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MEDINA : Four security officers have been killed and five others injured in a suicide attack outside the Prophet's Mosque in Saudi Arabia's Medina, Islam's second holiest city, the Saudi interior ministry said.

Photos on social media show smoke billowing from a fire outside the mosque where Prophet Muhammad is buried.

"Four security guards were martyred and five others wounded as a result of their opposition to the suicide attacker who detonated the explosives near them as he was on his way to the mosque," the ministry said on Twitter.

The blast occurred just before the Maghreb (sunset) prayers on Monday when people were breaking their fast inside the mosque, visited by pilgrims from around the world for the final days of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Qari Ziyaad Patel, 36, from South Africa, was at the mosque when he heard a blast just as the call to prayers was ending.

Many at first thought it was the sound of traditional, celebratory cannon fire, but then he felt the ground shake.

"The vibrations were very strong," he told the AP news agency. "It sounded like a building imploded."

Saudi Arabia's state-run news channel, Al-Ekhbariya, aired live video of thousands of

SINGAPORE - A maid was forced to stand on one leg on a stool while holding another stool in her hand, a court heard on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Indonesian, who goes by the name Fitriyah, said that while she maintained the stance for half an hour, her employer, Tay Wee Kiat, forced a small plastic bottle into her mouth.

Testifying in the trial of IT manager Tay and his wife, Chia Yun Ling, she claimed Tay forced the bizarre punishment onto her after wrongly accusing her of breaking an elephant

BANGKOK : Fifty people were injured on Saturday when the engine on a Bangkok commuter boat exploded, pitching several passengers into one of the city’s canals, emergency officials said. 

The boat was ferrying passengers on a major waterway in the eastern outskirts of the city, which boasts an extensive network of canals teeming with motorised commuter boats during rush hour. 

“As of now, we have 50 injured and sent to five hospitals, of these two are in critical condition,” an official at the

RIYADH : Malaysia’s part in the Saudi Arabia-led military exercise – dubbed “Northern Thunder” – is a show of solidarity between Muslim nations, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Najib said the close relationship between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia was a form of cooperation to thwart various security threats, including the Islamic State, in Malaysia and the region.

“Our involvement in the military exercise shows that we are giving our full support to Saudi.

“It is a sign of

ANKARA : A suicide car bomb ripped through a busy square in central Ankara on Sunday, killing at least 34 people and wounding 125, officials said, the latest in a spate of deadly attacks to hit Turkey. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESRq7VZzo1o

The explosion at 6:45pm (1645 GMT) struck a bus stop near Kizilay square, a bustling commercial area and local transport hub, reducing buses to charred husks and damaging nearby shops.

Officials said the blast was caused by a vehicle packed with

RIYADH : Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak received a warm welcome during his audience with King Salman Abdul Aziz Al-Saud.

Najib said he was pleasantly surprised when Saudi royal family members, cabinet ministers and army top brass attended the luncheon banquet in honour of him and his entourage, on the invitation of the King.

“The ties between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia have reached its highest levels,” Najib said, adding that the warm welcome showed that the Saudi government has the

MAPUTO : The American amateur investigator who found suspected debris from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 told AFP on Thursday that experts must be "cautious" about identifying the piece washed up off Mozambique.

Blaine Gibson, a lawyer from Seattle who has dedicated himself to solving the mystery of the plane's disappearance, explained how he discovered the fragment on a sandbank near the tourist island of Benguerra.

"I was just travelling as a tourist but I have a personal interest

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