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Tunisian soldier kills 7 comrades 

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TUNIS: A mentally deranged Tunisian soldier seized a gun at a barracks on Monday and killed seven comrades before being shot dead. The Interior Ministry said the rampage was not linked to “terrorism,” but a Defense Ministry spokesman did not rule this out before an investigation reports on the incident. Defense ministry spokesman Belhassen Oueslati said the corporal, whose Tunisian ... Read More »

Abdullah Al-Talq — anatomy of a young terrorist

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JEDDAH: Saudi security authorities arrested two women, accompanying six children on April 17, 2014, when they were crossing the southern border to Yemen to join in terrorist operations. One of these women, Mai Abdul Rahman Al-Talq, is the sister of detained terrorist Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al-Talq, who wasn’t even 15 years old at the time. The Interior Ministry has ... Read More »

Bomber identified as Saleh Al-Qashami

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JEDDAH/RIYADH: The suicide bomber in the Qatif mosque blast has been identified as Saleh bin Abdul Rahman Saleh Al-Qashami, who was a Saudi citizen. Revealing this information, Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, security spokesman of the Interior Ministry, on Saturday said the bomber was wanted by the security authorities for his association with the Islamic State group. Forensic tests proved that the material ... Read More »

Afghan police jailed over Farkhunda mob killing

KABUL — Eleven Afghan policemen were Tuesday sentenced to one year in prison for failing to protect a woman who was lynched by a mob after being falsely accused of blasphemy, following a landmark fast-track trial. Farkhunda, 27, was savagely beaten and her body was set ablaze in broad daylight on March 19, triggering protests around the country and drawing global ... Read More »

More bodies exhumed at graves in Thai ‘trafficking camp’

PEDANG BESAR: Dozens of police and volunteers exhumed six more bodies on Saturday in the second day of digging out a mass grave near a suspected human trafficking camp on a hillside deep in a southern Thai jungle. The digging site, in Sadao district in Songkhla province, on Friday yielded four bodies believed to be migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. ... Read More »

Filipina spared Indonesia execution: Mother hails ‘miracle’

MANILA: The mother of a Filipino drug convict reprieved at the 11th hour after facing execution in Indonesia told Philippine radio: “Miracles do come true.” Mary Jane Veloso was spared after someone suspected of recruiting her and tricking her into carrying drugs to Indonesia turned herself in to authorities in the Philippines, MetroTV and the Jakarta Post reported in Indonesia. ... Read More »

Paris probes 90m-euro fortune of tyrant’s kin

PARIS: The uncle of Syrian President Bashar Assad is under investigation in France for amassing a 90-million-euro fortune, including a stud farm and luxury apartments, despite being kicked out of Syria “with nothing” 30 years ago. French investigators have provided details to AFP of their year-long probe into the finances of Rifaat Assad, the younger brother of late dictator Hafez ... Read More »

Maneka Gandhi says 2,000 girls ‘killed’ in India everyday

NEW DELHI: Two thousand girls are “killed” everyday due to a preference for sons in India with most aborted or murdered just after birth, the country’s minister for women and child development said. Despite laws that ban parents having tests to determine the gender of unborn children, sex selective abortions remain a common practice in parts of India, and have ... Read More »

Egypt court jails ousted president Mursi for 20 years

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi and 12 other defendants to 20 years in jail for involvement in the arrests and torture of protesters during his rule. But the court acquitted Morsi — Egypt's first freely elected president — of murder charges that could have seen him sentenced to death over the killings of a ... Read More »

Yazidi girls speak of ‘systematic rape’ under Daesh militants

Young Yazidi girls and women who were seized by Daesh (the so-called IS) militants were subjected to “systematic rape and other sexual violence” in northern Iraq, a rights group report has stated. Human Rights Watch said in a report released Wednesday that Yazidi women were exposed to “a system of organized rape and sexual assault, sexual slavery, and forced marriage ... Read More »

HRW: ‘Strong’ evidence Assad forces used chemical weapons 

BEIRUT: Eyewitness accounts and evidence collected from northwestern Syria “strongly” suggest regime forces dropped toxic chemicals on civilians several times last month, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. A high-ranking Syrian security official denied the claim, saying the accusations were “lies the insurgents say when they incur losses.” Human Rights Watch said the chemicals appeared to have been packed BAATHIST ... Read More »

Cops accused of molesting pilgrims being investigated

Authorities said on Tuesday they are taking legal action against two police officers accused of sexually assaulting a pair of Iranian male pilgrims. The alleged incident had angered Tehran, which suspended Umrah pilgrimages on Monday. Proceedings began after allegations of “sexual harassment against two teenage Iranian victims” at Jeddah airport surfaced, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. Image illustration purpose only. ... Read More »

Bangladesh hangs top Jamaat leader

DHAKA: Bangladesh authorities on Saturday hanged a top Jamaat-e-Islami leader for overseeing a massacre during the nation’s 1971 independence war against Pakistan, officials said. “Mohammad Kamaruzzaman has been executed at 10 p.m. (local time),” law and Justice Minister Anisul Huq told AFP. Four specially trained convicts took him to a makeshift gallows, set up Police officers escort ambulances, one of ... Read More »

Riyadh shooting suspect held

Security services have detained a Saudi national on suspicion of shooting dead two policemen and wounding two others in separate attacks in Riyadh on Wednesday and in March, according to the Interior Ministry. Police found the weapon and car used for the shootings at the home of the suspect, Rami Abdullah Thulab Al-Shammari, according to a ministry statement, cited by ... Read More »

Protests erupt after black man shot dead

CHARLESTON, South Carolina: Dramatic video that shows a white South Carolina police officer shooting a fleeing black man has led authorities to file a murder charge against the officer amid public outrage over a series of deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of US law enforcement agents. Protests erupted in South Carolina over the fatal shooting. The video, ... Read More »

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