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March 6, 2016 10:56 AM LOCAL >Police forcefully disperse Zaman media group supporters

Turkish police dispersed a crowd of Zaman media group supporters on March 5, a day after an Istanbul court appointed a trustee panel to seize control of the group which has links to U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who is accused of leading a “terrorist organization” aiming to topple the government. Police used tear gas to disperse the supporters 4

March 5, 2016 10:28 AM Lula arrest may be last straw for Brazil's current government

On the streets of Brazil, opinion divided on guilt of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva In Brazil, when you arrest a former president who's loved by roughly half the country and hated by the other half, this is what you get: a pitched battle between groups of protesters outside the house of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, known to all as Lula. Some protesters 6

March 3, 2016 2:20 PM Terror in Turkey as two armed women are shot dead in police siege after opening fire in the street then barricading themselves inside government building in Istanbul

This is the dramatic moment two women opened fire and threw grenades on the streets of Istanbul before being shot dead in a police siege. The attackers targeted a riot police bus with what appeared to be a machine gun and hurled explosives as it drove towards a station in the Bayrampasa district of the city. Police returned fire, injuring one of the militants 45 1

March 1, 2016 2:12 PM Oscars 2016: The night Leonardo DiCaprio did not take for granted!

Leonardo DiCaprio had a big bash after winning his first Oscar for his role in The Revenant. Leo organised a private party at an undisclosed location. The 41-year-old invited close friends from the Hollywood circle which included stars such Lenny Kravitz, Ben Affleck and Richie Akiva. After being snubbed five times, Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar 16

February 29, 2016 9:02 PM Suicide bombings kill 40 in eastern Iraq, eight west of Baghdad

BAGHDAD At least 40 people were killed by a suicide bomber at a funeral in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala while a suicide blast at a security checkpoint in Baghdad's western outskirts killed eight members of the security forces, police said on Monday. The larger attack in Muqdadiya, 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Baghdad, killed six local commanders 2

February 29, 2016 4:29 PM Salman Taseer murder: Protests after Pakistan hangs Mumtaz Qadri

Thousands of people have protested across Pakistan following the execution of the former police bodyguard who shot dead Punjab's governor. Mumtaz Qadri was hailed as a hero by Islamists after killing Salman Taseer over his opposition to blasphemy laws in Islamabad in 2011. His supporters took to the streets in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and also blocked 6

February 29, 2016 3:48 PM Pakistan hangs man convicted of killing former governor, sparking tensions

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan on Monday hanged the convicted killer of a former governor, shot in 2011 by his bodyguard who accused him of blasphemy, officials said. The execution triggered protests in several cities denouncing the hanging after some religious and political leaders, as well as militant groups, publicly defended the killer. Most schools closed 17

February 29, 2016 12:52 PM Thousands protest in Pakistan as governor's killer is hanged

Thousands protested in Pakistani cities Monday against the execution of a man hailed by hardline Islamists as a hero for killing a provincial governor who was seeking reform of the blasphemy law. Protests against the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri were held in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and several smaller cities, with demonstrators burning tyres and chanting 20

February 29, 2016 11:28 AM Pakistan hangs ex-governor's killer, sparking tensions

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Monday hanged the convicted killer of a former governor, shot in 2011 by his bodyguard who accused him of blasphemy, officials said. The execution triggered protests in several cities denouncing the hanging after some religious and political leaders, as well as militant groups, publicly defended the killer. Most schools closed 22

February 29, 2016 2:16 AM Muqtada al-Sadr returns as Iraq battles chaos

The influential Shia cleric now positions himself as an ally to a weak Prime Minister, and as a nationalist in the face of Iran’s growing role. They came from the slums of this city’s underclass, the alleyways and the simple halls of the seminary in the Shia holy city of Najaf, and the outer reaches of the rural south. They waved Iraqi flags and demanded 2