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UN Security Council urges world to step up help to Iraq UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Friday urged the world to step up support for the Iraqi government and its security forces in their intensifying battle against fighters. In a unanimous statement, the 15-member council condemned the "vicious string of suicide, vehicle-borne and other attacks" in Baghdad and surrounding provinces carried out by the Islamic State (IS) organization. The council "urged the international community, in accordance with international law, to further strengthen and expand support for the government of Iraq, including Iraqi security forces, in the fight against ISIL and associated armed groups," it said, using an alternative name for the militants.US-led warplanes pummeled IS fighters in Syria Friday as Iraqi forces fought the militants west of Baghdad.Iraqi government forces launched an offensive Friday north of Tikrit, one of a series of mainly Sunni Arab towns north and west of Baghdad that the militants seized in June.Iraqi troops have ...

Hajis stream into Madinah ISLAMABAD: An estimated 650,000 Hajis have already arrived in Madinah to visit the Prophet's Mosque since the Haj ended, with more expected over the coming days, according to officials.There was congestion on the Madinah-Makkah highway because of the increasing numbers of buses carrying pilgrims into the city. The security checkpoint at Kilo (meter) 9 has been staffed by special forces officers to inspect vehicles, limit the speed of vehicles and provide parking space for Saudi ...
Foreign Haj group leaders hail health services at holy sites ISLAMABAD: Haj groups leaders have hailed the exemplary health services rendered by the Saudi government during Haj this year."The efforts exerted by the Kingdom in the health sector are an honor for every Muslim. The hospitality shown to the guests of God is really unique," said Abdul-Malik Kuala, head of the Moroccan Haj Medical Mission, Arab news reported.Kuala pointed out that the quality and equality in therapeutic and health services provided to pilgrims were highly ...
Departing pilgrims face cap on Zam Zam water ISLAMABAD: Pilgrims returning home after completing Haj pilgrimage are becoming increasingly resentful of the five-liter cap on Zam Zam water imposed by the authorities.With the demand for the water from the holy fountain surging as pilgrims return home, the authorities have moved to increase the supplies of Zam Zam in Jeddah and Madinah, Arab news reported.While in Makkah, pilgrims have access to plentiful supplies of Zam Zam. However, the long tradition of carrying Zam Zam ...
Half a million pilgrims received medical treatment during Haj ISLAMABAD: Nearly half a million pilgrims made use of medical facilities that were available in Makkah and Madinah during Haj this year.Nineteen open heart surgeries were performed, Mansour Al-Hawasi, Deputy Health Minister for Health Affairs said.Al-Hawasi was addressing health officials here during an Eid party hosted by the Ministry of Health to thank health officials who were affiliated with the Haj program in both cities, Arab News reported.Some 22,000 health officials were deployed in the ...
Israel PM blames Palestinian 'extremists' for Jerusalem clashes JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday blamed "Palestinian extremists" for clashes at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, denying that Israel was behind mounting tensions at the site."Israel is committed to maintaining the status quo exactly as it's been for many decades. What we're seeing is Palestinian extremists who are instigating violence through incitement," he said in the presence of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Kurds halt IS thrust into heart of Syria's Kobane BEIRUT: Kurdish fighters thwarted a bid by Islamic State (IS) militants to advance into the centre of the battleground Syrian town of Kobane early on Saturday, a monitoring group said.The attack came after the IS militants overran Kurdish headquarters in the border town on Friday, sparking fears they would cut off the last escape route to neighbouring Turkey for hundreds of mainly elderly civilians still in the town centre.The IS assault sparked 90 minutes of ...


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