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Iraqi Shia cleric Sadr visits UAE after Saudi Arabia

Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has flown to the United Arab Emirates on a charter flight sent from Abu Dhabi, just two weeks after visiting Saudi Arabia in a string of controversial trips. The Sunday visit was the second by Sadr to the Emirates in as many months, Emirati paper The National reported. The aircraft was to fly Sadr ...

Nation celebrating 70th Independence Day

ISLAMABAD: The nation is celebrating Independence Day today with  a renewed pledge to safeguard the motherland against any threat and make it a true Islamic welfare state as envisioned by founding father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The day dawned with thirty-one gun salute in the federal and twenty-one gun salute at the provincial capitals. Special ...

Aug 14 to be celebrated in all its spirit for the Quetta martyrs: COAS

Independence Day will be celebrated with all its zeal and fervour to honour the sacrifices of the martyrs who lost their lives in Saturday night’s bomb attack in Quetta, said Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa. General Bajwa arrived in Quetta on Sunday and visited the people injured in the attack at ...

Lebanese Hezbollah leader says Israel not able to wage new war on Lebanon

The Secretary General of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement says Israel is not able to launch a new war on Lebanon, because it knows that Hezbollah is much more powerful than 2006 and any such war would cost Tel Aviv dearly. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks in a speech on the anniversary of Israel’s defeat ...

Daesh, front-line soldiers of Zionist regime: IRGC commander

The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says Daesh terrorist forces make up the front-line soldiers of the Zionist regime and the global arrogance has created this Takfiri group to counter the Islamic Revolution. Speaking at a commemoration ceremony held in the central city of Najafabad for Mohsen Hojaji, an IRGC member recently ...

Baghdad urged to mediate between Riyadh, Tehran: Iraqi minister

A senior Iraqi official says Saudi authorities have asked Baghdad government to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran more than a year after the two Muslim countries broke off relations following the execution of well-known Saudi Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr. Speaking in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, in ...

Syria has increased government-held areas by 2.5 times in 2 months: Russia

Russia says Syria has managed to increase the size of the government-held areas across the Arab country by two and half times in just two months, calling the achievement a “great success.” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the news in an interview with state-owned television channel Rossiya 24 on Sunday, predicting the end of ...

Saudi forces cordon off Shia town of Awamiyah: HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Saudi forces have encircled the predominantly Shia town of Awamiyah and sealed it off since July, raising concerns about the humanitarian situation there. The New York-based rights organization cited five Awamiyah residents and three activists as saying on Sunday that the town’s residents are at risk, with Saudi security forces “arbitrarily ...

15 killed, 26 injured in explosion at Quetta’s Pishin bus stop

At least 14 people have been killed and dozens wounded – some of them critically – in an explosion targeting a military vehicle in a high-security neighbourhood of Quetta on Saturday night. The blast went off at the busy Pishin Stop triggering a fire on several vehicles parked nearby. Police and rescuers say at least ...

Shia child dies of Saudi gunshot wounds in Awamiyah

A child has succumbed to injuries he had sustained after being shot by Saudi forces during their deadly attacks on the besieged Shia town of Awamiyah. Taghrid Ahrar Twitter account reported that Sajjad Abu Abdullah died on Wednesday. Media reports said Saudi forces shot the five-year-old boy in the abdomen about two months ago. The ...

Qatar scraps visit visa requirements for 80 nationalities

Qatar has announced a visa-free entry program for 80 nationalities to enhance economic recovery amid an ongoing diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia and its regional allies. Tourism department official Hassan al-Ibrahim told a press conference in the Qatari capital, Doha, on Wednesday that the program would stimulate air transport and tourism. “The visa exemption scheme ...

Lebanon higher defense council meets in preparation for battle against ISIL

President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri, affirmed the government’s commitment to free the Lebanese territories from terrorists and uttered commitment to the international coalition against terrorism. They underlined the need “not to miss any opportunity to combat and deter terrorism.” The President and the Prime Minister attended a meeting ...

Death toll from raid on Shia Afghan village ‘hits 60’

Reports say the death toll from a Taliban attack on a remote Shia village in northern Afghanistan has risen to 60. The civilians, including women and children, were massacred during an attack on the Mirza Olang Village in the northern Sar-e Pol Province overnight Sunday. A number of Afghan security forces were also among the ...

Court adjourns trial of Bahraini rights activist Rajab until September 11

A Bahraini court has postponed until September 11 the trial of prominent Bahraini human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner Nabeel Rajab, who has been kept behind bars over his criticism of the ruling Al Khalifah regime and the Wahhabi ideology. Bahrain’s Supreme Criminal Court, presided over by Judge Ibrahim al-Zayed, took the decision against the ...

18,000 Iranians arrived in Saudi Arabia for Hajj rituals: Official

Head of Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Hamid Mohammadi said on Tuesday that some 18,000 Iranian pilgrims out of the total number of 86,500 have so far arrived in Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj rituals. Speaking to IRNA, Mohammadi added that over half of the figure set off for Mecca after a six-day stay in ...

US accountable for fatal raid on Hashd al-Sha’abi forces: Senior commander

A commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) has held the US-led coalition accountable for a recent deadly attack on its forces near the Syrian border, saying Daesh terrorists could not have been behind the assault as they are not in possession of smart weapons. On August 7, the PMU’s Sayyad al-Shuhada Brigades said its ...

Four Pakistan Army soldiers martyred during operation in Lower Dir

Four personnel of the Pakistan Army, including a major, embraced martyrdom while attempting to foil a terrorist attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Lower Dir district in the early hours of Wednesday, said an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release. The incident comes as Operation Khyber-4, launched under Operation Raddul Fasaad (RuF) by the Pakistan Army in ...

7 arrested in raid on Wahabi seminary suspected of facilitating TTP

Sindh Police’s Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on Wednesday conducted a search operation in a Karachi seminary allegedly linked with the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and detained seven persons for interrogation, CTD Senior Superintendent Police Omar Shahid Hamid said Tuesday. Speaking to the press, the CTD official said that a team, along with district administration and district ...

Iraqi court sentences 27 men to death for involvement in Speicher massacre

An Iraqi criminal court has sentenced over two dozen men to death for their alleged involvement in the 2014 Speicher massacre by the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in the north-central province of Salahuddin. The Central Criminal Court of Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council on Tuesday handed down death penalty to 27 suspects who aided Daesh Takfiris ...

External powers targeting Arab identity, unity, says Syrian president

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says foreign powers have desperately attempted to divide Arab nations by targeting their identity and igniting strife among them. “The external interventions will continue with the aim of changing our identity and dividing us into communities and small groups,” Assad said on Monday, Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported. The Syrian ...

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