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Air raids kill 24 Daesh terrorists in Syrian city

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BEIRUT: At least 24 Daesh terrorists and eight civilians were killed in airstrikes Sunday on Syria's Raqa, the de facto capital of the militant movement, a monitor said. It was unclear whether the raids were carried out by Syrian, Russian or US-led coalition warplanes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "At least 24 Daesh members, among them three commanders, ... Read More »

UN: Muslims are biggest victims of terror

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GENEVA: The vast majority of victims of violent extremism worldwide are Muslims and the objective of extremists “is for us to turn on each other (and) our unity is the ultimate rebuke for that bankrupt strategy,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. He underscored that the action plan he presented to the UN General Assembly in January contains concrete recommendations and ... Read More »

Massive fire kills more than 100 in south India temple fire

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA — A massive fire broke out during a fireworks display in a Hindu temple in south India early Sunday, killing more than 100 people and injuring at least 200 others, officials said. The fire started when a spark from the unauthorized fireworks show ignited a separate batch of fireworks that were being stored at the Puttingal temple complex in ... Read More »

An ‘exploding watermelon’ takes the Internet by storm

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WASHINGTON: In an online world where viral trends can shift in an instant, the “exploding watermelon” video may have set a high-water mark. The digital news site BuzzFeed on Friday showed just how quickly a mindless act can gain notoriety, using Facebook’s new live video service for an event in which its team placed elastic bands around the melon until ... Read More »

British PM Cameron admits mishandling offshore revelations

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LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday he had mishandled the controversy over his shares in his father’s offshore business interests, which were exposed by the “Panama Papers” revelations. Cameron said he would publish his tax rerue turns and shouldered the blame for the row over his financial affairs. “It has not been a great week. I know that ... Read More »

Austria to seize Hitler’s birth house

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VIENNA: Austria said Saturday it wants to seize Adolf Hitler’s birthplace from its private owner in a bid to end a bitter legal battle and stop the house from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine. “We are currently examining the creation of a law, which would force a change of ownership and pass the property to the Republic of Austria,” Interior Ministry ... Read More »

Pak Navy successfully test-fires shore-based anti-ship missile

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Pakistan Navy today successfully test-fired shore-based anti-ship missile 'Zarb', bolstering its defence mechanism. The missile was launched from a coastal site and successfully hit the surface target in the Arabian Sea, a statement released by Director General Public Relations said. Naval chief Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah said the launch of new missile system was part of Pakistan Navy's continuous effort to ... Read More »

Iran scarf rule ticks off Air France cabin crew

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PARIS: Unions for Air France cabin crew held talks with management on Monday after several female crew members opposed an order to wear head scarves in Iran, when flights to Tehran resume on April 17. Flore Arrighi of the Unac union said before the meeting that she was expecting the airline’s head of human resources, Gilles Gateau, to come up ... Read More »

Erdogan rejects democracy lessons from West

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ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday lashed out at the West for giving Turkey “lessons in democracy,” amid mounting US and EU criticism over an alleged clampdown on press freedoms under his rule. “Those who attempt to give us lessons in democracy and human rights must first contemplate their own shame,” Erdogan told a meeting of the Turkish ... Read More »

Alawite leaders distance themselves from Assad

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BEIRUT: In a deeply unusual move, leaders of Assad’s Alawite sect in the country released a document that distanced themselves from his regime. Those behind the text said Alawites were not members of a branch of Shia Islam — as they have been described in the past by Shia clerics — and that they were committed to “the fight against ... Read More »

Floral designs add to beauty of Grand Mosque

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MAKKAH – The inside portion of the newly constructed Haram building that overlooks mataf (circumambulation area around the Holy Kaba) has been decorated with Islamic floral designs. The prayer areas inside the Grand Mosque are also adorned by various engineering and geometrical designs adding beauty to the place’s spiritual environment. “We have selected these special designs for the Grand Mosque as ... Read More »

Spanish church backtracks on Cordoba mosque decision

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MADRID: Catholic Church authorities in the southern Spanish city of Cordoba have agreed to restore the Islamic reference in the name of the city’s famed mosque-cathedral and stop referring to it as simply “The Cordoba Cathedral.” The decision was welcomed Friday by the Mosque-Cathedral protest group that complained that church policy of dropping the mosque reference on pamphlets and tickets ... Read More »

State tries hard to save Israeli soldier who slew Palestinian

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JERUSALEM: An Israeli soldier caught on video shooting and killing a wounded Palestinian assailant will be kept under arrest at his base until his next court appearance, a military court ruled Friday. A new hearing of a military appeals court is scheduled for Tuesday, the army said in a statement. The decision to place the soldier under arrest at his ... Read More »

Murdoch’s ex-wife ‘dating’ Putin

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NEW YORK: Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife, Wendi Deng, is currently dating Russian President Vladimir Putin, media reports said. Rumors have “been floating around for years” since Russian president’s 2014 divorce from then-wife Lyudmila Putina. The pair share two daughters — Maria, 30, and Yekaterina, 29. The 63-year-old was previously rumored to have dated Russian gymnast Alina Kabaeva, but reports of Putin ... Read More »

Oil prices tumble 4 percent

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NEW YORK: Oil tumbled 4 percent on Friday after data showed the global crude glut was likely to grow. The dollar's first rebound in a week after stronger-than-expected US jobs data added pressure on oil, making crude prices denominated in the greenback less attractive for holders of the euro and other currencies. Brent crude fell $1.70, or 4.2 percent, to ... Read More »

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