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Qatar defends integrity of 2022 World Cup bid

Doha, May 29 (IANS) Qatar on Friday defended the legitimacy of its 2022 World Cup bid and the country's compliance with the "…

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  • Four killed in blast in Saudi Shia  … IANS - 12 hours ago

    Riyadh, May 29 (IANS) Four people were killed on Friday when a car blew up near a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia's eastern city of Dammam, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The attack targeted the worshippers at Friday prayers at Al Anood mosque in the Eastern Province, SPA reported citing a spokesman of the Saudi interior ministry was quoted as saying. Police suspected a car at the parking lot of the mosque, which exploded when security forces walked towards it, killing four people, the spokesman added.

  • Syrian rebels take over Ariha in western … ANI - 20 hours ago

    London, May 29 (ANI): Syrian Islamist rebels, which include the country's al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front, have taken over Ariha, one of the last government strongholds in western Idlib province, said activists. According to BBC, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the Conquest Army seized the city after a "lightning offensive". Since late March, rebels have claimed a number of cities in the province, including Idlib and Jisr al-Shughour.

  • Al Qaeda orders Syrian front Al Nusra … ANI - Thu 28 May, 2015

    London, May 28 (ANI): Al Qaeda has reportedly asked its affiliate in Syria, Al Nusra, to not use the country to launch attacks on the West, the group's leader said.

  • Amnesty accuses Hamas of rights abuse … ANI - Thu 28 May, 2015

    Washington, May 28 (ANI): A report by Amnesty International has accused the Hamas of carrying out abductions, torture and killings of at least 23 Palestinians in 2014. An ABC News report has suggested that the Hamas used last year's war with Israel along the Gaza Strip to carry out revenge attacks against their opponents. The victims were accused of collaborating with Israel.

  • Saudi Arabia adds two Hezbollah leaders … IANS - Thu 28 May, 2015

    Riyadh, May 28 (IANS) Saudi Arabia has added two Hezbollah leaders, Khalil Harb and Muhammad Qabalan, in its terrorist list, Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday. Harb served as commander of Hezbollah's central military operations and supervised Hezbollah military operations throughout the Middle East.

  • UAE drops in IMD global competitiveness … IANS - Thu 28 May, 2015

    Dubai, May 28 (IANS) The United Arab Emirates has fallen to the 12th rank in the annual global competitiveness report by the Swiss-based executive business school IMD over the lower scores in the business factor. In an e-mailed statement, the IMD said while the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2015 ranks the UAE high in the government efficiency, the fields of education, healthcare and science infrastructure in the country, a major oil supplier, have room for improvement, Xinhua reported. The UAE, which harbors over 38 free zones in all industries, has a strong economic diversification agenda to insulate the economy from fluctuations in the hydrocarbons market, the IMD said.

  • 17 Iraqi soldiers killed in IS suicide … ANI - Wed 27 May, 2015

    London, May 27 (ANI): At least 17 Iraqi soldiers have been killed in Anbar province as a number of Islamic State (IS) suicide bombers blew themselves up in a new wave of bombing outside the IS-held city of Falluja, security officials said.



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