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Thursday, 12th March, 2015

Thursday, 12th March, 2015

1116 lunar years ago, on this day in 320 AH, the acclaimed Muslim physician, philosopher, and geographer, Ahmad ibn Ja’far ibn al-Jazzar al-Qayrawani, was born in Qayrawan in what is now Tunisia during the rule of Fatemid Ismaeil Shi’ite dynasty of North Africa, and was known in Europe by the Latinized name Algizar.  He authored several [&hellip

‘Iraq set to launch major Tikrit offensive’

‘Iraq set to launch major Tikrit offensive’

Iraq’s defense minister says the Iraqi army and the volunteer forces are set to launch an imminent decisive battle to fully retake the city of Tikrit from ISIL terrorists. Iraq’s Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi said on Thursday that the operation to entirely liberate the city, around 160 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad, will start later in the day. He also [&hellip

IMF announces finance program for Ukraine

IMF announces finance program for Ukraine

While in Berlin for meetings with the German Chancellor, the IMF managing director Christine Lagarde announced a multi-billion finance program for Ukraine. She praised the country’s “fiscal discipline.” Western nations have proposed a $40 billion (37.9 billion euros) aid program for Ukraine. About $17.5 billion was expected from the IMF. While in Berlin on Wednesday, [&hellip

Mexican mayoral candidate murdered

Mexican mayoral candidate murdered

The body of a woman who was running for mayor of the southern Mexican city of Ahuacuotzingo has been found in northern Guerrero. Guerrero Attorney General Miguel Angel Godinez said on Wednesday that the body of 42-year-old Aide Nava from the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) was found on Tuesday night in Ahuacuotzingo, [&hellip

Apple’s Smartwatch to go on sale

Apple’s Smartwatch to go on sale

Apple CEO Tim Cook has claimed the company’s new smartwatch is the “most advanced timepiece ever created”, as he revealed more details about the technology giant’s latest device. It will go on sale in the US, Britain and China on 24 April, with preorders taken from 10 April. The main Apple Watch will start at £479 [&hellip

Ferguson removes police chief

Ferguson removes police chief

The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, has been removed from his job after a US Justice Department report alleged widespread racial bias in the city’s police department. The resignation of Thomas Jackson, which was announced on Wednesday, came a week after the Justice Department announced that a comprehensive inquiry had found a range of unlawful [&hellip

PSG knock out Chelsea

PSG knock out Chelsea

Thiago Silva scored the decisive goal in extra time as 10-man PSG dumped Chelsea out of the Champions League on away goals after a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was dismissed in the first half of the last-16 second-leg clash for a challenge on Oscar, then Gary Cahill fired the hosts in front [&hellip

Niger kills over 500 Boko Haram terrorists

Niger kills over 500 Boko Haram terrorists

Niger says it has killed more than 500 members of the Boko Haram terrorist group since February 2015. Niger’s police spokesman Captain Adili Toro said on Wednesday that some 513 terrorists had been killed since February 8, adding this number does not take into account those killed in land and air operations launched on Sunday [&hellip

Greece urges German WWII reparations

Greece urges German WWII reparations

The Greek government has called on Germany to pay compensations for the former Nazi Germany’s atrocious occupation of the southern Balkan country during World War II. On Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said a bilateral reparation agreement reached in 1960 did not cover the outstanding Greek demands, including payments for ruined infrastructure, war crimes [&hellip

‘Colombia halts bombing of FARC’

Colombia’s president has ordered the country’s military to stop bombing raids against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) for a month. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos issued the directive on Tuesday, as part of a gesture alongside peace talks that have been held in Cuba since two years ago. “In order to start the [&hellip