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Blindfolded Palestinian prisoners in an Israeli detention facility

Four Palestinian prisoners continue hunger strike in Israeli jails

Islam Times - Four Palestinian prisoners being held at different Israeli detention facilities have continued their hunger ...

A peacekeeper of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) holds a position near the border with Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on April 17, 2016.

UNSC rejects Israel’s recent claims over Golan Heights

Islam Times - The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has rejected a recent statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...

Israeli forces turn Muslim Palestinian worshipers down at the entrance of the al-Aqsa mosque compound in al-Quds Old City, on April 24, 2016.

Israeli forces scuffle with Palestinians at al-Aqsa compound

Islam Times - Israeli forces have once again scuffled with Palestinian Muslim worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound ...

US President Barack Obama addresses the Righteous Among the Nations Award Ceremony at the Israeli Embassy January 27, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Israelis can’t wait for Obama to be out of office

Islam Times - Israelis want US President Barack Obama out of the White House as soon as possible, a new poll suggests.

Egyptian police fire tear gas towards protestors as they demonstrate on April 25, 2016 in the capital, Cairo, against the handing over of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Egypt police arrest nearly 400 amid island protests: Rights group

Islam Times - Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Egyptian police have arrested at least 382 people during recent protests against ...

Egyptian refugees from Libya queue for food at a military field hospital on the border.

Sixteen Egyptians, three human traffickers killed in Libya

Islam Times - Sixteen Egyptian nationals have been killed in clashes with people-smuggling gangs in the Libyan city of Bani ...

Egyptian police forces patrol streets in the southern Cairo district of Giza on January 25, 2016 in order to head off potential anti-government protests.

Egypt arrests dozens ahead of planned Red Sea islands protests

Islam Times - Egyptian security forces have arrested dozens of people ahead of anti-government demonstrations against President ...

Hamdeen Sabahi, an Egyptian opposition politician and the leader of the Egyptian Popular Current

Opposition politician sues Sisi over islands handover to Saudi Arabia

Islam Times - An Egyptian opposition politician has launched legal proceedings against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi over ...

Saudi Arabia
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending the third meeting of activists in fisheries under the Korean People

North Korea to hold first ruling party congress in over 30 years

Islam Times - North Korea has announced the date of its first ruling party congress in the past 36 years, stoking concerns that the event will coincide with Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test.

North Korea

North Korea: Nuclear tests will stop after US, South halt drills

Islam Times - North Korea says it will stop its nuclear tests on the condition that the US halts its annual military exercises with South Korea.

A satellite image of an under-construction runway at Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea, April 2, 2015.

China sends military plane to disputed island

Islam Times - China says it has sent a military aircraft to one of its controversial islands in the South China Sea in order to evacuate workers wounded during construction work there.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye

South Korea’s Park says North prepearing for nuclear test

Islam Times - South Korean President Park Geun-hye has said that North Korea is preparing to carry out another nuclear test.

Saudi Binladin company axes one fourth of staff

Saudi Binladin company axes one fourth of staff

Islam Times - Saudi construction company Binladin Group has cut 25 percent of its employees as the Arab state plunges into financial crisis.

Saudi uninvited party in Yemen peace talks

Saudi uninvited party in Yemen peace talks

Islam Times - An interview with Hazem Salem, an activist and political analyst from Cairo, and Richard Millet, a journalist and political commentator from London, to discuss the prospects of a new round of peace talks in Yemen amid relentless Saudi bombardment of the impoverished ...

Amnesty International staff hold portraits of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi and Saudi rights activist Waleed Abulkhair as they demonstrate in front of the Saudi embassy in the German capital Berlin on January 8, 2016.

UN torture committee calls on Saudi to stop corporal punishments

Islam Times - The United Nations torture committee has called on Saudi Arabia to stop physical punishment, including flogging and amputations, in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

US lawmakers walk down the steps of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill.

Saudi has lobbyists to confront 9/11 bill

Islam Times - Saudi Arabia has an army of Washington lobbyists to deploy as it tries to stop US Congress from passing legislation that could expose the country to litigation over the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a report says.

The relatives and members of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah carry the coffin of Lebanese fighter Ali Taha, who was killed in combat alongside Syrian government forces in Syria, during his funeral procession in a southern suburb of the capital, Beirut, April 4, 2016.

Hezbollah raps Saudi-crafted OIC statement

Islam Times - Officials from Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement have strongly criticized the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for leveling accusations against the group as well as Iran.

French President Francois Hollande (L) attends a joint press conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam after a meeting in Beirut on April 16, 2016.

French president vows $113mn military aid in Lebanon visit

Islam Times - French President Francois Hollande has visited Lebanon on the first leg of a regional tour that will also take him to Egypt and Jordan, pledging $113 million in mostly military aid to Beirut over three years.

Former Lebanese Information Minister Michel Samaha

Ex-Lebanon minister gets 13-year jail term at retrial

Islam Times - A former Lebanese information minister has been sentenced to 13 years in prison with hard labor at a retrial on the back of conviction for preparing “terror” attacks inside the country.

Supporters wave the flag of Lebanon

Hezbollah condemns Nilesat’s suspension of Al-Manar

Islam Times - Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement has strongly condemned the latest decision by the Egyptian satellite service provider, Nilesat, to stop airing its news channel, Al-Manar.

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

UN chief to assist in frozen assets dispute if both parties request it

Islam Times - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is willing to help resolve a dispute between Iran and the US on Tehran's frozen assets, but only if the two sides make that request, a UN spokesman says.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei addresses a group of Iranian workers in Tehran, April 27, 2016.

Iran's Leader: US deception hindering Iran trade

Islam Times - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the US has resorted to “deception” to obstruct international trade with Iran despite a nuclear agreement.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) meets with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Dehqan (3rd R) on the sidelines of the 5th Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) in Moscow on April 27, 2016.

Iran, Russia draft military cooperation roadmap

Islam Times - Iran and Russia have developed “specific plans” for bolstering the two countries’ military and technical cooperation, says Iran’s defense minister.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

US seizure of USD 2 billion in Iranian assets highway robbery: Zarif

Islam Times - Iran says the seizure of around $2 billion in frozen assets recently authorized by a US court ruling is “highway robbery,” vowing that the Islamic Republic will retrieve the sum anyway.

Iraqi soldiers hold a position on the frontline on April 9, 2016 in the town of Kharbardan, located 10 kilometers (6six miles) south of Qayyarah, during military operations to recapture Nineveh province from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

Four Daesh commanders killed in Iraq's Kirkuk, 2 villages freed in Anbar

Islam Times - Four Daesh commanders have been slain in airstrikes carried out by the Iraqi Air Force in the country’s northern province of Kirkuk.

Iraq bans Al Jazeera news network over violation of guidelines

Iraq bans Al Jazeera news network over violation of guidelines

Islam Times - Iraqi officials have revoked the operating license of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera news network and closed its bureau in the capital, Baghdad, over its violation of government guidelines.

Iraqi volunteer fighters, who support the Iraqi government forces in the fight against Daesh terrorists, prepare a Howitzer artillery canon near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, February 28, 2015.

Iraqi Kurds, volunteer forces agree to withdraw from northern town

Islam Times - Kurdish Peshmerga forces and volunteer fighters with the Popular Mobilization force have agreed to pull out from a northern Iraqi town that has been the scene of sporadic clashes over the past week.

A street that was walled into a dead-end in the flashpoint border area between Tuz Khurmato’s Turkmen and Kurdish neighborhoods following a wave of Kurdish-Turkmen violence, in the northern Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmatu.

Kurdish, volunteer fighters halt clashes in north Iraqi town

Islam Times - Iraqi Kurdish and volunteer fighters have reached an agreement to cease hostilities in a disputed town north of the country.

Hamza Aktan, chief news editor of the Istanbul-based private IMC TV channel

Turkish journalist, TV channel editor detained over last year’s tweets

Islam Times - Turkey has arrested the chief news editor of the Istanbul-based private IMC TV channel over posting some tweets he shared on his account last year, including retweets of the views of two prominent pro-Kurdish commentators.

A Turkish fighter jet flying above the Incirlik airbase, southern Turkey

Ankara jets pound PKK positions in SE Turkey, N Iraq

Islam Times - Turkish warplanes have conducted fresh airstrikes against militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), hitting the group’s positions in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq.

People stand in front of a shop that was damaged following a bombing, in Bursa, northwestern Turkey, on April 27, 2016.

Bombing hits Turkey’s Bursa, wounds several people

Islam Times - A female bomber has set off her explosives in Turkey’s northwestern city of Bursa, leaving at least 13 people injured, local media reports say.

Turkey still has an uphill battle ahead before the European Union allows its citizens to enter the bloc’s passport-free Schengen zone without a visa.

Turkey halfway through getting visa-free EU travel

Islam Times - For the past couple of years, Turkey has been asking the European Union to allow its 79 million citizens to enter the bloc’s passport-free Schengen zone without a visa, a call that has met with 72 conditions, which are listed in an EU framework titled the “Roadmap Towards ...

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.

Pakistani civil society members light candles for suicide blast victims in Lahore on March 28, 2016.

Pakistan to intensify crackdown on militants after Lahore bombing

Islam Times - Pakistan is set to heavily crack down on the militants in Punjab Province following a deadly bombing that claimed the lives of at least 70 people in the province’s eastern city of Lahore.

The supporters of Mumtaz Qadri, who has been executed by the Pakistani government for assassinating an outspoken governor, walk as tear gas is fired by police during an anti-government protest in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, March 27, 2016.

Pakistan police clash with supporters of assassin in Islamabad

Islam Times - People sympathizing with the assassin of a high-profile liberal politician in Pakistan have clashed with police during a rally in the capital, Islamabad, against the recent execution of the former.

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.

Taliban kill at least 28 in brazen Kabul attack

Taliban kill at least 28 in brazen Kabul attack

Islam Times - At least 28 people have been killed and more than 320 others injured in a brazen attack by Taliban militants in central Kabul.

Smoke is seen after a powerful explosion in central Kabul, April 19, 2016.

Powerful blast hits near US Embassy in Kabul

Islam Times - A number of people have been killed and wounded in a blast that rocked central Kabul during the morning rush hour on Tuesday, President Ashraf Ghani said.

Afghan security personnel inspect the site of an attack in front of the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan, on March 2, 2016.

Violence claimed 600 Afghan civilian lives in Q1: UN

Islam Times - Latest figures released by the United Nations show that acts of terrorism and violence left 600 people dead in Afghanistan during the first quarter of the current year as the armed forces continue to battle Taliban militants.

Mohammed Abdulsalam (L), head of the Houthi delegation to peace talks in Kuwait, speaks at a news conference at Sana’a Airport, Yemen, April 20, 2016.

Saudi Arabia frees dozens of Houthi prisoners amid peace talks

Islam Times - Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement says Riyadh has released dozens of its fighters under a deal to quell fighting on the Saudi-Yemeni border as peace talks between the warring sides continue in Kuwait.

A general view of the various delegations taking part in the Yemen peace talks, Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Yemen warring sides begin face-to-face talks

Islam Times - Warring sides of the conflict in Yemen have begun face-to-face negotiations for the first time since an ongoing round of talks started under the auspices of the United Nations in Kuwait.

Representatives from Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and the Saudi-backed former government take part in a meeting in Kuwait City as part of the UN-brokered peace talks, April 21, 2016.

Security Council calls for Yemen roadmap on security measures

Islam Times - The UN Security Council has called on all Yemeni warring sides to develop a roadmap for implementing security measures, and demanded that the UN chief submit a broad peace plan for the war-hit country.

UN special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed holds a press conference in Kuwait City on April 22, 2016.

Yemen warring sides holding constructive talks: UN envoy

Islam Times - The UN special envoy for Yemen has described as encouraging the atmosphere of the first day of negotiations between Yemen's warring factions, calling for an end to a deadly Saudi military campaign on the impoverished state.

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.


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.

The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis

China rejects US aircraft carrier request to visit Hong Kong

Islam Times - Amid continuing tensions in the disputed South China Sea, Beijing has rejected a request for a US aircraft carrier group to make a port visit to Hong Kong, the Pentagon says.

Japanese soldiers stand at attention during the opening ceremony of a military base on the island of Yonaguni, March 28, 2016.

Japan enfroces constitutional reforms, can now fight in overseas wars

Islam Times - Reforms to Japan’s formerly pacifist constitution have taken effect, allowing the country’s military to potentially engage in wars overseas.

Members of Japan

China warns Japan over intelligence station

Islam Times - China has warned Japan over the launch of a radar station in the East China Sea that will give Tokyo a permanent base to gather intelligence on the surrounding areas.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying

China blasts Japan for ‘whitewashing, censoring’ historical mistakes

Islam Times - The Chinese government has made a formal complaint about new Japanese school textbooks, saying they distort the history of Japanese atrocities in China and present false claims about a group of disputed islands.

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.

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.

South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar (C) is welcomed by his supporters as he arrives at the Juba International Airport in South Sudan

South Sudan's Machar returns to Juba, sworn in as VP

Islam Times - South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar has been sworn in as first vice president shortly after returning to the capital to form a unity government.

Bachir Mustafa Sayed, adviser to the Polisario Front’s Secretary-General Mohammad Abdulaziz

War looming large over Western Sahara: Polisario

Islam Times - Polisario Front, a group seeking Western Sahara’s independence from Morocco, says the region could become engulfed in war if the United Nations fails to press for a regional independence vote.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN chief urges South Sudan rebel leader to return to capital

Islam Times - The United Nations (UN) has urged South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar to return to the country’s capital to serve in a unity government, as part of an August 2015 peace deal with rival President Salva Kiir.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (C-R) walks alongside Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (in robes) upon the latter’s arrival in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh ahead of an Arab League summit, March 27, 2015.

Sudan calls on Egypt to hold talks over disputed border areas

Islam Times - Sudan has called on neighboring Egypt to discuss two contested border areas near the Red Sea, days after Cairo transferred the ownership of two islands to Saudi Arabia.

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.

Libyan security forces instruct drivers on a road in the capital, Tripoli, March 31, 2016.

Deteriorating security forces four Libya oilfields to close

Islam Times - Four oilfields have been shut down and employees in a fifth oilfield have gone on strike in Libya over fears that the Daesh terrorist group may attack the facilities.

Pro-UN-backed government protesters hold placards and shout slogans during a demonstration in the Libyan capital Tripoli on April 1, 2016.

Tripoli authorities refuse to cede power to Libya unity government

Islam Times - The head of Libya's self-declared administration in the capital, Tripoli, has refused to cede power to a UN-backed unity government, contradicting an earlier pledge by his administration.

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.