Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » World The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:02:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Shocking new ISIS video shows beheading of Ethiopian Christians Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:21:22 +0000 Read the full article...]]> isis-lib2The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has released a new propaganda video which purportedly shows the killing of two groups of Ethiopian Christians captured by its Libyan affiliates.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Unschooled Afghan girl is now one of Canada’s brightest lights Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:20:59 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Somaya AmiriFrom a miserable life to one of brightest lights of Canada; the story of a teenager Afghan girl who was unable to attend school due to fears of persecution by the Taliban militants but now she is among the 20 Canadian students sent to France to learn more about the First World War battle.

The 17-year-old Somaya Amiri went to Canada in October 2011 unable to speak English and having never attended school.

The decision by her family not to allow her to attend school was mainly due to fears that she could be attacked by the Taliban insurgents.

She is now visiting France to learn more about the First World War battle that saw the Canadian army push back the Germans over four blood-soaked days from April 9 to 12, 1917.

Growing up in war-torn Afghanistan, understandably, she didn’t know much about the First World War, much less Canada’s role in it before a Grade 11 social studies class.

Amiri told The Huffington Post Canada before departing for France “I knew about other wars, like the Soviets, mujaheddin and Taliban, those kind of wars mostly in my area. But not much about World War One or Two.”

“There’s a huge impact when you are affected by war more than when you just learn about it from textbooks. Just living in a country I had to leave because of the consequences of war, there’s a huge difference,” she added.

Amir said she applied for the Vimy Pilgrimage Award because of her background.

“I’m from a war-torn country and it’s really important for me to educate myself and learn what is my responsibility as a leader in this generation. The things that happened in the past feel ongoing,” she said, adding that “A lot of these things are still happening, a lot of hatred is still continuing.”

Amiri was born in Behsud district of central Wardak which is a relatively volatile province in central Afghanistan with instability still persistent. Just this month, 31 members of Amiri’s Hazara community were kidnapped.

“Until you are put in a very tough circumstance you don’t realize how strong you are, how much you can stretch and how diverse experiences make you appreciate what you have now,” she said.

Amiri said “Living in Afghanistan, I was like a whole different person. Coming to Canada, you find different parts of your identity and you learn how to become a stronger person and overcome challenges and hardships.”

She also worked with a school counsellor to apply for a grant to start an adult-free afew months after arriving in Canada – after-school English Welcome Club.

“For me, it was so strange. How is this even possible? In my country you could never do something like that at such a young age. When she suggested it to me, I was just fascinated,” Amiri added.

Amiri was one of 30 students to land a Loran scholarship, a $100,000 award for students who match academic success with service and leadership. The prize can be applied to any university she chooses.

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15 suspected militants including Al-Qaeda commanders killed in Pakistan Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:08:21 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanPakistan’s security forces have acted on tip-offs killing 15 militants including two commanders of Al-Qaeda in Baluchistan province and Karachi financial hub.

Security forces say a raid was conducted on Monday morning in Kech District of Baluchistan province leaving 13 militants killed including those behind the Saturday‘s attack in Turbat that left 20 labourers killed and three others wounded.

 A group of militants early on Saturday morning stormed the camp of construction workers who were building a bridge for Sohrab Dam and escaped on their motorbikes after killing 20 labourers and leaving three others wounded in their attack.

Also, security forces conducted a separate raid in Orangi Town area of Pakistan’s financial hub Karachi earlier this morning.

Officials say five militants including two commanders of Al-Qaeda were killed during the raid.

The Al-Qaeda commanders killed during the raid are identified as Ebrahim alias Owais and Noor-ul-Hasan alias Hashim who was Al-Qaeda commander for Karachi.

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9-year-old Yazidi girl pregnant after she was raped by 10 ISIS militants Sun, 12 Apr 2015 17:05:39 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Yazidi sex slaves freedA nine-year-old Yazidi has been impregnated after she was taken as sex slave and was raped by 10 militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

According to the air workers the incident took place in Iraq and the girl is currently being treated by a medical charity in Germany.

A Canada-based aid worker, Yousif Daoud, who has just returned from the region, told the Star the girl was “mentally and physically traumatised” after the abuse she had suffered, and there are fears she may yet not survive her ordeal.”

Dauod further added “This girl is so young she could die if she delivers a baby. Even a caesarian section is dangerous.”

He said the minor girl was in a very bad shape when she was found. “She was sexually abused by no fewer than 10 men. Most of them were front-line fighters or suicide bombers who are given girls as a reward,” Dauod added.

At least 216 Yazidis were released by the terrorist group on Wednesday after holding them captive for eights months.

The mass release of the captives is believed to be a sign of the increasing pressures put on the militants by US-led air strikes and an Iraqi ground offensive.

At least 40 other children were also among the more than 200 newly-freed captives who were handed over in Himera just southwest of Kirkuk, 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad.

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Al-Qaeda confirms top leaders killed in Pakistan Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:31:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> DroneAl-Qaeda has confirmed that two of the group’s leaders have been killed in separate US drone strikes in tribal areas in Pakistan.

Usama Mahmood who is identified as the spokesman of the group confirms in an audio message that two of the group’s leaders were killed in separate drone strikes earlier this year in Pakistan.

Mahmood identifies the killed leaders as deputy chief Raja Suleman alias Ahmad Farooq and Hidayatullah alias Qari Imran, in charge of the group’s Afghan affairs. He said that Qari Imran was killed in a drone strike on 5 January and later another strike killed Ahmad Farooq.

The spokesman further says that Ahmad Farooq was graduated from the International Islamic University of Islamabad and Qari Imran was Panjab province.

Ayman Al-zawahiri who took the lead of Al-Qaeda terrorist network after Osama Bin Laden was killed in May 2011 announced a branch in Indian Subcontinent in September.

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Drone strike killed four militants in South Waziristan Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:02:09 +0000 Read the full article...]]> DroneFour militants were killed after a drone strike hit a hideout in Sahawal area of South Waziristan on Sunday.

According to reports two missiles were fired at the hideout leaving four members of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) killed.

This was the first drone attack in Pakistan since the beginning of this month.

South Waziristan is one of Pakistan’s seventh tribal districts which is reportedly a hideout to local and foreign insurgents including Al Qaeda.

Pakistani forces have launched large-scale operations in tribal built against the insurgents who have threatened to continue their fight against the current government in Pakistan.

Pakistani forces have said that they have broken the back bone of the insurgents in during these operations by killing thousands of their fighters and destroying their hideouts.

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Pakistan accused India in labourers attack Sun, 12 Apr 2015 10:24:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanPakistan has accused India for being involved in recent attack that left 20 labourers killed and three others wounded in Baluchistan province.

Mir Sarfaraz Bhugti, Home Minister of Baluchistan province says that India’s intelligence agency “Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)” was behind the attack.

Early on Saturday morning a group of gunmen attacked a camp of labourers in Kech District of Baluchistan province who were building a bridge for Sohrab Dam and escaped on their motorbikes following the attack.

Although, there is no claim of responsibility for the attack but Baluchistan’s Home Minister points to India and says that India is supporting militant groups in the area.

India has not yet shown reaction to the accusations but both neighboring and rival countries have a history of blaming each others.

Soldiers of both countries have also exchanged fresh fire along the joint border in Kashimir, Pakistani media reported on Sunday.

According to Pakistani media Indian bullets stopped after Pakistani forces responded to them.

A 12 years old boy has sustained injuries in Pakistan due to the fire, Pakistani media reports.

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Man killed over not using “gifted mat” for prayers in India Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:49:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> India hospitalA man was beaten to death by his relatives in India for not using a “gifted mat” during prayers in Welcome area of North East Delhi, police said on Saturday.

Local residents told police that Hanif along with his wife Feroza, son Laiq and relative Taju went to Mansoob Khan’s house after getting to know that he is not using the mat during prayers which was gifted to him by Hanif.

Residents say after a brief argument Hanif with the help of his family attacked Mansoob Khan, 42, and when Khan’s brothers got involved they were also beaten.

Mansoob Khan with two of his brothers Sultan and Mukhtar were taken to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in wounded condition for treatment where Mansoob Khan died of his wounds.

All the accused have been arrested by police.

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UAE slams Pakistan’s vote over Yemen crisis Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:05:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> UAEAfter Pakistan’s parliament passed a resolution recently for staying neutral in the increasing crisis in Yemen, Dr Anwar Mohammad Gardash Al Awadhi – UAE’s Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs — has said that the decision will bear unwanted consequences.

Al Awadhi warned that Pakistan will pay “heavy price” for “ambiguous stand” towards Yemen crisis.

Al Awadhi said that the symbolize resolution means Iran is more important to Pakistan than Gulf countries. “Tehran seems to be more important to Islamabad and Ankara than the Gulf countries,” he said.

Al Awadhi added that “The vague and contradictory stands of Pakistan and Turkey are an absolute proof that Arab security — from Libya to Yemen — is the responsibility of none but Arab countries,”

He said that the Arabian Gulf is on a dangerous confrontation for its security and it is the time that distinguishes the real ally from the allies of media and statements.

“The Arabian Gulf is in a dangerous confrontation, its strategic security is on the edge, and the moment of truth distinguishes between the real ally and the ally of media and statements,”

Saudi Arabia requested its long-standing ally Pakistan for military support in its fight against Huthis in Yemen but Pakistan’s parliament on Friday passed a resolution that its country will stay neutral.

UAE and Pakistan have deepened economic relations and if the current differences increase it can have a bad impact on Pakistan’s economy.

Dr Anwar Mohammad Gardash Al Awadhi “Though our economic and investment assets are inevitable, political support is missing at critical moments.”

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The Rising Persia Sat, 11 Apr 2015 07:11:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Iran FlagBy Manish Rai

Persia officially the Islamic Republic of Iran home to one of the world’s oldest civilization is showing the signs of emergence as the regional power after the signing of tentative nuclear deal with P5+1 countries. A final agreement to contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions is slated to be drawn up by the end of June this year. For years, talks between Iran and the six world powers had been in a deadlock because of concerns over the possible military dimensions of the Iranian nuclear programme. But what has changed the stand of the world power towards Iran that is the Iran’s growing influence in the region which can be felt in major capitals across the region Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sanaa. Not many countries have come out of the Middle East’s recent upheaval unscathed. And even fewer have seen their fortunes rise. But one country Iran has seen its influence and power grow, while its neighbours battle to keep their states from disintegrating. Iran is still facing economic sanctions over its controversial nuclear programme which are really bleeding its economy in spite of this the country has seen its influence and power grow, while its neighbours struggling hard to manage their states. With the post-Arab spring chaos in the Middle East and the re-emergence of Iran as a stable and key political player in this crisis-torn region, the United States and European countries finally realised that the only way to manage the complexity of the Middle Eastern geopolitics was to engage Iran in international diplomacy.

Let’s see what made Iran an oasis of stability in the world’s highly destabilize region. They are numbers of reasons for that like- plenty of natural resources, developed industrial sector, and qualified human resource.  First if we talk about the natural resources of Iran it has largest natural gas reserves in the world, third-largest proven oil reserves in the world, the most zinc in the world, plus copper, iron, lead and coal. Secondly Iran has well-developed industry compared to its Middle East neighbours, including auto and cement plants, food production and telecom. Moreover Iran possesses a highly skilled, well-educated, highly literate population and it’s more than 75 million consumers, many of them middle class make it a very attractive market as well. In addition to these Iran has made the investments in its infrastructure sector despite a faltering domestic economy, weakening currency and increasingly punitive international sanctions. The country is aiming to strengthen its petro-chemical industry and instead of exporting oil and natural gas in their crude forms, they want to be one of the leading chemical producers in the world. All these characteristics of Iran make it very hard to ignore and isolate at least in the region. Now Iran find itself near to fulfilment of its lofty aspiration to be a top ten economy over the next couple of decades. It’s a truth that if Iran does eventually emerge from decades of economic sanctions originally dating to the Iranian Revolution in 1979, and significantly expanded by the U.N. in 2006, it could become a regional economic powerhouse.

Not only the economic potential of Iran made it hard to ignore by west but itsmilitary might also made it a major geo-political player. Iran is increasing its military presence in the Middle East, raising a lot of questions about its ambitions. So what is Iran’s military reach? Let’s see- In Iraq, the Quds Force is fighting alongside Shia Iraqi militias and the Iraqi Army, and 30,000 soldiers and advisors are reportedly operating in a number of Iraqi cities. Across the border in Syria, Iran has supported the Syrian government of President Assad. It is estimated up to 10,000 Iranian operatives are in Syria and that support has come with $15 billion in financial aid, according to Syria’s minister of finance and economy, Ibrahim Miro. In Lebanon Shia militia Hezbollah is backed by Iran which is a significant political and military force there, and in Yemen, Houthi fighters backed by Iran have taken over many cities, including the capital Sanaa. Iran navy has a good presence in the Gulf of Aden and Hormuz which are major shipping route for Oil. Recently Iran increased its presence by sending its 34th fleet of the Iranian Navy for the Gulf of Aden and Bab al-Mandab Strait. Iran has the largest and most diverse arsenal of ballistic missiles in the Middle East just after Israel.

Iranians for long have lived with the pain of having great potential, but being largely shut out of the global economy. There has been layer upon layer of sanctions applied on Iran but now Iranians especially the young ones want themselves reintegrated into the global economy but without compromising their national integrity and pride. Iran is a significant national state with a historic culture, a fierce national identity, and a relatively youthful, educated population; its re-emergence as a global partner would be a consequential event. But For Iran to be a valuable member of the international community, the prerequisite is that it accepts restraint on its ability to destabilize the Middle East and challenge the broader international order. Iran has to understand that to gain the stature of a responsible regional power it has to help stabilize the region in whatever form it emerges after this period of readjustment and realignment.

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

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India buys 36 Rafale fighter jets from France Sat, 11 Apr 2015 06:06:52 +0000 Read the full article...]]> IndiaIndia will by 36 Rafale fighter jets which is equipped with a wide range of weapons from France. The cost is estimated to be worthed around 4.2 US dollars.

Indian premier Narendra Modi announced on Friday that he has order France to supply them with 36 Rafale fighter jets.

While talking to a joint news conference at Elysee Palace Narendra Modi said: “I asked the president Hollande to supply us with 36 Rafale jet fighter planes, the ready-to-fly models,”

“France has always been a reliable supplier for India from jet fighters to submarines,” Modi said,

French President Francois Hollande said the deal took both countries “into a new gear.”

The discussion initially began in 2012 for buying Rafale 126 fighters jets from France to replace some of the ageing fleet of India’s air force but the discussion is still ongoing to get all 126 fighters jets.

The announcement comes days after India’s rival Pakistan received an OK from United States for purchasing 15 Viper attack helicopters.

Some Indian defense analyzers believe that India needs to replace its ageing air force fleet in the face of opposing neighbors.

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20 labourers gunned down in Pakistan Sat, 11 Apr 2015 04:31:32 +0000 Read the full article...]]> BODIESUnidentified gunmen have gunned down 20 labourers of a construction company in Baluchistan province of Pakistan.

Officials say the attack took place early in the morning on Saturday at the time the labourers were sleeping.

Kech District officials say gunmen who were riding on motorbikes opened indiscriminately fires at the labourers in the camp and ran away at their motorbikes.

Labourers were living at the camp and building a bride at Sohrab Dam in Turbat city’s Gordan area, Kech District.

Three persons wounded in the attack that were rushed to District Headquarter Hospital for medical treatment.

Security forces arrived at the camp but assailants had already escaped from the area on their motorcycles.

Kech commissioner told reporters that the attack took place at about 01:30 AM.

Mumtaz Ali, Deputy Commissioner of Kech District told reporters that the ones killed include 16 people from Panjab and four others from Sindh province.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but Imran Quraishi, District Police Officer, believes that it was targeted killing.

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Mysterious brigade of all-female jihadists emerge in Syria Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:42:01 +0000 Read the full article...]]> all-female jihadists brigade syriaA new video has emerged from Syria which purportedly shows a group of female militants training with AK-47 assault rifles.

The all-female jihadist brigade is shown conducting drills and shooting AK-47’s while insisting that a woman’s role is equal to a man’s.

Shot outside the Church of Saint Simeon in northern Syria, the five-minute film shows the women are seen shouting “Allahu Akbar” as they are covered in fully body veils, known as niqbabs.

The women speak in Arabic to the camera and explain the aims of their brigade as primarily defensive. “We are 45 women from al-Sham. We have gone out to defend our land. We are trained in the art of shooting and preparations of weapon, as well as Sharia and theological studies,” one of the women says.

“The role of a woman is no less important than that of a man,” another woman says to the camera.

The commander of the group says they came out to defend their religion and their rights if they are attacked by the “Evil Tyrant” – apparently gesturing towards the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his forces. 

The nationality of the female jihadis remains unknown and the group does not claim affiliation to any radical jihadi group in Syria, where ISIS and the Nusra Front are prominent.

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10 Iraqi doctors shot dead for refusing to treat ISIS militants Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:43:39 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Iraqi doctors executedThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISI) militants executed ten doctors in Iraq after they refused to treat wounded members of the terrorist group.

The doctors were shot dead in Mosul which is the stronghold of the terrorist organization in Iraq.

The ISIS militants were reportedly injured during gung battle with local groups in the Hammam al-Alil area forcing the group to evacuate all the major hospitals in the city and allocated them to treat its own elements.

“The ISIS organization executed 10 doctors in Mosul because of their unwillingness to treat its elements injured as a result of the military operations and air strikes by the international coalition,” a local official told Iraqi News newspaper.

The official further added “the 10 doctors were executed in the south of the city 3 days ago, before delivering their bodies to the Forensic Medicine Department.”

A photograph also emerged online on Friday showing the execution of the doctors in the battle-ravaged area 15 miles south of the extremists’ northern Iraqi stronghold Mosul.

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Soldier killed in Saudi-Pakistan military exercise Thu, 09 Apr 2015 05:58:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????One soldier was killed and three others wounded in a joint Saudi Arabia-Pakistan military exercise in southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, state media reported.

According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) the incident took place during live-ammunition shooting which is ongoing at a training field.

“a non-commissioned officer has died and three other officers have sustained injuries during live-ammunition shooting related to the Saudi-Pakistani Al-Samsam 5, currently taking place at a training field, in the North of Baha Region.”, SPA reported.

Those wounded are reported to be in stable condition.

SPA did not release details about the nationality of the killed and wounded soldiers.

It is yet unknown whether the joint military exercise was being conducted for the fight against Huthis in Yemen or not but Saudi Arabia has asked Pakistan for ground troops.

Pakistan has not yet announced of sending its ground troops to assist Saudi Arabi in the fight.

Saudi began striking Huthi positions in Yemen on March 26 this year.

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Pakistan investigating the killing of eight Iranian soldiers Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:16:39 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Tasnem-Aslam-FOSpokeswoman for Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that there security agencies are investigating the incident and have also asked Iran to pass any evidence they have.

“The concerned security agencies of Pakistan are actively investigating this incident, which took place on Iran’s territory, and have asked Iranian authorities to share with us any evidence they have,” Tasnim Aslam says in a statement issued to the media.

She adds that if the culprits have crossed into Pakistan after committing the crime they will be detained and brought to justice.

“In case the culprits have crossed over to Pakistan after committing the crime on Iran’s soil, they will be apprehended and brought to justice,” she adds.

The eight Iranian border guards were killed on Monday during a gun battle with unidentified gunmen in Negur area of Sistan-Baluchistan province which is on the border with Pakistan.

Ali Asghar Mirshekari, the deputy governor of Sistan-Baluchistan province said that the assailants crossed into Pakistan following the attack.

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ISIS ‘playing football with severed head': Palestinian witness Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:25:31 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS play with severed headThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISSI) terrorists were seen playing football with a severed head as the militants have reported seized the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus. (File Photo)

According to the Palestinian eyewitnesses who fled the horrors of the terrorist group, they saw heads cut off and children killed in front of their parents.

Ibrahim Abdel Fatah, a 55-year-old refugee, told AFP “We had heard of their cruelty from the television, but when we saw it ourselves… I can tell you, their reputation is well-deserved.”

Another teenager Palestinian refugee, Amjad Yaaqub, said he saw IS members “playing with a severed head as if it was a football”.

Yaaqub added “Daesh [IS] came to my home looking for my brother who’s in the Palestinian Popular Committees. They beat me until I passed out and left me for dead.”

It is estimated that 400 families including around 2,000 people fled the camp to Yalda, a neighbouring area which is also besieged by Assad forces, and 150 others escaped to regime-controlled areas.

Wesam Sabaaneh, a member of the Yarmouk-based Jafra Foundation, said around 18,000 Palestinian refugees are trapped in their houses by the clashes and heavy shelling and have no access to basic needs or medical supplies.

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Two Saudi soldiers killed in Riyadh Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:20:04 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Riyadh01Saudi Arabia’s official news agency Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reports that two soldiers after coming under the fire of unidentified gunmen east of Riyadh early on Wednesday morning.

According to SPA the soldiers were doing their usual patrol when unknown gunmen who were riding in a vehicle opened fire at them leaving Thamer Amran al-Mutairi and Abdulmohsen Khalaf al-Mutairi killed.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition against Huthis in neighboring Yemen.

After receiving a request for support from Yemen’s government, Saudi Arabia started bombing Huthis positions in Yemen about two weeks before.

Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey have also announced their support to Saudi Arabia in Yemen crisis.

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ISIS launches English language news bulletins on its Iraqi broadcast service Wed, 08 Apr 2015 07:41:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISISThe Islamic State has launched English-language radio news bulletins on its Al-Bayan radio network discussing suicide bombings and assassination.

The militant group’s English bulletin launched Tuesday and promoted via social media.

The host provided an overview of ISIS’s activities in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

The speaker also gave details about a range of other topics including the alleged death of one of their commanders in Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, capital of Syria.

The news bulletins on Al-bayan radio goes over the day’s events in Arabic, Russian and now in English language for about 10 minutes.

Al-bayan radio also recruits people for ISIS.

The group was already operation online magazine publishing information about their activities on monthly basis.

ISIS that controls huge swathes of land in Iraq and Syria is becoming increasingly active in Libya.

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US Okays $952M sale of attack helicopters, missiles to Pakistan Wed, 08 Apr 2015 05:27:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> attack helicopterState Department has okayed $952M sale of attack helicopters, air-to-surface missiles and other forms of military assistance, as per a deal that will be implemented over a period of 5 ½ years.

Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) from the United States Department of Defense states in a statement that “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Pakistan for AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters and AGM-114R Hellfire II Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $952 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.”

DSCA further states that the proposed sale of 15 Viper helicopters and weapon systems which includes 1,000 Hellfire missiles, engines, computers, radar and targeting technology, navigations and communications systems will provide Pakistan with military capabilities in support of its counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations in South Asia.

According to DSCA this proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a country vital to U.S. foreign policy and national security goals in South Asia.

Pakistan is battling militants mostly in its mountainous tribal built of Waziristan and other adjourning areas and the 15 Viper attack helicopters with having the ability to operate high altitude would be useful for their operations.

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Mass graves containing up to 1,700 bodies unearthed in Iraq Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:57:53 +0000 Read the full article...]]> IraqIraqi officials have unearthed mass graves near the site of a massacre of Iraqi soldiers manning a former U.S. military base. The mass graves are believed to have up to 1,700 bodies who were massacred after ISIS captured Tikrit last summer. Tikrit was re-captured from ISIS by the government forces about week ago.

Health officials could not control their tears after they made the discovery. Khalid al-Atbi, an Iraqi health official, who is working with the forensic team sifting through the graves, said “It was a heartbreaking scene. We couldn’t prevent ourselves from breaking down in tears.”

He added “What savage barbarian could kill 1,700 persons in cold blood?”

Al-Atbi said “We dug up the first mass grave site today. Until now we found at least 20 bodies.”

A reporter from Baghdad said on Tuesday “The graves are in different areas close to the city of Tikrit, re-taken from ISIS last week.

“Iraqi state television is broadcasting scenes of officials uncovering bodies buried since the recruits were rounded up and killed in June last year. Many relatives of the soldiers are also looking on.

“A survivor of the attack said that ISIS were supported by Sunni local people in their attack on the mostly Shiite soldiers. The area remains fraught, with many Sunni residents afraid of revenge attacks by Shiite-dominated forces who now have the upper hand again.”

Photos and video footages emerged in the past showed the brutal massacre of hundreds of people by ISIS.

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Mother let new husband rape teen daughter because she wanted another child Tue, 07 Apr 2015 10:07:03 +0000 Read the full article...]]> mistyAn infertile woman has been jailed in the Pennsylvania state of the United States after she got her new husband to repeatedly rape her 15-year-old daughter because she wanted another child.

The 33-year-old woman will serve in the jail for the abuse in which she “coached” the pair on the best positions to conceive, and held her daughter’s hand “the first few times” throughout 2013.

According to the court hearing Machinshok planned to tell friends and family that the teenager got pregnant with a stranger at a house party in their home town of Wilkes-Barre.

She met husband Gary, 29, on a website called Online Booty Call, according to a report by MailOnline.

The man is also accused of abusing the girl’s 11-year-old sister, who is also in foster care, with prosecutor Nancy Violi saying rape came to light when one of the girl’s friends alerted a teacher who called police.

Mr. Machinshok has admitted the abuse of the girl’ sister but he will not be charged over that crime because of a plea deal.

Violi called the crime ‘the most heinous’ she had dealt with in 14 years on the job.

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Eight Iranian border guards killed near Pakistan border Tue, 07 Apr 2015 10:06:40 +0000 Read the full article...]]> An Iranian border guard looks through aEight Iranian border guards have been killed during a gun battle with unidentified insurgents near the border with Pakistan, Iranian media reports.

IRNA, Iran’s state media reports that a clash erupted between border guards and militants in Negur town of Sistan-Baluchistan province on Monday.

Ali Asghar Mirshekari, the deputy governor of Sistan-Baluchistan province is cited by IRNA as saying that the insurgents had entered to Negur through Pakistani border.

Mirshekari asked Pakistan to arrest the surviving attackers who according to him fled back to Pakistan after the attack.

Sistan-Baluchistan province of Iran on the border with Pakistan has seen frequent clashes between border guards and militants in the past who according to Iranian officials come from Pakistan.

14 Iranian borders guards were killed in a single clash with militants in 2013.

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Facebook in world’s first divorce case Mon, 06 Apr 2015 17:37:31 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Facebook in divorceA US woman has been granted permission by a judge in Manhattan Supreme Court to file for divorce from her elusive husband via a Facebook message.

The 26-year-old woman was named Ellanora Baidoo who is a nurse by profession with the woman’s lawyer saying the ruling was made by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper.

Baidoo’s husband Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku will be served with the divorce summons via a private Facebook message, according to a report by the New York Daily News.

The report further added it will be repeated once a week for three consecutive weeks or until “acknowledged” by Ellanora Baidoo’s hard-to-find husband.

According to Andrew Spinnell, Baidoo’s lawyer, the couple married in 2009 in a civil ceremony but the relationship began to unravel when the defendant reneged on his promise to a traditional Ghanaian wedding ceremony as well.

Blood-Dzraku has only been in touch with his wife via phone and Facebook, the ruling says.

Spinnel said the first Facebook message went out to the husband last week. “So far, he hasn’t responded,” he added.

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UN appeal to save Palestinian refugees trapped in Yarmouk, Syria Mon, 06 Apr 2015 10:01:05 +0000 Read the full article...]]> YarmoukThe United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has called on all armed actors to cease hostilities and withdraw from civilian populated areas for the safety and protection of civilians.

“Never has the hour been more desperate in the Palestine refugee camp of Yarmouk, in Damascus. As the fighting intensifies, UNRWA strongly appeals to all armed actors to cease hostilities that place civilians in acute danger and to withdraw immediately from civilian populated areas.” the statement states.
The call comes at time ISIS claimed to have taken full control of Yarmouk in a new video. ISIS positions are under constant airstrikes by the US-led coalition that is formed against the militant group.

UNFWA calls on all parties to abide by their obligations under international law to protect civilians.

“We demand that all parties exercise maximum restraint and abide by their obligations under international law to protect civilians. In addition, we demand humanitarian access and the establishment of secure conditions under which we can deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance and  that enable civilians to be evacuated.” The statement further states.

According to UNRWA fighting has been intensifying in Yarmouk where some 18,000 people have been trapped.

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Six people died trying to save one person in China Mon, 06 Apr 2015 09:51:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> china-HospitalSix people have died for saving one person in southern China, officials said Monday.

According to local officials of Shantou city in Guangdong province a 17-year-old girl fell into a reservoir and several of her relatives dove into the water to save her.

Officials say although none of these people were good swimmers but they regardless endanger their lives to save the girl on Sunday.

Officials add that all seven people died in the water including the girl’s parents and two other teenagers who aged 13 and 15.

The girl was washing up after a graveside ceremony honoring deceased relatives which is commemorated every year as Qingming Festival or Tomb-Sweeping Day holiday.

Qingming is a traditional festival in China which is organized every year on April 4 or 5 in connection with Chinese ancestral veneration and thet ending of family graves.

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7-year-old boy raped and set on fire by two youths in India Sun, 05 Apr 2015 17:43:45 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Boy raped in IndiaA minor Indian boy was raped and set on fire by two youths at Padmanagar in Bhiwandi town on Saturday, police officials said.

The incident reportedly took place on Saturday when the 7-year-old boy went to buy some food and was abducted by the two unidentified youths.

Inspect RS Sasthe quoted by the local newspapers said the boy was taken to an isolated place where he was sodomised, and was set on fire after the he resisted.

Sasthe further added that the boy somehow managed to escape and has suffered 30 percent burn injuries.

He said the boy is being treated at the Thane Civil hospital and efforts are on to identify and nab the two perpetrators.

According to the inspector a case has been registered under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 377 (sodomy) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

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Barack Obama says he will still visit Kenya Sun, 05 Apr 2015 08:53:32 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Barack ObamaBeside the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab militant group’s threats of carrying out more deadly attacks like the one that left 147 people killed at Kenay’s Garissa University College on Friday, US President Barack Obama says he will still visit Kenya later this year.

US President Barack Obama while talking on the phone to his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday expressed his condolences over the “heinous terrorist attack”.

Barack Obama says in a statement “Words cannot adequately condemn the terrorist atrocities that took place at Garissa University College, where innocent men and women were brazenly and brutally massacred,”

Barack Obama says he is still visiting Kenya in July for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

Al Shabaab militants on Thursday stormed the campus of Garissa University College in Kenya leaving 147 people killed and 79 others wounded in the attack that lasted for about 13 hours.

Officials said when militants burst into the campus of Garissa University College they separated non-Muslims from Muslims and massacred the non-Muslims.

Al Qaeda-Al Shabaab militants claiming responsibility for the attack said that the attack was in response to Kenya’s military presence in Somalia alongside African Union peacekeepers for fighting against them.

Al Shabaab has warned of waging a long war against Kenya and running its cities “red with blood.”

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Man killed 10 relatives for rejecting marriage proposal in Pakistan Sun, 05 Apr 2015 07:26:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan

A man has killed 10 members of his uncle’s family in Pakistan after they rejected his marriage proposal.

The incident took place over night in Chaharsada area of Khayber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, local TV channels reported on Sunday.

According to reports the man went to his uncle Jamal’s house during night with a weapon and sprayed bullets on the family killing ten people on the spot. The accused then escaped to an unknown location, according to police.

The dead include man, his eight children and his wife who have been shifted to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Tangi for postmortem.

Police say they are looking for Gul Ahmad the suspect who also had previous criminal cases.

As per police statements Gul Ahmad had killed his father, brother, and sister-in-law in past.

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Dubai Emir to build six-storey car park in London for his 114 luxury cars Sat, 04 Apr 2015 07:58:08 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Dubai emir

The Vice President of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is planning is build a personal six-story super car park for his fleet of 114 luxury cars in London.

According to a report by MailOnline, a five-star accommodation will also be built which will include offices, bathrooms and three triple-bedroom flats to be used by the chauffeurs and staff of the super car park.

The super car park and the five star accommodation will be built next to Battersea heliport by the River Thames.

Once built the car park will allow the Sheikh, his associates along with his 23 children to arrive in the capital city of United Kingdom by helicopter and jump straight into whichever luxury car they like.

Al Maktoum also has business interests including the Godolphin horseracing stables and the Jumeirah luxury hotel group.

The construction cost of the super car park is estimated to be around £20million with construction sources saying that the cost will be alot more if the emir plans to cover it in marble.

The Smech Management Company submitted the plans for the land and planning application was approved by councillors at Wandsworth Borough Council.

The company is also behind the Sheikh’s proposed 16-bedroom mansion in the Scottish Highlands.

Dubai is a Gulf Arab emirate that attracts tourists with the promise of an opulent lifestyle. Dubai built the world’s tallest building, put a ski slope inside a shopping mall, and gave its cops a Lamborghini for a police car.

UAE officials are also planning to build the world’s first temperate-controlled city in Dubai in a bid to become a year-round tourism destination despite soaring temperatures in summer that can reach nearly 50 C.

The city will be built on 48 million square feet which will contain the largest shopping mall on the planet, complete with climate-controlled streets, the world’s largest indoor theme park and 100 hotels and apartments.

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Yemen Crisis: Pakistan, Turkey to support Saudi Arabia Sat, 04 Apr 2015 04:57:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan TukeyPakistan and Turkey have decided to stand by Saudi Arabia over the crisis in Yemen.

Both Pakistan and Turkey have shown serious concern over the crisis in Yemen. Premiers of both countries have said that they are in contact with Saudi Arabia and are ready to play their role for the peace and stability of the region.

“We must make all possible efforts to resolve this issue,” Mohammad Nawaz Sharif told reporters on Friday.

Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan after meeting with his Turkish counterpart told reporters that they have also decided to stand by Riyadh in the time of need for its security and territorial integrity.

“We have agreed to extend all possible support for the defence of Saudi Arabia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Mohammad Nawaz Sharif told reporters.

The decision of Pakistan and Turkey standing by Saudi Arabia over the crisis in Yemen was taken during the one day visit of Pakistan’s Premier Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to Turkey on Friday.

After receiving a request for support from Yemen’s government, Saudi Arabia started bombing Huthis positions in Yemen about ten days before.

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Another Syrian child photographed surrendering to camera she mistook for gun Fri, 03 Apr 2015 18:22:22 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Syrian child surrendering to cameraAnother photograph of a Syrian child was posted online shortly after a photojournalist shared a heartbreaking picture which shows the child mistaking the camera for gun and holding her hands up in surrender.

The latest photograph was shared by a Red Cross worker which was taken in a Jordanian refugee camp showing the little girl alone and barefoot among the metal huts.

“I had tears in my eyes when I saw her like that on my computer. I was shocked by her reaction, the fear and seeing her crying… It is a tragedy for this young generation,” the photographer Rene Schulthoff told MailOnlien.

Schulthoff further added “Instead of playing with friends, they grow up in permanent fear under extremely poor conditions missing almost everything. A childhood of pain tears and sadness.”

“They miss a peaceful happy childhood, kindergartens, education and what they learn currently is that life is pure horror,” he added.

The little child whose picture was first shared online was identified as four-year-old Adi Hudea who reportedly lost her father in the Hama bombing.

The picture was retweeted over 10,000 shortly after it was shared by Nadia AbuShaban.

The photographs 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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American man missing at sea rescued after 66 days Fri, 03 Apr 2015 06:32:09 +0000 Read the full article...]]> louisAn American man whose sailboat damaged at sea 66 days before was rescued on Thursday. The man says he survived by eating raw fishes at sea and drinking rain water.

Louis Jordan went missing at sea 200 miles off North Carolina on January 29 was picked up by a passing ship and airlifted to dry land on Thursday.

A helicopter from the US Coast Guard then airlifted him to a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia for medical care.

Jordan was celebrating his miraculous rescue and told his family that he was catching fishes with his hans from the sea and eating them.

Louis Jordan’s father Frank Jordan told reporters that he did not know what caused the boat to break down but his son was looking in good spirit when he briefly met him.

Frank Jordan said his son was praying the whole time and he had a strong religious believe.

“He told me on the phone that he was praying the whole time, so I believe that sustained him a great deal,” he said.

Norma Davis, Louis Jordan’s mother said it was a miracle for them.

“To us it’s just a miracle. We’re just so thrilled that he was found alive.” she said.

According to the US media reports the sailboat had turned over and Luis, 37, was on it for over two months.

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Iran reach historic nuclear understanding with six world powers Thu, 02 Apr 2015 18:10:01 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Iran nuclear understandingIran and world powers agreed on “key parameters” for resolving a long-standing dispute over Iran’s nuclear program after marathon talks in Switzerland.

The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the US Secretary of State John Kerry announced the breakthrough by taking into Twitter, saying that the that negotiators had agreed on “parameters” of a deal that would allow them to conclude a final agreement in June.

Kerry said “Big day: #EU, P5+1, and #Iran now have parameters to resolve major issues on nuclear program. Back to work soon on a final deal.”

In the meantime, Rouhani in a Twitter message said “Key Parameters” of a nuclear deal were reached.

The Germany’s Foreign Ministry also said through a Twitter message “Agreement on framework for final agreement reached. Press conference following.”

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Military court sentences six people to death Pakistan Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:41:40 +0000 Read the full article...]]> A hangman's noose on black backgroundPakistan’s military court that is formed against terrorism has confirmed the death sentence to six prisoners who are identified as “hardcore terrorists”, according to a statement issued on Thursday by Pakistani military’s media wing, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

A tweet on Thursday from ISPR director general Asim Bajwa read “#Mil Courts:Army Chief confirms death sentence of 6 hard core terrorists tried by the recently established mil courts-1/2”

In another tweet Bajwa says that the prisoners were involved in heinous acts of terror, manslaughter and suicide bombing but they have the right to appeal.

#Mil Court:Were involved in heinous act of terror,men slaughter,suicide bombing,loss f life&property.Have Right to appeal 2 court of appeal2”, The tweet red.

The military court was set up for terror suspects in December last year after a deadly attack on a military run-school in Peshawar that left at least 150 people killed and over 130 others injured.

But the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) criticizes.

Zohra Yousuf, HRCP chairperson said in a statement “The commission is dismayed that all political parties supported this unfortunate decision, although some had earlier expressed reservations. HRCP has a number of concerns over this move,”

Since the military court was established in December 2014 more than 50 people have been executed so far.

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Kenya University attack: 147 people killed Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:21:31 +0000 Read the full article...]]> kenyaAl Shabaab gunmen on Thursday stormed the campus of Garissa University College in the western part of Kenya leaving 147 people killed and 79 others wounded in the attack that lasted for about 13 hours.

Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said that most of the 147 dead were students, but two security guards, one policeman and one soldier also were killed in the attack.

Nkaissery added that some of the more seriously wounded were flown to Nairobi, capital of Kenya for treatment

Officials said when militants burst into the campus of Garissa University College they separated non-Muslims from Muslims and massacred the non-Muslims.

Al Qaeda-Al Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for the attack and said that the attack was in response to Kenya sending troops alongside African Union peacekeepers for fighting against them.

A bounty of $220,000 was posted for Mohammed Mohamud who is identified as a possible mastermind of the attack.  Mohammed Mohamud leads Al-Shabaab’s cross border attacks into Kenya.

Students who managed to escaped say five gunmen wearing masks broke into the campus at the time that the morning prayers were taking place and some students were still asleep.

“Some of us were still asleep in that mist of confusion, no one had an idea what was going on, screams from ladies and every person, it was evident everyone was running for their lives,” one student who managed to escape said.

The United Nations and White House condemned the attack. Kenya is father’s homeland of United States president Barack Obama. Barack Obama had planned a visit to Kenya in July.

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Death toll climbed to 54 in Russian trawler tragedy Thu, 02 Apr 2015 11:44:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]> RussianThe death toll of the Russian trawler that capsized in the freezing waters of the country’s Kamchatka peninsula has climbed to 54 while 15 people are still missing.

A total of 132 people were on board but 63 people were rescued.

Most of the passengers on board were Russians.

78 of those on board were Russian nationals and the rest were from Ukraine, Vanuatu, Lithuania and Myanmar.

Russian Emergencies Ministry states that rescue operation is involving 1,300 people and 29 units of equipment with over two dozen ships and a rescue helicopter to look for the 15 passengers who are still missing.

Russian news agency Tass reports that that trawler sank in the Sea of Okhotsk 330 kilometers west of Krutogorovsky settlement in the Kamchatka region.

Tass states that the possible cause of the incident might be that the vessel have struck an obstacle at around 06:30 local (20:30 GMT Wednesday) that have pierced a hole in the vessel which caused the trawler sank. “The investigators believe that the most probable cause of the fast submersion of the vessel is the possible collision with an obstacle,” Tass stated.

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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.

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