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A man from the Arab Jahalin Bedouin community removes furniture from the debris of his home in the West Bank Bedouin camp of al-Khan al-Ahmar on April 7, 2016 after Israeli authorities demolished four houses that they said were built without permission.

Israel to demolish more Palestinian homes in West Bank

Islam Times - The Israeli regime is set to demolish more homes belonging to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank despite ...

Palestinian journalists run for cover from tear gas canisters fired by Israeli forces during a demonstration in support of Palestinian journalists on the occasion of the World Press Freedom day outside the compound of the Israeli-run Ofer prison in the occupied West Bank, on May 3, 2016.

Israel puts 37 Palestinians under 'administrative detention'

Islam Times - The Israeli military has placed more than three dozen Palestinians under administrative detention, sending ...

Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 5, 2016.

Israeli warplanes bomb besieged Gaza Strip

Islam Times - Israeli warplanes have launched two airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in yet another act of aggression against ...

Extremist Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman talks to the press in al-Quds (Jerusalem), May 23, 2016.

Lieberman’s party agrees to join Israeli ruling coalition

Islam Times - The party of extremist Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman will now join the ruling coalition of Prime Minister ...

Members of the Egyptian police special forces patrol streets in al-Haram neighborhood in the southern Cairo Giza district on January 25, 2016.

Amnesty urges EU to halt Egypt arms sales to stop killings, torture

Islam Times - Leading human rights group Amnesty International has criticized a dozen European countries for complicity ...

Egyptian protesters demonstrate against the handing over of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, in Cairo, April 25, 2016.

21 Egypt inmates on hunger strike over 'unfair' trial

Islam Times - Twenty one Egyptians imprisoned for protesting the government’s surrender to Saudi Arabia of two Red Sea islands ...

An EgyptAir Airbus A330 from Cairo taxiing at the Roissy-Charles De Gaulle airport near Paris after its landing, a few hours after the MS804 Egyptair flight crashed into the Mediterranean.

Smoke detected in EgyptAir plane before crash

Islam Times - The doomed EgyptAir flight 804, traveling from Paris to Cairo, might have been crashed due to a flight control ...

Forensic detectives gather at the site of a car bomb that targeted the convoy of the Egyptian state prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, in the capital Cairo on June 29, 2015.

Egypt to try 67 people for assassinating top prosecutor

Islam Times - Egyptian authorities have referred dozens of people to trial over the last year’s assassination of the country’s ...

 
 
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An Indian migrant woman from a village near the Indian city of Hyderabad on a plane en route to Qatar.

Indian women sold like products to Persian Gulf Arab states: Minister

Islam Times - Indian women from two southern neighboring states "are being sold like products in a retail shop" to the Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, says an Indian state minister.

The Philippines’ President-elect Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine president-elect slams Catholic church, bishops

Islam Times - The Philippines’ President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has harshly criticized the country’s Roman Catholic church for hypocrisy, accusing its bishops of corruption.

Bangladeshi students block the road and stage a protest following the murder of a law student, hacked to death by four assailants the night before, in the capital Dhaka on April 7, 2016.

Daesh claims butchering Bangladesh doctor

Islam Times - The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the hacking to death of a doctor in western Bangladesh.

Armenian-backed fighters at their field position outside a village in Karabakh.

New Karabakh deaths after presidents meet

Islam Times - Two soldiers from Azerbaijan and Armenia have been killed in shootings just after the two countries' presidents renewed commitment to a truce in the disputed Karabakh region.

 
9/11 Disinformation: Saudi Arabia Attacked America

9/11 Disinformation: Saudi Arabia Attacked America

Islam Times - The forever changing 9/11 story is entering a new phase. Blame is being transferred from Osama bin Laden to the Saudi Arabian government.

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Amnesty slams Saudi arbitrary' use of death penalty

Islam Times - Amnesty International has lashed out at Saudi Arabia for its "surging" and "arbitrary" use of the death penalty, calling on the Arab kingdom to stop flouting international human rights standards by routinely putting to death people.

Al Arabiya fires 50 over ‘financial woes’

Al Arabiya fires 50 over ‘financial woes’

Islam Times - Saudi-owned news channel Al Arabiya has fired 50 of its employees, among them some well-known and long-serving staffers, over reported financial shortcomings.

A rally supporting Saudi activist Raif Badawi in Paris, May 7, 2015.

Saudi Iran spying trial mockery of justice: HRW

Islam Times - Human Rights Watch says Saudi Arabia's trial of 32 men for allegedly spying on behalf of Iran is a "mockery of justice" because it "has violated the basic due process rights of the defendants."

 
Leader of Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement addresses people on the occasion of the "Resistance and Liberation Day," which commemorates Israel’s withdrawal from southern parts of the country in 2000.

Nasrallah calls for ‘comprehensive resistance’ against Israel

Islam Times - The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement says Israel is the “greatest threat” to Palestinians and the entire region, calling for “comprehensive resistance” against the Zionist enemy.

Lebanese army soldier manning a checkpoint at the entrance to Arsal in the Bekaa valley.

Lebanon arrests senior Daesh commander in Arsal

Islam Times - Lebanon has arrested a senior commander of the Daesh Takfiri group in the country’s northeastern region near the border with Syria, local media report.

Lebanon: Municipal, Mukhtar Elections in South End

Lebanon: Municipal, Mukhtar Elections in South End

Islam Times - The third round of Lebanon’s municipal and mukhtar elections in the South and Nabatieh governorates has ended as the polling stations were closed.

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

Hezbollah leader praises resistance martyrs’ role in battling terrorism

Islam Times - The leader of Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has praised the role of martyrs in the battle against the “Zionist regime and terrorism.”

 
Pilgrims performing part of their Hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia

Iran gives Saudi until Sunday for Hajj agreement

Islam Times - The head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization says Saudi Arabia refuses to accept Tehran's conditions in a deal that guarantees preserving the dignity of Iranian pilgrims during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage.

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Saudi Arabia biggest sponsor of terrorism: Iran

Islam Times - Iran says Saudi Arabia is the “biggest sponsor of terrorism” in Iraq and elsewhere, dismissing Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir’s allegations that Iran was meddling in regional affairs.

Ramzi Ezzedine Ramzi, deputy to the UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura

UN official stresses Iran’s role in Syria peace process

Islam Times - A senior UN official has emphasized Iran’s role in efforts to resolve the deadly crisis in Syria, saying Tehran’s initiatives could facilitate the peace process.

Mohsen Rezaei, the secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council

Iran nabs Saudi-sent terrorists: Senior official

Islam Times - Iran has apprehended a number of terrorists tasked by Saudi Arabia with carrying out bombings inside the Islamic Republic, says a senior Iranian official.

 
Iraqi forces help families near al-Sejar Village, in Iraq’s Anbar Province, after helping them flee the city of Fallujah, May 27, 2016.

Iraqi civilians flee Fallujah amid security operation against Daesh

Islam Times - Hundreds of people have fled the Iraqi city of Fallujah as government forces continue with a major operation to liberate the city, one of the remaining strongholds of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in Iraq.

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Iraqi airstrikes kill 3 senior Daesh commanders in Mosul

Islam Times - Iraq’s military says three high-ranking commanders of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group have been killed in airstrikes conducted by army’s warplanes in the northern city of Mosul.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair

Arabs ready to normalize Israel ties: Blair

Islam Times - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says if Israel agrees to a Saudi "peace" initiative, Arab states will be willing to normalize their relations with Tel Aviv.

Iraqi soldiers regroup on the front line against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group near Fallujah, Iraq.

Iraq forces liberate city near Fallujah from Daesh

Islam Times - Security forces in Iraq have liberated a city in the western Anbar Province from the Daesh terrorist group in their first major advance since the onset of an offensive to retake the nearby city of Fallujah.

 
Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic Forces as US special operations forces ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqqah on May 25, 2016.

Turkish FM slams US for 'two-faced' behavior

Islam Times - Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu slammed the United States Friday for its "two-faced" behavior, saying it is "unacceptable" that US soldiers are backing Kurdish fighters in Syria.

A Syrian soldier walks over a crater caused by an improvised explosive device in a heavily damaged street in a residential neighborhood in the modern town adjacent to the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra on March 31, 2016.

Turkey supplying Daesh with bomb components: Russia

Islam Times - Russia has claimed Turkey is supplying Daesh Takfiri terrorists with the parts necessary to manufacture improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan listens to a speech during the closing ceremony of the World Humanitarian Summit, on May 24, 2016 in Istanbul.

Erdogan warns of scrapping EU refugee deal

Islam Times - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara will scrap a refugee deal with the EU unless his country’s key demand of visa-free travel is granted.

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Turkey to 'seek normal ties with Russia under new government'

Islam Times - Turkey will continue to work for mending the sour relations with Russia through dialogue, according to a new government program.

 
Pakistani civil society activists shout slogans during a demonstration in Multan on May 23, 2016, against a US drone strike in Pakistan

Pakistan summons US envoy over drone strike that killed Mansour

Islam Times - Islamabad has summoned the US ambassador to voice its concerns over a recent US drone strike on Pakistani soil that reportedly killed Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour.

Pakistani security officials and hospital staff move a dead body into a morgue in Quetta on May 22, 2016 following a drone strike in the remote town of Ahmad Wal in Balochistan that targeted Afghan Taliban Chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour.

Pakistan slams US drone strike reportedly killing Taliban chief

Islam Times - Pakistan has denounced the US drone strike believed to have killed the Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour.

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.

 
New leader of the Afghan Taliban Haibatullah Akhundzada

Afghan Taliban name Haibatullah Akhundzada as new leader

Islam Times - Taliban have appointed Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader, officially confirming that their former chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone strike last week.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) shakes hands with visiting Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah in China’s capital, Beijing, May 16, 2016.

Kabul backs Beijing stance in South China Sea dispute: Chinese official

Islam Times - A Chinese official says neighboring Afghanistan has expressed its support for Beijing amid ongoing maritime tensions between China and regional and extra-regional countries over the South China Sea.

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.

 
Ansarullah: Yemenis Won’t Bow down to All Forms of US-Saudi Aggression

Ansarullah: Yemenis Won’t Bow down to All Forms of US-Saudi Aggression

Islam Times - Ansarullah revolutionary movement stressed that the Yemeni people will not bow down to all forms of US-Saudi aggression against the Arab impoverished country.

Yemenis carry food parcels as they walk through the mountains between the southern cities of Aden and Ta’izz on December 26, 2015.

UN warns of imminent famine in war-torn Yemen

Islam Times - The UN has voiced alarm over severe food shortages across war-torn Yemen amid relentless Saudi attacks, saying the country is “one step” from famine.

United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed speaks during a press conference on May 15, 2016 in Kuwait City.

Difficult matters hinder deal between Yemeni warring parties: UN envoy

Islam Times - The UN special envoy says a number of“difficult matters" remain unresolved to clinch an accord between Yemen's warring parties during ongoing UN-brokered talks in Kuwait.

The Yemeni army says it has fired a ballistic missile at a Saudi military base in a “simple response” to airstrikes.

Yemen launches retaliatory missile attack on Saudi Arabia

Islam Times - The Yemeni army and their allies have fired a ballistic missile at a Saudi military base in a “simple response” to Saudi airstrikes that continue despite a ceasefire.

 
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.

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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.

 
An Apple store in the Central district of Hong Kong, China

China reviewing US tech products for security threats

Islam Times - China has been conducting reviews of the technology products of the United States to ensure no security threats are posed to China, a report says.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur conducts a live-fire gunnery exercise in the South China Sea, January 15, 2016.

China slams Pentagon’s annual military report as distorted

Islam Times - Beijing has expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with the US Defense Department's annual report on military and security developments involving China, calling it a deliberate distortion of Chinese defense policies.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) logo is seen at the entrance of its headquarters in Geneva.

China complains to WTO about US failure to implement tariff ruling

Islam Times - China has filed a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO), saying the US is failing to implement a WTO ruling against punitive tariffs by Washington on a variety of Chinese commodities, in yet another sign of escalating trade tensions between the two countries....

US guided missile-destroyer USS William P. Lawrence

Beijing slams US warship patrol in disputed South China Sea

Islam Times - China has denounced the United States for sending yet another warship close to an island in the disputed South China Sea, saying the move threatened “peace and stability.”

 
An undated photo received by AFP on April 27, 2015 shows the son of an asylum seeker (unseen) holding a sign he wrote with a message for Australia

Aussie minister sparks controversy with ‘illiterate’ refugee remarks

Islam Times - Australia’s immigration minister has sparked angry reactions after warning about the inrush into the country of “illiterate” and “innumerate” refugees.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, on May 8, 2016.

Turnbull dissolves parliament, kicks off election campaign

Islam Times - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has dissolved parliament to officially kick off a two-month election campaign.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a press conference in capital, Canberra, May 8, 2016.

Australia elections set for July 2: Prime minister

Islam Times - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the country will hold general elections on July 2, after Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in Australia agreed to dissolve both houses of parliament.

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.

 
 
 
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Ivo Freijsen, the head of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Khartoum

Sudan defends expulsion of UN official over Darfur reporting

Islam Times - Sudan has effectively expelled a senior United Nations humanitarian affairs official after accusing him of filing “false reports” about people displaced by the conflict in the country’s war-torn Darfur region.

The front entrance of the Moroccan Interior Ministry in Rabat

Morocco says US rights report a 'list of lies'

Islam Times - Morocco says the US State Department's report on human rights in the North African kingdom is a list of inventions and even lies.

Party leader Julius Malema and members of his Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) clash with parliamentary security as they are evicted from the chamber in Cape Town, South Africa, May 17, 2016.

Break erupts in S Africa parliament amid Zuma address

Islam Times - A brutal fistfight has broken out in the South African parliament when about a group of opposition lawmakers disrupted a speech by President Jacob Zuma.

Abdullah Ahmad, a representative of Nigeria’s senior Shia cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky

Nigeria govt. slammed for committing crimes against Zakzaky

Islam Times - The Nigerian government has committed crimes against senior Shia cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his followers, one of the prominent Muslim leader’s students says.

 
Daesh terrorists in the northern Libyan city of Sirte

HRW details 'scenes of horror' by Daesh in Libya

Islam Times - Human Rights Watch has released a report, cataloging atrocities carried out by the Takfiri terror group of Daesh against Libyans in a northern town.

An image grab taken from a video reportedly released by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group on May 11, 2016, shows men described as Ethiopian Christians kneeling on the ground in front of masked terrorists on a beach at an undisclosed location in Libya.

Daesh executes over a dozen Ethiopian Christians in Libya

Islam Times - The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has released a new horrifying video purportedly showing the gruesome execution of at least 16 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

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.

 
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.

 
 
 
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