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OIC condemns Al-Aqsa shut, urges UN SC action

Jeddah—The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Ameen Madani, has condemned the closure by the Israeli occupation authorities of Al-Aqsa Mosque and considered this move a serious precedent and blunt provocation of the sentiments of the Islamic Ummah as well as an encroachment on its religious rights in the blessed Aqsa Mosque. He added that this is a breach of all international covenants, the Geneva conventions and the principles of international law. ... Friday, October 31, 2014 Details

Cyprus, Greece, Egypt forging tripartite cooperation

Nicosia—Cyprus, Greece and Egypt Thursday moved closer to forging a common strategy on energy, security and regional issues. Foreign ministers Ioannis Kasoulides from Cyprus, Evangelos Venizelos from Greece and Sameh Hassan Shoukry from Egypt met here and agreed a summit would be held in Cairo in 11 days. ... Friday, October 31, 2014 Details

China calls on Japan to end jet scrambles

Beijing—China called on Japan on Thursday to stop scrambling its jets against Chinese aircraft following a rise in the number of such operations, saying it was source of flying safety concerns. Tension has been high between Asia’s two largest economies in recent months, with each accusing the other of flying military aircraft too close to its own jets in a long-running territorial dispute. ... Friday, October 31, 2014 Details

Egypt PM visits Indian plant in Port Said

Port Said—Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb promised to resolve all issues faced by Indian investors in the country during a visit to the TCI Sanmar plant in Port Said, the largest Indian investment in Egypt. The prime minister, who was accompanied by six cabinet ministers and the governor of Port Said, General Samah Qandil, visited the chemical manufacturing plant Thursday. Mehleb said he was impressed by the scale of the manufacturing facility and its future plans for expansion, a press release from the Indian embassy in Cairo said. ... Friday, October 31, 2014 Details

The orphans of Jerusalem revolt

FOR years, governing powers in the Middle East have worked hard at decimating the leadership structure of any opposing group. Experts credit the success of various revolts and protests during the past three years to a leaderless revolution that governments were unable to predict or to stop. ... Friday, October 31, 2014 Details

Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

Suruc (Turkey)—A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied US air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. Kobani, on the border with Turkey, has been encircled by the Sunni Muslim insurgents for more than 40 days. Weeks of US-led air strikes have failed to break their stranglehold, and Kurds are hoping the arrival of the peshmerga will turn the tide. ... Friday, October 31, 2014 Details

Iran foils sabotage attempt on heavy water tanks

Tehran—Iranian authorities have foiled a sabotage attempt involving tanks used for the transportation of heavy water, a key component in nuclear reactors, an Iranian newspaper reported on Thursday. The independent Arman daily quoted Asghar Zarean, deputy head of Iran’s nuclear department, as saying that Iranian nuclear experts thwarted the sabotage attempt “in recent weeks” but did not provide a more specific timing. ... Friday, October 31, 2014 Details

Radicalization goes viral in Afghan varsities

Brussels—AISS (Afghan Institute of Strategic Studies) says that Afghan students in universities are going radiclaization viral. In a report the AISS says radicalization has acquired the status of continuing trend among higher seats of learning. It is the gist of AISS research report. ... Thursday, October 30, 2014 Details

Peshmerga fighters set to attack IS in Syria

Beirut—Iraqi peshmerga fighters arrived in southeastern Turkey on Wednesday en route for the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fellow Kurds break an Islamic State siege which has defied U.S.-led air strikes. ... Thursday, October 30, 2014 Details

OIC condemns Israeli move to build more settlements in Al-Quds

Jeddah—The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, condemned the Israeli authorities’ decision ratifying the construction of 1000 settlement units in the occupied Al-Quds. He stressed that the continuati ... Thursday, October 30, 2014 Details

World spurns US blockade against Cuba: Embassy

Islamabad—Yet another win in the long diplomatic battle scored by Cuba in the UN General Assembly is the renouncement by the world body of US blocade against Cuba, says a Cuban Embassy here in an email to Pakistan Observer Wednesday. ... Thursday, October 30, 2014 Details

Obama’s phony foreign-aid reform

FOUR years ago, President Obama promised in a United Nations speech to “change the way we do business” with foreign aid and “seek partners who want to build their own capacity to provide for their people.” A year earlier, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton complained that “a lot of these aid programs don’t work” and lamented their “heartbreaking” record of failure. However, Mr. Obama, like numerous prior presidents, is more devoted to boosting aid spending than to fixing its flaws. ... Thursday, October 30, 2014 Details

US unmanned supply rocket explodes after liftoff

Virginia—An unmanned US supply rocket exploded shortly after lifting off from a commercial launch pad in Virginia, the first disaster since NASA turned to private operators to run cargo to the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off from the Wallops Flight Facility at 2222 GMT on Tuesday but burst into flames moments later and plunged back to the ground in a massive ball of fire and smoke. ... Thursday, October 30, 2014 Details

Russia, Ukraine to re-talk over gas standoff

Moscow—Ukraine and Russia begin new gas crisis talks on Wednesday, but wrangling over Ukraine’s upfront cash payments threatens to push a deal out of reach, even as temperatures have fallen below zero in Kiev. ... Thursday, October 30, 2014 Details

India to supply naval warwares to Vietnam

New Delhi—India will soon be supplying naval vessels to Vietnam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday, the first significant military transfer to Hanoi at a time when it is embroiled in a territorial dispute with China. ... Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Details

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