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Israel pushes for 'annexation' of West Bank

Islam Times - Israel is pushing for a plan to apply its own law in the illegal settlements in the West Bank in a move condemned ...

A Palestinian woman holds a poster during a rally demanding the release of the Palestinians held in Israeli jails as people mark the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, April 17, 2016.

UN committee to grill Israel on torture

Islam Times - The UN Committee Against Torture is to question Israel on its policies with regard to torture.

Palestinian journalists demonstrate in the West Bank city of Ramallah in support of their colleague Omar Nazzal, who was detained the previous day by Israeli forces, April 24, 2016.

Israel imprisons Palestinian journalist for 4 months without trial

Islam Times - An Israeli military court has ordered that a famous Palestinian journalist be detained for four months without ...

Over half a million Israelis live in more than 230 illegal settlements built since 1967.

Israel ‘ethnically cleansing’ occupied West Bank: Israeli lawmaker

Islam Times - An Israeli lawmaker has accused Tel Aviv of committing “ethnic cleansing” against Palestinians in the occupied ...

Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour

Sudan presses Egypt after islands conceded to Saudi

Islam Times - Sudan has reiterated that it will not abandon its “sovereign right” over the two border territories of Halayeb ...

Members of the Egyptian special forces patrol the streets in the al-Haram neighborhood of Cairo’s southern Giza district in order to head off potential anti-government protests, January 25, 2016.

Egyptian police raid press syndicate, arrest two journalists

Islam Times - Egyptian police have stormed the headquarters of the Journalists’ Syndicate in central Cairo and arrested ...

Egyptian police fire tear gas towards protestors as they demonstrate on April 25, 2016 in the capital, Cairo, against the handing over of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Egypt police arrest nearly 400 amid island protests: Rights group

Islam Times - Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Egyptian police have arrested at least 382 people during recent protests against ...

Egyptian refugees from Libya queue for food at a military field hospital on the border.

Sixteen Egyptians, three human traffickers killed in Libya

Islam Times - Sixteen Egyptian nationals have been killed in clashes with people-smuggling gangs in the Libyan city of Bani ...

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Egyptian riot police firing tear gas at protesters during an anti-government demonstration, in Cairo, April 25, 2016.

Nine Arab counties experienced worsening corruption in 2015: Study

Islam Times - People in nine Arab countries, including Egypt and Jordan, say they experienced worsening government corruption last year, according to a new study.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending the third meeting of activists in fisheries under the Korean People

North Korea to hold first ruling party congress in over 30 years

Islam Times - North Korea has announced the date of its first ruling party congress in the past 36 years, stoking concerns that the event will coincide with Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test.

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North Korea: Nuclear tests will stop after US, South halt drills

Islam Times - North Korea says it will stop its nuclear tests on the condition that the US halts its annual military exercises with South Korea.

A satellite image of an under-construction runway at Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea, April 2, 2015.

China sends military plane to disputed island

Islam Times - China says it has sent a military aircraft to one of its controversial islands in the South China Sea in order to evacuate workers wounded during construction work there.

US President Barack Obama (L) talks with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (R) as he departs King Khalid International Airport in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, April 21, 2016.

Saudi Arabia again warns US over 9/11 bill

Islam Times - Saudi Arabia has warned the US against passing a bill that could expose Riyadh to litigation over the September 11, 2001 attacks after threatening Washington with selling off its US-based assets.

The construction giant Saudi Binladin Group which was at the heart of a deadly crane accident in Mecca last September has reportedly fired 77,000 of its workers.

77,000 sacked by Saudi Binladin Group

Islam Times - Reports emerged on Monday that the Saudi Binladin Group, one of the kingdom’s most powerful firms, has sacked 77,000 foreign workers.

Saudi Binladin company axes one fourth of staff

Saudi Binladin company axes one fourth of staff

Islam Times - Saudi construction company Binladin Group has cut 25 percent of its employees as the Arab state plunges into financial crisis.

Saudi uninvited party in Yemen peace talks

Saudi uninvited party in Yemen peace talks

Islam Times - An interview with Hazem Salem, an activist and political analyst from Cairo, and Richard Millet, a journalist and political commentator from London, to discuss the prospects of a new round of peace talks in Yemen amid relentless Saudi bombardment of the impoverished ...

Nabil Qaouk, the deputy head of Hezbollah

Saudis angered by Hezbollah anti-terror fight: Senior official

Islam Times - A senior Hezbollah official says Riyadh’s “anger and failure in the region” is behind its hostile stance against the Lebanese resistance movement, which has been battling Takfiri groups in Syria.

The relatives and members of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah carry the coffin of Lebanese fighter Ali Taha, who was killed in combat alongside Syrian government forces in Syria, during his funeral procession in a southern suburb of the capital, Beirut, April 4, 2016.

Hezbollah raps Saudi-crafted OIC statement

Islam Times - Officials from Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement have strongly criticized the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for leveling accusations against the group as well as Iran.

French President Francois Hollande (L) attends a joint press conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam after a meeting in Beirut on April 16, 2016.

French president vows $113mn military aid in Lebanon visit

Islam Times - French President Francois Hollande has visited Lebanon on the first leg of a regional tour that will also take him to Egypt and Jordan, pledging $113 million in mostly military aid to Beirut over three years.

Former Lebanese Information Minister Michel Samaha

Ex-Lebanon minister gets 13-year jail term at retrial

Islam Times - A former Lebanese information minister has been sentenced to 13 years in prison with hard labor at a retrial on the back of conviction for preparing “terror” attacks inside the country.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

Some players in Syrian conflict back terror: Iran

Islam Times - A senior Iranian official says certain parties intervening in the Syrian crisis lent support to terrorist groups in line with an agenda of confronting Damascus in an armed conflict.

Prominent Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr

IRNA denies Iraq’s Sadr on surprise visit to Iran

Islam Times - Iran’s official news agency denies media reports that prominent Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is in Iran on a surprise visit.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei addresses a group of teachers in Tehran on May 2, 2016.

Iran must dictate might to US in Persian Gulf: Iran's Leader

Islam Times - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran must show off its military power to the US in the Persian Gulf waters.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei (R) speaks with Ramadan Abdullah, the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, in Tehran, May 1, 2016.

Supporting Palestine symbolizes defending Islam: Ayatollah Khamenei

Islam Times - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says defending the Palestinian cause in the face of the Israeli regime symbolizes defending Islam.

Iraqi protesters leave the Green Zone in Baghdad on May 1, 2016.

Iraqi protesters temporarily end demo, leave Green Zone

Islam Times - Iraqi protesters have temporarily ended their demonstrations in the government complex of Green Zone and began leaving the area.

Iraqi soldiers hold a position on the frontline on April 9, 2016 in the town of Kharbardan, located 10 kilometers (6six miles) south of Qayyarah, during military operations to recapture Nineveh province from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

Four Daesh commanders killed in Iraq's Kirkuk, 2 villages freed in Anbar

Islam Times - Four Daesh commanders have been slain in airstrikes carried out by the Iraqi Air Force in the country’s northern province of Kirkuk.

Iraq bans Al Jazeera news network over violation of guidelines

Iraq bans Al Jazeera news network over violation of guidelines

Islam Times - Iraqi officials have revoked the operating license of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera news network and closed its bureau in the capital, Baghdad, over its violation of government guidelines.

Iraqi volunteer fighters, who support the Iraqi government forces in the fight against Daesh terrorists, prepare a Howitzer artillery canon near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, February 28, 2015.

Iraqi Kurds, volunteer forces agree to withdraw from northern town

Islam Times - Kurdish Peshmerga forces and volunteer fighters with the Popular Mobilization force have agreed to pull out from a northern Iraqi town that has been the scene of sporadic clashes over the past week.

A general view of the Turkish parliament in session.

Turkish parliamentary body approves bill to lift MPs immunity

Islam Times - A Turkish parliamentary commission has approved a controversial bill to strip lawmakers of immunity from prosecution, paving the way for a law that critics say is aimed at targeting Kurds and dissidents.

A general view of a session of the Turkish parliament

Brawl erupts in Turkish parliament over immunity proposal

Islam Times - Lawmakers in the Turkish parliament have once more engaged in a fistfight over a controversial government proposal for stripping the legislators of their immunity from prosecution.

People walk past a fire barricade during a May Day rally in Okmeydani, a district of Istanbul on May 1, 2016.

Turkish forces arrest 200 May Day protesters, kill one

Islam Times - One person has been killed and at least 200 others have been arrested in Turkey’s crackdown on May Day demonstrations in Istanbul.

People carry the coffin of a Turkish policeman during a funeral ceremony at the Kocatepe Mosque in the capital, Ankara, on April 8, 2016.

Separate PKK attacks leave 4 Turkish soldiers dead

Islam Times - At least four Turkish soldiers have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries when members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) launched two separate attacks against government forces in the embattled southeastern provinces of Mardin and Gaziantep.

Sardar Soran Singh, the slain minister of minorities of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province

Pakistani Taliban kill provincial minister

Islam Times - Pro-Taliban militants in Pakistan have killed a provincial minister in the country’s restive northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

A Pakistani paramilitary soldier poses with a display of seized weapons and ammunition as they are shown to media in Quetta on April 15, 2016.

Over 140 militants surrender in Pakistan’s Baluchistan

Islam Times - Pakistan says more than 140 “disillusioned” militants have laid down their arms in the southwestern Baluchistan province in what Islamabad views as a major victory in the militancy-riddled province.

Pakistani civil society members light candles for suicide blast victims in Lahore on March 28, 2016.

Pakistan to intensify crackdown on militants after Lahore bombing

Islam Times - Pakistan is set to heavily crack down on the militants in Punjab Province following a deadly bombing that claimed the lives of at least 70 people in the province’s eastern city of Lahore.

The supporters of Mumtaz Qadri, who has been executed by the Pakistani government for assassinating an outspoken governor, walk as tear gas is fired by police during an anti-government protest in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, March 27, 2016.

Pakistan police clash with supporters of assassin in Islamabad

Islam Times - People sympathizing with the assassin of a high-profile liberal politician in Pakistan have clashed with police during a rally in the capital, Islamabad, against the recent execution of the former.

MSF staff as they walk in a damaged hospital which was run by the charity organization in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan.

Victims of raid on MSF-run hospital in Afghanistan hold US responsible

Islam Times - The survivors of a fatal US airstrike on a hospital have called for those responsible to stand trial, dismissing Pentagon’s recent probe that the bombardment did not amount to a war crime.

Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Alexander Mantytskiy (L) hands over an AK-47 rifle to Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar (center L) during a ceremony at a military airfield in Kabul on February 24, 2016.

Russia denies supporting Taliban in Afghanistan

Islam Times - Russia's ambassador to Afghanistan dismisses speculation that Moscow has been backing Taliban in order to curb the Daesh Takfiri terrorists operating in some areas of Afghanistan.

Taliban kill at least 28 in brazen Kabul attack

Taliban kill at least 28 in brazen Kabul attack

Islam Times - At least 28 people have been killed and more than 320 others injured in a brazen attack by Taliban militants in central Kabul.

Smoke is seen after a powerful explosion in central Kabul, April 19, 2016.

Powerful blast hits near US Embassy in Kabul

Islam Times - A number of people have been killed and wounded in a blast that rocked central Kabul during the morning rush hour on Tuesday, President Ashraf Ghani said.

An image grab taken from a video broadcasted by Hezbollah

Saudi-backed side sabotaged Yemen peace: Houthi leader

Islam Times - Yemen's Houthi leader has criticized delegates loyal to Saudi-backed former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi for abandoning UN-brokered Yemen peace talks in Kuwait.

Yemeni security forces inspect unexploded ordnance confiscated from al-Qaeda militants in the Lahij Province, as they prepare to neutralize mines and explosives in the desert of al-Alam, east of the southern port city of Aden, April 29, 2016.

US forces arrive in southern Yemen

Islam Times - A report says US Special Forces have arrived in Yemen to fight alongside Emirati forces in alleged operations against al-Qaeda militants in the country's south.

Hadi delegation suspends direct talks with Houthis

Hadi delegation suspends direct talks with Houthis

Islam Times - The camp of Yemen's resigned president Abd Rabbuah Mansour Hadi has suspended its participation in the ongoing direct talks with representatives from Houthi Ansarullah movement.

Mohammed Abdulsalam (L), head of the Houthi delegation to peace talks in Kuwait, speaks at a news conference at Sana’a Airport, Yemen, April 20, 2016.

Saudi Arabia frees dozens of Houthi prisoners amid peace talks

Islam Times - Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement says Riyadh has released dozens of its fighters under a deal to quell fighting on the Saudi-Yemeni border as peace talks between the warring sides continue in Kuwait.

Migrant workers at a construction site in Doha, Qatar.

Indian migrant worker dies at Qatar’s World Cup stadium site

Islam Times - An Indian migrant worker has lost his life after being taken ill at the construction site of a stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, as rights groups warn of the harsh situation for migrant workers involved in building football stadiums in the Persian Gulf monarchy....

QNB Group HQ Building in Doha

Hackers leak financial info of Qatari ruling Al Thani family

Islam Times - Hackers have reportedly released bank passwords and sensitive data of Qatar’s ruling Al Thani family, intelligence agency members, and employees of Al Jazeera television network.

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

Qatar’s emir shakes up cabinet

Islam Times - The Qatari emir has changed as many as seven ministers in the country’s 20-member cabinet and merged some ministries.

Qatari troops heading toward Yemen from Saudi Arabia

Qatari forces cross into Yemen through S Arabia

Islam Times - Around 1,000 Qatari military forces have reportedly joined the Saudi troops in their ground invasion of impoverished Yemen.

Jordanian security forces

Jordan closes headquarters of Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated group

Islam Times - Police in Jordan have raided and closed the headquarters of a group affiliated with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood movement in the capital, Amman, in a move condemned by the group as “illegal.”

The ancient city of Petra in Jordan

Jordan parliament bans property deals with Israelis in Petra

Islam Times - Jordan has banned the sale and rent of properties to Israelis in the kingdom’s ancient city of Petra, local media report.

Jordanian security forces secure Hakama street during a raid in downtown Irbid, north of Amman.

Jordan: 7 killed in raid had ties to IS, planned attacks

Islam Times - Seven men killed in armed clashes with Jordanian special forces had ties to the Islamic State extremist group and had planned attacks on military and civilian targets in the kingdom, the country's intelligence service said Wednesday.


Jordan to discuss war on Daesh with Russia

Islam Times - Jordan's King Abdullah is set to hold discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin on fighting terrorists led by Daesh in Syria on Tuesday.

The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis

China rejects US aircraft carrier request to visit Hong Kong

Islam Times - Amid continuing tensions in the disputed South China Sea, Beijing has rejected a request for a US aircraft carrier group to make a port visit to Hong Kong, the Pentagon says.

Japanese soldiers stand at attention during the opening ceremony of a military base on the island of Yonaguni, March 28, 2016.

Japan enfroces constitutional reforms, can now fight in overseas wars

Islam Times - Reforms to Japan’s formerly pacifist constitution have taken effect, allowing the country’s military to potentially engage in wars overseas.

Members of Japan

China warns Japan over intelligence station

Islam Times - China has warned Japan over the launch of a radar station in the East China Sea that will give Tokyo a permanent base to gather intelligence on the surrounding areas.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying

China blasts Japan for ‘whitewashing, censoring’ historical mistakes

Islam Times - The Chinese government has made a formal complaint about new Japanese school textbooks, saying they distort the history of Japanese atrocities in China and present false claims about a group of disputed islands.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) and Defense Minister Marise Payne (R) announce that French contractor DCNS beat Germany and Japan for a $40 billion submarine contract on April 26, 2016.

France beats Japan, Germany to win lucrative Australia deal

Islam Times - Australia awards France a $40-billion contract to build 12 submarines as the country's arms spending hits new heights amid the US military buildup in the Asia-Pacific region.

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton

Australia resists pressure to allow refugees in

Islam Times - Australia brushes off demands for the country not to send refugees back to detention camps in remote islands, saying their stay only encourages more asylum seekers to try to reach the country by boat.

An Australian police officer

Police put Sydney schools on lockdown after bomb threats

Islam Times - Australian police have evacuated and locked down a number of schools in the city of Sydney after receiving a bomb threat.

People participate in the “Invasion Day” march in Sydney, Australia, January 26, 2016.

Protests mark ‘Invasion Day’ across Australia

Islam Times - Thousands have marched across Australia to mark the anniversary of the arrival of the so-called First Fleet of British ships in the country more than two centuries ago, and the ensuing massacre of indigenous people.

A Senegalese soldier accepts a certificate of completion from a US Marine at a military camp in the African country.

US-Senegal deal gives Washington permanent access to African country

Islam Times - The United States has signed a military cooperation agreement with Senegal that allows "the permanent presence" of American troops in the West African country.

South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar (C) is welcomed by his supporters as he arrives at the Juba International Airport in South Sudan

South Sudan's Machar returns to Juba, sworn in as VP

Islam Times - South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar has been sworn in as first vice president shortly after returning to the capital to form a unity government.

Bachir Mustafa Sayed, adviser to the Polisario Front’s Secretary-General Mohammad Abdulaziz

War looming large over Western Sahara: Polisario

Islam Times - Polisario Front, a group seeking Western Sahara’s independence from Morocco, says the region could become engulfed in war if the United Nations fails to press for a regional independence vote.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN chief urges South Sudan rebel leader to return to capital

Islam Times - The United Nations (UN) has urged South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar to return to the country’s capital to serve in a unity government, as part of an August 2015 peace deal with rival President Salva Kiir.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault give a press conference at a naval base in Tripoli on April 16, 2016.

French, German FMs make surprise Libya visit amid eastern battles

Islam Times - French and German foreign ministers have made a surprise visit to the Libyan capital of Tripoli in a show of support for a unity government in the war-torn nation amid new clashes in the east that killed 15 security forces.

NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow

NATO to help Libya security if requested: Deputy chief

Islam Times - The NATO deputy secretary general says the military alliance is ready to help the new UN-sponsored Libyan government in building up security institutions if requested.

Libyan security forces instruct drivers on a road in the capital, Tripoli, March 31, 2016.

Deteriorating security forces four Libya oilfields to close

Islam Times - Four oilfields have been shut down and employees in a fifth oilfield have gone on strike in Libya over fears that the Daesh terrorist group may attack the facilities.

Pro-UN-backed government protesters hold placards and shout slogans during a demonstration in the Libyan capital Tripoli on April 1, 2016.

Tripoli authorities refuse to cede power to Libya unity government

Islam Times - The head of Libya's self-declared administration in the capital, Tripoli, has refused to cede power to a UN-backed unity government, contradicting an earlier pledge by his administration.

Tunisian Foreign Minister Khamis Al-Jheinawi

Tunisian FM: Tunis Does not Classify Hezbollah "Terrorist", Calls for Dialogue

Islam Times - Tunisian Foreign Minister Khamis Al-Jheinawi said on Sunday that his country's representative to the Arab League meeting told the conferees that Tunisia opposes the AL statement regarding Hezbollah.

Tunisian special forces gather in the town of Ben Guerdane, near the Libyan border, during clashes with militants, March 7, 2016.

Tunisia 'at war' after 53 killed in Takfiri attack

Islam Times - Tunisia’s president says his country is at war after "unprecedented" attacks by Takfiri militants and ensuing clashes leave at least 53 people dead near the Libyan border.

Tunisians Ask Gov’t to Withdraw from Saudi Coalition over Blacklisting Hezbollah

Tunisians Ask Gov’t to Withdraw from Saudi Coalition over Blacklisting Hezbollah

Islam Times - The leader of En-Nahda Islamic movement in Tunisia Rached Ghannouchi asserted on Saturday that it is impossible to label Hezbollah as a terrorist group because of the his historic achievements in liberating Lebanon and protecting it from the Zionist aggressions.

Tunisian forensic police inspect the wreckage of a bus in the capital, Tunis, on November 25, 2015 in the aftermath of a bomb attack on the vehicle the previous day.

Tunisian president extends state of emergency for another month

Islam Times - Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi has extended for yet another month a nationwide state of emergency imposed following a deadly bomb explosion in November last year.