Tuesday , February 20 2018

International

Philippines probes Pacquiao for poll violations

MANILA, Feb 22, (Agencies): The Philippines’ election commission said Monday it would consider a complaint accusing boxing champion Manny Pacquiao of violating election regulations by promoting his upcoming fight in the thick of the campaign. It was the latest blow to Pacquiao’s bid for the Philippine Senate after he drew …

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Turkish army ‘kills’ 14 Kurdish militants during offensive in SE

ISTANBUL, Feb 22, (RTRS): Turkey’s military said on Monday it had killed 14 militants in a drive against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the southeast as an envoy from the European parliament denounced what she said were rights abuses by Ankara. Four PKK militants were killed on Sunday …

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Damascus shrine bomb blasts kill 62, DAESH claims attacks

BEIRUT, Feb 21, (Agencies): The Islamic State jihadist group said it carried out two suicide bombing attacks Sunday near a Shiite shrine south of Syria’s capital that a monitoring group said killed 62 people. IS said two militants blew themselves up at the Sayyida Zeinab shrine area, although state television …

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3 abducted jurnos in Turkey released

ISTANBUL, Feb 21, (RTRS): Three journalists from Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency were freed on Sunday after being kidnapped by members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) while on assignment in the mainly Kurdish southeast, the news agency said. The journalists were abducted while in the southeastern province of Mardin and …

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Most suspects freed in Indonesian ‘raid’

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb 21, (AP): Indonesian police on Sunday released most of the men detained while attending military-style training at a suspect jihadi camp, as offi cials lamented weaknesses in the current anti-terrorism legislation that is due to be signifi – cantly strengthened following last month’s deadly attacks in Jakarta. …

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Spain arrests ‘six’ hit squad suspects

MADRID, Feb 21, (AP): Spanish police working with Britain’s National Crime Agency and Manchester police have arrested six suspected members of a British hit squad that had travelled to the Mediterranean Costa del Sol to allegedly kill the leader of a rival gang. According to a statement Sunday, the suspects …

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Morocco arrests 10 suspected IS militants

SALE, Morocco, Feb 20, (RTRS): Moroccan authorities said on Friday they had arrested 10 suspected militants linked to the Islamic State, including a French citizen, and seized weapons and bombmaking materials in raids on their hideouts. The cell is the latest in a series of radical groups Morocco says it …

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Tribesmen battle IS inside Fallujah for 2nd day – Jihadists vastly outnumbered

BAGHDAD, Feb 20, (AFP): Iraqi tribesmen battled Islamic State group militants inside their Fallujah stronghold for a second day Saturday, a significant challenge to longstanding jihadist control that may be undermined by a lack of supplies. Fallujah is one of two Iraqi cities still controlled by IS, and residents — …

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Mali jihadists, army commit abuses: HRW

BAMAKO, Feb 20, (AFP): Malian jihadists and security forces alike have committed appalling abuses against civilians in the last year, rights groups said Friday, as Islamist groups make new inroads into the west African country. Reports by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) document …

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I’ll do anything to kill time, says refugee

BERLIN, Feb 20, (AFP): In the Berlin gym that now serves as his home, Afghan student Yaza sweeps the floor over and over again, just to keep himself from “going crazy with boredom”. The 24-year-old, who spent months on the road after fleeing the Taliban, told AFP: “I’ll do anything …

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