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International

Europe freezes air, rail links with Brussels – Belgium locks down capital

BRUSSELS, March 22, (AFP): Airlines cancelled hundreds of flights and European railways froze links with Brussels Tuesday after a series of bombs blasts killed around 35 people in the city’s airport and a metro train, sparking a broad security response. Belgium locked down the capital, home to the headquarters of …

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Yemen talks may resume in Kuwait

DUBAI, March 21, (AFP): A new round of UN-brokered Yemeni peace talks could be held by the end of this month in Kuwait, a government official told AFP on Monday. The talks would be accompanied by a ceasefire, much-needed in the wartorn country where a Saudi-led coalition launched a military …

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Turkey hunts ‘DAESH trio’

ISTANBUL, March 21, (Agencies): Turkey’s state-run news agency says police are searching for three suspected Islamic State militants who are allegedly planning to carry out a “sensational” act in the country that has already been rocked by six suicide bombings since the summer. The Anadolu Agency, citing unnamed security sources, …

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Philippines handy black hole for ‘heist’ hackers

MANILA, March 21, (RTRS): In February 2013, the Philippines was up against a deadline to amend its Anti-Money Laundering Act and get itself off the ‘grey list’ of a global watchdog, and lawmakers were bickering over whether to include casinos under the legislation. With one day to go, a Congressional …

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Qatar offshore rig catches fire, 6 injured

DUBAI, March 21, (AP): Fire broke out on an offshore rig run by the subsidiary of a Qatarbased drilling company, injuring six workers, the firm said Monday, in the second disruption within a year aboard one its platforms. Gulf International Services, partly owned by state-run Qatar Petroleum, announced the fire …

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Istanbul bomber Turk linked to IS

ISTANBUL, March 20, (RTRS): A Turkish member of the Islamic State militant group was responsible for Saturday’s suicide bombing in Istanbul that killed three Israelis and an Iranian and wounded dozens of others, Turkey’s interior minister said. Efkan Ala identified the bomber as a man born in the southern province …

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IS weakened, but launches attacks

BAGHDAD, March 20, (Agencies): After months of losing ground in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State group is showing signs of wear and tear, and its opponents say they have seen an increase in desertions among the extremists. But the jihadis appear to be lashing back with more terrorist and …

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Kenya army kills 34 Shebab militants in southern Somalia

MOGADISHU, March 20 (Reuters) – Kenyan troops killed 34 al Shebab militants in two separate incidents on Saturday and Sunday in Somalia and two of its own soldiers were killed in an ambush, a military spokesman said. On Saturday, the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) killed 21 of the insurgents in …

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Heist exposes Philippine dirty money secrets – FBI to assist Bangladesh with probe

DHAKA, March 20, (Agencies): The FBI has agreed to help Bangladesh investigate an audacious $81 million theft from the nation’s foreign reserves, authorities said Sunday, days after the finance minister accused central bank officials of complicity in the heist. A FBI official in Dhaka met with representatives from Bangladesh’s Criminal …

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HH THE AMIR CONDOLES UAE, PUTIN – Heavy winds as Dubai plane crashes in Russia, killing 62

MOSCOW, March 19, (Agencies): A Dubai airliner with 62 people on board nosedived and exploded in a giant fireball early Saturday while trying to land in strong winds in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, killing all aboard, officials said. Several planes had trouble landing at the airport at the …

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