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British woman dead in Australia stabbing

SYDNEY, Aug 24, (AFP): A young British woman died and a man was critically injured when a French national allegedly stabbed three people while saying “Allahu Akbar” at an Australian backpacker’s hostel, police said Wednesday. Police are investigating the murder, which occurred late Tuesday in Home Hill, a rural town …

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‘Close corrupt Clinton Foundation’ – Trump calls for special prosecutor to probe his rival

WASHINGTON, Aug 23, (AFP): Donald Trump on Monday demanded that Hillary Clinton shut down the charitable foundation founded by her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, branding it a “corrupt enterprise.” The Republican presidential candidate also called for a special prosecutor to investigate his Democratic rival, accusing the FBI and …

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Prominent Islamists rapped over ‘sex on beach’

RABAT, Aug 23, (Agencies): Two senior Moroccan Islamist figures have been suspended from their party, the group announced Monday, following media reports that they were arrested in a “sexual position” on a beach. Moulay Omar Benhammad and Fatima Nejjar, both in their 60s and vicepresidents of the Unity and Reform …

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Boko Haram’s Shekau ‘wounded’ in airstrike

SOKOTO, Nigeria, Aug 23, (RTRS): Nigeria’s air force said it had killed a number of senior Boko Haram fighters and possibly their overall leader, and US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for talks on tackling the militants. Government planes attacked the Islamist group inside the Sambisa forest in its …

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Most Israelis, Palestinians still seek peace: poll

JERUSALEM, Aug 22, (AP): A new poll of Israelis and Palestinians released on Monday found that a slim majority on both sides still favor a peace settlement establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel, despite years of conflict and deadlock in negotiations. The results of the joint poll may provide some …

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Iraq foils child suicide bomber – Briton killed in mine-clearing

IRBIL, Iraq, Aug 22, (Agencies): A juvenile wouldbe suicide bomber was apprehended in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk before he was able to detonate his explosive belt, Iraqi police said Monday. Local television footage aired on Kurdistan 24 TV shows a group of police officers holding the young boy …

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Six Filipinos dead in Saudi house fire

RIYADH, Aug 22, (AFP): A pregnant woman, her husband and infant daughter were among six Filipinos killed in a weekend fire at their Saudi Arabian residence, the Philippines embassy said on Monday. The blaze, blamed on an electrical overload, broke out just after 6:00 am (0300 GMT) Saturday at the …

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Child suicide bomber claims 51 in Turkish city – Kuwait condemns attack

GAZIANTEP, Turkey, Aug 21, (Agencies): A suicide bomber aged between 12 and 14 carried out the attack on a wedding party in the Turkish city of Gaziantep on Saturday that killed at least 51 people, the president said. The attack was the deadliest in a series of bombings in Turkey …

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Three IS sympathizers ‘killed’ in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines, Aug 21, (AP): Philippine forces have killed three suspected sympathizers of the Islamic State group but failed to capture their leader in a clash in the country’s south. Army Maj Gen Rafael Valencia says troops seized two rifl es and an IS-style black flag of the slain militants …

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Philippine president threatens to quit UN

MANILA, Aug 21, (Agencies): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte railed against the United Nations on Sunday after it called for an end to the wave of killings unleashed by his war on drugs, saying he might leave the organisation and invite China and others to form a new one. Two UN …

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