5 killed as gunman opens fire at Illinois warehouse

A gunman opened fire in a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was slain, law enforcement officials said. Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said the shooter, identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin, was an employee at the sprawling industrial complex in Aurora, a Far West Chicago suburb, but did not say what may have motivated the attack. The Chicago Sun-Times newspaper reported that a woman who identified herself to police as Martin’s mother told authorities her son had been laid off…

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Car bomb attack on Indian military convoy kills dozens in Kashmir

At least 44 Indian paramilitary personnel have been killed and dozens more wounded after a bomber rammed an explosive-laden car into a military convoy in restive Kashmir. According to Press TV, the casualties were caused after the van ripped through buses in a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying some 2,500 members of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) along a key highway in the disputed valley. Senior police officer Muneer Ahmed Khan said the attack occurred as the convoy reached southern Lethpora town on the outskirts of the main city…

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Bahrain: Aal-e Khalifa forces destroy signs marking martyrdom anniversary of Prophet’s daughter

Security forces of Aal-e Khailfa in Bahrain have destroyed signs marking the martyrdom anniversary of Hazrat Fatima Zahra (SA), the daughter of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA). Local media said Saturday security forces removed black flags and banners put up in public places to commemorate the occasion overnight. Hazrat Fatima is an enormously revered figure, especially for Shia Muslims who view her as the foremost role model for women. Her martyrdom anniversary is marked every year in several countries, most importantly in Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, Lebanon and Pakistan. Religious events held by Bahrain’s majority…

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Saudi Arabia: Shia Muslim Kid barbarously murdered in Medina before mother’s eyes

A Shia Muslim little boy, while on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Medina with his mother, has been barbarously killed for unknown reasons, fueling speculations that he could have been a sectarian and hate crime victim. According to what circulated on social media, Zakariya Bader al-Jabir — said to be six or seven years old — was savagely murdered by a taxi driver in front of his mother late last month. The New Arab website says his mother’s recitation of salutations for the Prophet (SAWA) and his family (Ahlul Bayt) outraged…

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says US tabloid newspaper tried to blackmail him

The owner of US tabloid newspaper the National Enquirer pushed back on Friday against accusations of “extortion and blackmail” from Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, saying its reporting on an extramarital relationship involving the world’s richest man was lawful and it would investigate his claims. Bezos on Thursday accused American Media Inc (AMI) of trying to blackmail him with the threat of publishing “intimate photos” he allegedly sent to his girlfriend unless he said in public that the American supermarket tabloid’s reporting on him was not politically motivated. The…

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Turkey slams ‘concentration camps’ for Muslims in China

Turkey has condemned China’s alleged mistreatment of more than one million Uighur Muslims in “internment camps,” urging Beijing to respect fundamental rights of the Turkic-speaking minority. “The policy of systematic assimilation against the Uighur Turks carried out by the authorities of China is a great shame for humanity,” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said late Saturday. The existence of internment camps was first brought up by the Western media which has been giving extraordinary attention to the subject in recent months amid a growing trade dispute with China. A UN human rights panel has cited estimates that 2…

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COURT DIRECTS OMAN AIR TO REISSUE CANCELLED TICKETS TO PILGRIMS TRAVELLING TO TEHRAN

DELHI: The Court of Ms. Nupur Gupta, Civil Judge, Delhi today directed Oman Air to reissue ticket to 16 pilgrims who had approached the Court seeking directions against Oman Air being aggrieved of unilateral decision of Oman Air to cancel all the discounted tickets sold by it during the Republic Day Sale. During the period of 24th Jan to 26th Jan, Oman Air offered discounted tickets, on various web ticketing portals including www.ixigo.com and www.cheaptickets.in, from Delhi to Tehran on the occasion of Republic Day. Number of Shia Muslims who…

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Private schools in UP announced that they will not admit children from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) under the Right to Education (RTE) in the next session.

Private schools in UP on Thursday announced that they will not admit children from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) under the Right to Education (RTE) in the next session, if the government does not give re-reimbursement for the last six years as per the RTE Act and judgment thereafter. Anil Agarwal, president of Unaided Private Schools’ Association, UP (UPSA), informed that the association has written to the state government demanding immediate re-imbursement of fees payable to schools for admitting/teaching children of EWS and disadvantaged sections, as stipulated by the Right to…

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PM Modi fires Sabarimala, triple talaq salvo at Left govt, UDF

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the Communist government in Kerala. Addressing a public meeting at Thrissur in Kerala, Modi, in his direct attack on the CPI-M claimed that the cultural ethos of the state was under attack and that the attack was being led by the party that is governing the state. Raking up the Sabarimala Temple controversy, he said that the issue has caught the attention of the nation. “The people of India are seeing the manner in which the Communist government of…

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Blasts kill dozens after Muslim self-rule vote in Philippines

At least 27 people have lost their lives and dozens of others been injured after two bombs hit a church on a southern Philippine island, which is home to a Daesh-linked terrorist group. Security officials said the first blast took place during Sunday mass at a Roman Catholic cathedral on Jolo island in the Philippines’ restive Sulu province. It was followed by a second explosion in the parking lot as troops were responding to the first. Photos released by regional police showed debris scattered near the church’s entrance and a damaged…

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