Afghan suicide attack kills 6 NATO soldiers

KABUL: At least six Nato soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber on a motorbike attacked a joint US-Afghan patrol near Bagram air base in Afghanistan on Monday. Brig Gen William Shoffner, head of public affairs at Nato’s Resolute Support base in the Afghan capital Kabul, said that three foreign troops were also wounded in […]

Nigerian army bulldozes Shia religious center in Zaria

LAGOS: The Nigerian army has completely demolished a religious center belonging to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) following the recent massacre of Shia Muslims in the West African country. The IMN’s website cited a local source as saying that the army bulldozed Hussainiyyah Baqeeyatullah in the northern city of Zaria in Kaduna State on […]

ISIS stole ‘tens of thousands’ of blank passports

BERLIN: The militant Islamic State (IS) group may have stolen “tens of thousands” of blank passports that it could use to smuggle its fighters into Europe as refugees, a German newspaper reported on Sunday. The Welt am Sonntag cited Western intelligence sources as saying that IS could have acquired the stolen travel documents in areas […]

Host announces wrong winner of Miss Universe 2015

BOGOTA: It was a cringe-worthy moment on Sunday night when Miss Universe host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced the wrong winner during the live telecast of the beauty pageant. The comedian/TV personality Harvey initially announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner. It was after she was presented with the winner’s sash and tiara that Harvey […]

U.N council endorses Syria peace plan

New York: – The United Nations Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a resolution endorsing an international road map for a Syria peace process, a rare show of unity among major powers on a conflict that has claimed more than a quarter million lives. The resolution gives a U.N. blessing to a plan negotiated previously […]

'US leading world to nuclear war over Syria'

NEW YORK: US politicians are leading the world to a life-threatening nuclear war between global powers over Syria, says Mark Dankof, an American political analyst and former Senate candidate. Speaking at an end-of-the-year news conference on Friday, US President Barack Obama once again called for the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in order for […]

Nigeria Massacre: Army had 'predetermined mandate' to attack: Group

LAGOS: A human rights body, Access to Justice, has alleged that the Nigerian Army had a “pre-determined mandate” to attack members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, in Zaria on Saturday. The deadly clash left nearly 100 people dead. The Army claimed the movement made attempt on the life of the Chief of Army Staff, […]

'No agreement on Syria ahead of talks'

NewYork:-Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says there “seems to be no agreement” on two major issues ahead of UN-brokered negotiations on the Syria conflict in New York. Tehran has seen “no lists we can agree upon” of Syrian opposition groups that should be included in peace negotiations planned for January 1, 2016, he told […]

UN adopts resolution to curb IS funding

UNITED NATIONS: – The U.N. Security Council warned on Thursday that some countries are failing to implement long-standing sanctions against Islamic State, as an unprecedented meeting of finance ministers put the global focus on cutting off the militant group’s funds, Reuters reported. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution that ties together existing measures targeting […]

Khomeini grandson registers for Iran Assembly election: state media

Teharan:-A grandson of Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini registered on Friday for February’s election of the Assembly of Experts, the clerical body that chooses the supreme leader, state broadcaster IRIB reported. Hassan Khomeini, 43, a politically moderate cleric, will be the first member of the family of Iran’s revolutionary founder to test his popularity at the […]