weapon is its ability to attack U.S. forces returning to Iraq to fight the Islamic State. The United States is vulnerable, but so is Iran. That’s the symmetry of this negotiation. Both sides in the talks are still arguing about how much of an enriched uranium stockpile to leave Iran. It now has enough for several bombs, and Washington wants substantial cuts below that level. Two other unresolved issues are Iran’s Fordo underground enrichment site and the nearly built Arak nuclear reactor. The U.S and its five allies in the talks want to repurpose Fordo to a non-enrichment function because it is believed impervious to a military attack from the air. The six also seek to re-engineer Arak from a model that produces enough plutonium for several nuclear weapons a year to a less proliferation-prone model.

But a strong lobby in US and West believes that sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies has brought Iran to the negotiation table, and only more economic sanctions will induce it to surrender. The premise is false. While the sanctions did play a role, they were not the most important reason, or even one of the primary ones. Iran is negotiating because that is what it has wanted. So only solution to the issue is through diplomatic dialogue without any pre-notions and with open mind. A diplomatic solution to the nuclear issue the sooner the better will remove the threat of any future military conflagration in the Middle East, already in tumult with the ongoing ugly violence in Syria, Yemen and Iraq. An ultimate failure of the nuclear negotiations, whether torpedoed by the Israel-U.S. Congress joint effort or other naysayers, would play in the hands of certain quarters in Iran to push for withdrawal from the Non-Proliferation Treaty an eventuality that I presume few people would like to face after the North Korean affair. With the stakes as high as they are, both with the nuclear dossier and the situation in the region, it is incumbent on the U.S. Congress to act in a way to give diplomacy a real chance and regional stability a real boost. The bottom line is clear: Both sides need each other. The United States without Iran would continue to see its problems in the region remain unresolved or even aggravated, and Iran without the United States would continue to suffer in other ways.

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

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10-year-old boy kill ‘Russian spies’ in latest ISIS execution video Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:47:57 +0000 Read the full article...]]> isis-most-shocking-execution-video-small-boy-executes-two-russian-spies-pistolThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group released its latest propaganda video which purports to show th execution of two men by a 10-year-old boy.

The terrorist group’s propaganda outlet al-Hayet Media released the video showing the two men confessing they are agntes of the Russian intelligence.

Titled “Uncovering an enemy within”, the terror group claims the two men were offered money to “Uncovering an enemy within”.

The boy who appears to be around 10-year-old appears to shoot the men who are on their knees in a dessert before a militant.

According to reports, the same child has appeared in previous videos released by the terror group in the past.

The video was released a day after another video was published showing a 14-year-old boy carrying out a suicide attack in Salahuddin province of Iran.

This comes as the terror group released a guide for mothers in mid December last year on how to raise a jihadi baby.

The guide, titled “Sister’s Role in Jihad”, recommends showing children jihadi websites, reading tales of jihad at bedtime, and encourages sports such as darts to improve their aim.

Indoctrinating children with the militant group’s values is the most important way women can contribute, the guide says, urging the mothers not to wait until their children are seven to start, insisting that it may be too late by then.

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Pakistani premier’s granddaughter discharged from school in Pakistan Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:52:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan-Maryam NawazPakistani premier Mohammad Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz has discharged her daughter from school in Pakistan.

According to Pakistan’s Express News, Maryam Nawaz has said that she is not afraid and she loves other kids like her own kids.

She said that her daughter will study in Pakistan like other kids but at this time discharging her from school was necessary for the security of other school children.

She rejected the reports that she is sending her daughter to London for study.

This comes after Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan vowed more Peshawar like attacks in Pakistan.

Peshawar attack that took place on 16 December 2014 left more than 140 killed most of them school kids.

A group of gunmen attacked a military-run school in Warsak Raod area of Peshawr on 16 December 2014 and sprayed bullets on school children.

After leaving more than 140 killed and around 130 injured, the attackers were killed in the explosions of their own explosives and by the security forces.

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Military Operation in NW Significant: Kerry Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:52:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> John Kerry with PM Nawaz Sharif 2John Kerry, U.S Secretary of State, on his two days visit to Pakistan praised the military operation in North Waziristan.

John Kerry arrived in Pakistan on Monday and so far has met Pakistan’s premier Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz and Army Chief General Rahil Sharif beside some other high ranking Pakistani officials.

Kerry asked Pakistani side to continue the fight against terrorism and extremism with no distinction.

Delegation accompanying Kerry to Pakistan has said that Washington wants more serious efforts against Taliban, Haqani Network and other armed militant groups in both the neighboring countries.

Delegation says these terrorist groups pose threat not only to Pakistan and Afghanistan but also to the interests of the United States.

Washington plans to provide $250 million assistance for those internally displaced due to the military operations in Pakistan.

Pakistan following the failure of peace talks with Taliban launched a military offensive against them in North Waziristan and adjacent areas in June 2014 causing heavy casualties to them.

According to Pakistani officials more than 2, 000 insurgents have been killed since the operation began.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also commended Pakistan for reopening of Peshawar school that was cloase after a deadly Taliban attack leaving more than 140 people killed most of them school children.

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Charlie Hebdo again printing cartoon of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.a.w.) on next edition Tue, 13 Jan 2015 06:37:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Charlie HebdoCharlie Hebdo announced they will again print the cartoon of Prophet Muhammad (peace-be-upon-him) on their next edition.

Charlie Hebdo plans to print 50 times more than what they were printing usually.

Charlie Hebdo is planning to print more than three million copies this time with the cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad (peace-be-upon-him) on the cover.

This announcement comes at a very sensitive time.

Recent reports published indicate that some 14, 00 people in France have already joined or plan to join the militants groups.

In the meantime France plans to deploy thousands of additional troops to secure the sensitive sites.

This comes after a group of gunmen stormed Charlie Hebdo’s office in Paris and killed eleven of their workers.

The attack was later claimed by Al-Qaeda and a video published online showed the announcement of the attackers to Islamic States.

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Anonymous Hackers announced fight against terrorism Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:39:12 +0000 Read the full article...]]> HackersA video of Anonymous Hackers talking French have surfaced on the internet announcing fight against terrorism.

A man who has covered his face and changed his voice says “We announce war against you terrorists”.

The man who has a paper in his hands threatens to avenge the killing of Charlie Hebdo workers who were recently killed by armed men in their office in Paris.

The masked man threatens they will find terrorist accounts online and block them.

 The video is believed to be uploaded to Youtube by the Anonymous Hackers in Belgium.

The group claims to have been working for the safety of the democracy.

According to BBC this group had threatened BBC in the past.

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ISIS (Daesh) hacks Twitter account of US Central Command Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:20:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> On-Site-02-GAL

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has hacked the twitter account of the US Central Command on Monday.

The hacking report was followed after a CENTCOM Twitter feed said “In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad.”

A list of Army Generals and adresses associated with was also published through the Twitter account of CENTCOM.

Col. Patrick Ryder, a spokesperson for the US Central Command, has confirmed the compromise and said the military is “taking appropriate measures to address the matter.”

The YouTube account of the US Central Command was also apparently hijacked by the ISIS supporters after pro-ISIS videos were uploaded.

The apparent infiltration came as the US President Barack Obama prepared to outline new proposals on cyber security.

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Through Afghanistan, India involved in activities in Pakistan: Sartaj Aziz Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:42:26 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ????????????Sartaj Aziz, National Security Advisor to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif says activities taking place in Pakistan from Afghanistan, India is involved in it.

Sartaj Aziz has told Dawn News, a Pakistani Media, in an interview that both the neighboring countries have promised not to let each other’s territory used against the other.

He has told Dawn News that the previous policies applied by Pakistan did not have a positive impact on the national security.

According to the paper Aziz has said that for the national interests, the current governments decided not interfere in other countries, rather than that, Pakistan will try to make good relationship with neighbors.

Sartaj Aziz according to the paper has said that when India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office he told Pakistan to forget Kashmir for good relations with India, he said but Pakistan rejected the call.

India wants negotiations with Pakistan based on their interest but Pakistan cannot accept that, Sartaj Aziz was quoted by the paper as saying.

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Pakistani man beheaded in a video released by Taliban and ISIS Sun, 11 Jan 2015 09:16:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani man beheadedThe former Pakistani Taliban leaders who have announced their allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISSI) on Saturday released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a man whom they identify as a Pakistani military soldier.

According to the SITE Inteligence Group, the video was released by ISIS on Twitter and Jihadi forums, showing the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP’s) former spokesman Shahidullah Shahid along with dozens of other militants in a wooded area.

SITE Intelligence Group is a US-based terrorism monitor which offers a variety of services to assist in monitoring and understanding jihadist news and trends.

The video released on Saturday also purports to show militant leaders who identify themselves as from Afghanistan and Pakistan pledging their support to the Islamic State group.

This comes as the residents of soutehrn Helmand province of Afghanistan have said that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has started operations in this province.

According to the local resients the group is led by a local commander identified as Abdul Rauf are operting in Zamin Dawar area of Sangin and also parts of Kajaki district.

The security institutions in Afghanistan have not independently confirmed the operations of ISIS in Afghanistan. However, insurgents belonging to a faction of the Hezb-e-Islami led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said earlier in September last year that they consider to join the Islamic State militants who are currently fighting in Syria and Iraq.

This comes as a notorious anti-government armed militant commander who is believed to have links with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was also arrested by Afghan security forces in Paktia province earlier in December last year.

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