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Thu
19
Jan

OIC hopes to send team to Myanmar to study Rohingya's plight

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation plans to send a high-level delegation to Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state to assess the plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority, Malaysia said today.

A resolution issued after a special meeting of OIC foreign ministers to discuss the Rohingya crisis urged Myanmar to accept the OIC's visit. It asked Myanmar to implement the rule of law, work toward a sustainable solution, and allow the safe return of refugees and "unimpeded and unconditional access" for humanitarian aid to the affected area.

Rohingya villagers and activists say hundreds of civilians have been killed since October, although figures cannot be verified because authorities have limited access for aid workers and journalists. Recent satellite images show thousands of houses were burned.

Thu
19
Jan

Rocket fire kills nine civilians in Yemen's Taez

Twin rockets fired from the rebel-held outskirts of Yemen's third city Taez killed nine civilians late, a medic and a loyalist military source said.

A garrison loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi has held out in the city largely surrounded by the Huthi rebels and their allies who control the capital Sanaa and much of the north.

Taez is one of the key battlegrounds of the civil war and government-held neighbourhoods have come under repeated rebel fire.

A medical source at the city's Al-Rawda hospital told AFP that seven civilians were also wounded by the rocket fire.

A loyalist military source said that the rockets struck one after the other in the city's Al-Nour district.

Since March 2015, pro-government forces have been backed by a Saudi-led military coalition but they have made little headway outside their southern stronghold.

Thu
19
Jan

'Ethnic cleansing' of Kashmiri Muslims being carried out: Pak

Pakistan today accused Hindu "terrorist" outfits of carrying out "ethnic cleansing" of Kashmiri Muslims in Jammu region and claimed that the government is "empowering" such groups.

The Pakistan Foreign Office, in a statement, alleged that Kashmiris were being "killed" by security forces in "fake encounters".

"Many Kashmiris have been killed in fake encounters, house raids and custodial killings. We condemn continuous killing of Kashmiris," Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said.

"Hindu terrorist organisations...And the armed Village Defence Committees are committing ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Muslims in the Jammu region," he claimed.

He alleged that since the Modi government took over in 2014, the "Hindu terrorists have been empowered with full support from the state machinery" in Kashmir, causing displacement of scores of Kashmiri Muslim families by design."

Thu
19
Jan

Egypt to try 304 over 'Brotherhood militant attacks'

Egypt's prosecution has referred 304 suspects including Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Turkey to military trial for allegedly organising militant groups that claimed several attacks in Cairo last year.

The case is one of the largest to link armed attacks with the Muslim Brotherhood movement of Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist president toppled by the military in 2013.

A prosecution statement on Wednesday said the suspects, many of them abroad, had set up the Hassam militant group that claimed responsibility for several assassinations and attacks in Cairo and the Nile Delta.

Morsi's ouster ushered in a crackdown that decimated the Islamist movement and killed hundreds of his followers, and set off a jihadist insurgency that has killed hundreds of security personnel.

"The accused, after many Brotherhood leaders were arrested, agreed to revive armed operations," a prosecution statement said.

Thu
19
Jan

Malaysian PM urges Muslim world to help oppressed Rohingya

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has urged the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to help end the persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority, as OIC foreign ministers open a special meeting to discuss the crisis.

Najib, in a speech at the meeting today, said that the crisis is no longer Myanmar's internal affair as it has caused an exodus of refugees that could destabilize the region. He warned that the violence must end before terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State group infiltrate and radicalize the Rohingyas.

Security forces in Buddhist-majority Myanmar are accused of widespread abuses against the Rohingya, including killings, rape and the burning of thousands of homes that have driven an estimated 65,000 Rohingya across the border into Bangladesh in the past three months.

AP

Thu
19
Jan

Scores of Iran firefighters battle blaze in Tehran building

Scores of Iranian firefighters are battling a blaze at an iconic building in Tehran housing a major shopping center.

No injuries have been immediately reported.

The fire broke out today at the Plasco building, built over 50 years ago. Police have blocked off streets around the 17-story structure, which was among the first high-rises built in the Iranian capital.

Jalal Maleki, a fire department spokesman, told Iranian state television that 10 firehouses responded to the blaze, which was first reported around 8 am.

Maleki says the fire is now under control as firefighters struggle to extinguish the blaze.

AP

Wed
18
Jan

Terrorists using social media 'very effectively': Pakistan's former army chief Raheel Sharif

Terrorists are using social media and digital platforms very effectively, including for recruitment, Pakistan's former Army Chief Raheel Sharif has said while pitching for intelligence sharing at international level.

Speaking at a session on terrorism in today's digital age, he said sharing of intelligence is very critical in fight against terror and countries can make a big difference by sharing and acting on inputs from each other.

Addressing the WEF gathering here, he said it helped in Pakistan when everyone came together to fight terrorism and there is a need for a synergy at international level, possibly through a common platform.

Talking about digital media platforms being used by terrorists, he said, "It gives them a huge advantage. I personally feel that these terrorists have the ability to mutate, morph and they can do it very quickly.

Wed
18
Jan

Turkey Kurd leader risks up to 142 years in jail

Turkish prosecutors today demanded up to 142 years in prison for the leader of the country's main pro-Kurdish party, in a case that has intensified concerns over freedom of expression.

Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-leader Selahattin Demirtas was detained in November on charges of links to Kurdish militants.

The charismatic Demirtas -- who stood against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the 2014 elections -- was detained along with another nine HDP lawmakers and his female co-leader Figen Yuksekdag.

Prosecutors in the Kurdish-majority southeastern city of Diyarbakir in the same indictment asked that Yuksekdag serves up to 83 years in jail, the state-run Anadolu news agency added.

The MPs are charged with links with and membership of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged an armed insurrection against the Turkish state since 1984.

Wed
18
Jan

Palestinian parties agree to form unity government

The main Palestinian parties today announced a deal to form a national unity government prior to the holding of elections, after three days of reconciliation talks in Moscow.

"We have reached agreement under which, within 48 hours, we will call on (Palestinian leader) Mahmud Abbas to launch consultations on the creation of a government" of national unity, senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad told a press conference, speaking in Arabic.

After the government is formed, the Palestinians would set up a national council, which would include Palestinians in exile, and hold elections.

"Today, the conditions for (such an initiative) are better than ever," said Ahmad.

The non-official talks in Moscow began on Sunday under Russian auspices with the goal of restoring "the unity of the Palestinian people". Representatives came from Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other factions.

Wed
18
Jan

Syrian general, 8 soldiers killed in tunnel blast: monitor

A Syrian general and eight other soldiers were killed in a tunnel bomb outside Damascus, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebel fighters planted explosives yesterday in a tunnel in the town of Harasta, northeast of Damascus.

"The explosion killed a Syrian officer at the rank of general, and eight other members of regime forces, and wounded several people," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

Abdel Rahman said the death toll was likely to rise as some of the wounded were in critical condition.

There was no immediate mention on Syrian state news agency SANA of the explosion.

More than 310,000 people have been killed in Syria since conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests that were met with a regime crackdown.

The violence has drawn in international players, as well as attracting jihadist groups like the so-called Islamic State group.

AFP

Tue
17
Jan

Israel rearrests freed Palestinian hunger striker

Israeli forces have rearrested a Palestinian journalist who was freed from prison last year after an extended hunger strike, his family and Israeli officials said today.

Mohammed al-Qiq was detained Sunday night at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah on his way back from a demonstration against Israel's refusal to return the bodies of slain Palestinian assailants, his wife Fayha Shalash told AFP.

According to Shalash, Qiq's lawyer told her he was being held in Ofer prison, west of Ramallah, and "has been on hunger strike since the moment they arrested him."

In May, 34-year-old Qiq was released from a six-month prison term without trial following a 94-day hunger strike.

He occasionally took minerals and vitamins but mainly ingested only tap water.

Qiq had been held under the administrative detention system, which allows Israel to hold prisoners without trial for renewable six-month periods.

Tue
17
Jan

3.6 magnitude quake jolts Karachi

A low-intensity earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale today struck several parts of this Pakistani city.

The 3.6 magnitude earthquake hit the Gulshan-i-Iqbal area at 10:45 AM at a depth of 12 kilometres and its epicentre was Karachi, the MeT office said.

The tremor lasted for 12 seconds but it caused no loss of life or damage to property.

The tremor triggered panic and people came out of their houses and offices.

The tremors were felt with most intensity in areas surrounding the University of Karachi campus, said a Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) official.

Students attending classes at the University of Karachi and NED University came out of their classrooms.

Experts of the PMD said that the coastal city is located on a fault line which runs into the Arabian sea.

They said that although quakes of this intensity do not cause destruction, after shocks could be expected to strike the area.

Tue
17
Jan

Iran signs phone, petrol deals with Syria

Iran will build a mobile phone network and petrol terminal in Syria under deals signed in Tehran today during a visit by Prime Minister Imad Khamis, Iranian media reported.

The five deals include a "licence for a mobile phone operator, the transfer of 5,000 hectares for the creation of a petrol terminal and 5,000 hectares for farmland" in Syria, according to the IRNA news agency.

Iran will also have the right to operate phosphate mines in Sharqiya, around 50 kilometres south of the jihadist-held ancient city of Palmyra, and a deal for Iran to invest in an unnamed Syrian port.

Tehran is the chief backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, providing military advisors and coordinating thousands of "volunteer" fighters on the ground, which were considered vital to last month's recapture of the rebel stronghold in Aleppo.

First vice-president, Eshagh Jahangiri, said Khamis's visit marked "a new page for economic activities between the two countries".

Tue
17
Jan

Wasim Akram withdraws road rage case; says it was filed due to a misunderstanding

Former Pakistan captain and fast bowling great Wasim Akram today appeared in a judicial magistrate's court and withdrew the case that he had filed last year after a road rage incident here.

Akram made an appearance at the packed district east magistrate's court after the judge had issued a bailable arrest warrant against him after the former captain failed to appear in court in 31 hearings of the case.

"It was all a misunderstanding due to which I filed the case but today I requested the court that I should be allowed to withdraw the case and that is done now," Akram told the media.

Akram had initially filed a FIR against three unidentified persons last August after a person opened fire on him following an accident near the National Stadium, where the former fast player was holding a fast bowlers camp.

Akram said after his Mercedes car was hit by another car, a person got down and fired at him.

Tue
17
Jan

Saudi emergency after mass food poisoning

Saudi authorities blamed a small-town restaurant for a food poisoning outbreak that struck at least 150 people and sparked a declaration of a health emergency, media said on today.

The incident occurred in Turabah, about 100 kilometres east of Taif in the kingdom's southwest.

The official Saudi Press Agency said 150 people suffered food poisoning "because of eating meals" at the restaurant.

The online newspaper Sabq, which is close to authorities, said 175 people fell ill after eating shawarma sandwiches, a Middle Eastern staple.

Mecca region governor Prince Khaled al-Faisal ordered an investigation, "with the maximum penalties for the perpetrators of the poisoning incident," SPA said.

It added that 45 patients "are under surveillance" at Turabah hospital and 32 at other medical facilities.

Saudi Arabia has invested heavily in its medical system.

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