FBI arrests three men planning to join IS

New York: The Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) Wednesday arrested three New York residents who allegedly were planning to join the Islamic State(IS) and commit terrorist acts in the US, officials with the agency and the Justice Department said.

Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev and Abror Habibov, both citizens of Uzbekistan, and Akhror Saidakhmetov, a citizen of Kazakhstan, were facing charges of conspiracy for supporting that terrorist group.

Germany threatened by around 200 returning Islamic extremists

Berlin: Around 200 Islamic extremists involved in wars in Iraq and Syria have returned to Germany, posing security risks to the country, a top German intelligence official said here Wednesday.

"We have to assume that we will also become targets of terrorist attacks, and we must adjust," Xinhua quoted Hans-Georg Maassen, the president of German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.


Impunity widespread for human rights abuses in India, claims new Amnesty report

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New Delhi: Impunity is widespread for human rights abuses by state and non-state actors in India, says the latest report by Amnesty International.

No UN inquiry now on Pachauri allegations, Ban praises Pachauri's 'critical' leadership

United Nations: There is no move by the UN now to hold an inquiry into the allegations against Rajendra Pachauri who has resigned as the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric told reporters Tuesday.

Answering a reporter's question if the UN planned its own inquiry, Dujarric said, "We've seen the press reports of the case, and I understand the case is being investigated by national authorities. And that's where it stands."


Nine killed in Czech shooting

Prague: A shooting in the eastern Czech Republic town of Uhersky Brod left at least nine people dead Tuesday, media reported.

An armed man reportedly burst into a restaurant in the town, some 300 km southeast of Czech capital Prague, and opened fire.

Some 20 people were thought to have been in the restaurant at the time of the attack, BBC reported.

According to some reports, the killer was detained shortly after the shooting, while other reports said the shooter was dead.

This was the third shooting attack on European cities and towns in the last two months.


IS kidnaps 56 Christians in Syria

Damascus: The Islamic State (IS) militants Monday kidnapped 56 Syrian Christians of Assyrian minority in Al-Hasakah province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Assyrians were abducted from the town of Tal Shamiram in the countryside of the predominantly-Kurdish city of Hasaka, Xinhua reported.

Tens of other Assyrians were also taken into captivity by the IS in the town of Tal Hurmos, adjacent to Tal Shamiram, according to the London-based watchdog group.

Israel cuts power to Palestinian territories over unpaid debt

Jerusalem: Israel's Electric Company (IEC) on Monday cut power supply to two Palestinian cities in the West Bank for nearly an hour, due to an unpaid debt by the Palestinian Authority.

The power supply to the town of Jenin and Nablus was cut for 45 minutes on Monday over an unpaid debt of two billion shekels (nearly $500 million) by the Palestinian Authority and the east Jerusalem Electric Company.

Gandhi statue to be unveiled in Britain's Parliament Square

London : A statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be unveiled in Britain's prestigeous Parliament Square in London next month, a media report said Monday.

The memorial will be unveiled March 14 and will stand alongside those of Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela. The Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust has given one million pounds (over $1.5 million) for the sculpture.

Gandhi will be the first Indian, and the only person never to have been in public office, to be honoured with a statue in the square, BBC reported.

Greek programme must be realistically funded: EU commissioner

Paris : European Union (EU) Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici Monday said the reform programme that will be submitted by the Greek government has to be ambitious, but also realistically funded, and the commitments made by the country, not only the current government, must also be taken into account.


Five killed in Nigeria market attack

Nairobi: At least five people were killed and 30 others injured Sunday in a suicide attack staged by a woman at a market in the northeastern Nigerian town of Potiskum, witnesses said.

The attack came about 1.25 p.m. when the terrorist blew herself up at the market entrance after getting into a dispute with the guards who were attempting to search her at the security checkpoint.