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Tunisians protest murder blamed on Israel

Tunis, Dec 20, 2016 (AFP) – Hundreds protested in Tunis on Tuesday over the murder of a Tunisian engineer last week that Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas has blamed on Israel. Mohamed Zaouari, 49, was murdered at the wheel of his car outside his house in Tunisia’s second city Sfax on …

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Cricket: Cook dismisses captaincy talk after India mauling

Chennai, India, Dec 20, 2016 (AFP) – England’s Alastair Cook Tuesday dismissed talk about the future of his captaincy after his team’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of India, saying it was not the right time to make such decisions. Cook’s side dramatically collapsed in the final session of day …

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Malaysia arrests seven for suspected links to militant groups

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Malaysian police said on Tuesday they have arrested seven people, including four foreigners, for suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) militant group and for planning attacks in Malaysia and abroad. Authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia have revoked the passports of scores of citizens identified …

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Americans who experience hot weather more likely to believe in global warming

Miami, Dec 19, 2016 (AFP) – Americans who experience hot weather are more likely to believe global warming is real, while those in colder climates are more likely to be doubters, said a US study Monday. Researchers looked at US beliefs about climate change on a county-by-county basis, and compared …

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India court sentences militants to death over twin blasts

New Delhi, Dec 19, 2016 (AFP) – An Indian court Monday sentenced two alleged leaders of a homegrown militant group and three others to death over twin bomb blasts in 2013 that killed 18 people. Yasin Bhatkal, his brother Riyaz — alleged co-founders of the Indian Mujahideen — and three …

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Indonesia prosecutor says Christian governor broke blasphemy law

JAKARTA, Dec 20 (Reuters) – An Indonesian court will decide next week whether to push forward with a controversial blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor, who is accused of insulting the Koran, a judge told a hearing on Tuesday. Several hundred Muslim protesters stood outside the Jakarta court, calling for …

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Muslim prayer hall shooter search halted – Swiss police

Geneva, Dec 20, 2016 (AFP) – Swiss police said Tuesday they had halted a search for a shooter who injured three men in a Muslim prayer hall in Zurich, after identifying a body near the scene. “The perpetrator of the shooting at the Islamic Centre in Zurich on Monday has …

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Police arrests individual shooting at US embassy in Ankara

ANKARA, Dec 20 (KUNA) — An armed individual, who opened fire at the US embassy in the Turkish capital, was disarmed and arrested by the police, said a security source Tuesday. According to the Anadolu Agency, a police source said that the perpetrator was seen committing the act near the …

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12 killed in ‘probable terrorist attack’ in Berlin Christmas market

Berlin, Dec 20, 2016 (AFP) – German police said Tuesday they were treating as “a probable terrorist attack” the killing of 12 people when a lorry ploughed through a packed Berlin Christmas market. Dozens more were wounded Monday when the truck tore through the crowd, smashing through wooden stalls and …

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Shots outside US embassy in Turkey after Russia envoy killed

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish police on Tuesday detained a man who fired shots in front of the U.S. embassy in Ankara, several hours after the Russian ambassador to Turkey was killed in an attack. The man took out a pump action shotgun he hid in his coat and fired …

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