ISLAM

  • Father asks Islamic State to treat captured pilot son as 'guest' 3 days ago

    Amman: The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State fighters after his plane crashed in Syria said he did not consider his son a hostage and called on his captors to treat him as a "guest". Jordan is one of several Arab countries participating in the US-led military mission...
  • Islamic State captures Jordanian pilot after warplane comes down in Syria 4 days ago

    Amman: Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot captive after his warplane came down in northeast Syria on Wednesday, the first captive taken from the US-led coalition battling the jihadi group. Jordan's armed forces said one of its pilots had been captured after a coalition air raid over the province of...
  • Sixty journalists killed in 2014, Mideast deadliest area: Watchdog 5 days ago

    Washington: At least 60 journalists were killed globally this year in work-related violence, with the Middle East the deadliest region, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a year-end report on Tuesday. The 2014 death toll marks a drop from 2013, when 70 journalists were killed, the New York-based watchdog...
  • Bombs in north Nigeria bus station, market kill 27 5 days ago

    Abuja/Maiduguri: Two bomb attacks at a bus station and a market in north Nigeria on Monday killed at least 27 people and wounded around 60, officials said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for either attack. Boko Haram insurgents have repeatedly set off bombs targeting civilians, especially in the northeast where they...
  • Islamic State link, BJP-Shiv Sena alliance dominate headlines in Maharashtra 6 days ago

    Mumbai: Four Kalyan youths joining the ISIS in Iraq, a low-intensity blast in Pune, enhanced underworld threat to Bollywood personalities and the crisis hit NSEL promoter's arrest in an alleged Rs 5600-crore scam were some crime cases that hogged headlines in Maharashtra during 2014. Terror menace resurfaced in the state on...
  • Austria arrests couple with machine gun in plane luggage December 21, 2014

    Vienna: An Austrian man and a Turkish woman were arrested on a plane about to take off from Vienna for Istanbul after a machine gun was found in their checked-in luggage, authorities said on Saturday. "The couple were already on board the aircraft by the time the machine gun and live...
  • Conversion to Islam solely for marriage not valid: Allahabad High Court December 19, 2014

    Allahabad: In a significant judgement, the Allahabad High Court has ruled that the religious conversion of girls "without their faith and belief in Islam" and "solely for the purpose of marriage" to Muslim boys could not be held valid. Justice Surya Prakash Kesarwani passed the order while dismissing a batch of...
  • US air strikes kill senior Islamic State leadership: Pentagon December 19, 2014

    Washington: Several leaders of Islamic State militant group have been killed in Iraq in targeted US air strikes in recent weeks, dealing a blow to the extremist jihadist forces, the Pentagon said on Friday. "I can confirm that since mid-November, targeted coalition air strikes successfully killed multiple senior and mid-level leaders...
  • Delhi school website defaced by IS, principal threatened December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: A Delhi school principal was threatened over telephone a month after the school's official website was defaced by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, police said on Wednesday. Mohit Sharma, the 43-year-old principal of Raja Ram Mohan Roy senior secondary public school, filed a police complaint that he received...
  • 66 journalists murdered, 119 kidnapped around the world in 2014 December 17, 2014

    Paris: The beheading of journalists by Islamist terrorists in Syria in 2014 showed that reporters face a dangerous new threat, media freedom organization Reporters Without Borders said on Tuesday. While the overall number of journalists killed around the world was down 7 per cent on 2013, to 66, the nature of...
  • Watch: Timeline of Sydney siege December 16, 2014

    Watch the 17-hour-long siege that unfolded in the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in downtown Sydney on Monday. ...
  • Sydney crisis: Lindt cafe manager, lawyer killed in hostage drama December 16, 2014

    Sydney: Two hostages who have been killed in the 17-hour-long hostage drama at a cafeteria in Sydney were identified as the manager of the Lindt Chocolate cafe and a lawyer. The 38-year-old lawyer, Katrina Dawson, was a mother of three young children who became the victim of the siege. She was...
  • Hostage calls up Radio presenter from Sydney's Lindt cafe December 15, 2014

    A radio show host in Australia told CNN that one of the hostages inside the Sydney cafe got in touch with him and he could hear the gunman giving instructions to the hostages. ...
  • Sydney crisis: Infosys software engineer amongst hostages in Lindt cafe December 15, 2014

    Sydney: An Indian software professional is amongst several other people held hostage by an armed gunman in a cafe in downtown Sydney. A native of Andhra Pradesh, the engineer works with Infosys Australia. "One software engineer is among the hostages. He is an employee of Infosys Australia. Our consulate in Sydney...
  • Read: Chronology of seige at Sydney's Lindt cafe December 15, 2014

    Sydney: According to Australia's leading newspaper 'Sydney Morning Herald', chronology of the siege at a Sydney Café is as follows. Blue sports bag A woman is believed to have raised the alarm at 9:44 am (3:30 AM IST) when she saw a man outside the cafe carrying a blue sports bag with...
  • Mehdi Biswas activities confined to putting posts of IS on Twitter, says Rajnath Singh December 15, 2014

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh said investigations in Bengaluru-based engineer Mehdi Masroor Biswas for running a pro-Islamic State Twitter account are on. He said, "Interrogation of Mehdi Biswas has shown that his activities were confined to putting posts of IS and in their support. He has denied any involvement in recruitment....
  • Radio host speaks to hostage in Sydney cafe December 15, 2014

    Sydney: A Sydney-based radio presenter on Monday said he spoke to one of the hostages being held inside a cafe here and he could hear the gunman talking in the background. "The male hostage was remarkably calm when relaying information over the phone from the gunman," said Ray Hadley, a radio...
  • Bengaluru Police asks Twitter India to join probe on Mehdi's pro-IS account December 15, 2014

    Bengaluru: Days after Bengaluru-based engineer Mehdi Masroor Biswas confessed to running a pro-Islamic State twitter account, the city's police has sent a notice to Twitter India executives to be a part of the investigation. The notice was sent after police wanted more information on Biswas' twitter handle - Shami Witness....
  • Crisis ends as police storm Sydney's Lindt cafe, Indian hostage reported safe; as it happened. December 15, 2014

    Sydney: Australian security forces on Tuesday stormed the Sydney's Lindt cafe where several hostages were being held at gunpoint, in what looked like the dramatic denouement to a standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours. #SydneyTerror: Share your experiences...
  • Australia: Three hostages escape from Sydney cafe, police in touch with armed gunman December 15, 2014

    Sydney: Three people ran out a fire exit of a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of people hostage at the height of Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe were seen holding up a flag containing an Islamic declaration of faith. New South Wales Police...
  • At least 1 armed offender holds several hostage at Sydney's Chocolate cafe December 15, 2014

    Nearly 50 people have been taken hostage in a Sydney cafe by at least 1 gunman. A black flag with Arabic writing has been put up on the shop window. Major landmarks in the city such as the Sydney Opera House have been evacuated. ...
  • Australia: Several held hostage by armed gunman at Sydney cafe, key landmarks evacuated December 15, 2014

    Sydney: A gunman took an unknown number of people hostage inside a chocolate shop and cafe in Australia's largest city on Monday, with two people inside the cafe seen holding up a flag believed to contain an Islamic declaration of faith. Four hours after the incident first erupted inside the Lindt...
  • NIA officials interrogate parents of IS Twitter account handler December 14, 2014

    Kolkata: Officials of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday interrogated the parents of Mehdi Masroor Biswas, the alleged handler of the pro-Islamic State (IS) Twitter account, who was recently arrested in Bengaluru. Family sources said that the NIA officials went to the resident of Masroor in the city and interrogated...
  • Bengaluru youth operating pro-Islamic State Twitter handle sent to five-day police custody December 14, 2014

    Bengaluru: The Bengaluru Police was on Sunday granted five days custody of Mehdi Masroor Biswas, a 24-year-old engineer, after he confessed to operating a pro-Islamic State Twitter account with over 17,000 followers. Biswas was arrested on Saturday from his home in the IT city. He has been accused of waging a...
  • Bengaluru youth was in contact with few English speaking Jihadist December 14, 2014

    Mehdi Masroor Biswas who allegedly operated the fanatic pro-ISIS twitter account, Sami Witness, has confessed to his crime and revealed how he managed to keep his identity secret to the Bangalore Police on Saturday. ...
  • Cartoon of the day: Bengaluru youth behind pro-ISIS Twitter account December 14, 2014

    As Bengaluru youth admits handling pro-ISIS Twitter account, here is what Neelabh has to show. ...
  • Extending full co-operation with investigation process: ITC December 13, 2014

    New Delhi: After one its employees was arrested for allegedly being the handler of the pro-Islamic State (IS) twitter account, ITC on Saturday issued a statement extending full cooperation with the investigating agencies. "An employee has been arrested by Bengaluru Police in connection with allegedly objectionable social media activity carried out...
  • Bengaluru youth handling pro-ISIS Twitter account booked for waging war against friendly nation December 13, 2014

    Bengaluru: Mehdi Masroor Biswas who allegedly operated the fanatic pro-ISIS twitter account, Sami Witness, has confessed to his crime and revealed how he managed to keep his identity secret to the Bangalore Police on Saturday. "He has confessed that he was operating the Twitter account for the last many years,"...
  • Islamic State justifies enslaving, having sex with 'non-believers' December 13, 2014

    Baghdad: The Sunni jihadi organisation Islamic State (IS) has justified the enslavement of non-Muslim women and children and sexual intercourse with them, not sparing even pre-pubescent girls. This message has been propagated by an IS pamphlet titled "Question and Answers on Female Slaves and their Freedom", which was distributed to the...
  • Bengaluru youth's father denies son's links with Islamic State December 13, 2014

    Kolkata: The father of the man, who was for arrested for being the alleged handler of an influential Twitter account of Islamic State(IS) group, on Saturday said he did not believe that his son has any link with the terror outfit and claimed his internet account was hacked. M Biswas, father...