US designates TTP chief as global terrorist

Washington: The US State Department Tuesday designated Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Maulana Fazlullah as a "specially designated global terrorist."

The consequences of this designation include a prohibition against US persons engaging in transactions with Fazlullah, and the freezing of all his properties and interests that are in the country, or come within its territory or in the possession or control of its citizen, the statement said.

Fazlullah was elected commander of TTP in November 2013, following the death of its former leader Hakimullah Mehsud.

Italy launches probe agaist 10 suspects for alleged terror links

Rome:At least ten people are being investigated in Italy for suspected ties with Islamist terrorist networks abroad, media reported Tuesday.

Chief prosecutor Massimo Pignatone opened a probe in Rome for possible subversive association with terrorist purposes on a dozen of foreign Muslim citizens living in Italy, Xinhua reported citing AdnKronos news agency.

Prosecutors would be looking into their possible ties with Islamic terrorist groups abroad. The formal investigation was opened after monitoring some suspicious activities on Internet.

Merkel, ministers attend Muslim solidarity rally

Berlin: Germany's top politicians and leaders of religious communities joined a solidarity rally organised by Islamic groups in Berlin Tuesday, calling for joint actions against terrorism and a peaceful coexistence between different religions.

Thousands of people participated in the rally at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, which is organised by Germany's Muslim organisations and Turkish community groups in the wake of last week's attacks in Paris in which 17 people were killed, Xinhua reported.

French parliament approves extention of military operation in Iraq

Paris: France's National Assembly (lower house) Tuesday approved to extend by four month military offensive in Iraq targeting the Islamic State (IS), which seized major towns in the OPEC-memeber country.

In an overwhelmingly vote, 488 voters in the 577 member strong lower house, were in favor of longer fight in Iraq versus one voted against.


Kouachis of Paris and Continental Sagacity

By Syed Zafar Mahmood,

There is general consensus in the world, and rightly so, that every terrorist must be given exemplary punishment. Kouachis too have met with their deserved fate. However, the well considered purposes of any punishment include retribution, incapacitation and deterrence. In the case of Kouachis, the first two have been more than fulfilled but what about deterring their kind of persons from committing similar crimes in future? Keeping that in mind if we simply feel content to have quickly caught and brought Kouachis to ‘justice’, we would be lamented by the posterity as short sighted and selfish – not adequately concerned with the welfare of the upcoming generations. What happened in Paris was not an isolated act of terrorism; it manifested a mindset we need to go deep into.

295 victims of MH17 crash identified

The Hague : One more victim of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine has been identified, resulting in a total of 295 identified victims, the Dutch ministry of security and justice announced Tuesday.

Flight MH17 crashed July 17 last year killing all 298 passengers and crew on board, with among others 196 Dutch citizens. Three people are now left to be identified and all of them were Dutch nationals.


In an exemplary act of compassion, Michigan Mulims pay for water bills of the needy

Michigan : For Muslims it is often one step forward followed by several steps backward in the fight against Islamophobia.

On the morning of the attack on Paris Charlie Hebdo in France, the Michigan Muslim Community Council and the Islamic Relief USA announced a major gift to the City of Detroit, providing $100,000 to help pay water bills of residents in need, Detroit press news reported.

Moscow mosque becomes target for anti-Muslim hatecrime

Moscow : A mosque in Moscow has become a target for anti-Muslim hatecrime on January 11 when the walls were covered with intimidating and highly offensive anti-Muslim literature, TELL MAMA, reported.

TELL MAMA which is a national project measuring anti-Muslim incidents, said in a statement published on its website: “We received the following information regarding anti-Muslim hate targeted towards a Mosque in Russia; we have raised the spectre of mosque attacks in various countries across Europe.”


Merkel says Islam 'belongs to Germany'

Berlin : In a clear repudiation of anti-immigration protesters gathering in Dresden and other German cities, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that Islam "belongs to Germany", Reuters reported.

Addressing a joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, She praised Muslims of Germany for publicly rejecting the use of violence after the Paris Killings. She also called Turkey an ally in the fight against terrorism.

Al Qaeda warns France after terror attacks

Paris : The Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has issued a warning to France after the country's spate of terror attacks over the past week.

"France pays the cost of its violence on Muslim countries and the violation of their sanctity," AQIM, the north African branch of the Al Qaeda, said in a statement published on jihadi websites, CNN reported.