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Islamic State leaders have fled Mosul, says US General

Washington : Islamic State leaders have fled the Iraqi city of Mosul which is under a massive siege by Iraqi forces, aided by the US-led coalition forces, a US general has said.

Operation Inherent Resolve commander US Gen. Gary Volesky said at a briefing on Wednesday that most of the foreign fighters recruited by the terror group have remained to defend Mosul, the outfit's stronghold.

"We have got indications that [Islamic State] leaders have left, a lot of foreign fighters we expect will stay," Volesky told reporters at the Pentagon.


Kuwaiti parliament dissolved over fuel price row

Kuwait City : Kuwait's cabinet has resigned and parliament has been dissolved, triggering early elections following disputes between MPs and the government over fuel price increases in the oil-rich country.

Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah issued a decree on Sunday to dissolve the parliament, a few hours after an emergency government meeting, BBC cited the state-run Kuwait News Agency, or KUNA as reporting.

Saudi Arabia appoints first Minister for Gulf Affairs

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia on Sunday announced the appointment of Thamer Al-Sabhan as the first Minister of State for Arabian Gulf Affairs at the Foreign Ministry, the media reported.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered the creation of the post and named Al-Sabhan as the minister in charge of the region-related affairs, Xinhua news agency reported.

Al-Sabhan was the Saudi Ambassador to Iraq, and Saudi Arabia announced on Friday Abdulaziz Al Shimari as his successor for the post of Saudi Charge d'affaires to Baghdad.


'India can teach world on minority rights'

New Delhi : On the issue of minority rights in a democracy, India can be the teacher of the world, said an academic on Wednesday.

Professor Peter Ronald DeSouza of Delhi University said this while delivering the 9th Annual Lecture on 'Minority Rights and Democracy in India' organised by the National Minorities Commission here.

"As the world struggles with working out the moral, legal, and social terms of the majority-minority relationship India's engagement with this question, since the last 70 years, constitutes a valuable global intellectual resource," DeSouza said.

Protests of Sri Lankan Tamils must not be dismissed as extremism

By Dharsha Jegatheeswaran and Gajen Mahendra for

All pictures courtesy Tamil Guardian

In a first, Indian to address Organisation of Islamic Countries' global youth meet in Turkey

By TCN News,

New Delhi: In recognition of the country's Muslim community, the second-largest in the world, an Indian has been invited to attend a prestigious conference of the Organisation of Islamic Countries' Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC).

On International Non-Violence Day, a peace demonstration organised in Lahore

By TCN News

Lahore: A number of citizens under the banner of Aaghaz-e-Dosti, an Indo-Pak friendship Initiative gathered at Liberty Market on Oct 2, 2016 to raise their voice for peace. The Slogan was “Save Our Future – End War Mongering between Pakistan and India”.

Malaysia plans new logo for products made by Muslims

Kuala Lumpur : A Malaysian government official has said that the government is considering a new halal logo as proposed by two economic organisations to identify products made by Muslims.

Othman Mustapha, Director-General of Department of Islamic Development Malaysia, warned that the new logo could be unlawful unless they are certified by existing regulatory authorities, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday citing local authorities.

Stop dreaming about Kashmir: India tells Pakistan

United Nations : Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday told the United Nations that Pakistan, which is aiming to capture Jammu and Kashmir by sponsoring terrorism, should stop dreaming about it because Kashmir is and will always remain an integral part of the country.

In a strong reply to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's address to the UN General Assembly last week, Sushma Swaraj hit out at the neighbour on the issue of terrorism and raked up the "human rights violations" in Balochistan.