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Protesters gather during a demonstration demanding Prime Minister Najib Razak’s resignation and electoral reforms in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur, August 29, 2015.

Malaysians begin protest against embattled premier

Islam Times - Malaysians have taken to the streets calling for electoral reforms in the Southeast Asian country and the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak over a graft scandal.

South Korean soldiers ride a military truck on the road leading to the truce village of Panmunjom in the border city of Paju on August 24, 2015.

US, South Korea stage joint military exercises

Islam Times - US troops have held a joint military exercise with South Korea's army units amid tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Indian police patrol railway tracks damaged by rioters on the outskirts of Ahmadabad, August 26, 2015.

At least 9 people killed in caste-related clashes in India

Islam Times - At least nine people have been killed in India over caste-related violence in the state of Gujarat, as the government calls for calm.

Singapore’s parliament dissolved for early elections

Singapore’s parliament dissolved for early elections

Islam Times - Singaporean President Tony Tan has dismissed parliament and called early general elections.

 
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

Saudi Arabia calls for Syria regime change

Islam Times - Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has once again called for regime change in Syria, in brazen remarks seen as direct meddling in the internal affairs of a foreign sovereign state.

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

Yemeni forces launch Scud Missile on Saudi Arabia

Islam Times - Yemeni military forces have launched a Scud missile at a target in Saudi Arabia, as part of retaliatory strikes over the deadly Saudi military campaign against Yemen.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Saudi king to visit US, Egypt: Officials

Islam Times - Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is expected to visit the United States early next month for the first time since ascending to the throne in January, officials say.

A Saudi executioner prepares to behead a man (kneeling down) as a group of people gather to watch the execution.

Amnesty censure rising number of executions in Saudi Arabia

Islam Times - Amnesty International has censured a dramatic rise in the number of executions in Saudi Arabia, saying the Riyadh regime executed 175 people – an average of one person every two days – in less than a year.

 
Smoke billows in the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp near Lebanon

Ceasefire brings calm back to Palestinian camp in Lebanon

Islam Times - Palestinian rivals at Lebanon’s largest refugee camp have agreed to stop fighting following a ceasefire agreement.

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam

Lebanese PM threatens to resign amid trash crisis

Islam Times - Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam has threatened to step down from power amid violent clashes between police and demonstrators protesting over the country’s failure to collect garbage from the streets.

Lebanese protesters chant slogans as riot police fire water cannons following a demonstration to protest against the country

Lebanon prosecutor orders probe into trash crisis

Islam Times - Lebanon’s state prosecutor has ordered a probe into Saturday's violent clashes in the capital between protesters and police over a growing trash crisis, amid continuing protests in downtown Beirut.

Smoke billows in the Ain El-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp near Lebanon’s southern port city of Sidon on August 23, 2015 a day after three people were killed in fierce clashes there.

Clashes continue in Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon despite ceasefire

Islam Times - Clashes have continued in the largest Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, the Ain al-Hilweh, despite a ceasefire agreement after at least three people were killed in the violence there.

 
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei receives President Hassan Rouhani (2nd R) and Cabinet ministers in Tehran, August 26, 2015.‬

US, Israel enmity toward Iran never waned: Iran's Leader

Islam Times - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the enmity of the US and the Israeli regime toward Iran has never subsided.

Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi

Iran arrests Daesh would-be bombers: Intelligence minister

Islam Times - Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi says Iran has arrested Daesh terrorists who planned to carry out a bombing after entering the country.

Iran launches Nasr cruise missile mass production line

Iran launches Nasr cruise missile mass production line

Islam Times - Iran has launched the production line of a cruise missile with its defense minister saying the air-launched missile is aimed at improving the country's deterrence power.

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Iran says 'will not accept' leaks of secret data by IAEA

Islam Times - Iran has called on the UN nuclear monitoring body to guarantee the confidentiality of information it will collect for verifying the peaceful nature of Tehran’s nuclear program.

 
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are seen in an area between the towns of Daquq and Tuz Khurmatu, where battles have been raging against Daesh militants, August 26, 2015.

Iraq army, allied forces kill 130 Takfiri Daesh terrorists

Islam Times - At least 130 members of the Takfiri Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group have been killed in multiple operations carried out by Iraqi forces backed by air power in the country’s western and northern provinces of Anbar and Kirkuk.

PKK militants standing in formation in an undisclosed location in northern Iraq.

34 PKK militants killed as Turkish jets hit northern Iraq

Islam Times - More than three dozen members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have been killed after Turkish military aircraft carried out a series of airstrikes in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russian FM says US VP's call for partitioning Iraq unacceptable

Islam Times - The Russian foreign minister has slammed the US vice president’s remarks urging the partition of Iraq as “highly irresponsible,” saying that Moscow would never agree to such "state structure manipulation."

Influential Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr

Muqtada al-Sadr calls for rally for reforms implementation

Islam Times - Influential Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has called on Iraqi people to partake in a rally in the capital Baghdad to urge the implementation of reforms in the country.

 
Turkey

Turkish president urges voting in hope of surviving repeat election

Islam Times - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged his country to vote for "stability" in hope of surviving November repeat election.

Jamil Ra

Commander of militant group in Syria killed in Turkey

Islam Times - A commander of a militant group operating against the government in Syria has been killed in a car bomb blast in Turkey blamed on rival groups, media reports say.

Gendarme Lieutenant Colonel Mehmet Alkan is seen during his brother

Turkey opens probe into officer's anti-government remarks

Islam Times - A branch of Turkey’s Armed Forces has launched an investigation into controversial anti-government remarks by a high-ranking military officer.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey’s Erdogan officially calls snap vote as coalition talks deadline expires

Islam Times - Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has officially called snap elections in the country following the failure of talks with the opposition on the formation a coalition government.

 
Smoke rises following alleged shelling by Indian troops in the Nakial sector of Pakistan-administered Kashmir on August 18, 2015.

Pakistan summons India diplomat over Kashmir ceasefire violations

Islam Times - Pakistan has summoned a senior Indian diplomat over recent ceasefire violations in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir that led to the death of two civilians.

UN expresses

UN expresses 'serious concern' over violence in Kashmir

Islam Times - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed “serious concern” about the latest upsurge in violence along the disputed border between India and Pakistan, urging the two sides to show restraint.

Rasheed Godil, the head of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement political party

Pakistani opposition politician seriously wounded in attack

Islam Times - Unknown attackers have inflicted multiple gunshot wounds on a Pakistani political leader in the southern port city of Karachi.

Pakistani fighter jets

Pakistan army airstrikes kill 65 militants near Afghan border

Islam Times - At least 65 militants have been killed and an ammunition dump destroyed in airstrikes in Pakistan's northwestern tribal regions near the border with Afghanistan.

 
Afghan security personnel patrol during an anti-Taliban operation in Dangam district near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in eastern Kunar Province, January 17, 2015.

Afghan army kills 74 militants across Afghanistan

Islam Times - Afghanistan says its armed forces have killed 74 militants during their most recent military operations across the violence-torn country.

An Afghan man looks out of the broken window of a building after a car bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 22, 2015.

Afghan Taliban denies blame for Kabul bombing

Islam Times - The Taliban militant group in Afghanistan has denied involvement in a deadly car bombing attack targeting a convoy of NATO contractors in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

12, including 3 US contractors, killed in Kabul blast

12, including 3 US contractors, killed in Kabul blast

Islam Times - A powerful bomb explosion has rocked the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 12 people, including three US contractors.

Afghanistan’s First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum

Afghan first VP escapes Taliban assassination attempt

Islam Times - Afghanistan’s First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum has escaped an assassination attempt by a group of Taliban militants in the northern part of the war-torn country.

 
A Saudi vehicle that has been destroyed by Yemeni forces

Yemeni rockets kill several more Saudi troops in Jizan

Islam Times - As part of their retaliatory attacks over the ongoing Saudi aggression against its impoverished southern neighbor, Yemen's army and allied popular committees have killed several more Saudi soldiers, reports say.

A helicopter of Saudi Special Forces flies in the capital Riyadh on May 19, 2015.

Yemeni forces down Saudi Apache copter in Yasuf region

Islam Times - Yemeni forces loyal to the Houthi Ansarullah movement and the allied army units have downed a Saudi Apache helicopter in Yemen’s Yasuf region.

A helicopter of Saudi Special Forces flies in the capital, Riyadh, on May 19, 2015.

Yemeni forces down Saudi Apache helicopter

Islam Times - Saudi Arabia’s military aggression against Yemen has suffered a new setback as forces loyal to the Houthi Ansarullah movement and the allied army units reportedly down a Saudi military helicopter in the kingdom’s southern territory.

Yemeni girls attend a class in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, on August 1, 2015, as the school reopened after a four-month interruption.

Nearly 400 kids killed in Yemen since late March: UNICEF

Islam Times - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says around 400 children have been killed in Yemen since late March, when Saudi Arabia launched a military campaign against its impoverished neighbor.

 
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.

US Security Guard Hurt in Qatar Embassy Attack

US Security Guard Hurt in Qatar Embassy Attack

Islam Times - The American embassy in the Gulf state of Qatar has confirmed in a statement on its website that a member of its security staff was injured in an assault.

A man whips up a crowd which included migrant workers from Africa and Asia who said they were paid to be there, at the Qatar Open of international beach volleyball at the Al Gharafa Sports Club in Doha, Qatar, on November 8, 2014.

Qatar pays migrant workers to make sport arenas look full

Islam Times - Qatar has been accused of paying migrant workers to attend sport events in the country in an attempt to make empty arenas look full.

 
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.

Tensions brew in Jordan over Muslim Brotherhood rift

Tensions brew in Jordan over Muslim Brotherhood rift

Islam Times - Jordan's authorization of a breakaway wing of the Muslim Brotherhood has sent tensions soaring between the decades-old organization and the government, accused of exploiting the rift to weaken the kingdom's main opposition force.

 
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga

China has drilling rigs near disputed islands: Japan

Islam Times - Tokyo says China has stationed 16 drilling rigs near its de facto maritime border with Japan in the South China Sea amid the escalation of a territorial dispute between the two East Asian countries.

A satellite image of vessels purportedly dredging sand at Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea, March 16, 2015.

China slams US over South China Sea surveillance flight

Islam Times - China has censured the United States for a surveillance flight over the disputed waters of the South China Sea, urging Washington to avoid taking sides over the territorial row in the region.

(L-R) Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Sharshenovich Atambayev, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in September 2013.

ISIL threat in Afghanistan to top upcoming SCO summit agenda

Islam Times - The ISIL terrorist threat in Afghanistan will top the agenda of the upcoming leader’s summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Russia later this week, a senior Chinese Foreign Ministry official says.

A Chinese flotilla with a naval vessel firing an anti-submarine missile during a drill at Peter the Great Bay in Russia

China launches military exercises in Yellow Sea

Islam Times - China’s army has kicked off “unprecedented” air and sea drills in the Yellow Sea, between the Korean Peninsula and China, a report says.

 
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Australia to consult Iran on Syria strikes, foreign minister says

Islam Times - Australia has emphasized the necessity of coordination with Iran if Canberra seeks to contribute to the US-led campaign purportedly targeting the Takfiri Daesh terrorists in Syria.

Police and gendarmes carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015.

Plane wreckage can’t solve MH370 mystery: Australia

Islam Times - Australia says the recent discovery of plane debris on an island in the Indian Ocean, even if it belongs to the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight, MH370, will not solve the perplexing mystery of why the aircraft went down.

Abdullah Elmir, an ISIL recruiter in Bankstown, a suburb of the Australian city of Sydney

ISIL recruiting vulnerable Australian teenagers

Islam Times - ISIL recruiters have stepped up attempts to entice vulnerable youths in Australia to join the ranks of the Takfiri terror group mainly operating in Iraq and Syria, a British daily reports.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Aussie FM tells Jakarta to fix borders in row over migrants

Islam Times - Australia has called on Indonesia to better manage its borders, in a harsh rebuke to Jakarta’s demand for answers to allegations that Canberra paid off the crew of a migrant smuggling boat to return the vessel to Indonesian shores.

 
 
Palestinian security forces walk amidst debris following an Israeli airstrike in the southern Gaza Strip near the town of Rafah, May 27, 2015.

Israeli jets attack central Gaza Strip

Islam Times - Israeli fighter jets have conducted airstrikes against an area in the besieged Gaza Strip following a claim ...

A room in the house of Nasim Hilmi Karaki, a lieutenant colonel with the Palestinian Authority national security forces, after being raided by Israeli troops.

Israeli forces 'steal money, jewelry' during raid in West Bank

Islam Times - Israeli forces have reportedly stolen money and jewelry from a Palestinian home during a predawn raid in the ...

Palestinian children play next to the rubble of buildings that were destroyed during Israel’s 50-day war in the summer of 2014, in Gaza City, August 25, 2015.

Aid groups urge removal of Israeli blockade on Gaza

Islam Times - Some 35 aid agencies have launched a petition calling for an end to Israel’s inhumane siege on the Gaza Strip,...

Israeli troops forcefully subduing a Palestinian man

Israeli forces detain 31 Palestinians in West Bank

Islam Times - Israeli forces have abducted at least 31 Palestinians in their raids on their homes in areas across the occupied ...

Anti-government protesters are marching in Naser City in the east of the Egyptian capital, Cairo on August 26, 2015.

Police clash with protesters in Egypt, several wounded

Islam Times - Egyptian security forces have clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the northern Nile Delta ...

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi during a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on August 26, 2015.

Russia, Egypt call for international anti-terror coalition

Islam Times - During his second visit to Moscow in the last two months, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met with ...

Egyptian riot police stand in front of a damaged national security building following a bomb blast in northern Cairo’s district of Shubra, August 20, 2015.

Striking cops clash with anti-riot police in Egypt

Islam Times - Protesting police officers in Egypt have clashed with riot police known as Central Security Forces (CSF) in ...

Senior Muslim Brotherhood figures stand behind bars during a trial in Cairo, Egypt, August 22, 2015.

Egypt court sentences 95 Brotherhood members to life in prison

Islam Times - An Egyptian court has sentenced 95 Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison over their alleged role in ...

 
 
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United Nations special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon (2nd R) sits during peace talks between rival Libyan factions at the UN Office in Geneva on August 12, 2015.

UN to host new round of Libyan peace talks next week

Islam Times - The United Nations says it will host a fresh round of peace talks among different Libyan factions in Geneva next week.

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza makes a speech after being sworn in for a third term, August 20, 2015.

Burundi’s president wants enemies ‘destroyed’

Islam Times - Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has called for groups that he said threaten national security to be “destroyed.”

South Sudan

South Sudan president signs peace deal with rebels

Islam Times - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has signed a long-awaited peace deal with rebels to end 20 months of deadly civil war in the African country following international pressure and a threat of sanctions by the United Nations.

A file photo released by the UN allegedly shows Israeli-produced rifles being used by security forces in South Sudan.

UN report proves widespread use of Israeli weapons in South Sudan

Islam Times - The local army of South Sudan and its senior officers are widely using Israeli weapons, a recent report by the United Nations has said, warning that the use of the arms could further fuel the bloody conflict in the African country.

 
The United Nations (UN)’s special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon gestures during a press conference at the opening of Libya peace talks at the UN headquarters in Geneva, August 11, 2015.

Libyan peace dialog nearing final stages: UN envoy

Islam Times - The United Nations (UN) envoy to Libya says the North African country’s political dialog process is nearing “final stages,” urging leaders to make “the final push” for an end to the current crisis there.

Mohamed al-Dairi, the foreign minister of Libya

Libyan FM calls for international aid in fight against Daesh

Islam Times - Libya’s foreign minister has called on the international community for aid in battling the Daesh Takfiri group and the lifting of an arms embargo imposed on his country.

A general view of a meeting in the Arab League’s headquarters in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, June 29, 2015

Arab League urges military support for Libya in fight against Daesh

Islam Times - The Arab League (AL) has called on its member states to support Libya’s internationally-recognized government and arm its military, which is battling the Takfiri Daesh (ISIL) terrorists.

The prime minister of Libya

Libyan premier withdraws resignation

Islam Times - The prime minister of Libya's internationally recognized government, Abdullah al-Thani, has retracted his recent offer to hand in his resignation.

 
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.

The Tunisian Foreign Ministry building in Tunis

Tunisia restores diplomatic ties with Syria

Islam Times - Tunisia has recommenced diplomatic relations with Syria at a consular level after a three-year hiatus in Tunis-Damascus ties, a report says.

Mourad Gharsalli, said to be a member of a group linked to al-Qaeda in Tunisia

Tunisia says it kills senior leader of group linked to al-Qaeda

Islam Times - Tunisian authorities say a senior leader of a group said to be affiliated to al-Qaeda militant group in the North African country was among a group of people killed earlier during an operation by security forces.

A masked Tunisian soldier stands guard on the beach at the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port El Kantaoui on June 29, 2015.

About 5,500 Tunisians in ISIL ranks, UN experts say

Islam Times - UN experts have said that almost 5,500 Tunisians have joined the ranks of the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group in recent years.

 
 
 
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