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French justice minister quits – ‘Sometimes resisting means leaving’

PARIS, Jan 27, (AFP): French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira quit Wednesday in protest over the government’s efforts to strip convicted French-born terrorists of their citizenship if they have a second nationality. Taubira, popular among the ruling Socialists of President Francois Hollande but a target of criticism from right-wing politicians, tweeted: …

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Pope asks Tehran to stop spread of terrorism – Rouhani presents Iran as ME trade hub

ROME, Jan 26, (Agencies): Generating economic growth in the Middle East is crucial to defeating extremism, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, putting forward his country as a regional trade hub and pillar of stability. Rouhani is on a four-day trip to Italy and France, looking to rebuild Iranian …

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Dutch Labour Party supports air strikes against IS in Syria – Islamic State bombing kills two dozens in Homs

AMSTERDAM, Jan 26, (Agencies): The Dutch Labour Party, the junior partner in the coalition government, now supports extending air strikes against Islamic State to Syria, creating a parliamentary majority for approval, an official said on Tuesday. The Dutch government, which already approved sending warplanes to target Islamic State in Iraq …

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Police kills 10 colleagues in Afghanistan’s volatile south

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Jan 26, (AFP): A rogue Afghan policeman drugged and then shot dead 10 of his colleagues in the country’s volatile south early Tuesday, officials said, the second insider attack on police in just over a week. The Taleban infiltrator then stole their weapons and fled the police outpost …

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Al Habtoor receives the Netherlands’ Ambassador to Abu Dhabi and the Dutch Consul General to Dubai

DUBAI, UAE, Jan 26: Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group welcomed His Excellency Frank J. M. Mollen, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Abu Dhabi at his office on Al Wasl Road on Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016. Ambassador Mollen was accompanied during the …

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Egyptians mark fifth uprising anniversary against Mubarak – Sisi bans demonstrations; security tightened

CAIRO, Jan 25, (AFP): Egyptians on Monday marked the fifth anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak amid tight security and a warning from the new regime that demonstrations will not be tolerated. Police deployed on streets in Cairo including near the iconic Tahrir Square — the epicentre of …

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IS planning for large-scale attacks on Europe – ‘Attacks will be primarily directed at soft targets’

AMSTERDAM, Jan 25, (AFP): The Islamic State group has honed the ability to launch global attacks and is set to focus more on Europe following the Paris massacre, the chief of the EU police agency Europol said Monday. Rob Wainwright told a news conference that “the so-called Islamic State had …

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‘Extremist groups get int’l financing’ – Indonesia province bans small Islamic sect

SINGAPORE, Jan 25, (Agencies): Indonesian extremist groups received international financing from Australia and Syria, the country’s security minister said Monday, adding to fears that jihadists are targeting the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Luhut Panjaitan was speaking at a defence forum in Singapore less than two weeks after coordinated gun …

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France, India ink Rafale deal – Threats won’t stop Paris fighting terror: Hollande

NEW DELHI, Jan 25, (AFP): India and France have signed an agreement on the long-delayed purchase of 36 French Rafale fighter jets but have yet to reach a deal on financial issues, the leaders of both countries said Monday. French President Francois Hollande said there remained “some financial issues” to …

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Speaker calls for Islamic cultural battle against terror, raps Tehran

BAGHDAD, Jan 24, (KUNA): President of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) and Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim called on Sunday for waging an “Islamic cultural battle” against growing terrorism. Addressing the 11th conference of the Parliamentary Union of OIC (PUIC) held in Baghdad, Al-Ghanim said: “As no country is …

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