Syria army seizes key town in Latakia

Latakia: The Syrian army, backed by volunteer forces, has managed to capture full control of the strategic town of Salma in the northwestern province of Latakia, state television reports. The armed forces and allies on Tuesday also managed to seize hilltops surrounding the town, which was controlled by foreign-backed militants. The channel added that Syrian […]

Instability will continue in many parts of world, including Pakistan: Obama

WASHINGTON: In his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said that instability will continue for decades in many parts of the world?—?in the Middle East, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in parts of Central America, Africa and Asia, according to the White House official website. “Our foreign policy must be focused […]

Bloody night for Iraq 51 killed in attacks

Baghdad: Gunmen detonated suicide vests inside a shopping complex in Baghdad on Monday and a car bomb exploded nearby in an attack claimed by Islamic State that killed at least 18 people and wounded 40 others. Two bombs later went off in the eastern town of Muqdadiya, killing at least 23 people and wounding another […]

10 killed as explosion rocks Istanbul

ISTANBUL: At least 10 people were killed after an explosion rocked a central Istanbul square on Tuesday, and several others were wounded, Turkey’s Haberturk television said. The Hurriyet daily quoted Istanbul’s governor’s office saying that 10 people have been killed while at least 15 people have been reported wounded in the explosion near Sultanahmet square […]

Saudi, Iran says dispute won't affect Syria talks

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia and Iran said on Sunday that an escalating dispute between the two countries would not affect international efforts to end the war in Syria, even as a large Syrian rebel group cast doubt on the United Nations-led peace process. The U.N. envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said in a statement after […]

North Korea vows more nuclear bombs

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday looked to milk his country’s recent nuclear test as a propaganda victory, praising his scientists and vowing more nuclear bombs a day after the United States flew a powerful nuclear-capable warplane close to the North in a show of force. A standoff between the rival Koreas has […]

India sentences 35 crew of US anti-piracy ship

A court in India has sentenced nearly three dozen foreign and local sailors to five years in prison for illegally carrying weapons aboard a US-operated vessel into the Indian territorial waters. The group of sailors comprises six Britons, three Ukrainians, 14 Estonians and 12 Indians. Judge N Rajasekar issued the sentence on Monday at the […]

IS manual for lone-wolf militants: Trim beard, pretend to be Christian

An Islamic State manual has emerged online in which the outfit advises would-be jihadis from the West to trim their beards and wear western-style clothes to avoid being identified by security services while plotting terror attacks. The 58-page English-language manual titled ‘Safety and Security Guidelines for Lone Wolf Mujahideen’, advises lone terrorists hoping to launch […]

Will not allow war with Iran:Saudi

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman says those pushing the idea of a war between his country and Iran are “not in their right minds.” “A war between Saudi Arabia and Iran is the beginning of a major catastrophe in the region, and it will reflect very strongly on the rest of the […]

S.Korea resumes anti-North broadcasts

SEOUL: As world leaders debated ways to penalize North Korea’s claim of a fourth nuclear test, South Korea voiced its displeasure with broadcasts of anti-Pyongyang propaganda across the rivals’ tense border Friday, believed to be the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. While the US and its allies have cast doubt on the […]