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Iraq says ISIL suicide bombers blocked in Mosul

Iraq’s armed forces have blocked a major wave of attacks by suicide bombers from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) outside the Old City of Mosul, according to the Iraqi military. Sunday’s attacks targeted Hay al-Tanak, a poor neighbourhood west of the Old City, the last stronghold of the fighters in Mosul. […]

Some Saudi-led bloc’s ‘demands very difficult to meet’

The US secretary of state has said some demands on Qatar by a group of Arab countries that have imposed a blockade against it “will be very difficult to meet”.  Nevertheless, in a statement issued on Sunday, Rex Tillerson said the list submitted by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt includes “significant areas which provide a basis […]

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr 2017

Millions of Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan. During the month of Ramadan, practising Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset.  The timing of Eid al-Fitr, or “the festival of breaking the fast”, can be tricky, as it is […]

‘We are more united’: Qataris mark Eid amid blockade

Qataris observed the end of Ramadan on a sombre but resolute note, as a blockade imposed on the country by neighbouring Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies is about to enter its fourth week. On the first day of Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, some citizens of Qatar expressed sadness that they are unable to celebrate […]

Albania’s Socialists set to win election: exit poll

Albania’s ruling Socialist Party look set to win Sunday’s parliamentary election with between 45 and 49 percent of votes, an exit poll by Italy’s IPR Marketing showed, which could secure them a majority of the seats in parliament. The opposition Democratic Party is projected to win up to 34 percent of the vote. “The Socialist Party […]

Scores killed in tanker fire near Bahawalpur

At least 153 people have been burnt alive and dozens of others injured after a fuel tanker overturned and exploded outside the eastern city of Bahawalpur in Pakistan’s Punjab province. The incident occurred on Sunday morning as a large number of people gathered to collect petrol from the vehicle, according to rescue services. Residents could […]

At least 123 killed in tanker fire near Bahawalpur

At least 123 people have been burnt alive and dozens of others injured after an oil tanker caught fire and exploded near Bahawalpur in Pakistan’s Punjab province. The incident occurred on Sunday morning as a large number of people gathered to collect petrol from the vehicle, according to rescue services. Local sources told Al Jazeera […]

Turkey’s Erdogan denounces demands on Qatar

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has welcomed Qatar’s stand on a list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies, saying that the ultimatum is “against international law”. Qatar has rejected the accusations and said the measures are “unjustified”. “We welcome [Qatar’s position] because we consider the 13-point list against international law,” Erdogan was quoted […]

Indonesia: Attackers kill police officer in Medan

Two alleged ISIL fighters stabbed a police officer to death in Medan, in western Indonesia, authorities say, in the latest assault targeting law-enforcement officials in the Southeast Asian country. Several police officers fought back against the fighters, killing one and critically injuring another, in Sunday’s incident. “We suspect the attackers have links with ISIL and […]

Iran foils ‘plot to bomb religious centres’

Iran’s intelligence ministry says its forces have foiled bombings and suicide attacks targeting religious centres after arresting suspected members of a group linked to ISIL, according state television reported. Security forces “were able to arrest a group linked to Daesh (ISIL) that intended to carry out terror operations in religious cities … and (seized) explosive […]

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