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‘Terrorism’ eyed in Ohio attack – Police seek more info

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov 29, (AP): Investigators are looking into whether a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University that injured 11 people was an act of terror by a student who had once criticized the media for its portrayal of Muslims. The attacker, identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, plowed his …

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Iraq claims nearly 1,000 militants killed – Nearly half of eastern Mosul liberated

BARTELLA, Iraq, Nov 28, (RTRS): Iraqi special forces battling to clear Islamic State from eastern Mosul have killed nearly 1,000 militants but fighting has slowed as troops face a mobile enemy hidden among thousands of civilians in the city, a top commander said. Six weeks into a major offensive, Iraqi …

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Indian IT firms rush to hire – Tighter US visa regime feared under Trump

BENGALURU, Nov 28, (RTRS): Anticipating a more protectionist US technology visa programme under a Donald Trump administration, India’s $150 billion IT services sector will speed up acquisitions in the United States and recruit more heavily from college campuses there. Indian companies including Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys and Wipro have …

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Manila defuses Embassy bomb

MANILA, Nov 28, (AFP): Police defused a bomb near the US embassy in the Philippine capital Monday, with militants who had declared allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group likely behind the attempted terrorist attack, authorities said. A taxi passenger dropped the mortar bomb with a mobile phone detonator in …

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Kuwait City ranks among top ten cities in the ME, N. Africa

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 27: In a new survey by Bayt.com titled ‘Top Cities in the Middle East and North Africa’, Kuwait City ranked among in the Top 10 Cities to live in. In Kuwait City, 40% of the citizens were happy about their current city of residence, and 19% were …

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Troops fire artillery at militants – Over 17,000 residents flee Mindanao island

BUTIG, Philippines, Nov 27, (AFP): Troops Sunday fired artillery at positions held by an Islamic militant faction in the southern Philippines as more soldiers deployed against the group, which staged a deadly bombing in President Rodrigo Duterte’s home city. Troops used 105 mm artillery to blast the positions of the …

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Cubans mourn Castro – US-Cuban thaw future uncertain

HAVANA, Nov 27, (Agencies): Cuba mourned its revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Sunday, as the communist island prepared to bid farewell to the towering giant of its modern history with memorials and a four-day funeral procession. After the stunned commotion triggered by Saturday’s announcement that Castro, 90, had died, Sunday …

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Former leader Fidel Castro dies – Revolutionary icon who defi ed US for 50 yrs

HAVANA, Nov 26, (Agencies): Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied US efforts to topple him, died on Friday. He was 90. A towering figure of the second half of the 20th Century, Castro …

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ISIS-linked militants under siege in town – Two soldiers wounded

MANILA, Philippines, Nov 26, (Agencies): Up to 100 Islamist militants from a group behind a deadly bombing in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s home city were on Saturday under siege in a remote mountain town, officials said. Residents of Butig, which has a population of 17,000, have fled after the IS-linked …

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Saudi arrests IS follower accused of killing officer

RIYADH, Nov 26, (Agencies): Saudi Arabia on Saturday revealed the identity of a man it accuses of killing a soldier last week, saying he confessed to being a follower of the Islamic State jihadist group. An interior ministry spokesman said the assailant was captured three days after shooting dead soldier …

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