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Riyadh plans new labor scheme – Saudi women to see marriage contracts

RIYADH, May 3, (Agencies): Saudi Arabia’s government plans a new set of labor quotas and incentives to reduce unemployment as it tries to wean its economy off oil exports, Labor Minister Mufrej al-Haqbani said on Tuesday. The changes are part of a wider reform plan announced last week by Deputy …

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Binladin Group lays off 77,000

RIYADH, May 2, (AFP): One of Saudi Arabia’s most powerful firms, the Saudi Binladin Group, has laid off 77,000 foreign workers, a Saudi daily reported on Monday, citing an anonymous company official. Saudi Binladin Group confirmed to AFP that some staff have been let go, but gave no numbers. The …

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CIA ‘live tweets’ bin Laden raid – Brennan eyes IS head

WASHINGTON, May 2, (AFP): The CIA has marked the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden by live-tweeting — with a fiveyear delay — the raid by US special forces on the al-Qaeda founder’s compound in Pakistan. Using the hashtag #UBLRaid, the CIA blasted out updates of the May …

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Sahel jihadists resort to soft targets: France

N’DJAMENA, May 2, (AFP): The commander of a French anti-jihadist force in Africa’s northern Sahel says Islamist insurgents are hitting soft targets elsewhere after losing the initiative in the region. General Patrick Brethous said groups were now selecting easy targets beyond the reach of his Operation Barkhane because they had …

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French journo infiltrates jihadist cell for 6 months – ‘Allah’s Soldiers’ gives an insight into minds of young jihadists

PARIS, May 2, (AFP): A French journalist infiltrated a cell of would be jihadists, filming them with a hidden camera as they plotted an attack in the name of the Islamic State group, before they were arrested, he told AFP. The journalist, a Muslim using the pseudonym Said Ramzi, carried …

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Yemen talks suspended

KUWAIT CITY, May 1, (AFP): Yemen’s government temporarily suspended Sunday its participation in talks with Iran-backed rebels in protest at their takeover of a military base and continued ceasefi re violations, offi cials said. “The delegation of the republic of Yemen has suspended its participation in Kuwait talks because of …

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Bombings kill 31 as Baghdad grapples with political crisis

BAGHDAD, May 1, (AP): Two car bombs in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah on Sunday killed 31 people and wounded dozens, the latest in a series of large attacks claimed by the Islamic State group as the country grapples with a worsening political crisis. The attacks came the day …

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Islamist group Shebab kills 16 Somali troops, retakes town – Militants use suicide car bomb to penetrate military base

MOGADISHU, May 1, (Agencies): Al Shebab insurgents killed 16 Somali soldiers and retook a town northeast of the capital Mogadishu on Sunday, just one day after it had fallen to government forces, the military said. The Islamist group, which wants to topple Somalia’s Western-backed government, said it had killed 32 …

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Abu Sayyaf frees 10 Indonesians

MANILA, Philippines, May 1, (AP): Abu Sayyaf militants have freed 10 Indonesian crewmen who were seized at sea in March in the first of three attacks on tugboats that have sparked a regional maritime security alarm, officials said Sunday. The Indonesians appeared to be in good health when they were …

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UK strikes in Iraq and Syria kill 1,000 IS fighters – MoD

LONDON, April 30, (Agencies): British air strikes have killed nearly 1,000 fighters of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq in the past 18 months, according to new Ministry of Defence figures. Figures released under Freedom of Information laws revealed 974 militants were killed in Royal Air Force (RAF) …

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