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ALGIERS: Hundreds of female religious guides have been at the forefront of Algeria’s battle against Islamic radicalisation since the civil war that devastated the North African country in the 1990s.
Their aim is to steer women away from false ...
 
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ISTANBUL: The jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Saturday urged the separatists to take a “historic” decision to lay down arms, a key step in efforts to end Turkey’s long-running Kurdish insurgency.
Reading a statement live ...
 
 

KIEV: Ukraine said on Saturday that isolated clashes were punctuating a shaky truce with pro-Russian rebels after international monitors warned that the conflict in the country stands at a “crossroads”.
Kiev military spokesman Andriy Lysenko ...
 
 

KATHMANDU: Nepalese police on Saturday fired teargas and water cannon at thousands of opposition supporters who converged on the capital to protest controversial plans to vote on a disputed new national constitution.
As anger mounts over the ...
 
 

BEIJING: A former senior Chinese provincial official was sentenced on Saturday to 17 years in jail for taking around 13 million yuan ($2.1 million) in bribes consisting largely of precious stones, a court said.
Ni Fake, a former deputy governor ...
 
 

BOGOTA: Colombia’s Supreme Court has convicted the country’s former intelligence chief and a presidential chief of staff of spying on judges, journalists and politicians during the presidency of Alvaro Uribe.
The high court handed down its ...
 
 

MOSCOW: Western leaders and Russia’s opposition on Saturday condemned the drive-by assassination of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov while President Vladimir Putin suggested the crime was staged to throw suspicion on the state.
US President Barack ...
 
 

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s national museum officially reopened on Saturday after 12 years of painstaking efforts during which close to a third of 15,000 pieces looted during the US-led invasion were recovered.
The reopening was brought forward in what ...
 
 

TEHRAN: Iran on Saturday shrugged off a bid by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to abort a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers by lobbying opposition in a speech to the US Congress.
“I believe this effort is fruitless and it ...
 
 

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday pledged to set up a relief fund for the victims of avalanches that claimed over 280 lives, and called for international help with the relief effort.
Avalanches killed at least 286 people across ...
 
 

ADEN: A drone strike on Saturday killed three al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, a tribal source said, in a region where the United States is the only country operating the unmanned aircraft.
The raid “targeted a vehicle in which three members of ...
 
 

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced to life imprisonment the head of the banned Muslim Brotherhood over the killing of protesters who stormed the group’s Cairo headquarters in 2013.
Three co-defendants of Mohamed Badie — the Islamist ...
 
 

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Saturday declared Hamas a “terrorist” organisation, a judicial source said, weeks after the Palestinian Islamist movement’s armed wing was given the same designation.
Since Egypt’s military ousted Islamist president ...
 
 

OCCUPIED AL-QUDS: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes his long-running campaign to deny Iran nuclear arms to Washington next week, asking Congress to torpedo an emerging US nuclear deal with Tehran.
Netanyahu has infuriated the White ...