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Hand grenade drone adds to IS arsenal around Mosul

ARBID (AFP) – The Islamic State group drone hovered in the sky over the advancing Iraqi forces before dropping a grenade, the jihadists  latest move to weaponise small off-the-shelf aircraft. Down below, the grenade exploded on the roof of a building where Iraqi police forces were sheltering as they advanced some 10 kilometres (six miles)

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ICC prosecutor :US may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan

THE HAGUE (AFP) – US forces may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan from 2003-2004 by torturing prisoners in what appeared to be a deliberate policy, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday. Unveiling the results of a lengthy initial probe into atrocities in Afghanistan, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she would decide

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Saudi Hajj Ministry denies rumours

JEDDAH (Monitoring desk) –  Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah have denied rumors that the ministry removed Umrah fees that were placed by the Kingdom on the second or additional Umrah visits, local media reported on Monday. New amendments were introduced to visa fees in Saudi Arabia at the beginning of 1438, when the government

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Israel PM backs bill to limit volume of Azan

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he backed a bill limiting the volume of calls to prayer from mosques, a proposal government watchdogs have called a threat to religious freedom. Netanyahu, speaking before a ministerial committee adopted the draft bill, said he would support such a move that some have labelled

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Iraqi forces say recapture Nimrud, site of ancient city

Iraqi forces said they had recaptured Nimrud area, the site of an ancient city blown up by IS group. BAGHDAD (AFP) – Iraqi forces said Sunday they had recaptured the Nimrud area, the site of an ancient Assyrian city blown up by the Islamic State group, as they battled the jihadists south of Mosul. Iraqi

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Hillary blames FBI Director for election loss to Trump

NEW YORK (Monitoring Desk) –  Hillary Clinton has said that  in reopening a probe into her controversial email practices,  Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey  had eroded the momentum her campaign had gained in the weeks  leading up to the November 8 election, US media said on  Sunday. Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate,

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UN chief, EU condemn deadly attack in Khuzdar

UNITED NATIONS (Web Desk) –  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned as “depraved” the terrorist attack against worshippers in a Sufi shrine in Khuzdar, hoping that the Pakistani authorities will soon bring those responsible to justice. “He (UN chief) extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people

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Powerful 7.4 magnitude quake rattles New Zealand: USGS

WELLINGTON (Web Desk) – A powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocked New Zealand late Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. The shallow tremor hit some 90 kilometres (57 miles) from the South Island city of Christchurch, according to the agency. –AFP

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Satellite images show Myanmar Rohingya villages torched

Soldiers have killed several dozen people and arrested scores in their hunt for the attackers. YANGON (AFP) – Hundreds of buildings in Rohingya villages in western Myanmar have been torched, according to new satellite images released on Sunday as fresh fighting flared in the strife-torn region. Northern Rakhine, which is home to the Muslim Rohingya

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British ‘sharia courts’ under scrutiny over undermining women rights

LONDON (AFP) – For more than 30 years, sharia courts enforcing Islamic law have been operating quietly across Britain. But two official inquiries have put them in the spotlight amid accusations that they discriminate against women. Very little is known about them, even their number, which one study by the University of Reading puts at

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