News: 25-Jan-15

  1. Pak anti-terror court to charge Taliban chief’s father-in-law
    PESHAWAR: An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan is likley to charge Maulana Sufi Muhammad, the head of a banned extremist group and father-in-law of the Taliban chief.
  2. Terrorists functioning with impunity in parts of Pakistan: US
    WASHINGTON: A number of terror groups are functioning with impunity in parts of Pakistan, the White House today said, as it stated that the US values counter- terrorism co-operation with India.
  3. US says chance of Iran deal ’50/50′
    WASHINGTON: The White House admitted that the chances of reaching a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program were only 50 percent.
  4. Japan vows not to give up on 2 hostages till ‘the very end’
    TOKYO: Japan promised on Saturday not to give up “until the very end” on efforts to rescue two Japanese hostages threatened with beheading by Islamic militants demanding a $200 million ransom, after a deadline passed with no word from the captors.
  5. Boko Haram gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria’s northeast
    MAIDUGURI: Boko Haram gunmen killed 15 people including a village leader near Maiduguri, the heartland of the Islamist group blamed for thousands of deaths in its six-year insurgency, security sources and residents said on Saturday.
  6. Spain arrests 4 suspected Islamist militants
    Police in Spain’s north African enclave of Ceuta arrested four men on Saturday suspected of belonging to a militant Islamist network that may have been planning an attack in Spain, the interior ministry said.
  7. Pakistan to confer prestigious award on Peshawar school victims
    Pakistan has decided to confer prestigious bravery medals on the victims of last month’s Peshawar school massacre, officials said on Saturday. About 150 people, mostly children, were killed in the December 16 attack carried out by the Taliban.
  8. Kurdish forces fire into Islamic State-controlled Mosul
    ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Kurdish forces have fired rockets into Mosul for the first time since Islamic State militants overran the northern Iraqi city last summer, Kurdish military sources said on Saturday.
  9. AirAsia flight QZ8501: Bid to raise fuselage begins
    Salvage teams have begun an operation to raise the fuselage of AirAsia flight QZ8501, which crashed into the Java Sea last month killing all 162 on board.
  10. Egypt court overturns 545 life, death sentences; orders retrial
    CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Saturday ordered a retrial after overturning 37 death sentences and 491 life sentences awarded to Muslim Brotherhood members in an internationally criticized mass trial.

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