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Saudi man divorces wife for ignoring WhatsApp messages

Saudi man divorces wife for ignoring WhatsApp messages

A Saudi man has divorced his wife of two years after she ignored his Whatsapp messages despite being an avid smartphone user, reports a UAE based English daily. The husband, in his 30s, was frustrated by his wife’s seemingly endless interest in using her phone for chatting with friends and family, the Gulf News...

ISIS chief calls for attacks on Saudi Arabia

ISIS chief calls for attacks on Saudi Arabia

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the so called Islamic State (ISIS), has purportedly issued a defiant call for followers to “erupt volcanoes of jihad everywhere”, specially on Saudi Arabia. The 17-minute audio recording, in which he vowed to fight to the last man, was his first public statement since Iraqi officials reported he...

IS leader urges attacks in Saudi Arabia

IS leader urges attacks in Saudi Arabia

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks against the rulers of Saudi Arabia in a speech purported to be in his name on Thursday, saying his self-declared caliphate was expanding there and in four other Arab countries. Baghdadi also said a US-led military campaign against his group in Syria and Iraq was...

5 killed in Saudi shootout during Ashura

5 killed in Saudi shootout during Ashura

Gunmen shot dead at least five people in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province on Tuesday in an attack on Shia Muslims during one of their most important religious festivals, the state news agency SPA reported. Nine people were wounded by the unidentified attackers late on Monday night in al-Dalwah village in al-Ahsa district, a police...

5 Bangladeshi workers killed in KSA road crash

5 Bangladeshi workers killed in KSA road crash

At least five Bangladeshi workers were killed, two injured as two passenger vehicles collided head-on in Mecca city of Saudi Arabia today. The victims are initially identified as Faridul Alam, 45, Md Alam, 36, Ayub, 30, Mansur Alam, 30, and Najir Hossain, 35, Md Mokammal Hossain, a counsellor at Bangladesh Consulate in Jeddah told The Daily Star over phone this evening. All of them hailed from Edigaon unioin under Sadar upazila of Cox’s Bazar.

Yemen bombing death toll rises to 67

Yemen bombing death toll rises to 67

Suicide bombers targeting Yemen's powerful Shi'ite Houthi group and an army camp killed at least 67 people in two separate attacks on Thursday, hours after a political crisis forced the new prime minister to step down. At least 47 people were killed, including four children, when a suicide bomber detonated a belt packed with...

Hit extremists with 'iron hand': Top Saudi cleric

Hit extremists with 'iron hand': Top Saudi cleric

Muslim leaders must strike the enemies of Islam with "an iron hand", Saudi Arabia's top cleric said during Friday prayers, in apparent condemnation of the Islamic State jihadist group. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh's comments came after Saudi Arabia and four other Arab nations joined the United States in aerial bombardment of the ISIS militants in Syria. Speaking to Muslims from around the world in an address during the annual hajj pilgrimage, the mufti called on fellow Islamic leaders to "hit with an iron hand the enemies of Islam." The ISIS group has declared a "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq where they have committed a spate of atrocities including crucifixions and...

Hajj in prayers, tears

Hajj in prayers, tears

Tears flowed and prayers filled the air as the annual Muslim hajj by close to two million believers from around the world reached its zenith on a vast plain in western Saudi Arabia yesterday. "I am now a newborn baby and I don't have any sin," Nigerian pilgrim Taofik Odunewu told AFP, standing at...

Statement of Latif Siddique is his own: Inu

Statement of Latif Siddique is his own: Inu

Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu said that the statement of Abdul Latif Siddique was his own and that he alone would bear responsibility for it. The government has nothing to do with it. "What he had said in a discussion with the Tangail Association of New York is absolutely his personal opinion. The government...

Remittance rises 16pc in Aug from year ago

Remittance rises 16pc in Aug from year ago

Inward remittances accelerated 16 percent to $1.16 billion in August, compared to the same month a year ago. However, remittances fell 22.14 percent in August from a record $1.49 billion in the previous month, data from Bangladesh Bank shows. The record remittance receipts in July prompted rating agency Moody's to raise its growth forecast for Bangladesh for this fiscal year to 6 percent from 5.8 percent. “The rebound in remittance inflows helps consumption and will enable Bangladesh to maintain its relatively strong economic growth performance this year,” Moody's said in a recent report. “The improvement is credit positive for Bangladesh (Ba3 stable) because it suggests a bolstering of the sovereign's external payments position,...

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