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143 killed in clashes against IS in Iraq

Baghdad: A total of 143 people were killed Sunday in the ongoing clashes between the Iraqi security forces and militants, including of the the Islamic State (IS), security sources said.

In Anbar province, Iraqi security forces backed by allied tribesmen and warplanes in the morning repelled attacks by militants, including IS militant group, an Al Qaeda offshoot , on the town of Ameriyat al-Fallujah, some 40 km from Baghdad, Xinhua quoted a provincial security source as saying.

Indian Hajj Mission geared up to serve Indian Hajis

By Hassan Cheruppa,

Jeddah: India’s Haj Mission in Makkah is geared up fully to provide the best ever services to 136,000 pilgrims. The Mission has mobilized its staffers as well as 546 officials, who are on deputation from India, to serve the pilgrims. “By the Grace of Almighty Allah, we have been able to handle and manage the Haj operations very well,” Indian Consul General B.S. Mubarak told reporters.

15 Shia rebels killed in Yemen suicide attack

Sanaa:At least 15 Shia Houthi rebels were killed in a suicide car bombing in Yemen's central province of Marib Sunday, security and tribal sources said.

The rebels were preparing for a patrol on the highway linking Marib to the capital Sanaa when an Al Qaeda member carried the attack against them, sources said, adding that about 20 people were wounded in the explosion.

The Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed the attack in a statement posted on its website and vowed more attacks against the Houthi group in the future.

Two get death, one life for killing imam in China

Beijing: A Chinese court Sunday sentenced two people to death and another to life imprisonment for murdering an imam in north-west China.

Gheni Hasan and Nurmemet Abidilimit were sentenced to death on charges of forming and leading terrorist groups and murder, while Atawulla Tursun was given life imprisonment for taking part in terrorist groups and murder, Xinhua quoted a verdict by the Kashgar Intermediate People's Court as saying.

The murder took place in the country's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in July.

Jordan warns against Israeli curbs on Jerusalem mosque

Amman : Jordan Sunday expressed opposition to the Israeli military's measures that prevent Muslims from entering Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, media reported.

The Israeli occupation army set up several checkpoints on roads leading to East Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque over the past week and deployed a large number of personnel to hamper the entry of worshippers to the mosque compound, Xinhua reported citing the state-run Petra news agency as quoting Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Hayel Daoud as saying.

1,500 Kurdish fighters join forces against IS in Syria

Damascus : As many as 1,500 Kurdish fighters joined their fellow Kurds in Syria's Kobani city to fight the Islamic State (IS) radical group, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday.

The 1,500 Kurdish fighters have streamed from Turkey through the borders toward Kobani since last Wednesday and all the new fighters joined the Kurdish militia called the People's Protection Units (YPG), Xinhua quoted the observatory as saying.

Shabana Azmi in Bahrain as jury member

Manama : Veteran actress and activist Shabana Azmi has been chosen as a jury member for Isa Award for Service to Humanity in Bahrain.

“Off 2 Bahrain for one day as Jury Member for ISA Award for Humanity (1 million US dollars) instituted by the King,” she tweeted Sunday.

The Isa Award for Service to Humanity endeavours to encourage humanitarian acts of future generations to come.

Israeli PM to counter Palestinian claim in UN

Jerusalem : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday headed to New York to address the UN General Assembly (UNGA), pledging to expose the alleged "lies" stated by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in his speech there.

"In my address to the UNGA, I will refute all of the lies being directed at us and I will tell the truth about our state and about the heroic soldiers of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), the most moral army in the world," Xinhua quoted Netanyahu as saying.

18,000 British Muslims to perform Haj this year

Dubai : The British Foreign Office announced that about 18,000 British Muslims are expected to perform Haj this year, and promised to provide consular services for them.

The Foreign Ministry said, in a report received by the German news agency (DPA), that the British Consulate-General in Jeddah provides various consular services to the British pilgrims.

Girl's on-stage act raises howl in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : A girl who performed on stage in Saudi Arabia with make-up and uncovered hair has been facing criticism in the social media, a media report said Sunday.

The girl participated in a theatre play with a few other children last Wednesday.

People criticised 11-year-old Jenna Al-Shammary for not covering her hair and wearing red lipstick and performing in front of male audience. Some people even called her 'immodest' as she did not wear the hijab (head cover), Saudi Gazette reported.