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Iran assassination in Istanbul latest regime murder abroad, say experts

The recent revelation that intelligence officers at Iran's consulate in Turkey instigated the killing of Iranian dissident Masoud Molavi Vardanjani last November is just the latest example of a long-standing foreign policy practice of the Islamic Republic regime, experts say. Turkish officials told


Turkish hospital opens in Gaza Strip to stem COVID-19

The Palestine-Turkey Friendship Hospital in Gaza began operating as part of efforts to curb the novel coronavirus, Palestine’s government said Tuesday. Palestinian government spokesman Ibrahim Melhim said President Mahmoud Abbas and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed during


Turkey’s coronavirus deaths up to 168, with 10,827 total cases: Health minister

Turkey’s deaths from the new coronavirus increased by 37 to 168 on Monday, as the number of confirmed cases rose by 1,610 to 10,827, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. Some 162 patients have recovered so far.  The minister added on Twitter that 11,535 tests had been conducted on Monda


Turkey cancels all int’l flights amid COVID-19 outbreak

Turkey will suspend all international flights as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday as the country's death toll from the pandemic climbed to 92. In an address to the nation, he said: "All international flights have been suspended for an in


US imposes new Iran-related sanctions: Treasury

The US on Thursday blacklisted 20 Iran- and Iraq-based companies, officials and individuals, accusing them of supporting terrorist groups and ramping up pressure on Tehran even as the Islamic Republic battles the coronavirus outbreak. The US Treasury Department said in a statement that the individu


Gunman attacks Sikh religious site in Kabul, Afghanistan: Interior Ministry

A lone gunman attacked a Sikh-Hindu religious temple in Kabul on Wednesday, the interior ministry said, killing 25 worshippers and wounding eight. Defense forces had blocked off the area and were trying to counter the attack, Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said in a message to journalists.


In Afghanistan, another Great Game set to unfold

An unease in India, jubilation in Pakistan, and cautious optimism on the streets of Afghanistan sum up the varied moods in South Asia after the signing of the U.S.-Taliban peace deal. While the deal offers a glimmer of hope that peace may yet return to Afghanistan, India is anxious that the Taliban


British Muslims are concerned about Islamist extremism and do trust the police, survey finds

The majority of British Muslims are concerned about Islamist extremism and support police along with the principles of the controversial Prevent programme, a survey has suggested. Researchers said they found “a significant gap between what people assume or believe British Muslims think and wh


Iranian Mahan Air pilot dies from coronavirus

Iranian airline pilot Asghar Loran has died from coronavirus, state media reported on Wednesday. Loran flew for Mahan Air, a Tehran-based airline believed to operate under the direct control of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Mahan Air has been accused of smuggling weapons t


Ahead of mayoral vote, Macron vows to tackle 'political Islam'

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he will curb the practice of foreign countries sending imams and teachers to France to crack down on what he calls the risk of "separatism". Macron has so far stayed away from issues related to France's Muslim community, the biggest in Europe, focusing inst


Turkey announces first death from coronavirus: Health ministry

Turkey confirmed early on Wednesday its first death related to the coronavir1us and the country more than doubled its confirmed cases to 98, from 47 a day earlier.Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told a press conference that an 89-year old died after contracting the virus from someone who had contact


Afghan patients, at least one with coronavirus, break out of quarantine

Dozens of Afghan patients held in isolation, including at least one confirmed to have the coronavirus, escaped from a quarantine facility in western Afghanistan on Monday after breaking windows and attacking hospital staff, officials said. Dr. Abdul Hakim Tamana, head of the health department of He


British Muslims are concerned about Islamist extremism and do trust the police, survey finds

The majority of British Muslims are concerned about Islamist extremism and support police along with the principles of the controversial Prevent programme, a survey has suggested. Researchers said they found “a significant gap between what people assume or believe British Muslims think and wh


Coronavirus: Iran’s deputy health minister rejects biological warfare theory

Iran’s deputy health minister Reza Malekzadeh rejected on Friday the theory that the coronavirus outbreak in the country was due to a biological attack. Senior officials of the Islamic Republic, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps


Turkey to hold migration summit by teleconference

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan will hold talks with French and German leaders about solving a migration crisis next week by teleconference, rather than hosting a summit as originally planned, a Turkish official said. The decision comes as countries grapple with the spread of coronavirus. Erdogan


Turkey to close schools, universities for a week over coronavirus

Turkish primary and secondary schools will be closed for a week from March 16, while universities will be closed for three weeks due to coronavirus, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Thursday. In a news conference following a meeting of ministers at the presidential palace, Kalin also sa


ICC judges: Go ahead with Afghan war crimes probe

International war crimes judges ruled on Thursday that a probe into wartime abuses in Afghanistan must go ahead, including looking into possible atrocities committed by US forces, as they overturned a previous court ruling. The call was hailed by human rights organisations as a “pivotal momen


Coronavirus is changing the way Muslims worship across the world

People around the world are avoiding crowded places, cutting back on inessential travel and taking precautionary measures such as working from home to avoid catching the new coronavirus. Several countries have also urged their citizens to change the way they greet one another, or celebrate certain





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