WASHINGTON: On Wednesday, the secretary of state Rex Tillerson stated that the United States is willing to work with Russia on establishing “no-fly zones” in Syria as part of a joint effort to stabilize the war-ravaged country..
In a wide-ranging statement, Tillerson said Russia had a “special responsibility” to help create stability on the ground — or risk hobbling the fight against the Islamic State group.
DUBAI: On Monday Emirates and Turkish Airways said they have also been exempted from a US ban on laptops in airplane cabins, joining Etihad in satisfying American security concerns that had cut into the long-haul carriers’ business.
It still unclear that how the airlines addressed fears that the Islamic State or other militant groups might smuggle explosives in electronic devices. But in Turkey, authorities now use CT scanners to take cross-section images of passengers’ electronics just before they board airplanes heading to the US. Continue reading
Islamabad : Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, who designated a global terrorist by the US, appeared for a TV interview on Monday in which he claimed terror attacks on India in the past, and also warned that his outfit could strike Indian targets anywhere, any time.
“Our focus is on Indian occupation forces, their movement and installations. It is against our code of conduct to target civilians or public places,“ he said. “In all operations we have carried out or are under way , we focus only on installations of these occupational forces,“ said Salahuddin, who had threatened in September 2016 to turn the Kashmir valley “into a graveyard for Indian forces“ in an exclusive interview to TOI. Continue reading
MOSCOW/KIEV: A ransomware attack hit computers across the world on Tuesday, taking out servers at Russia’s biggest oil company, disrupting operations at Ukrainian banks, and other multinational firms.
Cyber security experts said those behind the attack, dubbed GoldenEye, appeared to have exploited the same tool used in the WannaCry hack. India’s cyber security agency chief Sanjay Bahl said the country had not been affected.
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Hoping to get an accurate count of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the United States, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Friday launched a mobile app allowing victims to report bias incidents.
The group launched its Making Democracy Work for Everyone app a month after it reported a 44 percent surge in the number of hate crimes reported by U.S. Muslims last year. Concerned that the 260 hate crimes CAIR learnt of last year represent just a fraction of the actual total, the group intends the app to increase reporting. Continue reading
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The Donald Trump administration has approved the sale of 22 unarmed drones for naval surveillance to India ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to the US.
The approval was announced by the manufacturer on Friday.
“We are pleased that the US government has cleared the way for the sale of the MQ-9B Guardian to the Indian government,” General Atomics Aeronautical Systems chief executive Linden Blue said in a statement.
The drones will cost an estimated $2 billion and India will be the first country outside Nato to acquire them. Continue reading