Islamists

  • China official says Islamist militants were trying to ban laughter at weddings and crying at funerals 08-04-2014 10:13 AM

    The governor of China's restive far western region of Xinjiang wrote on Monday that Islamist militants were trying to ban laughter at weddings and crying at funerals, as he appealed to people to stamp out the "tumor" of extremism. Xinjiang, resource-rich and strategically located on the borders of central Asia,...
  • Islamist group prays for earthquake in Sochi Winter Olympics 12-02-2014 11:31 AM

    A terrorist Islamist group has urged followers to pray for an earthquake in Sochi during the Winter Olympics to avenge Muslims who died there fighting "Russian infidels". The appeal was made by a local branch of the Caucasus Emirate, a group which is waging an insurgency for an Islamist state...
  • Egypt to hold presidential election first: Mansour 26-01-2014 08:30 PM

    Egypt will hold a presidential election before parliamentary polls this year, interim President Adly Mansour said on Sunday, a move that could pave the way for the swift election of army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. "I have carried out several dialogues with political groups, which saw a majority in favour...
  • Up to 15, mostly foreigners, killed in Kabul suicide attack 18-01-2014 09:45 AM

    Kabul: Up to 15 people, mostly foreigners, were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a popular Lebanese restaurant in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul, police said. Islamist Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack in the upscale Wazir Akbar Khan district, which hosts many embassies...
  • Bangladesh executes Islamist opposition leader Abdul Quader for war crimes 12-12-2013 11:15 PM

    Dhaka: Bangladesh on Thursday executed an opposition leader convicted of war crimes hours after the Supreme Court rejected his last-minute appeal, officials said. The death threatened to spark new violence ahead of national elections next month. Sheikh Yousuf Harun, chief government administrator in Dhaka, said Abdul Quader Mollah was hanged...
  • Series of bombings and shootings across Iraq claim at least 36 lives: Police 16-09-2013 08:42 AM

    A wave of car bombs and shootings across Iraq killed at least 36 people on Sunday, police sources said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, which appeared coordinated, but Sunni Islamist insurgents, including an al Qaeda affiliate, have been regaining momentum in recent months. The civil war in...
  • Syria war crimes worsen in battle for territory: UN 11-09-2013 02:27 PM

    Geneva: UN human rights investigators said on Wednesday Syrian government forces had massacred civilians, bombed hospitals and committed other war crimes in widespread attacks to recapture territory from rebels this year. Opposition forces, including Islamist foreign fighters, have also perpetrated war crimes including executions, hostage-taking and shelling of civilian neighbourhoods,...
  • Egyptian Islamist groups deny role in bomb attack 06-09-2013 01:25 PM

    Cairo: Egypt's main Islamist groups have denied responsibility for the assassination attempt on Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim as several liberal groups accused the Muslim Brotherhood of involvement. Ibrahim survived an assassination attempt Thursday when a car bomb blew up next to his convoy, prompting him to warn that "a wave...
  • Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood official and warns protesters 30-08-2013 02:42 AM

    Egyptian police captured a senior Muslim Brotherhood official on Thursday and threatened to use live rounds at planned anti-government rallies, pressing ahead with a campaign that has thrown Egypt's oldest Islamist organisation into disarray. Mohamed Beltagi, a leader of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, had urged Egyptians to join...
  • Gulf Islamists irked as monarchs back Egypt's generals 28-08-2013 02:42 AM

    A scuffle broke the reflective atmosphere of Friday prayers in Riyadh's al-Ferdous mosque after the imam deplored the recent bloody crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters by the military in nearby Egypt. The fight between members of the congregation, recorded on a widely circulated Youtube clip and reported by the daily...
  • UN official urges Iran to sway Syria government on peace talks 28-08-2013 02:17 AM

    A top UN official visiting Iran has urged it to use its influence to persuade the Syrian government to attend planned peace talks with opposition groups in Geneva, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman has spent the past two days in Tehran meeting officials,...
  • Thousands of Tunisians call on government to resign 25-08-2013 01:08 AM

    Thousands of Tunisians demonstrated on Saturday night in front of their national assembly kicking off a week of planned protests to call for the resignation of the Islamist-led government. The assassination of a left-wing politician in July - the second such killing in five months - has plunged the country...
  • Rockets from Lebanon fired at northern Israel; no casualties 23-08-2013 04:22 AM

    A rare rocket barrage from Lebanon on Thursday deepened Israeli concern that al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants are opening a new front for confrontation with Israel. The Israeli military said four rockets were fired from southern Lebanon. Two struck Israeli communities without causing casualties, a third was intercepted by the "Iron...
  • Egypt military supporters rally at White House 23-08-2013 02:19 AM

    About 500 protesters supporting Egypt's military are marching outside the White House. They are denouncing the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorists and insisting the ouster of Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi was not a coup. The protesters are chanting "down with the Brotherhood" and demanding Obama not interfere with the military's crackdown....
  • Divided Egypt prepares to release Mubarak from jail 22-08-2013 06:35 AM

    Cairo: Deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak could leave prison on Thursday after a court ruling that further divided a country in turmoil since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Morsi seven weeks ago. Convening at the Cairo jail where Mubarak is held, the court ordered the release of the military...
  • Egyptian court could free Hosni Mubarak as crisis deepens 21-08-2013 06:34 AM

    Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak could be freed from jail after a court reviews his case on Wednesday, potentially stirring more unrest in a country where army-backed authorities are hunting down his Muslim Brotherhood foes. The court will convene at the Cairo prison where Mubarak is being held, judicial sources...
  • Ban ki-Moon 'deeply disturbed' by Muslim Brotherhood deaths in Egypt 20-08-2013 11:31 AM

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday he was "deeply disturbed" by the deaths in custody of 37 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and condemned an ambush by Islamist militants that killed 25 Egyptian policemen. The Muslim Brotherhood supporters died on Sunday while being transferred to a prison....
  • Egypt's Hosni Mubarak in custody on corruption charge may be freed soon 20-08-2013 10:22 AM

    Egypt's former leader Hosni Mubarak could soon be freed from jail, giving a new jolt to a nation in turmoil, after a court ruled on Monday that he could no longer be held in custody on a corruption charge. His lawyer said he could be released within days, six weeks...
  • Egypt's Brotherhood cries foul over Islamist deaths in custody 19-08-2013 09:41 AM

    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, fighting for its political survival, has accused security forces of killing dozens of detained Islamists, upping the pressure in a crisis that has rocked the Arab world's most populous state. At least 850 people have died since last Wednesday in clashes pitting followers of deposed Islamist President...
  • Egypt: 36 killed in prison truck escape attempt 19-08-2013 03:25 AM

    Cairo: Security forces fired tear gas at a prison truck on Sunday in an attempt to free a police officer from rioting detainees, killing at least 36 suspects rounded up during streets clashes between Islamist supporters of the country's ousted president and police, officials said. The deaths of the prisoners,...
  • Gunbattle fought in Cairo mosque as Egypt mulls Brotherhood ban 18-08-2013 06:10 AM

    Security forces cleared a Cairo mosque after a gunbattle with followers of the Muslim Brotherhood on Saturday, while Egypt's army-backed government, facing deepening chaos, considered banning the Islamist group. Three Reuters witnesses saw gunmen shoot from a window of the al-Fath mosque, where supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi had...
  • Egypt presidency suggests Obama remarks may 'embolden armed groups' 16-08-2013 08:57 AM

    Egypt's President on Friday suggested US President Barack Obama's condemnation of a deadly crackdown on Islamists may "encourage violent armed groups". "The presidency fears statements not based on facts may encourage violent armed groups," it said in a statement responding to Obama's condemnation of Wednesday's carnage when police moved to...
  • Egypt fears fresh confrontation as West deplores bloodshed 16-08-2013 06:09 AM

    Deeply polarised Egypt braced for renewed confrontation on Friday, with sympathisers of the Muslim Brotherhood expected to stage protests to denounce a ferocious security crackdown on Islamists that killed hundreds. Defying criticism from major Western allies, Egypt's army-backed government warned it would turn its guns on anyone who attacked the...
  • Islamists call Cairo protest march as Egypt death toll mounts 15-08-2013 03:58 PM

    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called on followers to march in protest in Cairo on Thursday, after at least 421 people were killed in a security crackdown on the Islamist movement that has left the most populous Arab nation polarised and in turmoil. Cairo and other cities hit by shocking violence on...
  • In times of turmoil - Little Egypt

    Kolkata Colloquies |  Priyanka Gupta
    It was 6 am when Samy Sharkawo, a 60 year old limousine driver from Astoria, Queens saw his television set beaming images from Cairo. Overnight,...

  • Pro-Morsi protester shot dead as Egypt standoff intensifies 14-08-2013 06:34 AM

    One Muslim Brotherhood member was shot dead and at least 11 people wounded in Egypt on Tuesday, security sources said, with the Islamist group accusing plain clothes police of firing on their march. The killing could harden the standoff between the Brotherhood, which is demanding the reinstatement of deposed Islamist...
  • Egypt's Brotherhood rejects appeal to 'swallow reality' 06-08-2013 06:34 AM

    The Muslim Brotherhood on Monday rejected pleas from international envoys to "swallow the reality" that Mohamed Morsi will not return as Egypt's president. The envoys from the United States and the European Union, trying to resolve a political crisis brought on by the army's overthrow of the Islamist Morsi a...
  • Syria: Assad confident of victory over rebels 02-08-2013 05:13 PM

    Beirut: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday said that he was confident of victory against rebels and made a symbolic visit to a town once overrun by insurgents and now mostly retaken by his army. But Assad's forces took a blow in the central city of Homs, where at least...
  • Gunmen kill at least eight Tunisian troops as political tensions grow 30-07-2013 06:14 AM

    Gunmen killed at least eight Tunisian soldiers on Monday, staging the biggest attack on the security forces in decades as political tensions rose between supporters and opponents of the Islamist-led government. President Moncef Marzouki called the ambush on Mount Chaambi, near the Algerian border, a "terrorist attack" and announced three...
  • Egypt clashes: 200 killed in police firing, claims Muslim Brotherhood 28-07-2013 03:10 PM

    Defying threats to evict them, thousands of supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi on Sunday staged a sit-in at a mosque here, a day after bloodiest violence that Muslim Brotherhood claimed killed nearly 200 members of their Islamist group. Vowing to stand their ground despite violent crackdown on their...