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Delhi expels Pak official

NEW DELHI, Oct 27, (Agencies): India announced Thursday it was expelling a Pakistani visa official for suspected spying after he was briefly detained carrying sensitive defence documents, with tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours already running high. New Delhi police said the official had been recruiting Indian nationals for two and …

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Abu Sayyaf pockets $7.3m – Kidnap for ransom

MANILA, Philippines, Oct 27, (AP): Abu Sayyaf pocketed at least 353 million pesos ($7.3 million) from ransom kidnappings in the first six months of the year and have turned to abductions of foreign tugboat crewmen as military offensives restricted the militants’ mobility, a confidential Philippine government report said. The joint …

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‘Girls’ in Bangladesh forced into marriage – Education deprived

DHAKA, Oct 25, (RTRS): It was after fl oods washed away her family’s river-front land in Bangladesh’s northern Jamalpur district that Brishti Rafiq’s widowed father brought her to live in Dhaka. “We couldn’t survive like that. We had no property or anything,” she said of her former home. She was …

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Somali extremist gunmen kill 12 ‘non-Muslims’ in northern Kenya – Attackers used grenades, homemade explosives

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 25, (Agencies): Islamic extremist gunmen from neighboring Somalia killed 12 people in an attack on non-Muslims in Kenya’s northern Mandera County, an official said Tuesday. Somalia’s al-Shebab rebels claimed the responsibility for the early-morning attack on the Bishaaro Guest House, saying its fighters targeted Christians, according to …

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Extremists kill 61 in Pakistan attack

QUETTA, Pakistan, Oct 25, (AFP): Pakistan on Tuesday mourned the killing of at least 61 people in a brutal gun and suicide bomb assault on a police academy, the deadliest attack on a security installation in the country’s history. Three masked gunmen burst into the sprawling academy in the southwest, …

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Amir condoles death in Qatar

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 24, (Agencies): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable of condolences Sunday to Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, on demise of Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al- Thani who passed away earlier, at the age of 84. In his cable, His …

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Gunmen kill intel officer in Pakistan – IS claims responsibility

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct 24, (AFP): Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead an intelligence officer in northwest Pakistan on Monday, police said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Akbar Ali, an intelligence sub-inspector, was on his way to work and waiting at a bus stop near his …

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France clears Calais ‘Jungle’ – Camp symbol of failed migration policies

CALAIS, France, Oct 24, (RTRS): France began clearing the sprawling “Jungle” migrant camp on Monday as hundreds gave up on their dreams of reaching Britain, a tantalisingly short sea crossing away. Following sporadic outbreaks of unrest overnight, the migrants chose instead with calm resignation to be relocated in France while …

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Kurds gain on Mosul

ERBIL, Oct 23, (RTRS): Kurdish fighters said they had taken the town of Bashiqa near Mosul from Islamic State on Sunday as coalition forces pressed their offensive against the jihadists’ last stronghold in Iraq. Masoud Barzani, President of the Iraqi Kurdish region, told US Defense Secretary Ash Carter that the …

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US ‘warns’ on Istanbul risks

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct 23, (AFP): The United States has warned its citizens of the potential risk of terror attack or attempted kidnapping of foreigners in Istanbul, which has been rocked by several bombings this year. The consulate in Istanbul said in a message late Saturday that extremist groups continued their …

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