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Gunman takes hostages in Sydney cafe, displays black ‘jihadist’ flag
15 Dec 2014 11:26

Gunman takes hostages in Sydney cafe, displays black ‘jihadist’ flag

A police operation is underway at a café in central Sydney, where up to 40 hostages are being held by an armed attacker and a black flag with Arabic inscriptions can be seen. Australia is contributing to the US-led operation against the Islamic State.As the siege was about to enter its sixth ...

 
Hostage taker kills Saudi security agent in Riyadh
15 Dec 2014 11:23

Hostage taker kills Saudi security agent in Riyadh

An unidentified hostage taker has killed a member of Saudi security forces and injured two others in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.According to the Saudi police on Monday, the incident took place after the police tried to free three captives held by the armed man in Riyadh on Sunday."An unknown man ...

 
Turkish PM accuses opposition of attempt to topple govt.
15 Dec 2014 11:22

Turkish PM accuses opposition of attempt to topple govt.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has accused the country’s main opposition party of seeking to “damage the Republic of Turkey”, warning that the plotters will be held accountable for their actions.Addressing a meeting in the eastern province of Elazig on Sunday, Davutoglu accused Turkey's ...

 
Iran, US, EU negotiators set for nuclear meeting
23 Nov 2014 14:18

Iran, US, EU negotiators set for nuclear meeting

Top negotiators of Iran, the US and the EU are scheduled to hold another trilateral meeting ahead of the Monday deadline for Tehran and the P5+1 group of world powers to ink a final nuclear deal.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, his US counterpart John Kerry and EU nuclear negotiator Catherine ...

 
Iran capable of exporting military equipment: General
23 Nov 2014 14:16

Iran capable of exporting military equipment: General

A top Iranian commander has hailed the Islamic Republic’s self-sufficiency in its defense sector, saying the country has gained the capability of exporting domestically-built military hardware to other states.On Sunday, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari highlighted Iran’...

 
ISIL abducts 70 people in northern Iraq: Sources
23 Nov 2014 14:15

ISIL abducts 70 people in northern Iraq: Sources

The ISIL terrorist group has kidnapped at least 70 people in a village in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh, local sources say.The kidnappings took place in a village near the town of Sinjar, with sources saying that the Takfiri militants seized tribesmen’s vehicles and weapons to prevent ...

 
Western sanctions are aimed at regime change in Russia – Lavrov
23 Nov 2014 14:13

Western sanctions are aimed at regime change in Russia – Lavrov

The ultimate goal of the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by some Western nations is to stir public protests and oust the government, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.“Western leaders publicly state that the sanctions must hurt [Russia's] economy and stir up public protests. The West ...

 
Cleveland cop shoots 12yo boy carrying BB gun
23 Nov 2014 14:11

Cleveland cop shoots 12yo boy carrying BB gun

A 12-year-old boy who according to police was armed has been shot and seriously injured in the stomach in an “officer involved shooting” at a recreation center in Cleveland, Ohio. The boy’s weapon turned out to be an air gun “resembling” real pistol.The shooting happened around 3:30 ...

 
ISIL shuts down all schools in eastern Syria
8 Nov 2014 13:42

ISIL shuts down all schools in eastern Syria

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists have shut all schools in areas they control in eastern Syria, pending a revision of the curriculum, residents say.The terrorists are tightening their rules on civilian life in the eastern Syrian province of Dayr al-Zawr, which fell under near-complete control of the militants ...

 
Photo shows 2 Syrian children killed in US airstrike
8 Nov 2014 13:39

Photo shows 2 Syrian children killed in US airstrike

A photo shared by activists on social media shows two Syrian children who were killed by the latest US airstrikes in the Arab country on Wednesday night.The activists shared the photo on Friday, which shows two Syrian children covered in blood and dust, according to Reuters which said it itself received ...

 
Iraq Kurdistan exported $3bn worth of oil in 2014
8 Nov 2014 13:35

Iraq Kurdistan exported $3bn worth of oil in 2014

Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has exported nearly three billion dollars worth of oil to southern Turkey since the beginning of 2014 despite Baghdad calling such exports illegal."Since January 2014 to date, 34.5 million barrels of oil have been exported from the Kurdistan Region, of which ...

 
Rice: US not engaged in military coordination with Iran against ISIL
8 Nov 2014 13:34

Rice: US not engaged in military coordination with Iran against ISIL

US National Security Adviser Susan Rice says Washington is not engaged in any military coordination with Iran in fight against the ISIL terrorist group."We are in no way engaged in any coordination - military coordination - with Iran on countering ISIL," she said on Friday.She made the comments ...

 
Israel restricts access to Al-Aqsa Mosque
8 Nov 2014 13:32

Israel restricts access to Al-Aqsa Mosque

'Israeli police have banned men under 35 from entering the compound,' Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director-general of the Organization for Muslim Endowments and Al-Aqsa Affairs, a Palestinian NGO, told AA Israeli police imposed fresh restrictions on access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem ...

 
Germany exports to Iran up 33% to reach €1.6b
5 Nov 2014 13:57

Germany exports to Iran up 33% to reach €1.6b

Germany exported 1.6 billion euros of commodities to Iran in the first eight months of this year following an interim nuclear deal reached between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group, official data show.New figures, released by Germany’s Statistics Office, show a 33-percent increase year-on-...

 
Democrats concerned amid reported low turnout in midterm vote
5 Nov 2014 13:55

Democrats concerned amid reported low turnout in midterm vote

A low turnout has been reported in the United States midterm elections, the most expensive midterm vote in the American history.Reports said on Tuesday that there was a low turnout at the elections which would determine if President Barack Obama will face a Republican Senate in his final two years in ...

 
Facebook reports surge in US data requests
5 Nov 2014 13:50

Facebook reports surge in US data requests

Facebook says the United States government has increased requests to have access to the users’ data on the social networking site.Facebook Inc said in a blog post on Tuesday that the number of the requests rose by about a quarter in the first half of 2014 over the second half of last year."...

 
1/4 of people across Europe at risk of poverty: Report
5 Nov 2014 13:48

1/4 of people across Europe at risk of poverty: Report

A recent report by the statistical office of the European Union (EU), Eurostat, shows that almost a quarter of the people across the 28-member bloc, or over 120 million, are at the risk of poverty or social exclusion.Eurostat revealed in a report on Tuesday that 122.6 million people, equaling 24.5 percent ...

 
Canadian teen prostitution ringleader jailed
5 Nov 2014 13:46

Canadian teen prostitution ringleader jailed

An 18-year-old Canadian woman has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in jail for running a teenage prostitution ring.Kailey Oliver-Machado was sentenced by a Canadian court on Tuesday for drugging and beating girls as young as 13 into prostitution in Canada's capital Ottawa.Oliver-Machado was arrested ...

 
ISIS eyes using Ebola as bio weapon – Spain
1 Nov 2014 13:15

ISIS eyes using Ebola as bio weapon – Spain

The Spanish government said it is concerned that terrorists could use the Ebola virus as a biological weapon against the West. A close eye is being kept on online chat rooms, where such attacks are reportedly discussed among jihadist groups.Extremists connected to the Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS) ...

 
Missing Nigerian schoolgirls
1 Nov 2014 13:13

Missing Nigerian schoolgirls 'married off'

Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, has said the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped from the remote town of Chibok in Nigeria's northeast in April have converted to Islam and been married off.Shekau made the remarks in a video obtained by the AFP news agency on Friday."Don't you know the over 200 Chibok ...