Suicide Bomber Targets Shia Community in Kabul, Killing 48

AUG 15, 2018: A suicide bomber struck a private education center in a Shia neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday where high school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams, killing 48 young men and women and leaving behind a scene of devastation and tragedy. “We can confirm the attack was caused by a bomber on […]

Kashmir Shutters Down, as India Marks Independence Day

Separatists caged; Mobile, internet services suspended AUG 15, 2018: An unprecedented protest shut down was observed in Indian-administered Kashmir on the occasion of India’s Independence Day. The occupied valley witnessed a complete shutdown on Wednesday following a call given by the Joint Resistance Leadership. Shutters of all shops and business houses remained down as traffic […]

‘Situation Chaotic’: Intense Fighting in Afghan City Ghazni as Afghan Taliban Presses On

AUG 12, 2018: Taliban insurgents attacked police headquarters and other government buildings in Ghazni in central Afghanistan on Sunday and were threatening to seize control of the city, with the main highway now heavily mined, local lawmakers and residents said. An AFP reporter on the ground said Taliban fighters continued to roam the city, torching […]

Turkey to Seek ‘New Markets, Allies’ After Currency Crash

AUG 12, 2018: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned of far-reaching consequences in the event the United States continues to disrespect Ankara, according to his op-ed in the New York Times. “Unless the United States starts respecting Turkey’s sovereignty and proves that it understands the dangers that our nation faces, our partnership could be in jeopardy,” he warned. Erdogan […]

“If They Have Their Dollars, We Have Our People, Our God”: Erdogan

Turkish lira plunged 15% versus dollar Friday after Trump authorizes doubling metals tariffs on Turkey; Erdogan said Turkey was facing an “economic war” and noted the country would respond to those countries who had started it. AUG 10, 2018: The Turkish lira added to its steep losses on Friday, hitting a fresh record low, after […]

Chinese Muslims Protest Against Plan to Demolish Mosque

AUG 10, 2018: Hundreds of ethnic Hui Muslims are staging a sit-in protest in China’s western region of Ningxia against government plans to demolish a huge new mosque, amid tightening curbs on Islam to pull its practice in line with the Chinese mainstream. China officially guarantees freedom of religion, but in recent years officials nervous […]

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Charged With Money Laundering

AUG 8, 2018: Malaysia’s anti-corruption agency has charged former prime minister Najib Razak with three counts of money laundering as part of its investigation into the multi-billion dollar 1MDB scandal. The charges – which Najib denies – relate to three transfers totaling US$10m into his bank accounts from SRC International, a former unit of the […]

Around 400 Irregular Migrants From Afghanistan, Pakistan Held in Turkey

AUG 7, 2018: At least 391 irregular migrants were held across Turkey, security sources said on Tuesday. The sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media, said 45 migrants, including women and children, were rounded up off Ayvacik by local gendarmerie forces in the northwestern Canakkale province. The […]

China Bird Drones to Watch Over Citizens

Called “Dove” they are part of China’s Social Credit System AUG 3, 2018: Look! Up there! A pretty little bird gliding majestically through the sky, encapsulating the beauty of natu — oh wait. It’s a high-tech surveillance drone. Over recent years, more than 30 Chinese military and government agencies have reportedly been using drones made […]

US, Taliban Direct Talks Remain ‘Positive’, Another Round Expected Before Eid ul Azha

“We have held three meetings with the US and we reached a conclusion to continue talks for meaningful negotiations,” said a second Taliban official. JUL 30, 2018: A meeting between a senior US diplomat and Taliban representatives in Doha last week to discuss a possible ceasefire ended with “very positive signals” and a decision to […]

1,500 Migrants Have Died in the Mediterranean in 2018: UN

JUL 27, 2018: For the fifth straight year, at least 1,500 migrants have perished in the Mediterranean, with the route between Libya and Italy being the deadliest, claiming the lives of one in 19, the UN migration agency said on Friday. Spain, which has overtaken Italy as the preferred destination, has registered nearly 21,000 migrants […]

Another Woman Lynched in India After WhatsApp Rumors

JUL 23, 2018: A mob lynched a woman in India after rumors circulated on WhatsApp about child kidnappers, police said Monday, days after the messaging firm said it was curbing the forwarding of messages. More than 20 people have been killed in similar incidents in the past two months, leaving both the Indian authorities and […]

19 Killed in Chinese Chemical Plant Explosion

JUL 13, 2018: At least 19 people are dead and dozens injured after an explosion at a chemical plant in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, officials said. The explosion — the latest deadly industrial incident in the world’s largest producer of chemicals, occurred at a Hengda-owned plan in an industrial park 6:30 pm on […]

Chinese Military Begins Recruiting “Civilian Personnel”

JUL 12, 2018: The Chinese military has started recruiting “civilian personnel” amid efforts to attract more talent, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily reported Wednesday. The recruitment drive, approved by the Central Military Commission, is the first of its kind since deeper reform was introduced to the national defense and armed forces in late 2015. […]

Two-Thirds of Russians Believe Global Government Exists – Poll

JUL 11, 2018: About two-thirds of Russians believe in the existence of a shadowy world government, and most of them also believe it is hostile to their country, according to a recent survey. On Wednesday state-run Russian public opinion research agency VTSIOM released the results of a poll in which 67 percent of Russian citizens […]

Teenage Girl Among 3 Killed In Anti-India Protest in Held Kashmir

JUL 7, 2018: 3 Kashmiri youth including a teenage girl were killed by Indian security forces’ firing in the Himalayan valley on Saturday leading to thousands participating in their funeral hours after police said they were killed when government forces fired at anti-India protesters. Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Dr. Faisal while condemning the latest incident […]

WhatsApp ‘Horrified’ Over Spate Of Lynchings In India, Promises Action

JUL 4, 2018: WhatsApp said on Wednesday it was “horrified” by a spate of lynchings in India sparked by false rumors shared on its platform as the government accused the messaging service of irresponsibility. The killings are linked to “irresponsible and explosive messages” on the platform, said the ministry of electronics. More than 20 people […]

China-US Trade War ‘Only A Proxy For Larger Battle For Dominance Between Two Powers’

** Washington is due to start charging tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports as of Friday ** Beijing has pledged to retaliate with equal tariffs on $34 billion in US goods JUL 3, 2018 (BE2C2): China said Tuesday it is “fully prepared” for a trade war with the US as hopes dwindle for a […]

Imam Jailed For Bullying And Bashing 80 Children In UK

JUL 3, 2018: Greater Manchester police say they do not know how many children Abdul Rauf beat over several years of teaching in his Islamic study classes at a mosque. The 51-year-old Imam admitted 21 separate charges but a judge at Manchester Crown Court took around 80 attacks into account. Rauf of Sussex Street in […]

China Mobile: World’s Largest Telecom Can’t Access U.S. Market –For National Security Risks

National security concerns raised after jump in cyber attacks against US JUL 3, 2018 (BE2C2): The Trump administration has cited national security concerns to deny China Mobile entry into the US, dealing a blow to one of China’s biggest state-owned telecoms providers amid a looming trade war between the two countries. The National Telecommunications and […]