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Iraq troops liberate parts of key town

Iraqi soldiers, backed by volunteer forces, have liberated two areas in the northern strategic oil town of Baiji from the ISIL Takfiri militants, army sources say. On Friday, Iraqi armed forces “entered the town of Baiji … and moved into al-Sinai and al-Tamim neighborhoods and cleared them,” said Staff Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi, the commander of the military units stationed in the area. Following heavy fighting overnight, the Iraqi forces ... Read More »

Bahrain issues 3,500 years of jail terms

The courts in Bahrain have handed down 3,500 years of prison sentences to anti-government protesters over the past three months, the country’s main opposition bloc says. The al-Wefaq National Islamic Association condemned the Manama regime for intensifying its crackdown on dissent, saying the prison terms were passed against 320 people on political charges. The association also said the Manama regime arrested over 300 opposition figures during the three months starting ... Read More »

GOP plans to stop voters in elections

There is a database housed in Arkansas with your name in it … that is, if you live in one of the 28 states participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program. It’s one of the growing components of an aggressive drive across the U.S. by Republicans to stop many Americans from voting. Early voting has already begun in many states in the 2014 U.S. midterm elections. Control of the ... Read More »

US, Turkey still ‘dedicated’ to Assad fall

An American foreign policy expert says the United States and Turkey are still dedicated to the ouster of the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. James George Jatras, former US Senate foreign policy analyst, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Thursday while commenting on a Washington Post report which says Turkey and the US are at odds over Syria. “[T]he divergence of views between Washington ... Read More »

Iran criticizes wrong regional policies

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has criticized the wrong policies adopted by certain countries in the region, blaming those policies for spread of extremism. “Unfortunately, adopting wrong policies in the region in the past has caused the spread of a wave of extremism…which must stop,” the Iranian foreign minister said on Thursday after his arrival in the Chinese capital, Beijing. The Chinese city will host the 4th Ministerial Conference ... Read More »

3rd Century A.H. Quran Copy at Al-Aqsa Mosque

The oldest Quran copy held in Al-Alqsa Mosque dates back to the 3rd century A.H., an official with the library of the mosque said. According to Masdarak website, Uzbaki, who is in charge of the manuscripts of the library, introduced the valuable Quranic works in a seminar titled “Manuscripts of the Holy Quds and Palestine and the Importance of Research on These works and Their publication”. The seminar was held ... Read More »

Australian Shiite Imam: Death Sentence against Saudi Sheikh Nimr Violates Civil and Divine Laws

The death sentence handed to the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqer al-Nimr violates the Divine as well as civil laws, the imam of Al-Reda Mosque in Sydney, Australia said. In an interview, Sheikh Nami Farhat Al-Ameli added that by issuing such a verdict, the Saudi regime seeks to intimidate the opposition and appease the extremists.   Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr was sentenced to death on October 15 by the ... Read More »

Egypt: Al-Azhar Sheikh Invited to Attend Ashura Mourning Ceremony

Egypt: Al-Azhar Sheikh Invited to Attend Ashura Mourning Ceremony

An Egyptian Shia activist has invited Al-Azhar’s Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb to attend the Ashura mourning ceremony at Cairo’s Imam Hussein (AS) Mosque. Sayyid Taher al-Hashemi, who is a member of the Ahl-ul-Bayt World Assembly, asked al-Tayyeb to deliver a speech in the program on the event of Ashura, Bawaba website reported. He also invited Egyptian Awqaf ministry official and members of the country’s Islamic Studies Center to take part in ... Read More »

Saudi Criminal Court sentenced a Shia activist to 9 years in prison

On October 27, the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced the activist ‘Mohammad Salih Abdullah al-Zanadi’, from Awwamiyah town, to 9 years in prison. Al-Zanadi was arrested by a security force on 23 March 2012. He was injured when the force opened fire on him in Jomoma district in Awwmiyah. He was taken to al-Dahran military hospital, then to al-Dahran prison. Al-Zanadi, one of 23 wanted persons on a list ... Read More »