- PIL questions Bhendi Bazar shrine ‘sale’ in Mumbai
MUMBAI: The protest against the alleged sale of Zainabia Imambara, a two-storey shrine at Bhendi Bazar, has reached the Bombay high court with the filing of a public interest litigation questioning it.
- UK flag tributes to Saudi King Abdullah criticised
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud has died after two decades in power. He has been succeeded by his 79-year-old half-brother, Salman.
- Yemen thrown into turmoil as its president resigns
SANAA: Yemeni leader Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has offered to resign following a standoff with a powerful Shiite militia in control of the capital, throwing his country deeper into political turmoil.
- AirAsia: Divers enter crashed plane’s fuselage for first time
PANGKALAN BUN, INDONESIA: Officials say Indonesian divers have been able for the first time to enter the fuselage of the AirAsia jetliner that crashed last month in the Java Sea and have retrieved six bodies.
- Syrian air strike on rebel area kills more than 40: monitor
(Reuters) – A Syrian air strike killed more than 40 people in a rebel-held area near Damascus on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group and opposition activists said.
- Pak security forces arrest over 1,800 suspected militants
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan authorities have arrested more than 1,800 suspected extremists as crackdown on militants intensified in the wake of the Peshawar school massacre that left 150 people dead, officials said today.
- French court upholds stripping citizenship in terror case
PARIS: France’s top court has upheld the government’s decision to strip citizenship of a Franco-Moroccan man who was convicted of terrorism-related crimes.
- Iran cities in big protests over Charlie Hebdo
TEHRAN: Tens of thousands took to the streets in cities across Iran after on Friday prayers to condemn French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.
- Saudi Arabia buries King Abdullah, Salman takes throne
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia buried King Abdullah Friday as foreign leaders gathered in the capital for the funeral of the ruler of the world’s top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam.
- Islamic State Deadline for Japanese Hostages Passes
TOKYO—The deadline for Japan to pay a $200 million ransom for two Japanese hostages held by Islamic State militants passed Friday with no reports of progress in efforts to release the two men.