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Germany: Mosque vandalised with swastikas and racist graffiti
22nd Dec 2014

Germany: Mosque vandalised with swastikas and racist graffiti

      A half-built mosque in the northwestern German town of Dormagen has been spray painted with swastikas and racist slogans. The act of vandalism comes as anti-Islamic demonstrations continue to grow across Germany. The perpetrators are reported to … Continued

Iraq: First Western journalist granted access to ‘Islamic State’ returns to Germany
22nd Dec 2014

Iraq: First Western journalist granted access to ‘Islamic State’ returns to Germany

  Jürgen Todenhöfer has returned to Germany from “Islamic State” territories. In an interview with German website TZ, he says IS is “much stronger and much more dangerous” than the West realizes. Following seven months of negotiations with leaders of … Continued

Palestine: Israeli forces kidnap 3 in W Bank invasions, many injured
22nd Dec 2014

Palestine: Israeli forces kidnap 3 in W Bank invasions, many injured

  [Archive photo]   By Saed Bannoura   IMEMC & Agencies: Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Monday at dawn, three Palestinians in Bethlehem and Ramallah, during military invasions that also targeted the northern West Bank city of Nablus. One of the kidnapped … Continued

Palestine: Al Aqsa raids continue, tension prevails in occupied Jerusalem
22nd Dec 2014

Palestine: Al Aqsa raids continue, tension prevails in occupied Jerusalem

    IMEMC News & Agencies: Dozens of Israeli settlers again stormed Al Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning, guarded by Israeli special forces. According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, tensions began to escalate when a group of settlers held … Continued

Palestine: Israeli settlers invade Bethlehem looking for establishing new colony
22nd Dec 2014

Palestine: Israeli settlers invade Bethlehem looking for establishing new colony

  [Israeli settlers in Bethlehem area on Sunday (image by Maan Images)]   By Celine Hagbard   IMEMC News: As Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem prepare for the annual Christmas celebration — the biggest day of the year in the city … Continued

Palestine: Israeli army opens fire on Gaza farmers, fishers
22nd Dec 2014

Palestine: Israeli army opens fire on Gaza farmers, fishers

    IMEMC & Agencies: Israeli soldiers, stationed on military towers across the border, east of ‘Abasan town, east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, opened fire on several farmers trying to enter their own lands, close … Continued

Palestine: Israeli soldiers kidnap 10 Palestinians in W Bank
22nd Dec 2014

Palestine: Israeli soldiers kidnap 10 Palestinians in W Bank

  [File photo: Radio Bethlehem 2000]   IMEMC & Agencies: Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Saturday at night and Sunday at dawn, nine Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, one Palestinian in occupied East Jerusalem, and two Palestinians kidnapped near Gaza … Continued

Palestine: Palestinian kidnapped by Israeli forces in Hebron invasion
22nd Dec 2014

Palestine: Palestinian kidnapped by Israeli forces in Hebron invasion

  [Archive photo]   IMEMC & Agencies: Israeli soldiers invaded on Saturday evening, Beit Ummar town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and kidnapped one Palestinian during clashes with local youths, while many suffered the effects of tear … Continued

India: Three killed, four injured in Manipur explosion
21st Dec 2014

India: Three killed, four injured in Manipur explosion

    Imphal, (IANS): Three people were killed and four others seriously injured in a powerful blast in Manipur’s capital city of Imphal Sunday morning, police said. “An IED (Improvised Explosive Device) that was planted by the roadside near Khuyathong … Continued

Afghanistan: 7 civilians killed in E. Afghan roadside bombing
21st Dec 2014

Afghanistan: 7 civilians killed in E. Afghan roadside bombing

  ASADABAD, (Xinhua): Seven civilians have been killed by a roadside bombing in eastern Afghan province of Kunar, the provincial governor said on Sunday morning. “A vehicle touched off a roadside bombing on Saturday evening, killing seven civilians, including three … Continued

US stands by accusations of North Korea cyber-attack involvement
21st Dec 2014

US stands by accusations of North Korea cyber-attack involvement

  The US has reasserted its claim that North Korea was responsible for hacking attacks on the movie studio Sony Pictures. The remarks came in response to Pyongyang’s call for a joint probe. The US White House said on Saturday … Continued

Palestine: Israeli navy fires on Gaza fishing boats
21st Dec 2014

Palestine: Israeli navy fires on Gaza fishing boats

    [Archive image]   IMEMC News & Agencies: The Israeli navy, on Saturday, again opened fire at Palestinian fishermen boats, this time along the As-Sudaneyya shore, northwest of the Gaza Strip. Hamas has denied responsibility for an alleged rocket attack … Continued

UN votes for Israel to compensate Lebanon for 2006 oil spill
21st Dec 2014

UN votes for Israel to compensate Lebanon for 2006 oil spill

    Israel was asked by the UN General Assembly on Friday to compensate Lebanon for $856.4 million in oil spill damages it caused during the July 2006 war. The non-binding vote, which passed 170-6 with three abstentions, asks Israel … Continued

Pakistan: Air strikes kill 21 militants in Khyber Agency
20th Dec 2014

Pakistan: Air strikes kill 21 militants in Khyber Agency

    KHYBER AGENCY, (The News): Security forces pounded the militants’ hideouts in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency and killed twenty-one militants while six others were injured.   According to security forces, as many as 21 terrorist were killed when … Continued

Pakistan: Five militants killed in Peshawar
20th Dec 2014

Pakistan: Five militants killed in Peshawar

    PESHAWAR, (The News): Five militants were killed when security forces hit militant hideouts in the restive northwest Saturday morning, officials said.   According to sources, police and paramilitary soldiers raided suspected hideouts in Peshawar during which five militants … Continued

Pakistan: US drone kills four North Waziristan
20th Dec 2014

Pakistan: US drone kills four North Waziristan

    By Zahir Shah Sherazi   PESHAWAR, (Dawn): At least four suspected militants were killed in a US drone strike in the Dattakhel tehsil of North Waziristan tribal region on Saturday. Intelligence sources said the drone fired two missiles … Continued

Palestine: Israeli planes bombard Gaza
20th Dec 2014

Palestine: Israeli planes bombard Gaza

      (Maan Images/file)   GAZA CITY (Ma’an):  Palestinians in the city of Khan Younis in the nsouthern Gaza Strip woke Saturday morning to the sounds of explosions for the first time since the Israeli offensive in July-August that … Continued

Palestine: Israeli soldiers kidnap 4 Palestinians in Jerusalem
20th Dec 2014

Palestine: Israeli soldiers kidnap 4 Palestinians in Jerusalem

    IMEMC & Agencies: Israeli soldiers kidnapped, late on Friday at night, four Palestinians, including two brothers, during clashes in different parts of occupied East Jerusalem. Several Palestinians have been injured by army fire. Local sources said clashes took … Continued

Palestine: Jerusalem, Hebron: 17 new demolition orders
20th Dec 2014

Palestine: Jerusalem, Hebron: 17 new demolition orders

  [Photo: Israeli authorities in East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan/Photo: Silwanic]   Alternative Information Center: Israeli authorities delivered 17 new demolition orders to Palestinian families in the Jerusalem and Hebron area Wednesday. Eleven demolition orders were delivered to the East Jerusalem neighbourhood … Continued

Palestine: Scores injured by Israeli army fire near Ramallah
20th Dec 2014

Palestine: Scores injured by Israeli army fire near Ramallah

      IMEMC & Agencies: Palestinian medical sources have reported that dozens of residents have been injured after Israeli soldiers attacked a nonviolent protest in Tormus Ayya town, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Two Palestinians … Continued

Palestine: Israeli soldiers assault Palestinian near Jenin
20th Dec 2014

Palestine: Israeli soldiers assault Palestinian near Jenin

    IMEMC & Agencies: Israeli soldiers attacked, on Friday, a Palestinian man near the village of Ta’nak, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, causing various cuts and bruises. Media sources in Jenin said Bassam Abdul-Yassin Yahya, … Continued

Egypt detains 102 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members
20th Dec 2014

Egypt detains 102 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members

    Egyptian security forces detained 102 members of the Muslim Brotherhood group in raids across five provinces, the Interior Ministry said in a statement Friday. The detainees were involved in “terrorist” attacks targeting policemen, judges and infrastructure, the statement … Continued

Pakistan: 8 militants, incl TTP commander, killed in Ziarat
19th Dec 2014

Pakistan: 8 militants, incl TTP commander, killed in Ziarat

  [Photo: Security forces patrolling in Balochistan. — APP/file]   By Syed Ali Shah     QUETTA, (Dawn): Eight suspected militants, including a local Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander, were killed by security forces in Balochistan’s Ziarat district on Friday morning. … Continued

Palestine: Israeli settlers assault Palestinian bus driver in Jerusalem
19th Dec 2014

Palestine: Israeli settlers assault Palestinian bus driver in Jerusalem

    [Israeli settlers. File photo]   By Saed Bannoura   IMEMC & Agencies: A Palestinian bus driver was injured, Thursday, after a number of Israeli extremists assaulted him at the Central Bus Station in West Jerusalem. The driver, identified … Continued

Palestine: Israeli settlers attack Palestinian homes, sabotage electricity in Burin
19th Dec 2014

Palestine: Israeli settlers attack Palestinian homes, sabotage electricity in Burin

  [Israeli settlers. File photo]   IMEMC News & Agencies: A group of Israeli settlers, Thursday, cut power to an electricity line that had been supplying a Palestinian home in the village of Burin, to the south of Nablus, according … Continued

Palestine: Several Palestinians injured by Israeli forces near Hebron
19th Dec 2014

Palestine: Several Palestinians injured by Israeli forces near Hebron

    IMEMC & Agencies: Palestinian medical sources have reported that several residents have been injured in the Safa and ath-Thaher areas, in Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after a number of Israeli … Continued

Iraq: Kurds break Mount Sinjar siege against ‘Islamic State,’ free Yazidis
19th Dec 2014

Iraq: Kurds break Mount Sinjar siege against ‘Islamic State,’ free Yazidis

  It has been deemed ‘the most successful’ offensive to date against the “Islamic State.” Kurdish forces announced Thursday they have broken the siege on Mount Sinjar and recaptured territory in a two-day assault. Kurdish forces, pressing deep into “Islamic … Continued

Australia: Eight children stabbed to death
19th Dec 2014

Australia: Eight children stabbed to death

  [Photo: Police comfort a woman near an address in the suburb of Manoora, where at least eight victims have been stabbed to death in Cairns, Australia.CLEO FRASER/EPA]   SYDNEY, (Xinhua): Eight children aged 18 months to 15 years old … Continued

Yemen: Ansar al-Sharia claims responsibility for twin car bombs
19th Dec 2014

Yemen: Ansar al-Sharia claims responsibility for twin car bombs

    Twin car bomb attacks by the al-Qaeda-affiliated Ansar al-Sharia group in Yemen’s western port city of Hodeidah targeting Houthi militiamen left dozens of people dead and wounded on Thursday, a security official said. “The two explosions were the … Continued

Tunisia: ISIS-linked group claims 2013 murders of secular Tunisian politicians
19th Dec 2014

Tunisia: ISIS-linked group claims 2013 murders of secular Tunisian politicians

      Jihadists who have since joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group claimed the 2013 murders of two secular politicians (pictured above) that plunged Tunisia into crisis, warning of more killings just days before a presidential … Continued

Pakistan: Afghanistan promise action against Taliban group
18th Dec 2014

Pakistan: Afghanistan promise action against Taliban group

    By Baqir Sajjad Syed ISLAMABAD, (Dawn): Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif got assurances on Wednesday from the Afghan government and International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (Isaf) for action against a Kunar-based Taliban splinter group which is believed … Continued

Breakthrough between US and Cuba triggers euphoric responses around the world
18th Dec 2014

Breakthrough between US and Cuba triggers euphoric responses around the world

  The announcement that diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States have been revived has been applauded around the world. But there is also skepticism in the US. Pope Francis and South American leaders were quick to applaud the … Continued

Palestine: Israeli troops forcibly abduct two crying 10-year old children
18th Dec 2014

Palestine: Israeli troops forcibly abduct two crying 10-year old children

  [Israeli soldier abducting Palestinian child (image from video by CPT)]   By Celine Hagbard   IMEMC News: The Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron videotaped an incident on Wednesday morning in which two small children are grabbed and held by … Continued

Palestine: Palestinian woman injured by hit & run attack by Israeli settler near Qalqilia
18th Dec 2014

Palestine: Palestinian woman injured by hit & run attack by Israeli settler near Qalqilia

  [File photo: Image By Radio Bethlehem 2000]   IMEMC & Agencies: Palestinian medical sources have reported, Tuesday, that a woman was injured after being hit by a speeding Israeli settler’s car, east of the northern West Bank city of … Continued

Palestine: Israeli soldiers attack three Palestinians in Jerusalem
18th Dec 2014

Palestine: Israeli soldiers attack three Palestinians in Jerusalem

  [File Photo, Nativity TV]   IMEMC & Agencies: Israeli soldiers invaded several Palestinian homes in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, and violently assaulted three young Palestinian men, causing various cuts and bruises. Local sources said the soldiers assaulted … Continued

Yemen: Houthis tighten grip on key institutions
18th Dec 2014

Yemen: Houthis tighten grip on key institutions

    Yemen’s Houthi movement sacked top managers of the country’s second largest port and the main oil company on Wednesday, staff said, in the group’s latest move to consolidate its hold on state institutions. Houthis established themselves as Yemen’s … Continued

EU: Court decision to remove Hamas from terror list “legal” not “political”
18th Dec 2014

EU: Court decision to remove Hamas from terror list “legal” not “political”

      Palestinian resistance group Hamas must be removed from the EU’s terrorism blacklist, but its assets will stay frozen, a European court ruled on Wednesday, hours before the European Parliament overwhelmingly backed the recognition of a Palestinian state … Continued

Yemen twin car bombs kill 25, including 15 children
17th Dec 2014

Yemen twin car bombs kill 25, including 15 children

  [Photo: Wave of car bombings hit central Sanaa on December 8, 2014. Anadolu / Mohammed Hamoud]   At least 25 people, including 15 children, died when two car bombs exploded in Radaa city in Yemen’s central province of al-Bayda, … Continued

EU lawmakers renege on unconditional support for Palestinian statehood
17th Dec 2014

EU lawmakers renege on unconditional support for Palestinian statehood

  [Photo: Palestinians hold banners in front of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (ICRC) building in Gaza City, Gaza. Anadolu / Mustafa Hassona]   EU lawmakers stopped short on Tuesday of proposing a joint motion urging EU … Continued

India: Schools across India observe 2-minute silence over Peshawar massacre
17th Dec 2014

India: Schools across India observe 2-minute silence over Peshawar massacre

  [Photo from twitter: ANI        ✔ @ANI_news Follow Mumbai: School students pay tribute to victims of Peshawar terror attack #PeshawarAttack #PrayForPeshawar 4:19 AM – 17 Dec 2014 320 Retweets 251 favorites ] New Delhi, (Agencies): Hundreds of thousands of children in … Continued

Pakistan: National flag lowered to half-mast as Pakistan plunges into mourning
17th Dec 2014

Pakistan: National flag lowered to half-mast as Pakistan plunges into mourning

        Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Peshawar has plunged Pakistan into deep mourning. Never has the country seen the kind of callous orchestration of an attack as witnessed yesterday – one whose target was defenceless children in a … Continued

Pakistan: 22 suspected terrorists killed in air strikes
17th Dec 2014

Pakistan: 22 suspected terrorists killed in air strikes

      LANDI KOTAL, (Dawn): At least 22 suspected militants were killed in air strikes on their positions in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on Tuesday. The attacks were carried out in Garhi, Dars, Dwa Thoe and Thor Darra … Continued

Pakistan: Peshawar school carnage: 141 martyred, 124 injured
17th Dec 2014

Pakistan: Peshawar school carnage: 141 martyred, 124 injured

    [Women mourn their relative, a student who was killed during attack by Taliban terrorists on School]   PESHAWAR, (The News): The death toll from Tuesday’s terrorist attack on Army Public School has mounted to 141, 132 of them students, while more … Continued

Palestine: Palestinian killed by Israeli army fire in Qalandia
16th Dec 2014

Palestine: Palestinian killed by Israeli army fire in Qalandia

        [Photo: Mahmoud Abdullah ‘Adwan shot dead by Israeli soldiers]   By Saed Bannoura   IMEMC & Agencies: Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, the Qalandia refugee camp, in the central West Bank district of Ramallah, … Continued

Palestine: Israeli soldiers attack Burin School, suffocate students
16th Dec 2014

Palestine: Israeli soldiers attack Burin School, suffocate students

  [Photo: Palestinian News Network]   IMEMC News & Agencies: Israeli forces assaulted a number of Palestinian students at a school in Burin village, to the north of Nablus, Monday, causing many cases of suffocation, according to an Israeli activist. … Continued

Palestine: 46 Palestinian structures demolished by Israel in Nov
16th Dec 2014

Palestine: 46 Palestinian structures demolished by Israel in Nov

    Alternative Information Center: Israeli authorities demolished 46 Palestinian-owned structures in the month of November, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The demolitions resulted in the forcible displacement of 136 Palestinians, of … Continued

Palestine: Israeli forces continue to fire on Gaza farmers
16th Dec 2014

Palestine: Israeli forces continue to fire on Gaza farmers

    IMEMC News & Agencies: Israeli military jeeps opened fire towards Palestinian farmers along Gaza’s southern border region, near the town of Khuza’a, east of Khan Younis. According to Al Ray correspondence, several Israeli military jeeps opened fire intermittently … Continued

Palestine: Three Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli soldiers in W Bank
16th Dec 2014

Palestine: Three Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli soldiers in W Bank

  [File Photo]   By Saed Bannoura   IMEMC & Agencies: Israeli soldiers kidnapped, Monday, two Palestinians from their homes in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and one Palestinian at the Za’tara roadblock, near the Nablus. Eyewitnesses said the … Continued

Palestine: Nine Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem
16th Dec 2014

Palestine: Nine Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem

    [File Photo]   IMEMC & Agencies: Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, various Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem, violently searched homes, and kidnapped nine Palestinians. Head of the Jerusalem Detainees Parents Committee Amjad Abu ‘Asab said … Continued

Pakistan: Terrorists storm Peshawar school, two students killed
16th Dec 2014

Pakistan: Terrorists storm Peshawar school, two students killed

  Security forces arrive at the site. — DawnNews screengrab   By Zahir Shah Sherazi Peshawar, (AFP, Reuters, Dawn): Unknown armed men have entered an army-run school on Warsak road, taking it hostage. 12:28pm – TTP says militants ordered to … Continued

Qatar: Interpol urged to “rapidly” remove Qaradawi from wanted list
16th Dec 2014

Qatar: Interpol urged to “rapidly” remove Qaradawi from wanted list

    Dozens of Muslim clerics in a joint statement distributed by the Doha-based International Union for Muslim Scholars, headed by Qaradawi himself, on Monday urged Interpol to “rapidly” remove the name of influential Egypt-born preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi from its wanted … Continued

Iraq says 2700 missing since ISIS onslaught in June
16th Dec 2014

Iraq says 2700 missing since ISIS onslaught in June

    At least 2,700 people, mostly soldiers, are missing as a result of attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in Iraq, the human rights ministry said on Monday. More than half of those registered … Continued

DR Congo: 126 dead, 221 rescued after boat capsizes
15th Dec 2014

DR Congo: 126 dead, 221 rescued after boat capsizes

  KINSHASA, (Xinhua): At least 126 people died and 221 people were rescued after a boat capsized on Lake Tanganyika on Thursday in the southern Katagna province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), a local radio station reported … Continued

Palestine: ’17 detained women face harsh conditions’
15th Dec 2014

Palestine: ’17 detained women face harsh conditions’

  [Poster Of Detainee Lina al-Jarbouni – elwatannews]   By Saed Bannoura   IMEMC News: A report published by the Palestinian Detainees Committee on Sunday revealed that 17 Palestinian female detainees, held by Israel, are facing very harsh conditions, harassment … Continued

Palestine: Israeli settlers continue to storm Al Aqsa, more demolition orders
15th Dec 2014

Palestine: Israeli settlers continue to storm Al Aqsa, more demolition orders

  [File photo]   IMEMC News & Agencies: Israeli settlers again stormed Al Aqsa Mosque, this Sunday, guarded by Israeli “special forces”, Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency reports. According to a worshiper at the mosque, about 15 Israeli settlers stormed … Continued

Syria: UN envoy visits Syria for Aleppo truce talks as Kurds attack ISIS positions
15th Dec 2014

Syria: UN envoy visits Syria for Aleppo truce talks as Kurds attack ISIS positions

    A senior UN official arrived in Syria Saturday for talks on a plan to suspend fighting between government and rebel forces in the country’s second city Aleppo, as Kurdish forces and militants clash northeast the war-torn country. Ramzi … Continued

Egypt bars entry of former US diplomat as crackdown on dissent continues
15th Dec 2014

Egypt bars entry of former US diplomat as crackdown on dissent continues

  [Photo: Egyptians took to the streets in protest of a court decision sentencing 188 people to death in Giza, Egypt on December. Anadolu / Ahmed el-Hussini]   US scholar and former diplomat Michele Dunne, known for her staunch criticism … Continued

Australia: Police clear Martin Place after gunman holds hostages at Lindt Chocolat Cafe
15th Dec 2014

Australia: Police clear Martin Place after gunman holds hostages at Lindt Chocolat Cafe

    [A screenshot of tactical police as hostages leave the Lindt cafe. Photo: Channel Seven] By Megan Levy, Patrick Begley Five hostages have fled the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Martin Place, hours after a gunman first holed himself up … Continued

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