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IS urges killing citizens from US-led coalition

Posted by on 22/09/2014
Filed under Middle East, Top Stories, World

IS urges killing citizens from US-led coalition

IS urges killing citizens from US-led coalition

BAGHDAD: The Islamic State group called on Muslims to kill citizens of all countries taking part in the US-led anti-jihadist coalition by any available means, in a statement posted online yesterday. “If you can kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the spiteful and filthy French – or an Australian, or a Canadian or […]

130,000 Syrians flood into Turkey – Turkey unlikely to take military role in anti-IS coalition

Posted by on 22/09/2014
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130,000 Syrians flood into Turkey – Turkey unlikely to take military role in anti-IS coalition

130,000 Syrians flood into Turkey – Turkey unlikely to take military role in anti-IS coalition

MURSITPINAR: Syrian Kurds battled to defend a key border town from an Islamic State advance yesterday as Kurdish youths from neighbouring Turkey rushed to their aid, heightening the pressure on Ankara to act against the Islamist insurgents. In Turkey, struggling to manage an influx of more than 130,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees since last week, security […]

Dead or alive? Rumors swirl again over Boko Haram leader

Posted by on 22/09/2014
Filed under Africa, Top Stories, World

Dead or alive? Rumors swirl again over Boko Haram leader

Dead or alive? Rumors swirl again over Boko Haram leader

LAGOS: Is he alive or isn’t he? Fresh claims have emerged in Nigeria that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, or at least someone impersonating him, may be dead-and not for the first time. Rumors have been flying since last Thursday when the military tweeted that “a seriously wounded high ranking terrorist leader” had been captured […]

Houthis tighten grip on Sanaa – Houthi gains likely to unsettle Saudi Arabia

Posted by on 22/09/2014
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Houthis tighten grip on Sanaa – Houthi gains likely to unsettle Saudi Arabia

Houthis tighten grip on Sanaa – Houthi gains likely to unsettle Saudi Arabia

SANAA: Yemen’s Shiite Houthi fighters tightened their grip on the capital Sanaa yesterday after seizing much of the city in a lightning advance and signing an overnight deal to win a share of power, capping a decade-long guerrilla uprising. The Zaydi Shiites, who make up 30 percent of Yemen’s population of 25 million and ruled […]

Obama and immigration: High hopes, mixed record – Spotlight back on immigration policies with much at stake

Posted by on 22/09/2014
Filed under America, World

Obama and immigration: High hopes, mixed record – Spotlight back on immigration policies with much at stake

Obama and immigration: High hopes, mixed record – Spotlight back on immigration policies with much at stake

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has a complicated history with the politics of immigration. The son of a Kenyan immigrant, Obama has been both embraced and scorned by immigrant advocates who have viewed him as both a champion and an obstacle to their cause. In 2006, about 30 Mexican nationals desperate to avoid deportations that would […]

Modi to fast during maiden trip to US – PM will maintain a ‘liquid diet’

Posted by on 22/09/2014
Filed under Subcontinent, World

Modi to fast during maiden trip to US – PM will maintain a ‘liquid diet’

Modi to fast during maiden trip to US – PM will maintain a ‘liquid diet’

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will observe a strict religious fast during his maiden trip to the United States, aides said yesterday, in a test both of the 64-year-old leader’s stamina and of protocol in the Obama White House. Throughout a grueling schedule that features the United Nations General Assembly, a rally of […]

Myanmar gives citizenship to 209 displaced Muslims

Posted by on 22/09/2014
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Myanmar gives citizenship to 209 displaced Muslims

Myanmar gives citizenship to 209 displaced Muslims

YANGON: Myanmar gave citizenship yesterday to 209 Muslims displaced by sectarian violence, after the first phase of a project aimed at determining the status of about a million Rohingya whose claims to nationality have been rejected in the past. The Rohingya Muslim minority live under apartheid-like conditions in Rakhine State in the west, needing permission […]

Jobless and poor, Ghana’s youth turn to selling blood

Posted by on 22/09/2014
Filed under Africa, Health & Science, Top Stories, World

Jobless and poor, Ghana’s youth turn to selling blood

Jobless and poor, Ghana’s youth turn to selling blood

ACCRA: To Ghana’s legions of jobless young men, Eric Bimpong has a moneymaking proposition: sell your blood. Bimpong spends his days outside schools, bars and on the streets of poor neighbourhoods in Accra, scouring for teenagers and 20-somethings to give blood outside the capital’s largest hospital. Commercial blood donors, as the authorities call them, fill […]

Kashmir’s famed carpets ruined in $5bn flood losses – Cost of economic devastation could touch $5bn

Posted by on 22/09/2014
Filed under Business, Subcontinent, World

Kashmir’s famed carpets ruined in $5bn flood losses – Cost of economic devastation could touch $5bn

Kashmir’s famed carpets ruined in $5bn flood losses – Cost of economic devastation could touch $5bn

SRINAGAR: Caked with mud and soaked in putrid water, Qazi Mohammad Yahya’s ruined handmade carpets and Pashmina shawls reflect Indian Kashmir’s economic devastation from the region’s worst floods in a century. More than 450 people were killed when the floods, triggered by heavy monsoon rains, swept this month through the Himalayan region and into neighboring […]

Muslims, Christians throng Tirana to greet Pope – Pope says religion cannot be used to justify violence

Posted by on 21/09/2014
Filed under Europe, Top Stories, World

Muslims, Christians throng Tirana to greet Pope – Pope says religion cannot be used to justify violence

Muslims, Christians throng Tirana to greet Pope – Pope says religion cannot be used to justify violence

TIRANA: Christians and Muslims thronged the Albanian capital yesterday to greet Pope Francis who arrived in the mainly Muslim country for a one-day visit to praise it as a model of religious harmony. The pontiff’s plane landed at Tirana’s Mother Teresa airport at 0700 GMT, where Prime Minister Edi Rama welcomed Francis for his first […]

Rise of Islamic schools alarms secular Turkey

Posted by on 21/09/2014
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Rise of Islamic schools alarms secular Turkey

Rise of Islamic schools alarms secular Turkey

ISTANBUL: When Turkish pupils received their school entry exam results after the end of last term, textile worker and father Halil Ibrahim Beyhan received an unpleasant surprise. His daughter had been assigned to a religious high school, like thousands of other students under a new system that caught many parents off guard. Parents, educators and […]

Yemen Prime Minister quits – Shiite rebels seize Yemen govt HQ

Posted by on 21/09/2014
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Yemen Prime Minister quits – Shiite rebels seize Yemen govt HQ

Yemen Prime Minister quits – Shiite rebels seize Yemen govt HQ

SANAA: Shiite rebels seized the Yemeni government headquarters yesterday and the premier resigned as violence raged despite a UN announcement of a power-sharing deal to end days of fighting, officials said. Prime Minister Mohamed Basindawa stepped aside, accusing President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi of being “autocratic”, senior officials said. State news agency Saba reported Basindawa’s resignation, […]

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