Middle East

UK lawmakers criticise social media over response to ‘extremist content’

UK lawmakers criticise social media over response to ‘extremist content’

Reuters LONDON:  Social media were heavily criticised by a committee of British lawmakers on Monday for failing to do enough to remove illegal and extremist material posted on their sites, and for not preventing it appearing in the first place. Platforms such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook has been criticised over their moderation policies after […]

Raheel Sharif leaves for Saudi Arabia to head military alliance: reports

Raheel Sharif leaves for Saudi Arabia to head military alliance: reports

Monitoring Desk Retired army chief Gen Raheel Sharif has left for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to head a 41-nation military alliance, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Friday. The reports suggested that the former chief of army staff was granted approval to serve as head of the alliance for three years. Defence Minister Khawaja […]

Trump Unleashes the Generals. They Don’t Always See the Big Picture.

Trump Unleashes the Generals. They Don’t Always See the Big Picture.

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON — When Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., the military’s top commander in the Pacific, ordered the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson “to sail north” from Singapore this month, he was oblivious to the larger — and incorrect — impression that he was rushing a naval strike force to confront an increasingly belligerent North […]

Egypt unearths 8 mummies in 3,500-year-old tombs

Egypt unearths 8 mummies in 3,500-year-old tombs

Cairo (CNN)Egyptian officials unearthed eight mummies, 10 colorful sarcophagi and numerous figurines in 3,500-year-old tombs, the Ministry of Antiquities announced Tuesday. An Egyptian archaeological mission found the tombs in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis near Luxor in southern Egypt. The main T-shaped tomb belonged to a city judge named Userhat and is typical of New […]

Shah Rukh Khan might be in the next Rush Hour… but on one condition

Shah Rukh Khan might be in the next Rush Hour… but on one condition

Desk Report Remember when filmmaker Brett Ratner met Shah Rukh Khan? The X-Men: The Last Stand director met with SRK at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival where they talked, laughed and even danced. Ratner turned out to be a Shah Rukh fan as he hoped to work on a Rush Hour sequel with […]

Sixty aid workers forced to flee S.Sudan fighting: UN

Sixty aid workers forced to flee S.Sudan fighting: UN

By AFP JUBA, SUDAN:  A surge of fighting in eastern South Sudan has forced 60 aid workers to flee, the UN humanitarian agency said on Saturday, hurting efforts to help civilians in the famine-hit nation. An increase in violence nationwide has seen thousands flee in the past two weeks, including more than 16,000 from the […]

Muslim woman forced to remove hijab at airport in Rome

Muslim woman forced to remove hijab at airport in Rome

By News Desk A Muslim woman said on Friday she was forced by airport security staff in Rome to remove her hijab to get on a flight to London. Aghnia Adzkia, an Indonesian citizen, also filmed her experience at Ciampino Airport where she said she faced discrimination as a Muslim since she saw the staff […]

36 ISIS fighters killed by US ‘mother of all bombs’: Afghan official

36 ISIS fighters killed by US ‘mother of all bombs’: Afghan official

Web Desk In its second major display of military might in one week, the US dropped its most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS positions in a remote part of Afghanistan. Afghan officials said 36 militants were killed in the strike in Nangarhar province, near the Pakistan border. The US military previously estimated ISIS had 600 […]

Assad comments on chemical attack ‘100 per cent lies’: French FM

Assad comments on chemical attack ‘100 per cent lies’: French FM

By AFP BEIJING:  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s comments that last week’s chemical weapons attack was a fabrication to justify a US military strike are “100 per cent lies”, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Friday. “It’s 100 per cent lies and propaganda,” Ayrault said during a visit to Beijing, responding to an exclusive AFP interview […]

US drops ‘mother of all bombs’ to hit Da’ish hideouts in Afghanistan

US drops ‘mother of all bombs’ to hit Da’ish hideouts in Afghanistan

Agencies WASINGTON:  The United States dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, also known as the “mother of all bombs”, in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a series of caves used by Islamic State (IS) militants, the military said. It was the first time this type of bomb had been used in combat and was dropped from […]

Syria’s Assad says chemical attack ‘100 percent fabrication’

Syria’s Assad says chemical attack ‘100 percent fabrication’

ByAFP “Definitely, 100 percent for us, it’s fabrication… Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists. They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack,” Assad said Wednesday, in his first interview since American cruise missiles hit a central Syrian air base. He […]

Foreign officials to be given visas only after full documentation: interior ministry

Foreign officials to be given visas only after full documentation: interior ministry

Our Desk The interior ministry on Thursday ordered all relevant government departments to strictly follow immigration rules pertaining to the entry, exit and stay of all foreign officials in Pakistan. In a meeting chaired by Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar, it was decided that all departments, including Civil Aviation, Immigration, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, […]