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Renowned Palestinian astrophysics Professor Imad Barghouthi speaks at a Hamas rally at al-Quds University in al-Quds (Jerusalem), October 2014.

Israel illegally holding leading Palestinian prof.: NGO

Islam Times - A Palestinian NGO says Israel is holding renowned Palestinian astrophysicist Imad Barghouthi in prison even ...

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) and Mohammed Dahlan, former leader of the Fatah movement in Gaza

Israel, Arab allies discuss ousting Palestinian president

Islam Times - Israel and its allies, including the UAE, Egypt and Jordan, are reportedly planning to overthrow Palestinian ...

Secretary General of the Arab League Nabil el-Araby

Arab League chief slams Israel as bastion of 'fascism, discrimination'

Islam Times - The head of the largest Arab grouping has described Israel as a den of “fascism and racial discrimination” ...

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas (R) is seen during a meeting of Arab foreign ministers to discuss a French initiative in the Egyptian capital Cairo, on May 28, 2016.

Any talks with Israel must be time-capped: Palestinian president

Islam Times - The Palestinian president has rejected the idea of open-ended talks with Israel, saying any future negotiations ...

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood defendants stand behind the bars during their trial, along with ousted president, Mohamed Morsi (unseen), in Cairo on June 16, 2015.

Egypt court sentences 8 Morsi supporters to death, 12 to life in jail

Islam Times - A military court in Egypt has sentenced to death on terrorism charges eight supporters of ousted president,...

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 ...

 
 
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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.

 
Saudi-Israeli Ties Unmasked: Abandoning of Palestine, Turning to Fight Iran

Saudi-Israeli Ties Unmasked: Abandoning of Palestine, Turning to Fight Iran

Islam Times - Israeli media reported recently that a high-level Zionist delegation headed by a top official had visited Riyadh several weeks ago, and that the military censorship does neither allow talking about the meeting, nor about its goals.

The entrance to the so-called Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia gives activist eight-year jail term

Islam Times - Amnesty International says a court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a human rights activist to eight years in prison under a law that, according to the rights group, aims to silence human rights defenders and suppress free speech in the country.

Saudi cleric Saleh bin Fawzan al-Fawzan

Top Saudi cleric prohibits taking selfies with cats

Islam Times - Saudi Arabia’s senior cleric has placed a ban on taking selfies with cats, a bizarre ruling based on what Wahhabi principles widely preached in the kingdom.

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.

 
Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah

Hezbollah not expecting war with Israel for summer: Official

Islam Times - A senior Hezbollah official has ruled out the possibility of another Israeli war on Lebanon for this summer, but stated that the resistance movement is fully prepared to retaliate against any assault by the regime.

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.

 
A view of Masjad al-Haram, where Ka’aba is located, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Iran cancels Hajj due to Saudi 'obstacles'

Islam Times - Iran says it will not take part in this year's Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca because of "obstacles" created by Saudi Arabia.

Muslim pilgrims circle counterclockwise Islam

Tehran to hold Riyadh accountable if this year’s Hajj is not observed

Islam Times - The Saudi Arabian government has “blocked all the paths” for Iran to negotiate details of this year’s Hajj.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius meet in Tehran on May 28, 2016.

Name, shame backstage terror sponsors: Iran

Islam Times - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani calls for collective efforts to counter terrorism across the world, saying covert sponsors of terrorists must be identified to stop the flow of aid to militants.

Saudi Arabia is using oil as a weapon against Iran and other countries.

Saudi Iran plot: More of a self-harm

Islam Times - Saudi Arabia is reportedly pressuring allies in the Persian Gulf to cut trade links with Iran but many observers believe the effort is unlikely to have an impact on the overall business relationship.

 
Iraqi security forces reach the outskirts of Fallujah, in Iraq’s Anbar Province, as they prepare to attack Daesh in the city, May 28, 2016.

Iraqi forces enter Daesh-held Fallujah

Islam Times - Iraqi commanders says their forces have entered Fallujah in a major victory against Daesh militants.

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters hold a position on the front line near Hasan Sham village, some 45 kilometers east of the city of Mosul, during an operation aimed at retaking areas from Daesh on May 29, 2016.

Kurdish tanks join anti-Daesh battle in Iraq’s Mosul

Islam Times - Kurdish peshmerga tanks are joining a major offensive aimed at retaking Daesh-held areas east of the Iraqi city of Mosul -- the Takfiri terrorist’s main hub in the country.

Daesh militant Abu Assad Almani posted the photo of an Izadi woman on his Facebook page and wrote

Daesh militants sell sex slaves on social media

Islam Times - Daesh terrorists are using the Internet to sell hundreds of women held as sex slaves, a report says.

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.

 
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks near a cameraman during a rally to mark the 563rd anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul by Ottoman Turks on May 29, 2016 in Istanbul.

Turkish president slams presence of Russia, Iran, US in Syria

Islam Times - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raps the presence of Russia, Iran and the US in its war-ravaged neighbor, Syria.

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.

 
Pakistani local residents gathering around a destroyed vehicle hit by a drone strike in which Afghan Taliban Chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was believed to be traveling in the remote town of Ahmad Wal in Balochistan.

Brother of Mansour’s driver suing US over lethal drone strike

Islam Times - The family of a taxi driver who was killed in a US drone strike while driving Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in southwest Pakistan is suing the US government.

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.

 
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.

 
Yemeni security forces guard a checkpoint on the outskirts of the southern port city of Aden, on May 16, 2016.

Houthis, Hadi loyalists clashes claim lives of 50 in southern Yemen

Islam Times - Around 50 people have been killed as clashes erupt between Ansarullah troops and forces loyal to former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, in south Yemen.

Yemeni forces inspect the site of a bomb-laden car in the al-Mansoura district of Yemen’s Aden Province on May 1, 2016.

Westerner arrested among Daesh in Yemen’s Aden: Police

Islam Times - Seven suspected members of the Takfiri Daesh group, including a Westerner, have been captured in an offensive in Yemen's port city of Aden.

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.

 
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.

 
King Abdullah of Jordan has dissolved the country

Jordan's king dissolves parliament

Islam Times - Jordan’s King Abdullah has dissolved parliament in a royal decree to pave the way for the formation of a new government.

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.

 
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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