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International

Pope issues Christmas Day prayer for Syria, Libya peace – Call for unity against militant atrocities

VATICAN CITY, Dec 25, (Agencies): Pope Francis issued a Christmas Day prayer that recent UN-backed peace processes for Syria and Libya will quickly end the suffering of their people. He denounced the “monstrous evil” and atrocities they have endured and praised the countries that have taken in their refugees. Speaking …

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200 Shebab fighters pledge allegiance to IS – Kenya warns of Islamic attack threat as Shebab ‘split’

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 25, (Agencies): About 200 Islamic extremist fighters have split from Somalia’s Al-Shebab rebels, who are allied to al-Qaeda, and have instead pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, Kenya’s police chief said Thursday. The splinter group is operating around the Somali border in Kenya’s north, and has …

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Attacks cast pall over Christmas – Threats around the world

PARIS, Dec 25, (Agencies): It was a subdued Christmas Eve in Paris on Thursday, with tourist numbers down, security bolstered at shops and churches, and locals still on edge after last month’s jihadist attacks. Heavily armed soldiers patrolled outside the iconic Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores in the city …

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25 perish in Saudi hospital fire – 123 injured; HH Amir cables condolences to King Salman

RIYADH, Dec 24, (Agencies): A fire ripped through a hospital in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, killing at least 25 people and injuring 123, the authorities said. The blaze broke out in the intensive care unit and the maternity department of the Jazan General Hospital in the kingdom’s south, the civil …

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Obama says praying for ‘persecuted’ Christians

HONOLULU, Dec 24, (RTRS): President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he and his wife Michelle are praying for persecuted Christians as the world prepares to celebrate Christmas. Obama noted that the Islamic State’s occupation of some areas will mean Christians there will have to keep their beliefs and celebrations …

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Syrian ‘jihadist’ brothers arrested in Austria – 18 migrants drown off Turkey

ANKARA, Dec 24, (Agencies): At least 18 migrants drowned when their overcrowded boat sank in the Aegean Sea on Thursday on the way to the Greek island of Lesbos in the latest tragedy involving refugees seeking to enter Europe. The wooden boat capsized in high waves two miles off the …

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Fearful Christmas for Syrian Christian town threatened by IS

SADAD, Syria, Dec 24, (AFP): As military vehicles roll by, Syrian boys and girls gingerly decorate a large Christmas tree in the Christian town of Sadad, at the front lines with the Islamic State jihadist group. Most residents of the ancient Syriac Orthodox-majority town in central Syria have fled, and …

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Saudi King Salman blames Assad for ISIS rise in Syria – ‘Security, economy top priorities’

RIYADH, Dec 23, (Agencies): Saudi King Salman accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Wednesday of having aided the rise of the Islamic State group and called for a political settlement with moderate forces to end the war there. The solution would be to form “a transitional government made up of moderate …

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Pakistani minorities live in fear after mob killings – Blasphemy allegations unproven

KOT RADHA KISHAN, Pakistan, Dec 23, (AFP): Four-year-old Aliya’s life collapsed last year when her illiterate Christian parents were falsely accused of tossing out pages of the Holy Quran in their rubbish, and then lynched and burnt on a brick kiln by an angry mob. The mob killing of Shama …

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Police arrest man in Islamist terror probe

LONDON, Dec 23, (AFP): Police in Britain said Wednesday they had arrested a 31-year-old man in London in connection with suspected “extremist Islamist terrorism”. “The man was detained by offi cers at a business address in south London” on Tuesday, London’s Metropolitan Police said. “The arrest is being linked to …

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