Israeli Soldiers Killed in Hezbollah Attack

BEIRUT: At least two Israeli soldiers were killed and half a dozen others injured in a Hezbollah attack in the occupied Shebaa Farms, in south Lebanon Wednesday, reports said. Media reports quoting an Israeli military source, reported that an anti-tank missile was fired at an Israeli military vehicle near the Lebanon border, killing four soldiers. […]

Former Taliban commander is IS’ Af-Pak chief

ISLAMABAD: Dreaded Islamic State militant group has appointed a breakaway Taliban commander as its chief in Khurasan, a historic name used by militants for an area covering Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of India. In a video posted online, Islamic State (IS) commander Abu Muhammad Al-Adni confirmed the name of former Tehreek-e- Taliban Pakistan spokesperson Hafiz […]

Jordan ready to swap prisoner for pilot

Amman: Jordan’s information minister says his government is ready to swap an Iraqi woman held in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from Daesh. Mohammad Al Momani made no mention in his statement Wednesday of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who is also being held by Daesh. Al Momani’s comments were carried […]

Did Saudi’s blur Michelle Obama on TV’

RIYADH: Gulf social media users have poured scorn on online claims that Saudi state television blurred out US First Lady Michelle Obama as she accompanied her husband President Barack Obama to the Saudi capital Riyadh where they met the new Saudi king Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The claims were mentioned in reports that […]

287 children under house arrest in Jerusalem

Ramallah: Palestinian children who are placed under house arrest by Israeli occupation forces suffer psychological trauma as they begin to view their parents as their jailers. Al Meethaq for Human Rights says that many Palestinian children prefer to be in Israeli prison rather than house arrest and that the Israeli practice creates division and tension […]

Massive destruction in Kobane after Kurds drive out IS

KOBANE, SYRIA: Rubble strewn streets, gutted buildings: the bloody battle for the Syrian border town of Kobane has wrought massive destruction, according to a team of AFP journalists who arrived on the scene Wednesday. Kurdish forces recaptured the town on the Turkish frontier from the Islamic State (IS) group on Monday in a symbolic blow […]

Cleric declares selfies ‘sinful’

JAKARTA: ‘Selfies’ are the latest to be denounced as sinful and un-Islamic. Felix Siauw- a young Indonesian cleric who pronounced a fatwa against selfies, reportedly posted a 17- point manifesto on Twitter last week, where he argued that taking a selfie often means succumbing to pride, arrogance, and ostentation- all of which make them a […]