London, Mar 06 (ANI): Syria's militant group al-Nusra Front has confirmed the death of its military chief in an air strike in northern Idlib province on Thursday. The jihadist group, an affiliate of al-Qaeda in Syria, conceded that three other leaders were killed along with Abu Homam al-Shami. The rebel group has been formed in order to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The air strike came a day after the armed group claimed responsibility for a major attack on the Air Force Intellingence headquarters in the embattled city of Aleppo.
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- Jihadist al-Nusra Front commander killed … ANI - 21 hours ago
- IS militants put cameras on guns to … ANI - 22 hours ago
London, March 06 (ANI): Islamic State (IS) militants are putting cameras on the end of their guns to film the horrific details of murders. The victims in the pictures are people who IS militants think are conspiring against them. Meanwhile Iraqi forces continue with their offensive against IS militants to retake the Iraqi city of Tikrit.
- Indian national arrested for blasphemous … IANS - Thu 5 Mar, 2015
Riyadh, March 5 (IANS) The Indian consulate in Jeddah has confirmed the arrest of an Indian in Saudi Arabia for allegedly posting a blasphemous image of the Kaaba on his Facebook page, media reported Thursday. Consul General B.S. Mubarak on Wednesday confirmed that the Indian national has been jailed for violating the country's cyber laws, the Arab News reported on Thursday. "This happened a month ago in Jeddah and the Saudi law enforcement authorities are currently conducting an investigation," he said.
- UN calls for gender equality ahead of … IANS - Thu 5 Mar, 2015
Geneva, March 5 (IANS) UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Thursday appealed to women worldwide "to participate in all discussions of strategic responses to violence, discrimination, and deprivation of all kinds". "This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Programme of Action. States can seize this opportunity to go beyond lip-service and towards gender equality, genuinely challenging and dismantling the power structures and dynamics which perpetuate discrimination against women," Xinhua quoted Hussein as saying. "All of us, together, men, women, boys, girls, we all have to do this to eradicate gender discrimination.
- New round of Iran n-talks begins in … IANS - Thu 5 Mar, 2015
Geneva, March 5 (IANS) Diplomats from Iran and the P5+1 countries - the US, China, Russia, France and Britain, plus Germany - on Thursday gathered around the negotiation table in the Swiss town of Montreux for another round of talks to find a final and comprehensive deal on Iran's nuclear programme. A source close to the negotiators said there is hope that a deal will be made, though US Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier that "significant gaps" remained barriers to an agreement, Xinhua news agency reported. "We do think that it's the last stage, and hopefully we could reach an agreement," said Wang Qun, the director-general of the arms control department of China's foreign ministry. The last round of unclear talks between the P5+1 and Iran was held some two weeks ago from February 21-23 in Geneva.
- Al Qaeda member turned UK spy reveals … ANI - Thu 5 Mar, 2015
Sydney, March 05 (ANI): A founding member of al-Qaeda who flipped side to become a spy for UK intelligence services has revealed the inner workings of Islamic State (IS) to prevent the young people from falling into the trap and said that the group is "100 times bigger than anywhere al-Qaeda was". According to News.com.au, the former militant is known as Aimen Dean talked about his extraordinary past in an interview. He said that they are much bigger than al Qaeda in terms of firepower and financial resources, with a sense of "elitist isolationism" to allow recruits to indulge psychopathic tendencies.
- Saudi Arabia set to press Pak PM Sharif … ANI - Thu 5 Mar, 2015
Karachi, March 05 (ANI): Saudi Arabia is reportedly set to press Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to increase the number of Pakistani troops in the kingdom to fight the Islamic State (IS) that has taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria. According to the Express Tribune, Mahmoud Durrani, a former national security adviser to Sharif said that there is uncertainty in the Middle East as Saudi Arabia indulges in dealing with the wider IS threat. He said that Pakistan should be careful in getting involved in a relationship with Saudi Arabia which could expose them to controversies.