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North Korea keeps evading UN sanctions: UN report

Islam Times - A panel of United Nations (UN) experts says in a report that North Korea is circumventing the world body’s sanctions through various measures.

A detainee in a prison transport van arriving at court for the start of his trial on the Thai island of Koh Samui.

Thai army torturing detainees in conflict-torm south: Rights report

Islam Times - Human rights groups say Thailand’s military has brutally tortured scores of prisoners in the country’s south, which has witnessed over a decade of anti-government militancy.

Pyongyang’s rocket launch on February 7, 2016

North Korea rocket has most of US within reach: South official

Islam Times - South Korea says a long-range rocket recently launched by the North is capable of reaching most of the United States as it appears to be more powerful than the previous model.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga

Japan considering ‘measure’ against North Korea after rocket launch

Islam Times - Japan says it is considering the adoption of a “measure” against North Korea in response to a recent rocket launch by the latter country.

Saudi security forces take part in a military parade in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, September 17, 2015.

Military maneuver planned in S Arabia

Islam Times - Thousands of soldiers from regional countries are set to participate in a military maneuver in Saudi Arabia, media reports say.

Members of Saudi Special Forces take part in a graduation ceremony in the capital, Riyadh, May 19, 2015.

Saudi Arabia says US has welcomed troops offer for Syria

Islam Times - Saudi Arabia says the United States has welcomed Riyadh’s offer to contribute troops to a potential ground incursion by a US-led coalition in Syria.

Saudi protesters chanting slogans during an anti-regime protest in Qatif, Eastern Province.

Saudis against own human rights community: HRW activist

Islam Times - A Human Rights Watch (HRW) researcher says Saudi Arabia is at war with rights activists, blasting the West for remaining “notoriously” tight-lipped over Riyadh’s abuses.

A street in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh carries the name of Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Saudi citizens call for renaming Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi street in Riyadh

Islam Times - A street bearing the name of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group’s warlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in the Saudi capital Riyadh has made the news after Saudi citizens called for changing the street name.

Michel Aoun, the founder of Lebanon’s Free Patriotic Movement, greets his supporters as he arrives to deliver a speech during a rally near the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, October 11, 2015.

Lebanon needs Hezbollah to defend borders: Aoun

Islam Times - A veteran Lebanese politician has praised Hezbollah resistance movement's military campaign against Takfiri terror groups in Syria, saying Lebanon needs the group’s help in protecting its borders.

Lebanese soldiers on board armored vehicle

Lebanon kills senior Daesh figure

Islam Times - The Lebanese army has reportedly killed a senior member of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group during a large-scale operation in the east of the country.

Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah delivers a live televised speech, Beirut, January 29, 2016.

Hezbollah denies Iran meddling in Lebanon internal affairs

Islam Times - The secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, has categorically denied accusations that Iran is interfering in the internal affairs of Lebanon, adding that there is no evidence for the allegations.

The captured vulture is seen in the southern Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil on January 26, 2016.

Lebanese say captured Israeli 'spy' vulture

Islam Times - People in southern Lebanon say they have captured a tagged vulture equipped with an Israeli location transmitter for espionage activities.

An S-300 Favorit air defense system at the Alabino Training Range near Moscow.

Iran to receive Russian S-300 defense system by 1st half of 2016: Dehqan

Islam Times - Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the country will take delivery of the first batch of Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system in the first quarter of 2016.

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani (R) meets with visiting Greek PM Alexis Tsipras in Tehran, Feb. 9, 2016.

Saudi troops in Syria very dangerous: Iran official

Islam Times - Iran's top security official has warned that a potential troop deployment by regional countries to Syria would be a “very dangerous” decision.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei meets with commanders and staff of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, Tehran, February 8, 2016.

Enemies failed in plots against Iran: Iran's Leader

Islam Times - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the top world powers have opposed the Islamic Republic since its inception but have failed to achieve any of their objectives.

Brigadier General Hossein Salami, second-in-command of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)

Saudi troops deployment in Syria political joke: Iranian commander

Islam Times - A senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says Saudi Arabia’s plan for the deployment of ground troops to Syria sounds more like a “political joke.”

Takfiri Daesh terrorists in Iraq’s Anbar Province

Daesh demands extortion money from Iraqis willing to leave Fallujah

Islam Times - The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group has announced that the residents of the central Iraqi city of Fallujah in Anbar Province must pay USD 1,000 in extorted money if they want to leave the terrorist-held city.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during a ceremony in the capital, Baghdad, on January 9, 2016.

Abadi to bring in ‘technocrats’ in cabinet reshuffle

Islam Times - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says he would carry out a sweeping reshuffle of his cabinet to enhance the country’s ailing economy and help fight corruption.

Iraqi forces on a tank on Feb. 8, 2016 in the Jwaibah area on the eastern outskirts of Ramadi.

Iraqi forces retake key road connecting Ramadi to Baghdad

Islam Times - Iraqi forces have recaptured several areas from Deash, including a strategic road that connects the western city of Ramadi to a military base in the capital Baghdad.

Iraqi men look at the damage near the al-Jawaher mall in eastern Baghdad the day after a bomb attack on January 12, 2016.

Iraq building wall around Baghdad: Abadi spokesman

Islam Times - A spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has confirmed the construction of a security wall around the capital, Baghdad, after the premier apparently dismissed the idea.

Refugees disembark from the passenger ferry Blue Star arriving from the island of Lesbos at the port of Piraeus on January 31, 2016 in Athens.

Turkey's Erdogan threatened EU with flood of refugees

Islam Times - A newly leaked report has revealed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had threatened EU leaders with a flood of refugees unless Ankara was offered better funding to deal with the ongoing crisis.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Erdogan irate over US envoy meeting with YPG in Kobani

Islam Times - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been irked by a US envoy’s meeting with Syrian Kurds in the Syrian border town of Kobani, warning the US to choose either Ankara or the “terrorists” in the town as its ally.

Smoke rising over the district of Sur in Diyarbakir, where four Turkish soldiers were killed on January 27, 2016 in clashes with Kurdistan Workers

Security raid kills 60 in southeast Turkey

Islam Times - At least 60 people have been killed in an attack by Turkish forces against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in Turkey’s southeast, a report says.

A temporary refugee camp for displaced Syrians in Azaz region, Syria, February 4, 2016.

Turkey to open border to Syrians ‘if necessary’: Erdogan

Islam Times - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced the country’s readiness to let in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees who have massed along its border “if necessary.”

Pakistan Prime Minister Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz

Pakistan blames US for ‘decades of instability in region’

Islam Times - A senior aide to the Pakistani premier has blamed the US for “decades of instability” in the region, saying Washington’s foreign policies are behind the rise of militant groups, particularly Daesh.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (right) welcomes Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ahead of their meeting in the capital Riyadh, on January 18, 2016.

Pakistan PM in Riyadh to help ease Iran-Saudi tensions

Islam Times - Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammed Nawaz Sharif is in Riyadh on an official visit, which is reportedly aimed at de-escalating recent tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran besides other bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest.

Pakistani Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz (R) and Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani (L) are seen during a joint press conference in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, December 9, 2015.

Talks to revive Afghanistan peace process open in Islamabad

Islam Times - Pakistan is hosting four-way talks aimed at reviving dialog between Kabul and the Taliban militant group, and eventually ending years of bloodshed in war-torn Afghanistan.

A Pakistani Shia collects placards during an anti-Saudi rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, January 8, 2016.

Protesters slam Pakistan role in Saudi-led coalition

Islam Times - Pakistanis have taken to the streets in Islamabad to express their anger at the government’s decision to join a Saudi-led coalition allegedly set up to counter terrorism.

Afghan fighters stand on an armed vehicle along a road in the Almar district of Afghanistan’s northern Faryab Province, October 16, 2015.

78 Afghans freed from Taliban captivity

Islam Times - Almost all of the 80 people recently kidnapped by the Taliban militant group in Afghanistan’s northern province of Faryab have been freed by the Afghan National Police (ANP).

Afghanistan’s Interior Minister Noor-ul-Haq Olomi

Afghan interior minister offers resignation amid worsening insecurity: Sources

Islam Times - Afghanistan’s Interior Minister Noor-ul-Haq Olomi has offered his resignation amid growing criticism over the deteriorating security situation in the war-wracked country.

The Taliban terrorist group controls more of Afghanistan than at any time since US troops invaded the country in 2001.

Taliban strongest since US invasion of Afghanistan

Islam Times - More than 14 years into the US invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban terrorist group is stronger than ever, says a US government watchdog.

US Army soldiers on the Pakistan-Afghan border.

US forces to remain in Afghanistan for a very long time: Pentagon official

Islam Times - An official at the US Defense Department says American forces will remain in Afghanistan for “a very long time,” despite a former plan to pull the last American troops out of Afghanistan by year’s end.

Yemenis inspect damage at the Queen Arwa University following a Saudi airstrike in Sana

Saudi air raids claim more lives in Yemen

Islam Times - Saudi warplanes have targeted several areas across Yemen in the ongoing campaign against the country, leaving at least five people dead.

A still image taken from footage by Yemeni media shows a Scud missile as it is fired at a Saudi target.

Yemenis pound Saudi military base with 2 ballistic missiles

Islam Times - Yemen’s army has reportedly carried out two ballistic missile attacks against a military base in Saudi Arabia's southwestern Asir region.

Saudi soldiers from an artillery unit fire shells towards Yemen from a post close to the Saudi-Yemeni border, in southwestern Saudi Arabia, on April 13, 2015.

Yemeni snipers kill 11 Saudi soldiers in western border regions

Islam Times - Yemeni army forces, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have killed 11 Saudi soldiers in retaliation for the Arab kingdom's deadly aggression against their country.

A Saudi military boat of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces

Yemeni forces destroy 4 Saudi military boats

Islam Times - Yemeni army forces, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have destroyed four Saudi military boats in the country’s southwestern waters in retaliation to the relentless Saudi bombardment of the impoverished nation.

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.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Top Russia, US, Saudi diplomats to meet in Qatar

Islam Times - The Russian foreign minister has announced a plan to hold a joint meeting with his American and Saudi counterparts in the Qatari capital, Doha.

A picture taken on November 16, 2014 shows workers at a construction site in Doha.

FIFA slammed over migrant workers abuse in Qatar

Islam Times - A prominent campaigning group has criticized soccer's international governing body FIFA for its inaction over the plight of migrant construction workers in Qatar who are busy preparing venues for the 2022 World Cup in the Persian Gulf state.


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.

Jordanian border guards (L) stand behind a table where various devices for first detection of possible chemical or biological weapons materials are displayed for visitors at their headquarters near the city of Zarqa on June 8, 2015.

Jordan unveils border surveillance system

Islam Times - Jordan has unveiled a partially US-funded border surveillance system to secure its borders from any infiltration by terrorists from Iraq and Syria.

Jordanian Interior Minister Hussein al-Majali

Jordanian interior minister resigns over police crackdown

Islam Times - Jordanian Interior Minister Hussein al-Majali has resigned following criticism of a fierce police crackdown in the southern tribal city of Maan, the scene of regular turmoil.

A member of the special operations forces takes part in the 2014

Jordan hosts war games for troops from 18 countries

Islam Times - Thousands of soldiers from 18 countries took part Tuesday in military drills in Jordan jointly overseen by the US army, officials said.

Chinese police taking part in an anti-terrorism exercise in Shanghai.

China says will pay rewards for online terrorist tip-offs

Islam Times - China says it will pay up to 100,000 yuan ($15,200) to anyone who reports online “terrorist” content, after handing out two million yuan worth of rewards last year.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang

US seeking maritime hegemony in South China Sea: Beijing

Islam Times - China says the United States is seeking to establish a maritime hegemony under the pretext of “freedom of navigation” in South China Sea.

USS Curtis Wilbur guided-missile destroyer

US warship conducts operation near China-claimed island

Islam Times - The United States has sent a destroyer sailing near an island claimed by China in the disputed South China Sea, in a move that could highten Washington-Beijing tensions.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdelaziz (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L)

Chinese President Xi arrives in Saudi Arabia as part of Mideast tour

Islam Times - Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Saudi Arabia on the first leg of his five-day Middle East tour seeking to bolster relations with major countries in the 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.

Queen Elizabeth II looks on during a boat trip around the Mediterranean island of Malta, November 28, 2015.

Australian leaders call for formation of republic

Islam Times - Seven out of the eight Australian state and territory leaders have called for the termination of the British monarchical rule over Australia and the formation of a republic in the country.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) visits the construction site of a new military border fence between the occupied territories and Jordan, February 9, 2016.

Netanyahu wants all occupied lands fenced off

Islam Times - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hinted that a reinforced fence may be set up around the entirety ...

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon

Israel says UN chief inciting ‘terror’ by defending Palestinians

Islam Times - Israel has accused UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of promoting “terror” after he defended the Palestinian ...

Israeli troops hand over the body of a Palestinian to members of the Red Crescent on Feb. 5, 2016.

Israel sets conditions on returning Palestinians bodies

Islam Times - Israel says it will release the bodies of 10 Palestinian protesters killed by its forces only if their families ...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli MPs meeting families of slain Palestinians face suspension

Islam Times - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to push ahead with a bill which would suspend lawmakers ...

Senior Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members gesture from a cage set up at a courthouse as they attend their trial at the police academy on the outskirts of the capital, Cairo, June 2, 2015.

Eight more Morsi supporters sentenced to death

Islam Times - A military court in the Egyptian city of Alexandria has handed down death sentences to eight more supporters ...

Egyptian army special forces are seen on duty at Sharm el-Sheikh airport in the Sinai Peninsula on November 11, 2015.

Egypt forces kill 10 terrorists in N Sinai, wound dozen others

Islam Times - Egyptian armed forces have killed ten militants and wounded at least 13 others in a fresh attack on their ...

A man stands next to an ambulance outside the Swiss Inn hotel in the Egyptian town of el-Arish, in the Sinai peninsula, following an attack on the hotel by two bombers and a gunman on November 24, 2015.

Bomb explosions leave 4 security forces dead in Egypt

Islam Times - At least 4 members of Egypt’s security forces have been killed in two separate bomb explosions in the country’s ...

Gamal Mubarak, left, and Alaa Mubarak attending a Christmas Eve Mass at the Coptic cathedral in Cairo, Egypt.

Egypt prosecutor appeals against Mubarak sons’ release

Islam Times - The Egyptian prosecutor's office has appealed against a decision to release the two sons of former dictator,...

Nigerian soldiers

Nigeria under fire for Zaria massacre

Islam Times - Authorities in Nigeria have come under fire for not providing the results of an inquiry that was supposed to be conducted into a military massacre of hundreds of Muslims in the northern city of Zaria in December last year.

A view of the headquarters of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands

African leaders support pullout from ICC

Islam Times - African leaders have endorsed a proposal by Kenya to push for withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Zimbabwe President and outgoing African Union chairman, Robert Mugabe, addresses the opening ceremony of the 26th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 30, 2016.

Africa nations want permanent Security Council seats: Mugabe

Islam Times - The African Union (AU) has threatened to withdraw from the United Nations if the world body fails to allocate at least two permanent seats at the Security Council to the African nations, Press TV reports.

French troops speaking to a local resident outside Fatima Church in Bangui, the Central African Republic.

EU troops raped kids in Central African Republic: UN

Islam Times - The Untied Nations says European troops deployed to the Central African Republic (CAR) have sexually abused children.

Takfiri Daesh militants parade through Sirte, Libya, February 18, 2015.

Daesh big guns moving to Libya, intelligence official says

Islam Times - Top commanders of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group are increasingly moving from Syria and Iraq to Libya, making the crisis-stricken country their safe haven, says a Libyan intelligence official.

Another Fine Mess: NATO’s

Another Fine Mess: NATO’s 'Laurel & Hardy Act' In Libya Not Getting Laughs

Islam Times - Washington and its NATO allies are stepping up more military involvement in this devastated North African country, now experiencing an uptick in terrorist activity, in some kind of macabre reprise of the classic comedy routine.

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on social networks on January 5, 2016 shows a petroleum storage tank burning at the Sidra oil terminal in Libya.

Libya oil storage tanks on fire after Daesh attacks

Islam Times - At least five massive oil storage tanks have caught fire in two oil terminals in Libya after attacks by Takfiri Daesh terrorists.

Investigations with Gaddafi’s Son Reveal More Info about Imam Sadr Case

Investigations with Gaddafi’s Son Reveal More Info about Imam Sadr Case

Islam Times - Libyan former leader Moammar Gaddafi’s son, Hannibal, revealed more information about the disappearance of Imam Sayyed Musa Sadr, knowing that he was questioned on Monday at Beirut’s Justice Palace as a key witness in the related case.

A trench dug along the Libyan border, near the Ras Jedir crossing point.

Tunisia completes anti-terror fence along border with Libya

Islam Times - The Tunisian defense minister has announced the completion of a barrier wall along the border with Libya, months after deadly terror attacks on the country's tourist sites by Libya-based Daesh terrorists.

Protesters face police forces in the city of Ennour, near Kasserine, Tunisia, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.

Nationwide curfew announced in Tunisia amid protests

Islam Times - Tunisia has imposed a nationwide curfew in response to growing social unrest over unemployment.

Tunisian police block the road leading to the site of an explosion on a bus transporting Tunisia

Tunisian president declares state of emergency over blast

Islam Times - Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has declared a 30-day state of emergency across the country following a bomb explosion which claimed the lives of 12 people.

The office of Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi (seen) had ordered a state of emergency on July 4, 2014.

Tunisia extends state of emergency for 2 months

Islam Times - Tunisia has extended by two months a state of emergency it imposed following a terror attack on foreign tourists in the Mediterranean resort of Port El Kantaoui last month.

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