Police ban planned Quran burning protest in Norway | NATO News

Oslo police Inspector Martin Strand says demonstration in Norwegian capital ‘can’t go ahead due to security concerns’. Police in Norway have banned a planned protest including the burning of a copy of the Islamic holy book, the Quran, hours after the Turkish foreign ministry summoned the Norwegian ambassador to complain. A group of protesters planned … Read more

House passes resolution to remove Ilhan Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee

CNN  —  The Republican-led House of Representatives voted on Thursday to pass a resolution to remove Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee. House Republicans have argued Omar should not serve on the committee in light of past statements she has made related to Israel that in some cases been criticized … Read more

French forces seize shipment of weapons headed from Iran to Yemen | News

Officials say the seizure happened in January, with the weapons set for Yemen’s Houthi rebels. French naval forces in January seized thousands of assault rifles, machineguns and anti-tank missiles headed from Iran to Yemen, officials have told the Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press news agency, the latest such incident amid the country’s long-running … Read more

Pakistan’s economy is on the brink

Islamabad/London CNN  —  Muhammad Radaqat, a 27-year-old greengrocer, is worried. He doesn’t know how much an onion will cost next week, let alone how he’ll be able to afford the fuel he needs to heat his home and keep his family warm. “All we’re being told by the government is that things are going to … Read more

Iran accuses Israel of launching drone attack on weapons facility

Permanent Representative of Iran Amir Saeid Iravani at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on December 14, 2022. Yuki Iwamura | Afp | Getty Images Iran’s government is accusing Israel of carrying out a drone strike on a weapons factory near the central Iranian city of Isfahan. The strike, which took place on … Read more

US presses PA to accept plan to quash Palestinian armed groups | Israel-Palestine conflict News

The top diplomat of the United States, Antony Blinken, has put pressure on Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to “regain control” of Jenin and Nablus in the occupied West Bank, according to a report, putting responsibility for the escalating violence in the territory on the Palestinians, despite continued Israeli raids which have killed at … Read more

Peshawar suicide bomber was Pakistani Taliban disguised as policeman, official says

Islamabad, Pakistan CNN  —  The suicide bomber who targeted a mosque inside a police compound in Peshawar, killing more than 80 people, was a member of the Pakistani Taliban disguised as a policeman, a senior official said Thursday. CCTV footage shows the suspected bomber arriving at a police checkpoint on a scooter Monday, asking a … Read more

Israel targets Gaza with airstrikes after intercepting rocket attack

CNN  —  Israel carried out airstrikes in Gaza early on Thursday after intercepting a rocket attack from the coastal enclave, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said. In a Twitter post, the IDF said Israeli fighter jets targeted a chemical production site and a weapons manufacturing facility owned by Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that runs … Read more

Israel launches air raids on Gaza after rocket fire | Israel-Palestine conflict News

Powerful explosions shake buildings and light up the night sky as Israel bombs Gaza. The Israeli military has launched air raids on the besieged Gaza Strip, as fears over escalating violence continue in the region. The attacks early on Thursday come in the wake of a deadly Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank city … Read more

Pakistan mosque attack: Suspects arrested after killing of over 100 people

CNN  —  Several suspects have been arrested in connection with Monday’s suicide bomb blast in a mosque in Pakistan’s northern city of Peshawar that killed more than 100 people. More arrests will take place following a major police investigation into the attack that injured another 217 people, Peshawar Police Chief Mohammad Aijaz Khan said. Authorities … Read more