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  • Indian-origin ‘IS member’, partner, held

    26 February, 2018 5:07 PM 43

    A 27-year-old Indian-origin woman and her partner, both allegedly linked to the Islamic State (IS), have been arrested and charged with abducting a British couple, according to South African special police unit Hawks. Fatima Patel and Safydeen Aslam Del Vecchio also face charges of robbery and theft after they went on a spending spree using the couples’

  • Air strikes on last IS pocket in eastern Syria kill 25 civilians

    26 February, 2018 11:51 AM 59

    The victims, including 7 children, lost their lives in US-led coalition strikes Air strikes on the last pocket of Islamic State (IS) jihadists in eastern Syria have killed at least 25 civilians, including seven children, a monitor said on Monday. The strikes were conducted on Sunday on and around the village of Al-Shaafah, north of the former IS bastion

  • Rare signed photo of Mahatma Gandhi may fetch USD 10k at auction

    26 February, 2018 10:29 AM 48

    BOSTON: A signed vintage photo of Mahatma Gandhi, walking alongside Madan Mohan Malaviya, is expected to fetch USD 10,000 at an auction in the US. Signed in fountain pen, "M K Gandhi," the rare photo was taken after the second session of India's Round Table Conference in London in September 1931. The reverse of photo bears two Associated Press of Great

  • Famine again a threat in South Sudan, new report says

    26 February, 2018 8:02 AM 17

    One year after South Sudan briefly declared a famine, more than half of the people in the world’s youngest nation face extreme hunger amid civil war. A new report by the United Nations and South Sudan’s government says more than six million people are at threat without aid, up about 40 % from a year ago. An estimated 150,000 people in 11 counties could

  • Islamic militants to apologise to victims of Indonesia attacks

    26 February, 2018 4:09 AM 40

    The Indonesian government is bringing together dozens of convicted Islamic militants and survivors of attacks in what it hopes will be an important step in combating radicalism and fostering reconciliation. The director of de-radicalization at Indonesia’s counter-terrorism agency says about 120 reformed militants will apologize to dozens of victims including

  • UN’s truce call fails to stop strikes

    25 February, 2018 5:12 PM 47

    New regime air strikes and heavy clashes shook Syria’s rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta. New regime air strikes and heavy clashes shook Syria’s rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Sunday despite a UN demand for a ceasefire to end one of the most ferocious assaults of Syria’s civil war. After days of diplomatic wrangling, the Security Council on Saturday

  • UAE hosts trade show of drones

    25 February, 2018 4:27 PM 51

    Showcasing the power these weapons have across West Asia. The United Arab Emirates is hosting a stand-alone trade show featuring military drones, showing the power these weapons have across West Asia. Top UAE officials, including Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, were on hand for the event, which opened on Sunday. Among

  • Syrian capital, its suburbs calm after UN cease-fire vote

    25 February, 2018 8:10 AM 14

    Syrian opposition activists and residents of Damascus say the city and its embattled eastern suburbs are relatively calm following the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous approval of a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria. The activists reported few violations, including some clashes, on the southern edge of the rebel-held suburbs, known

  • Avant-garde mosque angers hard-liners in Iran

    25 February, 2018 7:15 AM 14

    A newly built avant-garde mosque in the heart of Iran’s capital has infuriated hard-liners, who see it as part of a creeping secular onslaught on the Islamic republic. It has also emerged as the latest battleground in a culture war between hard-liners and Iran’s vibrant artistic community, which has hoped for greater openness since President Hassan Rouhani

  • Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto calls off Washington visit

    25 February, 2018 5:10 AM 80

    WASHINGTON: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has called off an official trip to the US to meet his American counterpart Donald Trump after a tense phone call brought the two leaders to a policy-driven standstill, a White House official has confirmed. Pena Nieto was tentatively planning the trip for March but the visit has been put on hold following