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Turkey says opposes split of Kurdistan from Iraq ANKARA: The Turkish government said on Monday that it was against Iraq's Kurdistan region splitting away from Baghdad, after militants seized a vast swathe of territory in Turkey's conflict-torn neighbour."The government is very closely monitoring the developments in Iraq," Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters after a cabinet meeting. "The entire world knows our official view: let Iraq not be split up, let guns not be directed against one another, let people not shed each other's blood, let outside powers pull their hands out of Iraq and let Iraq proceed on its path as an integrated society," he said.Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) which has now renamed itself the Islamic State have now declared a "caliphate" straddling Iraq and Syria.ISIL's actions in Iraq have alarmed countries in the region and sparked calls for Kurdish autonomy in Iraq to counter the radical Islamist threat. ...

 Netanyahu calls urgent security cabinet meet on teens: media JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an urgent meeting of his security cabinet Monday to discuss new developments in the case of three teens believed kidnapped by Hamas, reports said.The meeting, which was to take place at 9:30 pm (1830 GMT), was to discuss "dramatic developments" in the case of the three teenagers who went missing while hitchhiking in the southern West Bank on June 12, Channel 2 news said in a report echoed ...
Worshippers can now listen to live translation of taraweeh prayers ISLAMABAD: The Makkah's Grand Mosque authorities have intensified efforts to address the increasing number of pilgrims and worshippers and to facilitate their performing of rituals inside the mosque.Most of the pilgrims coming from Asian countries are elderly and the local authorities are paying extra attention to ensure their visit to the holy sites is carried out smoothly and comfortably, Arab news reported.Such services include an official translation and brief summary of the Qur'an and Islam ...
Kuwait to send urgent aid to displaced Iraqis KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait said on Sunday it is sending urgent humanitarian aid to thousands of Iraqis who have been displaced by ongoing fighting in the neighbouring Arab country."The council of ministers decided to send urgent humanitarian aid to Iraqis who have been displaced as a result of deteriorating security situation," the cabinet said in a statement.The statement said the aid would be distributed through the United Nations. It did not specify the amount of aid.International ...
Israel tightens grip on east Jerusalem with $90m plan JERUSALEM: The Israeli cabinet on Sunday approved a $90 million dollar socio-economic development plan for annexed east Jerusalem which focuses on increased security and police presence in the area, the municipality said."One of the main goals of the plan that was approved is to bring about a significant decline in violence by means of integrated activity to reduce gaps in infrastructure, employment, education and social welfare and by boosting enforcement and personal security," said a ...
African immigrants in Israel stage Egypt border sit-in JERUSALEM: More than 1,000 illegal African immigrants in Israel staged a sit-in on Saturday near the southern border with Egypt after a protest march against conditions in their internment camp."We are going to stay near the border with Egypt until a solution is found so our rights are respected," a statement by asylum-seekers at the Holot camp in southern Israel said.The sit-in came a day after Israeli soldiers stopped the demonstrators, most from Eritrea and ...
Four Egypt police killed in Sinai attack: security CAIRO: Gunmen killed four Egyptian policemen in the restive northern Sinai on Saturday, a security source said, with police blaming the attack on "takfiri" jihadist militants.Militants in the Sinai Peninsula have stepped up attacks on troops and police since the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July. A security source said the men were killed "on the road between the towns of Rafah and El-Arish in north Sinai when takfiri elements forced the pick-up ...


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