SARPOL-E ZAHAB COUNTY, KERMANSHAH PROVINCE, IRAN (NOVEMBER 13, 2017) (IRINN) – A magnitude 7.3 earthquake on Sunday (November 12) killed at least 348 people and injured some 6,600 in Iran with death toll likely to rise as rescuers were searching for dozens trapped under rubble in remote, mountainous areas, state media said. Continue reading
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA (NOVEMBER 6, 2017) (SAUDI TV) – From the moment former Lebanese prime minister Saad al-Hariri’s plane touched down in Saudi Arabia on Friday (November 3), he was in for a surprise. There was no line-up of Saudi princes or ministry officials, as would typically greet a prime minister on an official visit to King Salman, senior sources close to Hariri and top Lebanese political and security officials said. His phone was confiscated, and the next day he was forced to resign as prime minister in a statement broadcast by a Saudi-owned TV channel. Continue reading
SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 28, 2017) (NBC)- About 300 white nationalists and neo-Nazis took to the streets of the small Tennessee city of Shelbyville on Saturday (October 28) to protest refugee resettlement in the state, which sued the federal government over the issue earlier this year. Continue reading
The ‘Yes’ vote establishes an early lead as counting results are announced in Turkey’s referendum over whether to grant new powers to President Tayyip Erdogan.
The United States dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, also known as the “mother of all bombs,” in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a series of caves used by Islamic State militants. Havovi Cooper reports. Continue reading
White House spokesman Sean Spicer tells reporters, “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.” Continue reading
Amnesty International calls for more transparency from China, still the top global executioner in the rights group’s annual death penalty report, while the U.S. drops out of the top five.
Nigeria advises its citizens against any non-urgent travel to the United States until Washington clarifies its immigration policy, following several incidents of people with valid visas being denied entry.
British militant Abu-Zakariya al-Britani who blew himself up in Iraq had won compensation for his stay at Guantanamo Bay, security sources say.
(SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE) – An Islamic State suicide bomber from Britain who blew himself up in an attack on Iraqi forces this week had been given compensation for his detention in the Guantanamo Bay military prison, Western security sources said on Wednesday (February 22).
Islamic State militants said Abu-Zakariya al-Britani, a British citizen who was originally known as Ronald Fiddler and then cast himself as Jamal Udeen al-Harith, detonated a car bomb at an Iraqi army base southwest of Mosul this week.
The militants also released a photograph of the smiling bomber surrounded by wires in the seat of what appeared to be the car in which he blew himself up.
The photograph was published on Dawaall al-Haq, a website that describes itself as a non-affiliated news agency. Dawaall al-Haq publishes content relating to the Islamic State and other militant groups.
The Islamic State statements could not be independently verified by Reuters but three Western security sources said it was highly likely that Britani was the bomber and now dead.
Britain made a civil damages settlement with British former Guantanamo Bay inmates in 2010 but did not disclose the size of the payouts, citing confidentiality agreements, then-Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke told parliament at the time.
The Daily Mail reported that al-Britani had been awarded $1.25 million by the British government after claiming British agents knew or were complicit in his alleged mistreatment.
Originally from the northern English city of Manchester, he converted to Islam in his 20s. He was detained in Afghanistan by U.S. special forces and taken to Guantanamo in 2002.
He was released in 2004 after the government of then-Prime Minister Tony Blair lobbied for his release. He later travelled to Syria to fight with Islamic State.
Britain’s foreign ministry declined to comment on the death of al-Britani but said it had advised for some time against all travel to Syria and large parts of Iraq.
Amnesty International releases its annual report for 2016/2017, and says U.S. President Donald Trump’s “poisonous” rhetoric has created an increasingly divisive politics in 2016 that had made the world a “darker” place. Continue reading