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  • Japan stunned by video claiming death of 1 of 2 Islamic State hostages Yesterday

    Tokyo: From the prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese were shocked on Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed. With attention focused on efforts to save the other hostage, some also criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive for...
  • Japan says web clip claiming death of Islamic State hostage 'outrageous' 2 days ago

    Tokyo: Japan early on Sunday strongly criticised a recording purporting to announce the execution of a Japanese citizen held by Islamic State militants and demanded the immediate release of another captive depicted as appearing on the image. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, in a brief televised statement, said the recording appeared...
  • US woman who tried to help terrorists sentenced to 4 years in prison 3 days ago

    Denver: A 19-year-old woman who tried to go to Syria to help Islamic State terrorists has been sentenced to four years in prison. Shannon Conley learned her punishment in Denver federal court on Friday as her parents watched. She wore a black and tan headscarf with her jail uniform. Conley pleaded guilty to...
  • Islamic terrorists celebrate Saudi King's death online 3 days ago

    Beirut: Islamic terrorists and their supporters celebrated the death of Saudi King Abdullah on social media on Friday, many of them describing him as a "servant" of the Americans who conspired with the West to kill Muslims. Abdullah, who died at the age of 90, began battling al-Qaeda terrorists around a...
  • Indian agencies write to Twitter; want Islamic State tweet location 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Indian agencies have written to Twitter seeking the location from where threatening tweets were issued by alleged Islamic State (IS) terrorists, calling for a car bomb attack on US President Barack Obama during his India visit. The security agencies looking into the attacks have...
  • Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah dies, new ruler is Salman 4 days ago

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died early on Friday and his brother Salman became king, the royal court in the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam said in a statement carried by state television. King Salman has named his half-brother Muqrin as his crown prince and heir. "His Highness Salman...
  • France takes battle against radical Islam into schools 4 days ago

    Paris: France announced new measures on Thursday aimed at helping schools combat radical Islam, racism and anti-Semitism in reaction to deadly Islamist attacks two weeks ago. The moves, including more teacher training and civic and ethics education in the country's secular curriculum, come after dozens of schools complained of pupils refusing...
  • Obama calls on US Congress to authorise force against Islamic State 6 days ago

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on the US Congress to pass a new authorisation of force against the Islamic State terror group and to not rush into new sanctions on Iran over its disputed nuclear program. Obama said a US led coalition of countries is stopping the advance of...
  • IS targeting educated women in new wave of horror: UN 6 days ago

    Geneva: The UN on Tuesday warned educated women, particularly those who have run for elections, that they risk executions, cruel and inhuman punishments from the Sharia courts established by the Islamic State militants in areas controlled by them. In the first two weeks of 2015 three women lawyers were executed by...
  • Injury scare for Bangladesh's Taijul Islam 6 days ago

    Mirpur: Bangladeshi left arm spinner Taijul Islam was struck on his bowling arm while batting in the nets on Monday. He was immediately rushed to a hospital for treatment. According to team manager Khaled Mahmud, the reports did not show anything serious. "Taijul hurt his wrist while facing Shafiul Islam in the...
  • Islamic State threatens two Japanese captives in video 6 days ago

    Dubai: The terrorist Islamic State group, which holds territory in Iraq and Syria, issued a video online on Tuesday purporting to show two Japanese captives and demanding $200 million from the Japanese government to save their lives. A black-clad figure with a knife, standing in a desert area along with two...
  • Hyderabad Police arrests engineer over suspected links with Islamic State January 17, 2015

    Hyderabad: Hyderabad Police on Saturday arrested a 22-year-old engineer over suspected links with the Islamic State. The engineer was arrested while attempting to fly to Dubai on Thursday. Police said Salman Moinuddin is a resident of Hyderabad's Asif Nagar and was planning to join his partner, a UK-national, and travel to...
  • Protesters clash with Pakistan police near French consulate January 16, 2015

    Pakistan: Pakistan police fired tear gas and water cannon at about 200 protesters outside the French consulate in the southern port city of Karachi on Friday when a demonstration against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo turned violent. It was the first time people's anger over the cartoons lampooning Islam's Prophet...
  • Paris station evacuated over terror threat, at least 12 with suspected Islamic State links arrested January 16, 2015

    Paris: French and German authorities arrested at least 12 people on Friday suspected of links to the Islamic State group and a Paris train station was evacuated, with Europe on alert for new potential terrorist attacks. The police raids came the morning after Belgian authorities moved swiftly to pre-empt what they...
  • Terror message found scribbled on Mumbai airport wall for the second time, probe underway January 16, 2015

    Mumbai: Another terror message has been found scribbled in the washroom of Mumbai Airport Terminal 1A warning an attack by Islamic State. The message warned of an attack by IS on January 26, the day India celebrates as Republic Day. The message was spotted by a house cleaning staff in the...
  • Islamic State sympathiser arrested for plotting attack on US Capitol January 15, 2015

    Ohio: A man who plotted to attack the US Capitol and kill government officials inside it and spoke of his desire to support the Islamic State militant group was arrested on Wednesday, the FBI said. A criminal complaint filed in US District Court in Ohio charges Christopher Lee Cornell with attempting...
  • ISIS 'recruit' says jail officer asked him to identify photos January 14, 2015

    Mumbai: Arif Majeed, an alleged ISIS 'recruit' hailing from neighbouring Kalyan township, on Wednesday moved a local court accusing a jail officer of asking him to identify people from a bunch of photographs. "The jail officer, under the law, cannot speak to an accused regarding a case," said his lawyer...
  • About 5000 European Union nationals in Islamic State ranks, says Europol January 14, 2015

    London: Up to 5,000 European Union citizens have joined Islamic State ranks, the head of European police agency Europol told British lawmakers on Wednesday. "We're talking about 3,000, 5,000 EU nationals," Rob Wainwright told a parliamentary committee when asked how many foreign fighters had left from Europe. "We're dealing with a large...
  • Aminul Islam relives his journey from World Cup to Test Arena January 14, 2015

    Since its independence in 1971, Bangladesh wanted to play in the World Cup. Bangladesh competed in the 1979, 1982, 1990 and 1994 ICC Trophies and not only improved every time, but got closer to qualification to the pinnacle event. My ODI debut was in 1988 and I played in the ICC...
  • IS video purports to show boy executing 'Russian spies' January 14, 2015

    Beirut: The Islamic State jihadist group released a video on Monday purporting to show a young boy executing two men accused of working for Russian intelligence services. The video shows the two men apparently being shot dead by the child after being interrogated on camera about their alleged attempts to infiltrate...
  • Defiant Charlie Hebdo fronts Prophet Muhammad, drawing more threats January 14, 2015

    Paris: In an emotional act of defiance, Charlie Hebdo resurrected its irreverent and often provocative newspaper on Tuesday, featuring a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad on the cover that drew immediate criticism and threats of more violence. The newspaper unapologetically skewered other religions as well, and bragged that Sunday's turnout of...
  • Snowmen un-Islamic, says Saudi Arabian cleric January 13, 2015

    Dubai: A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has whipped up controversy by issuing a religious ruling forbidding the building of snowmen, described them as anti-Islamic. Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for fathers to build snowmen for their children after a snowstorm in the country's north, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh...
  • Charlie Hebdo to publish Prophet Muhammad cartoon on new cover January 13, 2015

    Paris: The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is publishing a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad on the cover of its first issue since Islamic extremists killed 12 people at its offices. The newspaper Liberation hosted Charlie Hebdo staff as they prepared the new issue and is handling its special 1 million-copy...
  • US Central Command Twitter feed appears hacked by Islamic State sympathizers January 12, 2015

    Washington: The US Central Command Twitter feed appeared to have been hacked on Monday by people claiming to be Islamic State sympathizers. "In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad," the Centcom Twitter feed said. The Twitter account published a list of generals and...
  • Paris terror attack: Video of gunman raises questions of affiliations January 12, 2015

    Paris: Two days after his death, a video has emerged of one of the Paris gunmen pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group, while his two fellow terrorists have claimed to be from al-Qaida a fiercely rival extremist organisation. That seeming contradiction has raised questions about the connections among the three...
  • Saudi blogger flogged in public 50 times for insulting Islam: witness January 12, 2015

    Dubai: A Saudi blogger convicted of insulting Islam was brought after Friday prayers to a public square in the port city of Jiddah and flogged 50 times before hundreds of spectators, a witness to the lashing said. The witness said Raif Badawi's feet and hands were shackled during the flogging but...
  • Man resembling Paris attacker claims to be Islamic State member in video January 11, 2015

    Paris: A man resembling Amedy Coulibaly, who shot a policewoman and took hostages at a Jewish supermarket in the Paris attacks, claimed to be a member of the Islamic State group in a posthumous video released online on Sunday. Speaking into the camera, the man says he coordinated with the two...
  • Islamic State beheads Syria imam January 9, 2015

    Beirut: The Islamic State (IS) group on Thursday beheaded a Syrian imam, or mosque prayer leader, a monitoring group said. "The IS executed the imam of a mosque from the village of Abu Khuyut near Hasakeh city (in northeastern Syria) at dawn Thursday,"said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Britain-based Observatory...
  • Islamic State radio praises Charlie Hebdo attackers as 'heroes' January 9, 2015

    Beirut: The Islamic State group's radio praised as "heroes" on Thursday the perpetrators of a deadly attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. "Jihadist heroes have killed 12 journalists who worked for the French magazine Charlie Hebdo and wounded more than 10 others," said a statement read on Al-Bayan radio....
  • Charlie Hebdo shooting: France hunts for two brother suspects; nation mourns their victims January 8, 2015

    Paris: Scattered gunfire and explosions shook France on Thursday as its frightened yet defiant citizens held a day of mourning for 12 people slain at a Paris newspaper. French police hunted down the two heavily-armed brothers suspected in the massacre to make sure they do not strike again. French President Francois...