Turkey earthquake: Two-year-old pulled from rubble as death toll rises to 31

A mother and her two-year-old daughter have been pulled alive from a collapsed building in Turkey more than a day after an earthquake killed at least 31 people. Ayse Yildiz and her child Nusra had spent 28 hours trapped in the rubble in the eastern city of Elazig following Friday’s 6.8-magnit

Afghan forces launch air, ground attacks on Taliban, killing 51

Afghan forces used ground attacks and air strikes in multiple operations against the Taliban during the last 24 hours, killing 51 fighters in an escalation that signaled renewed deadlock in peace talks. Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday that government forces had conducted 13 grou

Pakistan’s youth a ‘big resource’ for growth: PM Imran Khan

Matthew Amlôt The large young population of Pakistan is a “big resource” that will enable growth, said the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan during an address at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The young have historically been neglected because, Khan

Pakistan delays release of film after far-right protest threat

Islamabad, Pakistan - The government of Pakistan has advised that the release of an award-winning Pakistani film be delayed over objections raised by far-right parties who allege it contains "blasphemy". "Zindagi Tamasha" (Circus of Life) was scheduled to be released on Friday but the government sa

Iran: US threat to kill Soleimani successor a sign of ‘governmental terrorism’

The US threat to kill the successor to Iran’s General Qassim Soleimani is a sign of “America’s targeted and governmental terrorism,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Thursday. The US special representative for Iran Brian Hook said that the succes

Iran's new Quds leader vows 'manly' revenge for Soleimani killing

The newly appointed commander of Iran's elite Quds Force said the United States killed his predecessor, Qassem Soleimani, "in a cowardly way" and promised to "hit his enemy in a manly fashion". Esmail Qaani made the remarks on Monday at an introduction ceremony held for him by top Islamic Revolutio

Iran’s threats to quit nuclear treaty sends ‘negative message’: US envoy

A US envoy said on Tuesday that Iran’s threat to quit the global nuclear treaty if European countries refer Tehran to the UN Security Council after declaring it in violation of a 2015 pact would send a “very, very negative message”. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, in remarks

Erdogan says Turkey not yet sent troops to Libya, only advisers: Report

Turkey has deployed military advisers and trainers to Libya, but has not yet sent any troops to support the country’s UN-recognized government, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was cited as saying on Monday. Last week, Erdogan had said Turkey has begun sending troops to Tripoli. He has

Pakistani academic Junaid Hafeez sentenced to death for blasphemy

Amnesty International, a UK-based rights group, called Saturday's verdict 'a travesty' A court in Pakistan has convicted a university lecturer of blasphemy and sentenced him to death in a case rights groups have long cited as emblematic of fair trial concerns in such prosecutions in the country. J

Iran considering 13 ‘revenge scenarios’ after Soleimani killing

Iran has been considering 13 “revenge scenarios” in retaliation for a US strike that killed a top Iranian commander in Iraq, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said on Tuesday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. “The Americans should know tha

Throngs mourn, Iranian leader weeps for general slain by US

Iran’s supreme leader wept Monday over the casket of a top general killed in a U.S. airstrike, his prayers joining the wails of mourners who flooded the streets of Tehran demanding retaliation against America for a slaying that’s drastically raised tensions across the Middle East. The f

Turkey says it will send military experts, advisers to Libya

Turkey will send military experts and technical teams to support Libya’s internationally recognized government, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, a day after President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish military units were moving to Tripoli.Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj’s Gover

Iran steps further back from nuclear deal, says no limits on enrichment: TV

Dubai - Iran said on Sunday 5 January 2020 it would further roll back its commitments to a 2015 nuclear deal with six major powers, by enriching uranium without restrictions, but Tehran will continue to cooperate with the UN nuclear watchdog. State television said Iran would not respect any limits

Witness to destruction: Remembering the Babri Mosque demolition

Indian photojournalist Praveen Jain has covered dozens of riots, including the 1984 anti-Sikh massacre in New Delhi and 1989 Bhagalpur riots. His photographs helped convict 16 members of the Provincial Armed Constabulary for the 1987 Hashimpura massacre when 42 Muslim youths were rounded up, shot d

Indonesia launches cloud-seeding operation in bid to alleviate deadly flooding

Indonesia has launched an emergency cloud-seeding operation to try and divert rain from the capital Jakarta where floods have claimed 53 lives and forced more than 200,000 people to flee their homes.Two air force planes were deployed to inject sodium chloride over clouds in a bid to induce and break

Iran says not behind violent protests at US embassy in Iraq: Foreign Ministry

Iran’s Foreign Ministry denied Tehran was behind violent protests at the US embassy in Iraq on Tuesday 31 December 2019 , after US President Donald Trump said the country was “orchestrating” an attack on the mission. “America has the surprising audacity of attributing to Ira

UNGA resolution condemns abuses against Myanmar's Rohingya

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) approved a resolution on Friday12-27-2019 strongly condemning human rights abuses against Myanmar's Rohingya and other minorities, including arbitrary arrests, torture, rape and deaths in detention. The 193-member body voted 134-9 with 28 abstentions in favour of the

Refurbished Iranian fighter jet crashes during test, rescue effort underway for pilot

A rescue mission is underway for at least one pilot who was in a recently overhauled Iranian fighter jet when it crashed during a test flight near the country’s northern border Wednesday, according to Iran’s state television. The Russian-made MiG-29 went down in the mountainous Sabalan