Oct 212017
 
450,000 protest for independence in Barcelona

BARCELONA: Led by Catalonia’s separatist president Carles Puigdemont, hundreds of thousands of independence supporters protested in Barcelona on Saturday, shouting “freedom” and “independence” after Madrid announced drastic measures to stop the region from breaking away. “It’s time to declare independence,” said Jordi Balta, a 28-year-old stationery …

Oct 212017
 
End of IS caliphate 'in sight' after Raqa's fall, says Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Saturday said the end of the Islamic State group’s “caliphate is in sight” following the fall of its former bastion Raqa, and a transition can soon begin to set conditions for lasting peace in Syria. The United States and its allies will support diplomatic negotiations “that end the violence, allow refugees to return safely home, …

Oct 152017
 
Viking burial clothes woven with 'Allah', 'Ali' discovered in Sweden

A Swedish university has discovered Arabic characters for “Allah” and “Ali” woven into Viking burial clothes. Researchers at Uppsala University describe the finding of the geometric Kufic characters in silver on woven bands of silk as “staggering”. According to The Guardian, the researchers at Uppsala, Sweden’s oldest university, were re-examining clothes …

Oct 152017
 
California ‘horror’ fires kill at least 40, deadliest in state history

Fast-moving fires spread by shifting winds forced thousands more Californians to evacuate their homes on Saturday as the death toll from the deadliest blaze recorded in the state’s history rose to at least 40, with hundreds of people still missing. More than 10,000 firefighters supported by air tankers and helicopters overhead were battling 16 major wildfires, some encompassing several …

Oct 152017
 
Fire at a carpentry workshop in Riyadh kills 10

RIYADH: A fire at a carpentry workshop in the Saudi capital has left 10 people dead and three others injured, the kingdom’s civil defence said today, reported Gulf News.  “The Riyadh civil defence put out a fire that broke out at a carpentry workshop in the Badr district of Riyadh,” the Saudi civil defence wrote on its official Twitter account. It said the victims’ identities had not …

Oct 062017
 
Trump to unveil new responses to Iranian 'bad behavior': White House

President Donald Trump will announce new U.S. responses to Iran’s missile tests, support for “terrorism” and cyber operations as part of his new Iran strategy, the White House said on Friday. “The president isn’t looking at one piece of this. He’s looking at all of the bad behavior of Iran,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, told …

Oct 062017
 
'Jihadi Gran' gets 10 years after joining son in Syria

A court on Friday sentenced a radicalized French woman to 10 years in prison after traveling to Syria where her son was fighting alongside Islamic State militants. Christine Riviere, 51, dubbed by investigators as “Jihadi Gran”, was arrested in 2014 after three trips to Syria, which she said were aimed at spending time with her son in case he was killed. Announcing the decision, the …

Oct 052017
 
Hamas appoints military chief as deputy leader

The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas has appointed a military official accused of organising multiple deadly attacks against Israelis, as its deputy leader, an official said on Thursday. “Salah al-Aruri was elected deputy to Ismail Haniya (Hamas leader),” an official in the movement told AFP on condition of anonymity, after a vote of its 18-member political bureau. Aruri, …

Sep 252017
 
Muslim surgeon forgives attacker after being stabbed outside mosque

According to The Independent, a Muslim surgeon who treated Manchester Arena victims said he has forgiven a man who stabbed him in the neck outside a mosque in a hate crime attack. Consultant Nasser Kurdy, who operated on those injured in the outrage in May, was stabbed from behind with a knife as he walked into Altrincham Islamic Centre in Hale, Cheshire just before 6pm yesterday. The 58-year-old …

Sep 252017
 
Mexico unlikely to find more quake survivors, emergency chief says

Mexico will search another three days beneath the rubble for possible survivors of the September 19 earthquake even though it is unlikely rescuers will find anyone alive, the country’s chief of emergency services said on Monday. Luis Felipe Puente, coordinator of Mexico’s Civil Protection department, also told Reuters that the government has instructed prosecutors to investigate newly …