Turkey begins deporting foreign jihadists

Turkey deported three foreign jihadists on Monday (11 N0vember), with more than 20 Europeans including French and Germans in the process of being expelled to their countries of origin. Turkey's interior ministry said it had deported an American and a Dane, while Germany confirmed that one of its

Iran downs a drone over southern port city of Mahshahr: Report

A semi-official Iranian website reported on Friday 8 November 2019 that Iran has shot down a drone over its southern port city of Mahshahr, without providing further details. The Iran Front Page website did not say whether it was a military or a civil drone. “The downed drone definitely belo

Iran resumes uranium enrichment in new stepback from deal

  Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow plant south of Tehran Thursday in a new step back from its commitments under a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, raising alarm from Western powers. Engineers began feeding uranium hexafluoride gas into the plant's mothballed enrichment c

Iranian Leader Khamenei Accuses US and Arab States of Fuelling Unrest in Iraq and Lebanon - Reports

Previously, mass protests in Iraq led to dramatic clashes, claiming the lives of around 250 people, while rallies in Lebanon's capital of Beirut have forced Prime Minister Saad Hariri to announce his resignation. Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic Ali Khamenei urged the Iraqi and Lebanese peopl

Nusrat Jahan Rafi: Death penalty for 16 who set student on fire

A Bangladesh court has sentenced 16 people to death for the murder of a student set on fire after accusing her teacher of sexual harassment.Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 19, died in April in Feni, a small town some 160km (100 miles) outside the capital Dhaka.The headteacher Nusrat had accused of harassment a

Bangladesh says thousands of Rohingya agree relocation to island

Bangladesh's refugee commissioner has said thousands of Rohingya living in Bangladesh refugee camps have agreed to move to an island in the Bay of Bengal despite fears the site is prone to flooding. Some 740,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar in August 2017 in the face of a military crackdown, joining 200,0

Afghan vote results delayed: Official

, Kabul - Preliminary results expected on Saturday, 19 October 2019 after last month’s presidential election in Afghanistan have been delayed, the election commission said. Officials had previously indicated that results would likely be pushed back. But in her announcement, Awa Alam Nuristan

At least 28 killed in Afghan mosque blast

JALALABAD- At least 28 worshippers were killed and dozens wounded by a blast inside an Afghan mosque during Friday 10-8-2019 prayers, officials said, a day after the United Nations said violence in the country had reached "unacceptable" levels.The explosion, which witnesses said collapsed the mosque

US and Turkey reach north-east Syria ceasefire deal

  Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe zone" Ankara had sought to capture, in a deal hailed by the Trump administration and cast by Turkey as a complete victory.Mr Pence made the announcement after more than four

Hundreds more freed from torture in third Nigerian ‘school’ raid in a month

Katsina - Police freed about 500 men and boys from an Islamic school in northern Nigeria on Wednesday where some had been chained to walls, molested and beaten, police sources said. The raid in Katsina was the third such operation in less than a month, bringing the total of captives freed from abus

Turkish presidency says Erdogan will meet Pence on Ankara visit

Despite an earlier statement by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday 16 October that he would not meet visiting US Vice President Mike Pence, his office said the meeting would go ahead after all. “Earlier today, the President told @SkyNews that he won’t receive a US delegation th

Malaysia presents smaller budget as revenue seen falling

Malaysia's government has unveiled a smaller budget for next year as revenue is expected to fall, but said it would raise development spending to offset a slowdown in global demand. As expected, the government also said on Friday it would run a larger fiscal deficit of 3.2 percent of gross domestic

Malaysia parliament scraps law criminalising fake news

Malaysia has scrapped a law making "fake news" a crime, a year after an initial attempt to repeal the legislation was blocked by the opposition-controlled senate. The Anti-Fake News Act 2018 was passed by the government of former Prime Minister Najib Razak in a move critics said was designed to sti

Indonesia's security minister Wiranto hurt after stabbing attack

A man wielding a knife attacked Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto on Thursday 10-10-2019, during a visit to the town of Pandeglang in Banten province on the island of Java, images from police and television showed. Indonesian national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo confirmed the incident

Social media fury as Pakistani official buys burqas for students

Pictures showing girls in burqas bought for them by local authorities has gone viral in Pakistan and caused a social media outrage. A district councillor in the small village of Cheena, in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, used some 90,000 rupees ($570) of local government funds to buy about 9

Bangladesh student killing: Thousands protest demanding justice

Dhaka -by Faisal Mahmud -  Thousands of university students on Monday staged protests in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka and Rajshahi city after an undergraduate student was allegedly killed by activists of Chhatra League - the student wing of the ruling Awami League party. Abrar Fahad, 21 - a s

Azerbaijan PM resigns, president replaces him with loyalist

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev has appointed a technocrat and close ally as the Caucasus country's new prime minister after his predecessor suddenly resigned, officials said. "The president has appointed his economic adviser Ali Asadov as new prime minister," parliament speaker Oktay Asadov to

Nigerian president offers record $34bn budget for 2020

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari presented a record 10.33 trillion-naira ($33.8bn) budget for 2020 to lawmakers on Tuesday as he aims to spur growth in Africa's largest economy at the start of his second term in office. The plan for Africa's top oil exporter assumes crude production of 2.18 mill