India’s Supreme court outlaws practice of Islamic ‘instant divorce’

India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce their wives–by saying “talaq” three times–as unconstitutional. The bench, comprising five senior judges of different faiths, deliberated for three months before issuing its order in response to petitions from seven Muslim women who had been divorced through the practice […]

Syria’s Assad still acquiring chemical weapons !! 2 North Korean shipments intercepted by UN

Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country’s chemical weapons program were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential United Nations report on North Korea sanctions violations. The report by a panel of independent U.N. experts, which was submitted to the U.N. Security Council earlier this month […]

Lebanon helped foil plot to down UAE-bound plane from Australia, minister says

Lebanese intelligence helped foil the plot to bomb an Abu Dhabi-bound flight from Australia, Lebanon’s interior minister said on Monday. Lebanese intelligence “uncovered an operation that was going to take place on an Emirati flight from Australia to Abu Dhabi, and it was going to be executed by a Lebanese national from the north” of Lebanon, Nohad Al Mashnouk […]

Lebanese Army seizes large weapons cache from ISIS and captures its senior operative

After searching areas recently liberated from ISIS along the Syria-Lebanon border, the Lebanese army has uncovered a large amount of weapons, ranging from factory-made missiles to crude homemade devices, the army said, releasing photos of the spoils. The army has seized a large amount of weapons and munitions left behind by the Islamic State (IS, […]

Lebanese army steamrolls ISIS border positions, scores major victories

The Lebanese army has scored major victories in the ongoing offensive against Islamic State terrorists along the Syrian border, securing over a dozen of outposts, and raising a Spanish flag in solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attacks in Catalonia. The Lebanese army seized 80 of 120 square kilometers from Islamic State (IS, formerly […]

Barcelona attacker named by police as Younes Abouyaaqoub

Spanish police have confirmed the identity of the driver suspected of killing 13 people in last week’s attack in Barcelona. He is 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub, officials said, and the manhunt has been extended across Europe. Authorities earlier said they could not rule out the possibility that he had slipped across the border to France. New […]

Lebanon president signs public sector pay rise and tax hike laws

Lebanese President Michel Aoun signed off on public sector wage increases and related tax hikes on Monday, the national news agency NNA said. Aoun had held off ratifying the two laws since parliament approved them last month, amid concerns from businesses about the impact of more taxes on Lebanon’s fragile economy. The public sector pay […]