- Babri Masjid anniversary: Over 10 thousand security personnel guarding Ayodhya
On the eve of 22nd anniversary of Babri mosque demolition, the temple town has turned into a fortress with nearly 10,000 security personnel deployed amid calls by Muslim outfits to mark the day by hoisting black flags even as Hindu bodies seek to commemorate it.
- Pakistan’s former interior minister Rehman Malik claims presence of Islamic State militants in country
Pakistan’s former interior minister Rehman Malik has said that the Islamic State militant group is present in the country and that Yousuf Salfi is leading it.
- Unregulated blood banks in Pakistan spreading hepatitis, HIV
Lax oversight of blood banks means about a fifth of patients in Pakistan who get regular transfusions have been infected with hepatitis, a top government health official said on Friday.
- Indonesia sinks Vietnamese boats to stop illegal fishing
Indonesia blew up and sank three empty Vietnamese boats Friday, the navy said, as the world’s biggest archipelago nation pushes to stop foreigners from illegally fishing in its waters.
- Russia trying to arrange summit of Syrian factions
BEIRUT (AP) — A senior Russian official says his country is trying to arrange a meeting between Syria’s warring sides without preconditions.
- Germany jails jihadist in first Islamic State trial
Germany jailed a jihadist militant for three years and nine months Friday in the country’s first trial of a recruit of the Islamic State group fighting in Syria and Iraq.
- Amnesty slams apathy towards Syrian refugees
An international human rights group has criticised wealthy nations for taking in a “pitiful” amount of Syrian refugees and consequently placing an enormous burden on the country’s ill-equipped neighbours.
- Pakistan among top ten worst countries for internet freedom, says global survey
Islamabad: Pakistan is among the ten worst countries along with Iran and China on the index of internet freedom, according to a global survey released on Friday.
- Bombs in Shi’ite, Kurdish districts kill 35 in Iraq
(Reuters) – Bombs in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk killed 35 people on Thursday, mostly in Shi’ite Muslim and Kurdish neighborhoods, police and medical sources said.
- Babri anniversary: terror alert keeps police on toes
Scores of armed and civil police teams deployed at strategic places. Darsgah Jihad-O-Shahadat (DJS), a city-based organisation, was permitted to take out rally against the Babri Masjid demolition on Saturday.