$0.60 for cake: Al-Qaeda records every expense

  • TIMBUKTU: The convoy of cars bearing the black Al-Qaeda flag came at high speed, and the manager of the modest grocery store thought he was about to get robbed.Mohamed Djitteye rushed to lock his till and cowered behind the counter. He was dumbfounded when instead, the Al-Qaeda commander gently...
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$2bn fund to drive growth in Muslim world

  • A $2 billion Islamic Development Bank Infrastructure Fund II (known as the “IDB Fund II“) was launched on the occasion of the bank’s 40th anniversary, said Ahmad Mohamed Ali, president of the IDB Group.The IDB Fund II is the largest private equity infrastructure fund dedicated to the 56-member...
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$800M Etisalat payment row ‘will be amicably resolved’ with new Pakistani government

  • KARACHI: The issue of a long overdue payment of $800 million to Pakistan by UAE telecoms company Etisalat will be resolved when the new Pakistani government comes to power, according to Bakheet Ateeq Al-Romaithi, the acting consul general of the UAE in Karachi. The payment is related to the 200...
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'A few dozen' US troops deployed to Somalia: Pentagon

  • WASHINGTON: The United States is deploying “a few dozen” troops to Somalia to assist the national army and conduct unspecified security operations, a US military spokeswoman said Saturday. The soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, a light infantry unit trained for air assaults, will mainl...
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'Al-Qaeda' gunman takes hostages at French bank

  • TOULOUSE, France: A gunman took four people hostage Thursday in a bank in the southern French city of Toulouse and fired a shot, police said. French television reported that he claimed allegiance to the Al-Qaeda terrorist group....
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'Father of Taleban' backs polio vaccines in Pakistan

  • PESHAWAR, Pakistan: A radical Pakistani religious scholar known as the “Father of the Taleban” has issued a fatwa urging parents to immunize their children against polio and other fatal diseases, adding that vaccinations comply with Islamic law....
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'India needs stronger law to tackle corruption'

  • THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: India has strong legal framework for fighting crimes in the society and eradicating corruption, but it’s not enough to cleanse the system, Oommen Chandy, the chief minister of the southern Indian state of Kerala, said on Saturday....
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'Jihadist' found guilty of destroying Timbuktu monuments

  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands: An international court on Tuesday found a Muslim radical guilty of committing a war crime by overseeing the destruction of historic mausoleums in the Malian desert city of Timbuktu, and sentenced him to nine years in prison.Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, a former teacher, had...
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'Mali crisis one of biggest challenges facing Africa'

  • ADDIS ABABA: African leaders focused Saturday on the continent’s hotspots ahead of a two-day meeting here in Ethiopia where they will try to agree on a new head of the African Union’s executive arm.The last AU summit here in January failed to agree on a chair for the AU Commission after South...
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'No deal' on doctor jailed for leading US to Osama bin Laden

  • ISLAMABAD: To Americans, he is the hero who helped them hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden. To Pakistanis, he is a villain who betrayed his country. On one thing, however, both countries are agreed; Dr Shakil Afridi will not be released from prison any time soon....
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