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Gambia head pardons prisoners.

Gambia head pardons prisoners.

  Gambia’s leader on Wednesday marked the 21st anniversary of the military takeover that catapulted him into power by pardoning all prisoners convicted for treasonable offenses. The declaration, however, comes amid a rising climate of fear, Amnesty International said. Yahya Jammeh’s rule since 1994 has been marred by accusations of rights violations. “The climate of [&hellip

Iraqi army liberates key village from ISIL in Anbar

Iraqi army liberates key village from ISIL in Anbar

    The Iraqi army, backed by volunteer forces, has managed to liberate the village of Jarah from the ISIL in the western province of Anbar, as it continues its battle against the Takfiri terrorists. Following an intense battle with the militants, Iraqi forces recaptured the Jarah village northeast of Fallujah in Anbar Province on Thursday. Iraqi military [&hellip

Iran’s Supreme Leader: Unity Sole Remedy for Muslim

Iran’s Supreme Leader: Unity Sole Remedy for Muslim

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei described unity as the only solution to the problems the Muslims are facing, saying the “arrogant powers” have created religious wars in the Islamic countries to divert attention from the fight against Israel. “The current division and differences in the region are artificial and imposed [&hellip

Grand Imam of al-Azhar calls for Shia-Sunni gathering

Grand Imam of al-Azhar calls for Shia-Sunni gathering

Ahlul Bayt News Agency – The Grand Imam of the al-Azhar mosque, Egypt’s top Muslim authority, has called for a meeting of leading Sunni and Shia scholars in the capital, Cairo. The call by Sheikh Ahmed Al Tayeb aired on Egypt’s state TV on Wednesday evening came at the close of a series of programs about Ramadan. Al [&hellip

Pentagon chief on unannounced Iraq visit

Pentagon chief on unannounced Iraq visit

​US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has arrived in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, to hold talks with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi over the country’s progress in its fight against ISIL militants. Carter, who arrived in Iraq on Thursday, is also expected to meet with tribal leaders from the war-torn Anbar Province. The US official’s first visit to [&hellip

Balotelli future uncertain

Balotelli future uncertain

​Brendan Rodgers says he is “not sure” whether Mario Balotelli will still be a Liverpool player when the new season begins. Balotelli was left out of the squad to tour south east Asia and Australia and is instead training back at the club’s Melwood base. The £16m striker, who started just 10 league games last [&hellip

Benteke signs for Liverpool

Benteke signs for Liverpool

​Liverpool have completed the transfer of striker Christian Benteke from Aston Villa for £32.5m. The 24-year-old becomes manager Brendan Rodgers’ seventh signing of the summer and is Liverpool’s second most expensive purchase ever, after they decided to meet his buy-out clause. The Reds say he has signed “a long-term contract”. Benteke, who scored 49 goals [&hellip

Obama drafting plan to close Guantanamo

Obama drafting plan to close Guantanamo

The US administration is in the final stages of drafting a plan and sending it to Congress to close the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, a long-delayed promise by President Barack Obama. The Obama administration hopes to “short circuit” opposition from Republicans in Congress who have blocked Obama from closing the prison, the White [&hellip

Multiple blasts kill 40 in Nigeria

Multiple blasts kill 40 in Nigeria

​At least 40 people have been feared dead in multiple bomb explosions in northeast Nigeria, local sources say. The first bomb was detonated on Wednesday at about 7:30 pm (1830 GMT) close to the Dadin Kowa motor park, in the northeastern city of Gombe and the second one went off some 20 minutes later near [&hellip

‘World’s oldest Quran found in UK’

‘World’s oldest Quran found in UK’

​Researchers at the UK’s University of Birmingham say they have found the world’s oldest manuscript of the Quran. The fragments of the Muslim holy book are believed to date back to nearly 1,400 years. According to a radiocarbon analysis carried out by the University of Oxford, the parchment on which the text is written dates [&hellip