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Russia, Syria carry out daily cluster bomb attacks: HRW


BEIRUT: A suicide car bomber dispatched by the Daesh group struck near a police officers’ club in the Syrian capital, killing at least 10 people and destroying a number of cars. Syrian state TV reported the toll and showed footage of the blast scene, including several damaged vehicles and a burnt-out car. The police officers’ club was next to a ... Read More »

Stop demolition of Palestinian housing, EU tells Israel 


BRUSSELS, Belgium: The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to halt the demolition of Palestinian housing, some of which was EU-funded, and reiterated its opposition to expanding Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. “In the past weeks there have been a number of developments in Area C of the West Bank, which risk undermining the viability of a ... Read More »

Israel razes EU-funded Palestinian homes


JERUSALEM: Israeli forces demolished 24 Palestinian buildings in a disputed military zone in the West Bank Tuesday, including 10 funded by the European Union, leaving families homeless, authorities and residents said. Soldiers destroyed the structures in and around the village of Khirbet Jenbah south of Hebron, the Association of Civil Rights in Israel said. Israeli officials said the buildings were ... Read More »

Busted: Expat gang which forced cleaners to beg SR500 a day


JEDDAH: The Asir municipality has arrested a gang run by Arab expatriates who forced the cleaners in their region to beg for money from passers-by in Abha, in violation of the regulations, a media report said on Wednesday. According to sources, the expatriates worked in a cleaning company as supervisors, but they took advantage of their positions as supervisors and ... Read More »

FIFA prosecutors to appeal for tougher Blatter, Platini bans 


ZURICH: Already banished from soccer for eight years, former FIFA leaders Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini are again facing the threat of life bans. FIFA ethics prosecutors said Tuesday they will appeal to increase the bans, arguing they are too lenient. “The investigatory chamber intends to appeal against the decision against Mr. Blatter and Mr. Platini at the appeal committee ... Read More »

Police nab man who vandalized Florida mosque


ORLANDO, Florida: Titusville Police detectives have made an arrest in connection with the New Year’s Day vandalism of The Islamic Society of Central Florida Masjid Al-Munin Mosque. Michael Scott Wolfe, 35, of Titusville, was arrested Monday evening in Titusville, and charged with criminal mischief to a mosque, a third degree felony. The evidence revealed Wolfe, wearing camouflage clothing, entered the ... Read More »

Daesh video of ‘spies’ killing desperate propaganda: UK 


LONDON: A Daesh video showing a young boy in military fatigues and an older masked militant who both spoke with British accents is “desperate” propaganda from an organization that is losing ground, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday. The video, which could not be independently verified, also shows the killing of five men accused of spying for the West. ... Read More »

Protesters ransack Muslim prayer hall on Corsica


AJACCIO: Demonstrators ransacked a Muslim prayer hall and attempted to burn copies of the Qur'an on the French island of Corsica Friday, police said, following a night of violence that left two firefighters injured. Tensions had mounted in Ajaccio on Christmas Day after two firefighters and a police officer were wounded overnight in Jardins de L’Empereur, a low-income neighborhood of ... Read More »

Daesh ‘sanctions organ harvesting’


WASHINGTON: Daesh has sanctioned the harvesting of human organs in a previously undisclosed ruling by the group’s scholars, raising concerns that the violent extremist group may be trafficking in body parts. The ruling, contained in a Jan. 31, 2015 document reviewed by Reuters, says taking organs from a living captive to save a Muslim’s life, even if it is fatal ... Read More »

Gunmen kidnap at least 26 Qatari nationals in Iraqi desert

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BAGHDAD, Iraq: About 100 gunmen kidnapped at least 26 Qataris from their hunting camp in a sprawling desert area near the Saudi borders in the early hours of Wednesday, the regional governor and police officials said. Two police officers in Samawa confirmed the kidnappings and said security forces launched a wide-scale search for the Qataris. “An armed group driving dozens ... Read More »

Daesh in Libya executes 2 for ‘witchcraft’, ‘spying’


TRIPOLI: Daesh has executed a woman for “witchcraft” and a man accused of spying in its Libyan stronghold, news agencies close to the country’s rival authorities said Monday. Daesh beheaded the Moroccan woman in a public square and shot dead a Palestinian man for alleged spying in the coastal city of Sirte, said the agency close to the internationally recognized ... Read More »

Kuwait mosque blast: Death for terrorist upheld


KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait’s appeals court Sunday upheld the death penalty for the main organizer of the bombing of a Shiite mosque claimed by the Daesh group that killed 26 people. The court however reduced the death sentence handed out to the alleged leader of Daesh in Kuwait, Fahad Farraj Muhareb, to 15 years in prison. A lower court in September ... Read More »

Taliban storm airport complex in Kandahar


HERAT, Afghanistan: Explosions and gunfire rang out as Taliban militants stormed the airport complex in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar Tuesday, officials said, with fighting still ongoing. “The insurgents managed to breach the first gate of the complex,” Samim Khpalwak, a spokesman for the Kandahar provincial governor, told AFP, adding that there was no immediate information on casualties. Separately, ... Read More »

$7,000 = Jeddah to Cairo sans passport


JEDDAH: An Egyptian sales representative working in the Kingdom managed to travel from Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport to Cairo without a passport, according to Egyptian security officials. According to the passenger, he was forced to surpass security procedures at Jeddah airport to travel to his home country, after his sponsor failed to provide him with his passport. Egyptian newspapers ... Read More »

14 dead in California mass shooting, suspects killed


SAN BERNARDINO, California: A man and a woman suspected of taking part in a shooting attack that killed 14 people and wounded 17 at a California social services agency on Wednesday died in a shootout with police hours later, authorities said. One police officer was injured in the gunfight with the two suspects, who were confronted in their getaway vehicle ... Read More »

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