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Families invoke Trump for JASTA support

WASHINGTON, Dec 1, (AP): The families of Sept 11 victims are voicing their stern opposition to a proposed change to a new law that allows them to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged backing of the attackers, invoking the support of President-elect Donald Trump for their cause. In a statement …

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Ohio knife attacker ‘nice guy’ – More mosques receive hate-filled letters from Calif

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec 1, (Agencies): The Somali-born student who injured nearly a dozen people in a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University showed few signs of bitterness despite what must have been a difficult early life and even danced onto the stage when he graduated from community college. Abdul Razak …

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Deep IS role seen in Bangladesh massacre – Middle East-based group approved cafe attack

DHAKA, Dec 1, (RTRS): Before Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury orchestrated Bangladesh’s worst militant attack, he sought and won approval for it from Islamic State. A Canadian of Bangladeshi origin, he was told by his contact in the militant group, Abu Terek Mohammad Tajuddin Kausar, to target foreigners, according to a senior …

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Let women drive: Prince Alwaleed – ‘Using foreign drivers drain billions from Saudi economy’

HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud has tweeted on the topic of women driving in Saudi Arabia: Stop the debate: Time for women to drive. Prince Alwaleed and Saudi Women Driving: It is High Time that Saudi Women Started Driving their Cars It is high time that Saudi …

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‘Jihadist soldier behind attack’ – Ohio State ‘changed’ by tragedy

CHICAGO, Nov 30, (Agencies): The Somali student who wounded 11 people in a car-ramming and knife attack on an Ohio university campus was a “soldier” of the Islamic State group, a jihadist-linked news agency said Tuesday. The Amaq agency said the rampage by Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a logistics student …

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Manila holds 2 over bomb

MANILA, Nov 30, (AFP): Philippine police have detained two men for an attempted bombing this week near the US embassy that has been blamed on Islamic State sympathisers, an official said Wednesday. Other alleged plotters are still being hunted over the powerful bomb found planted in a trash can near …

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Egypt passes new law clamping down on rights groups

CAIRO (AP) — The Egyptian parliament on Tuesday approved a new law regulating non-governmental organizations that gives security agencies extensive power over the financing and activities of NGOs and rights groups. Rights organizations condemned the law as one of Egypt’s most repressive ever on civil society, saying it would effectively …

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Brazil footballers killed in crash – Soccer community plunged into mourning

LA UNION, Colombia/CHAPECO, Brazil, Nov 29, (RTRS): A charter plane carrying Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense to the biggest game in its history crashed in the Colombian mountains after an electrical fault, killing 75 people on board, authorities said on Tuesday. Colombia’s worst air disaster in two decades killed all but …

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India launches new tax amnesty scheme

NEW DELHI, Nov 29, (RTRS): Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday unveiled a scheme to give tax dodgers another chance to come clean, as he sought to bring billions of dollars worth of undeclared income into the mainstream economy. The move follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to scrap …

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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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