Putin refuses to expel US diplomats, Trump applauds

Washington: President-elect Donald Trump praised President Vladimir Putin for refraining from tit-for-tat expulsions of Americans in response to US punitive measures over alleged Russian interference in the November election.  Putin’s decision came despite the foreign ministry asking him to send home 35 US diplomats after President Barack Obama had expelled the same number of Russian staff. […]

Central Baghdad blasts kill at least 18

 Baghdad : Two bombs exploded in a busy market area in central Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens, Iraqi police said. The blasts ripped through shops in the Al-Sinek area, a police colonel said, adding that at least 38 people were wounded. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for […]

US says Islamic State chief alive, still leading

New York: The Pentagon said Friday it believes that Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is indeed alive, despite repeated efforts by the US-led coalition to take out the militant group leader. Baghdadi has kept a low profile, despite having declared himself the leader of a renewed Muslim caliphate, but last month released a defiant […]

British PM criticises US stance on Israel

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May has taken the unusual step of distancing her government from President Barack Obama’s criticism of Israel. A spokesman for May said the British government does not think it is “appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically elected government of an ally.” The comments made on Thursday were in […]

UNSC schedules vote on Russian-drafted Syria resolution

United Nations: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has scheduled a vote on a Russian-drafted resolution on the implementation of an ongoing nation-wide ceasefire in Syria. The ceasefire, brokered by Russia and Turkey, took effect across the Arab country at midnight on Friday. The Council agreed to hold the vote at 1600 GMT on Saturday […]

Ban Ki-moon bids farewell to United Nations

United Nations:UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon paid an emotional farewell to the United Nations on Friday, wistfully describing his two-term stint at the helm of the global body as something of a fairy tale.  “I feel a bit like Cinderella. Tomorrow at midnight, everything changes!” he joked to staff and colleagues as he wrapped up a decade leading […]

The year of the will

Our civil calendar new year, not withstanding the sociability associated with it, marks a profoundly lonely moment. Other forms of “new year” are about the world changing: The seasons changing, the planets turning, or the year itself signifying something new. The new year supposedly tracked some rhythm, of nature, of the cosmic cycle, or even […]

Kashmir in 13 takes

At the time of writing this review, the valley of Kashmir remains mired in the deep unrest that has come to be known as the ‘Burhan aftermath’, leading to a complete shutdown of the region. The iconic visuals from the funeral of the Hizbul commander have gradually faded, giving way to images of pellet-ridden faces […]

Why The West is Terrified of Muslims Reading History…

Muslim Identity & the fall of the international World Order. Who are the Muslims? It is this fundamental question which cuts to the very heart of a global Muslim awakening. It is this question which explains why Western powers are currently murdering their way across the Muslim world. In our history lies the answers, not […]

‘Free yourself from this fire’

I see my reflection in the mirrors at “Duty-Free Delhi”. Tears have left inky transparent shapes across my cheeks. I am leaving Kashmir after four years. As I said goodbye to my frail grandmother, her eyes stained with a recurrence of cataract, her knees worn out by the weight of the world, the thought that […]