Sharif accused of being soft on India by JuD, Islamist parties

Sharif accused of being soft on India by JuD, Islamist parties

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has come under attack from Islamist parties and groups supporting militancy in Kashmir that accused him of being soft on India and advocating peace. The groups led by Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed held a conference outside National Press Club here to mark ‘Solidarity Day’ […]

Pak wants max number of Taliban groups to join Afghan talks

Islamabad: Pakistan on Saturday called for collective efforts to persuade maximum number of Taliban groups to join Afghan peace dialogue, as the US, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan launched third round of talks here aimed at adopting a roadmap for reconciliation in the war-torn country. “We believe our collective efforts at this stage, including through supportive […]

Lassa fever outbreak claims 101 lives in Nigeria: NCDC

Lagos (Nigeria): A growing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has killed 101 people, as West Africa battles to contain a flare up of the virus, according to data from the nation’s health authorities released today. Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) statistics show that reported cases of the haemorrhagic disease – both confirmed and suspected […]

Implement ceasefire in Syria: Kerry to Russia

Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Russia to implement a ceasefire in Syria, saying its bombing campaign was killing women and children in large numbers and “has to stop.” “Russia has indicated to me very directly they are prepared to do a ceasefire,” Kerry told reporters, fresh from a trip to Europe […]

WikiLeaks founder Assange should walk free, rules UN panel

WikiLeaks founder Assange should walk free, rules UN panel

Geneva/London: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be freed, a UN panel ruled today as it called on the UK and Sweden to compensate the whistleblower for his “arbitrary detention” of over five years. “The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention considers that the various forms of deprivation of liberty to which Julian Assange has been subjected […]

US drone strike kills top al Qaeda chief in south Yemen: family

US drone strike kills top al Qaeda chief in south Yemen: family

ADEN, YEMEN: An air strike believed to have been carried out by a US drone in south yemen on Thursday killed a prominent chief of Al-Qaeda’s branch in the war-torn country, a family member said. Jalal Belaidi, alias Abu Hamza, a top commander of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was killed along with two […]

At least 2,297 journalists killed since 1990: IFJ

At least 2,297 journalists killed since 1990: IFJ

BRUSSELS: At least 2,297 journalists and media workers have been killed in the last 25 years, with Iraq ranking as the most deadly country, the International Federation of Journalists said Thursday. Journalists lost their lives in targeted killings, bomb attacks, in the cross-fire and kidnappings in wars and armed conflicts across the globe while others […]

Pak madrasas used money laundering to fund jihadi groups: US expert

Pak madrasas used money laundering to fund jihadi groups: US expert

WASHINGTON: Radical Pakistani madrasas are enaged in massive trade-based money laundering to fund jihadist groups, eminent experts have told American lawmakers who expressed concerns over terror financing. Concerned over the practice, Congressman Stephen F Lynch said trade-based money laundering (TBML) involves using trade and products or commodities for value in order to divert and obscure […]

US does not suppress Islam: Obama

WASHINGTON: Terming the recent anti-Muslim rhetoric in the US poll campaign as “inexcusable”, President Barack Obama has said the best way to fight terrorism is to show that the US does not suppress Islam. “The best way to fight terrorism is to show the US does not suppress Islam and refute lies to the contrary,” […]

‘Obama’s mosque visit to assure Muslims of religious freedom’

‘Obama’s mosque visit to assure Muslims of religious freedom’

Washington: Amid growing anti-Muslim rhetoric in the US poll campaign, President Barack Obama’s visit to a US mosque for the first time during his presidency is aimed at assuring the large Muslim-American community of their religious freedom, according to a top White House official. “I think the President is quite interested in making sure that […]

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