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  • Islamic State onslaught on Yazidis may be attempted genocide: UN Yesterday

    United Nations: The campaign of Islamic State militants against Iraq's Yazidi minority may be attempted genocide, UN Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic said on Tuesday. "Facts are indicating that actions against Yazidis may amount to attempted genocide," he told a small group of reporters at the United Nations after...
  • London: Sothebys auctions Indian and Islamic art work Yesterday

    The Auction House Sothebys of London held its inaugural 'Indian and Islamic Art week' putting on display a high profile series of Public exhibitions and auctions from October 3 to October 8. The exhibition was divided into three areas - the Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art, Art of Imperial...
  • Islamic State advances against Yazidis on Iraq's Sinjar mountain Yesterday

    Arbil/Baghdad: Islamic State militants advanced on Iraq's Sinjar mountain on Tuesday, tightening a siege of thousands of stranded Yazidis, who called on the United States and its allies to act to avert more bloodshed. The attack is the latest threat to minority Yazidis, thousands of whom have shot, buried alive or...
  • India says Islamic State not yet a threat 2 days ago

    New Delhi: The Islamic State and al Qaeda do not yet pose a threat to India, the national security adviser said on Tuesday, despite attempts by the ultra-radical groups to enlist support from among India's huge Muslim population. Flags of the Islamic State have appeared in Jammu and Kashmir, India's only...
  • Baghdad restaurant bombs kill 21 2 days ago

    Baghdad: A series of bombs targeting restaurants across Baghdad killed at least 21 people on Tuesday, police and medics said. The Iraqi capital has witnessed a surge in bombings over the past month, most claimed by Islamic State militants who have overrun large parts of Iraq and neighbouring Syria. Twelve people were...
  • IS terrorists stone woman to death for adultery, releases video 2 days ago

    Beirut: Terrorists of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group released a video on Tuesday showing its members stoning a woman to death whom they accused of committing adultery. At the beginning of the five-minute recording, the woman appears in front of her father and an IS fighter who states that...
  • John Kerry in Southeast Asia seeking support against Islamic State 3 days ago

    Jakarta: US Secretary of State John Jerry arrived in Indonesia today to attend Joko Widodo's presidential inauguration and press Southeast Asian nations to step up their efforts in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group. Kerry is among foreign dignitaries visiting Jakarta for the inauguration of Widodo, a former furniture...
  • US airdrops arms, ammunition to Kurds battling Islamic State in Kobane 3 days ago

    Washington: The American military airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurds fighting the Islamic State group in the flashpoint Syrian city of Kobane, in a move likely to anger ally Turkey. Kurdish defenders have been under IS assault for more than a month in Kobane, which has become a key...
  • Nigerians doubtful of girls' release after Boko Haram 'truce' breached 3 days ago

    Lagos: A wave of violence hours after Nigeria's government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubt on Sunday about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants will really be released, deflating the new hopes of their parents. Nigeria's armed forces chief Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh announced...
  • Saudi Arabia plans to ban children from performing Haj 4 days ago

    Jeddah: Saudi Arabia plans to ban children below 10 years of age from performing Haj taking into account their health and the rigorous strain during the annual pilgrimage, one of the world's largest gatherings. The issue came up for discussion during a recent meeting between the heads of pilgrim establishments...
  • US-led coalition jets strike Kobani, Islamic State shells hit Turkey 4 days ago

    Mursitpinar: US-led coalition jets pounded suspected Islamic State targets at least six times in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Saturday after the fiercest shelling in days by the insurgents shook the town's centre and hit border areas within Turkey. Shelling continued after the strikes hit the centre of Kobani....
  • Al-Qaeda urges worldwide Muslim support of Islamic State 6 days ago

    Dubai: Al-Qaeda's deadly Yemen-based franchise on Friday urged Muslims worldwide to support Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq in the face of attacks by a US-led military coalition. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, classified by the United States as the network's deadliest franchise, "prohibits taking part in the fight against"...
  • Ramped up air strikes stall Islamic State advance on Syrian town 1 week ago

    Mursitpinar: Two days of heavy air strikes by US warplanes have slowed an advance by Islamic State militants against Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani. Last week Turkish and US officials said Islamic State were on the verge of taking Kobani from its heavily outgunned Kurdish defenders, after...
  • Obama, foreign military chiefs coordinate Islamic State plans October 15, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Tuesday told military leaders from more than 20 countries working with Washington to defeat Islamic State that he was deeply concerned about the radical group's advances at the north Syrian town of Kobani and in western Iraq. But Obama did not hint any changes to what...
  • US-led air strikes intensify as Syria conflict destabilises Turkey October 15, 2014

    Mursitpinar: American-led forces have sharply intensified air strikes in the past two days against Islamic State fighters threatening Kurds on Syria's Turkish border after the jihadists' advance began to destabilise Turkey. The coalition had conducted 21 attacks on the militants near the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani over Monday and Tuesday...
  • 'Love Jihad' controversy: Case against parents of girl October 14, 2014

    Meerut: A case of assault and threatening to murder has been registered against the parents of the 22-year-old girl who was at the centre of the 'love jihad' controversy and has gone back on her statement that she was gang-raped and forcibly converted. Two days after the girl claimed that there...
  • Islamic State forces 180,000 to flee in Iraq October 14, 2014

    Baghdad: Fighting in Iraq's western Anbar province has forced up to 180,000 people to flee since the city of Hit fell to Islamic State earlier this month, the United Nations said on Monday. Islamic State fighters extended that advance by overrunning a military base that the Iraqi army had abandoned 8...
  • Islamic State seeks to justify enslaving Yazidi women and girls in Iraq October 14, 2014

    Arbil: The Islamic State group said it enslaved families from the minority Yazidi sect after overrunning their villages in northwestern Iraq, in what it praised as the revival of an ancient custom of using women and children as spoils of war. In an article in its English-language online magazine Dabiq, the...
  • Meerut Love Jihad row: Girl denies rape, forced conversion to Islam October 13, 2014

    Meerut: In a recent development, there is a new twist to the Meerut love jihad case. Weeks after Bhartiya Janta Party has raked up the issue, the woman at the center of the controversy who alleged forceful conversion in Meerut has now claimed that she is under pressure from her...
  • Salman Rushdie attacks 'mangled' language of 'jihadi-cool' October 12, 2014

    London: Eminent British Indian author Salman Rushdie has attacked the "mangled" language of religion which is turning British Muslims towards extremism. "The language of religion has been horribly mangled in our time, by Christian extremists in America and by Hindu extremists in India but the overwhelming weight of the problem...
  • Burdwan blast: Persons arrested from Assam part of JMB module October 11, 2014

    Guwahati: The Assam police on Saturday claimed that the persons arrested on Friday from Barpeta district for suspected involvement in the October 2 Burdwan blast were a part of a module operating under the patronage of Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), allegedly involved in the blast. An Assam police spokesman claimed...
  • Islamic State terrorists threatened to kill Twitter employees October 11, 2014

    New York: Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has admitted that the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group threatened to kill his employees after their Twitter accounts were deleted. Speaking at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco this week, Costolo said that after Twitter started deleting accounts of IS members, he...
  • European Union calls for greater international cooperation against IS October 11, 2014

    Brussels: The European Union has called on for greater international cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group after the jihadists seized the headquarters of Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian border town of Kobane. "We are deeply concerned by the security and humanitarian situation in Kobane and the rest of...
  • Islamic State seize Kurdish headquarters in Syria's Kobane October 10, 2014

    Suruc (Turkey): Islamic State captured the headquarters of Kurdish fighters defending the battleground Syrian town of Kobane on Friday as a UN envoy warned of a looming "massacre" by the Islamic State group. Outgunned Kurdish militia were struggling to prevent the jihadists closing off the last escape route for the thousands...
  • Islamic State seizes large areas of Syrian town despite air strikes October 9, 2014

    Mursitpinar Turkey/Beirut: Islamic State fighters seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a monitoring group said on Thursday, as US-led air strikes failed to halt their advance and Turkish forces nearby looked on without intervening. With Washington ruling out a ground operation in Syria, Turkey described...
  • Islamic State seizes one third of Syrian town Kobani, say observers October 9, 2014

    Islamic State fighters have seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani despite US.-led air strikes targeting them in and around the mainly Kurdish community, a monitoring group said on Thursday. The commander of Kobani's heavily outgunned Kurdish defenders said Islamic State controlled a slightly smaller area....
  • Australia launches first airstrike in Iraq October 9, 2014

    Canberra: An Australian jet fighter has made the country's first airstrike against an Islamic State target in Iraq since the Australian government committed its air force to combat missions, defense officials said on Thursday. The Australian Defense Force did not say what type of facility had been attacked or where in...
  • Sothebys auctions Indian and Islamic art work in London October 9, 2014

    London: The Auction House Sothebys of London held its inaugural 'Indian and Islamic Art week' putting on display a high profile series of Public exhibitions and auctions from October 3 to October 8. The exhibition was divided into three areas - the Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art, Art of...
  • Riots in Turkey kill 19 over failure to aid besieged Syrian Kurds October 8, 2014

    Mursitpinar: At least 19 people were reported killed in riots across Turkey, the deadliest street unrest in years, after the Kurdish minority rose up in fury at the government's refusal to protect a besieged Syrian town from Islamic State. Street battles raged between Kurdish protesters and police across Turkey's mainly Kurdish...
  • Airstrikes hit Jihadists near embattled Syria town October 7, 2014

    Mursitpinar: Warplanes believed to have been sent by the US-led coalition on Tuesday struck positions held by Islamic State militants near a Syrian border town that beleaguered Kurdish forces have been struggling to defend. The airstrikes began late Monday and came as Kurdish forces pushed Islamic State militants out of the...