22nd Mar 2015

Yemen: UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting

  [Archive Photo: pro-Houthi protests]   The UN Security Council is to convene in an emergency session on Yemen, where a separatist movement and terrorism threaten to set off a civil war. US troops aiding anti-al Qaeda efforts have already … Continued

21st Mar 2015

Syria: Twin blasts target Kurdish New Year’s Eve festivities

  Twin bombings have targeted Syria’s Kurdish minority as it prepares to ring in the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. Observers believe “IS” was the culprit given its recent losses to Kurdish fighters. In the early hours … Continued

21st Mar 2015

Yemen: 140 Shia Muslims killed in mosque bombings

  There are reports of up to 142 people having been killed in twin suicide bombings at mosques in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Friday. An unverified claim of responsibility has been made by extremist group Islamic State. Authorities say at … Continued

20th Mar 2015

Obama urges Iran to take advantage of ‘best opportunity in decades’

  US President Barack Obama has told Iran that nuclear talks present “the best opportunity in decades” for the two countries to pursue a better relationship. He warned, however, that there was still much work to do. In his annual … Continued

18th Mar 2015

Syria says it shot down a US drone

  Syrian state media says government forces have downed a US surveillance drone over the coastal province of Latakia. Damascus has mostly refrained from attacking coalition aircraft since the anti-IS strikes began. The United States lost contact with an unarmed … Continued

17th Mar 2015

Switzerland: Cautious optimism as Iran & US edge closer to a deal

  Iran’s foreign minister has said that he and US counterpart John Kerry have come closer to an agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program. But a Saudi prince has warned that a deal could spark a nuclear technology race. Iranian Foreign … Continued

16th Mar 2015

Syria: Conflict enters 5th year amid growing humanitarian crisis

  Syria’s bloody civil conflict is entering its fifth year amid a major humanitarian emergency. With no end to the fighting in sight, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he is willing to negotiate with Assad. Syria has … Continued

15th Mar 2015

Iraq: IS using ‘weaponised’ chlorine

  Iraq’s Kurdish authorities say they have evidence “Islamic State” has used chlorine gas as a weapon against Kurdish fighters. The accusation comes as Iraqi soldiers attempt to drive the militants out of Tikrit. The Security Council of the semi-autonomous … Continued

13th Mar 2015

Iraq: ‘Islamic State’ prepares for last stand in Tikrit

  Members of the militant group “Islamic State” in Tikrit are preparing to stage their last stand, as Iraqi forces and Shiite militia tighten their grip on the city. The Islamist group has played down their losses. Iraqi forces were … Continued

12th Mar 2015

Aid organizations issue failing grade to UNSC efforts in Syria

  A new report has been released on the humanitarian crisis in Syria four years after the start of the country’s civil war. It calls on the United Nations to show commitment to ending the Syrian conflict. A new report … Continued

11th Mar 2015

Iraq: Soldiers push siege of Tikrit amid fierce resistance from IS

    [Photo: Iraqi forces firing at Alam district of Tikrit]   TIKRIT, (Xinhua): Iraqi security forces continued their offensive on Tuesday to free the city of Tikrit, but were slowed by fierce clashes with the Islamic State (IS) militants … Continued

11th Mar 2015

Sweden cancels Saudi arms deal after human rights row

  Sweden has ended a military deal with Saudi Arabia over human rights issues. The break comes after the Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström (photo above)was allegedly prevented from making a speech at an Arab League meeting. Sweden announced that … Continued

10th Mar 2015

US: Biden: Letter to Iran ‘beneath dignity’ of Senate

  An open letter from US senators to the Iranian government has outraged the Obama administration. Vice President Biden blasted the lawmakers’ ‘undermining’ of diplomatic channels, calling it dangerous for US credibility. US Vice President Joe Biden issued a strong … Continued

9th Mar 2015

Saudis vacationing abroad spend over SR2.8 billion

[Photo: Motorists from Saudi Arabia jam the Causeway linking the Kingdom to Bahrain during a weekend] Riyadh, (Arab News): The Tourist Information and Research Center (MAS) revealed that 766,300 Saudi tourists left the Kingdom during the midterm holiday and spent … Continued

9th Mar 2015

Syria: US-led alliance strike oil refinery, killing 30 IS terrorists

  DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): The US-led anti-terror coalition on Sunday evening struck an oil refinery under the control of the Islamic State (IS) militants in a border Syrian town near Turkey, killing 30 IS militants, a monitoring group tracking the Syrian … Continued

8th Mar 2015

Afghanistan: 6 killed in Kabul mosque attack

  KABUL, (Xinhua): At least six people were killed and five others wounded when two gunmen attacked a monastery in Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday, police said. “Two men armed with silence handguns opened fire on worshipers in Bahadur … Continued

7th Mar 2015

Iraqi troops push ‘Islamic State’ out of key towns

  Government soldiers and tribal militias have driven “Islamic State” out of two strategic towns in one day. The push is part of a large-scale offensive to retake the cities of Tikrit and Mosul from the militants. Iraqi government forces … Continued

6th Mar 2015

Iraq: IS torches oil wells as Iraqi army pushes to Mosul

      Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have set fire to Iraqi oil wells in the Ajil field east of the city of Tikrit to try to hinder aerial attacks aimed at driving them from the … Continued

6th Mar 2015

Saudi Foreign Min urges Coalition to fight IS on the ground

  [Photo Prince Saud al-Faisal and John Kerry]   Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal called Thursday on the US-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in Syria and Iraq to fight the jihadists … Continued

5th Mar 2015

Saudi-Pakistani ties unshakable

  .By Md Rasoodeen RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are to enhance cooperation in all areas, with a particular focus on the energy and agricultural sectors, according to sources. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Pakistani Prime Minister … Continued

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence event is to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to society. Over 850 people from diverse background, Muslim and non-Muslim, attended the gala dinner.

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