Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty handed down for a Jamaat-e-Islami leader for atrocities committed more than four decades ago, the latest in a spate of rulings against the Islamist party’s officials. Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, 62, assistant secretary-general of the party, was found guilty on Monday of genocide and[…]
Burkina Faso’s military vowed to install a unity government after tightening its control over the west African nation, firing tear gas and shots in the air to disperse protesters denouncing an army power grab. Troops moved into Place de la Nation in the capital Ouagadougou and took over the national[…]
A far-right politician who wants Jews to be allowed to pray at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa compound has visited the site, defying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s calls for restraint after clashes this week between Israeli police and Palestinians. Sunday was the first day the compound was open to non-Muslims since an Israeli-American[…]
A suicide blast close to the Pakistan-India border has killed at least 55 people and left more than 150 wounded, police have told Al Jazeera. The explosion took place at the Wagah border crossing near Lahore. It happened at the end of a daily flag-lowering ceremony as people were moving[…]
Islamic State rebels have executed 67 people from a pro-government Sunni tribe in the western Iraqi province of Anbar, a tribal leader said Sunday, the latest mass killing carried out by the radical group. “Daesh executed last night (Saturday) 67 members of the al-Bu Nimr tribe including children and women,”[…]
Israel has closed two border crossings with Gaza, the army said on Sunday, after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave struck its territory. “The crossing points for people and goods, Erez and Kerem Shalom, have been closed until further notice except for humanitarian aid,” an army spokeswoman said. She[…]
Burkina Faso’s opposition parties and the African Union have rejected the army’s seizure of power in the West African country after the resignation of President Blaise Compaore. A coalition of opposition parties and civil society groups met late on Saturday and issued a statement in which they described the army[…]
Yemen’s main political factions, including the Houthi rebels, have signed an agreement mandating the president and prime minister to form a new government in an effort to defuse political tensions that have crippled the country. Prime Minister Khaled Bahah will head the selection of the new ministers with consultation from[…]
Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, has said the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped from the remote town of Chibok in Nigeria’s northeast in April have converted to Islam and been married off. Shekau made the remarks in a video obtained by the AFP news agency on Friday. “Don’t you know the over[…]
Iraqi peshmerga fighters have begun entering the Syrian border town of Kobane where they were expected to join the battle against Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL) fighters beseiging the town. Peshmerga forces entered through the Yumurtalik crossing on Friday armed with heavy weaponry, including anti-aircraft machine guns and mobile[…]
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