50 killed as suicide bombers target market in Nigeria

Abuja: Two female suicide bombers detonated their improvised explosive devices at a phone market in Nigeria's northwestern Kano state on Wednesday, killing at least 50 people, Xinhua reported citing witnesses.

Indian-American rapper performs in Paris post attacks

Paris: An Indian-American rapper, Himanshu Suri, performed in Paris after questions were raised over safety in the French capital following November 13 terrorist attacks.

Amid objections by his fans on Twitter over his performance in Paris's Silencio night club on Tuesday night, Suri earlier in the day penned an article in the US-based Vice magazine explaining his stand on why he is going ahead with his concert in Paris.

Three killed in Paris police raid

Paris: Three suspects linked to the Paris terror attacks were killed on Wednesday in a police raid at two sites at a suburb here, sources told Al Jazeera.

French police carried out the raids in Saint-Denis early Wednesday to nab the terrorists who masterminded Friday night's deadly attacks, killing at least 129 people and injuring over 350.

Another media report said one of the suspects, a woman suicide bomber blew herself up in an apartment at the start of the police operation around 4.30 a.m.

The other suspects were shot by police, the report added.

Bangladesh SC upholds death sentence of two wartime criminals

Dhaka: Bangladesh's Supreme court on Wednesday upheld its previous verdict on the death sentence of two war-crime convicts Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.

The court rejected the pleas of Mujahid, secretary general of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party, and Chowdhury, leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), to review death sentences for crimes against humanity during the country's war of independence in 1971, reported.

A bench of Chief Justice S.K. Sinha heard Mujahid's plea on Tuesday and Chowdhury's on Wednesday.

'420 potentially dangerous Islamists live in Germany'

Berlin: Around 43,000 people are part of Islamist circles in Germany and around 420 are considered potentially dangerous, the president of the German Federal Criminal Police Office (or BKA) has said.

In an interview with Die Welt newspaper after the attacks in Paris, Holger Munch recalled that Islamist terrorism attacks European values, with Germany also in its sight.

As he noted, the coordinated work of the security forces has prevented 11 attacks in the country, but Paris has shown that the risk of international terrorism is "high" and that Germany may also be affected.

Empower Indian Muslims with education: Indian-American philanthropist

By Arun Kumar

Washington: Expressing sadness at the educational plight of Indian Muslims, an Indian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist has called for the community's active participation in India's inclusive economic growth.

"India's Muslims must be active participant in shaping the future of India's inclusive economic growth. They must be partner in India's prosperity," said Frank Islam in a keynote address to the Aligarh Alumni Association Inc. New York (AAANY).

"Republic will destroy terrorists": Hollande

Paris: "The terrorists will never destroy the republic, because the republic will destroy them," French President Francois Hollande said in a speech addressed to the two chambers of parliament.

"The acts committed on Friday night were acts of war. They left at least 129 people dead and many others injured," Xinhua quoted Hollande as saying on Monday.

"We are in a war against jihadi terrorism which threatens the whole world," he said in reference to the attacks in Paris which included simultaneous shootings, explosions at six places.


19 nationalities among victims of Paris attack: French president

Versailles (France): There were 19 nationalities among the 129 victims of the deadly attack that took place on Friday night in Paris and its suburbs, French President Francois Hollande announced on Monday.

"What was targeted by the terrorists, it's the France open to the world," Hollande said during a rare address to the two chambers of parliament at Versailles.

He added: "Dozens of foreign friends are among the victims, representing 19 nationalities."

Modi holds bilateral meet with Turkish president

Antalya (Turkey): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the second and final day of the G20 Summit in this Mediterranean resort city.

"Turkish connect...a bilateral meeting with the host of @G20Turkey2015, President @RT_Erdogan," PMO India tweeted.

"The Turkish host & the Indian guest! PM @narendramodi meets with President @RT_Erdogan for 1st bilateral of the day," Vikas Swarup, external affairs ministry spokesperson, tweeted.

Kashmir issue unfinished agenda, says Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad: Pakistan does not see Kashmir dispute as a geographical or border issue, but an unfinished agenda of the 1947 Partition plan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said.

Sharif made the remark in a letter to chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Syeda Asiya Andrabi, The Nation reported on Monday.

In the letter, he reaffirmed Pakistan's policy of providing moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmir in it struggle for the right to self-determination.