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Women were lashed for not covering eyes: Former IS female fighter

Women were lashed for not covering eyes: Former IS female fighterWashington, Oct 07 : A former Islamic State (IS) fighter, who joined the terror group's women's brigade, has reportedly revealed that women were not allowed to show their eyes and were lashed for not adhering to the rules outlined by the terror group.

The 25-year-old fighter, who called herself Khadija, said that the group was responsible for patrolling the streets of Raqqa and ensuring that women abided by the codes of conduct laid down by the IS that banned form-fitting or beaded abayas, reported the CNN.

The squad is called Khansa's brigade and comprises about 25 to 30 women led by commander Umm Hamza, she said.


Floating toll path on Thames to let London cyclists travel without traffic jams

Floating toll path on Thames to let London cyclists travel without traffic jamsWashington, Oct 7 : Artists, architects and engineers have come together with a proposal to create a bike path that would float along roughly seven miles of river Thames, creating protected bike lanes in traffic-clogged London.

The path, which will be called the Thames Deckway, would run east-west along the river's southern bank for about seven miles, from Battersea to Canary Wharf, the Verge reported.


Familiar voices help children better learn languages

Familiar voices help children better learn languagesWashington, Oct 7 : A new study has shown that a familiar voice only helps children to process and understand words they already know well, not new words that aren't in their vocabularies.

The concept, known as the 'familiar talker advantage', comes into play in situations where it is difficult to hear. For example, in a loud or crowded room, adults can better understand those whose voices they already know.


Syrian Al Qaeda plotting to attack US or its allies 'very soon': FBI

James ComeyWashington, Oct 06 - Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey has reportedly said that the Syrian offshoot of Al Qaeda, Khorasan, is plotting to attack the United States or its allies and may do it "very soon."

According to CBS News, Comey conceded that Al Nusra, the Syrian front of Al Qaeda which is now sheltering Khorasan, has experienced terrorists, bomb makers, killers, planners with an international eye, who can wage a global jihad.

He also conceded that about "a dozen" Americans are fighting in the Middle East and cannot be prevented from returning back to the homeland but added that they will be monitored "very carefully."


Now, a prized Clive Christian special edition perfume with a whopping $228K price tag

Clive ChristianNew York, Oct 7 - British perfumer Clive Christian has created a special edition of his No.?1 perfume in the honor of the opening of the Salon de Parfum boutique at Harrods department store in London, which is priced at a whopping 143,000 pounds.

The special-edition crystal bottle is encased in hand-crafted, 24-karat gold lattice-work and also 2,000 individually set diamonds - including two yellow diamonds and a rare pink diamond on the lion emblem, the New York Post reported.

Christian has said on his website that he was inspired to create an iconic bottle as precious as a crown jewel to mark this special event.


IS, Hamas, Iran competing to be dominant militant Islamist group in Middle East: Netanyahu

IS, Hamas, Iran competing to be dominant militant Islamist group in Middle East: NetanyahuWashington, Oct 06 : Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly said that the Islamic State (IS), Hamas and Iran are all competing with each other to be the dominant militant Islamist group in the Middle East.

He further said that the IS has got to be defeated because it's doing what all the other militant Islamists are trying to do. They want to dominate their part of the Middle East and then go after their "twisted" ambition of dominating the world, reported Fox News.


US church to focus on dangers of porn with 'Porn Sunday' sermon

US church to focus on dangers of porn with 'Porn Sunday' sermonWashington, Oct 6 : A church in Virginia will be holding a sermon on the dangers of pornography, called " Porn Sunday ."

Pastor Joel Brown of Church at Hampton Roads, who plans to preach this week about the dangers of pornography, said that pornography baits and switches you and is an addiction that will kill your business, your family, and your relationships, CBS News reported.

The signs promoting the event each one put up by church members, with former porn star Shelley Lubben discussing her experiences, are attracting plenty of attention. (ANI)


Ex-army ranger held by IS militants says afraid to die

Ex-army ranger held by IS militants says afraid to dieNew York, Oct 06 - A former Army Ranger who is held by Islamic State militants in Syria has said in a letter, revealed by his parents, that he is afraid to die.

According to Fox News, his parents had also received a threat by IS extremists that their son would be beheaded.

The parents, Ed and Paula Kassig said in a statement that a former hostage had told them that their son Peter Kassig had voluntarily converted to Islam last year when he had shared a cell with a Syrian Muslim.


As IS withstands US-led air strikes, it may be plotting to take Baghdad, warn analysts

As IS withstands US-led air strikes, it may be plotting to take Baghdad, warn analystsWashington, Oct 06 - The United States-led air strikes targeting the Islamic State (IS) may have prevented the group from advancing in Iraq but analysts suggest that the group may be ramping up operations designed to capture Baghdad one day, a report said.

The IS holds the same number of towns in Iraq today as it did two months ago, when the U.S. started a bombing campaign to whittle down the terror group in Iraq and Syria but analysts believe that it may be planning to take the international airport and begin conquering the capital, section by section, reported The Washington Times.


Mahatma Modi to Modi as India's Ronald Reagan - a first hand account of 'Modimania' from Ground Zero

Mahatma Modi to Modi as India's Ronald Reagan - a first hand account of 'Modimania' from Ground ZeroNew York, Oct. 5 - Modi mania gripped New York as soon as he arrived in city to attend the 69th session of the UNGA.

"Modi Modi Modi" chants, which had captured the imagination of India and the world during a high decibel general elections held earlier this year, rippled and reverberated in New York like Mexican Wave, as the Prime Minister PM opted to disembark from his tightly guarded cavalcade to shake hands with his fans in almost all locations that he visited during his recent visit.


UN report says IS putting literal price tags on abducted girls

UN report says IS putting literal price tags on abducted girlsWashington, Oct 04 : The United Nations human rights report claims that militants of the Islamic State (IS) are literally putting price tags on abducted women and girls to sell them as merchandise in a major Iraqi city.

According to ABC News, the UN report says that UNAMI/OHCHR received a number of reports that an office for the sale of abducted women was opened in the al-Quds area of Mosul city.

The report said that women and girls were brought with price tags for the buyers to choose and negotiate the sale.

These buyers are reportedly said to be mostly youth belonging to the local communities.


Hillary Clinton advices granddaughter to pursue passion

Hillary Clinton advices granddaughter to pursue passionWashington, Oct 4 : Hillary Clinton recently advised her granddaughter Charlotte in a speech at a women's conference about pursuing her passions.

The former Secretary of State was recently lauded at the event, for her beauty, to which she responded that it could be her 'grandmother glow,' People magazine reported.

The 66-year-old kept at it by wishing for her granddaughter, to do her best, learn from mistakes and be kind.

Clinton also spoke of woman and girl empowerment at her Chelsea 'passion project.'(ANI)


Dalai Lama in informal talks with China over possible return to Tibet

Dalai LamaWashington, Oct 3 : The Dalai Lama has hinted that he is in informal talks with China over his possible return to Tibet after more than half a century in exile.

The Washington Post reports that the Dalai Lama, 79, sat down for an interview in his temple in the north Indian town of Dharmsala before a celebration of the 25th anniversary of his Nobel Peace Prize, after a month of media speculation of a thaw between the exiled leader and the Chinese government.

The Dalai Lama also praised Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying that he was a more "realistic" and "open-minded" leader than his predecessors.


Mumbai native dies in bus crash in US

New York - An Indian woman succumbed to the injuries she sustained in a fatal tour bus crash last week in Delaware state in the US, the third victim of the accident.

Jyostina Poojari, 43, from Mumbai was a passenger on the tour bus that crashed on September 21.

She sustained multiple traumatic injuries and was transported to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center in Newark where she remained in critical condition.

She was pronounced dead yesterday, Sergeant Paul Shavack of the Delaware State Police said in a statement.

Poojari was the third female passenger who died from injuries sustained in the fatal tour bus crash.


Iran delays execution of woman accused of stabbing attempted rapist to death

Iran delays execution of woman accused of stabbing attempted rapist to deathWashington, Oct 01 - Iran has reportedly postponed the execution of a woman who was to be put to death on Tuesday for allegedly killing her attempted rapist.

According to FOX News, the mother of Rayhaneh Jabbari, 26, said that the execution was postponed at the last minute and that word came after Pakravan and other supporters of Jabbari went to Rajaiy Shahr Prison to protest the pending execution, and after Jabbari's farewell.


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