Thursday , October 19 2017

International

Leaders against anti-IS coalition with Moscow

PALANGA, Lithuania, Nov 21, (AFP): The three Baltic states on Friday said they would not join any Western coalition fighting the Islamic State jihadist group if it included their Soviet-era master Russia because of its role in the Ukraine conflict. French President Francois Hollande had called this week for a …

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Militants attack hotel in Mali, at least 27 killed – Qaeda claims

BAMAKO, Nov 20, (Agencies): At least 27 people were reported dead on Friday after Malian commandos stormed a hotel seized by Islamist gunmen to rescue 170 people, many of them foreigners, trapped in the building. The jihadist group Al Mourabitoun, allied to al- Qaeda and based in the desert north …

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French ‘cowgirl’ turned suspected bomber – ‘Unstable … it’s brainwashing’

AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS, France, Nov 20, (AFP): Hasna Ait Boulahcen, the woman believed to have blown herself up during the police raid that killed the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks, swapped her party-girl persona for that of an Islamist radical just months before her death. Boulahcen’s story is that of a …

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IS says it ‘attacked’ priest in Bangladesh

CAIRO, Nov 20, (AP): The Islamic State group says it was behind this week’s attack on an Italian priest in Bangladesh that critically wounded the man. A statement posted on a militant website Friday says the priest was shot several times with a gun fitted with a silencer. Three men …

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4 nations shut their borders to economic migrants – Norway tightens asylum rules

BELGRADE, Serbia, Nov 20, (Agencies): Four nations along Europe’s Balkan refugee corridor shut their borders Thursday to those not coming from war-torn countries such as Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq, leaving thousands of others seeking a better life in Europe stranded at border crossings. The overnight decision was exactly the domino …

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France praises Kuwaiti sting against IS cell – PROSECUTION PROBES VARIOUS NATIONALITIES FOR FINANCING DAESH

PARIS, Nov 20, (Agencies): France on Friday praised Kuwait for a sting operation carried out Thursday against a terrorist cell belonging to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), according to official reactions. Kuwaiti security forces busted and dismantled the ISIL cell, arresting a number of individuals of different …

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France confirms key ‘DAESH’ kill – Nine arrests in Belgium

PARIS, Nov 19, (Agencies): The suspected Islamic State mastermind of the Paris attacks was among those killed in a police raid north of the capital, France confirmed on Thursday, bringing an end to the hunt for Europe’s most wanted man. Authorities said they had identified the corpse of Belgian national …

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‘Calls for US troops to fight IS misguided’ – Proposed steps could make threat worse: experts

WASHINGTON, Nov 19, (RTRS): Americans want the Obama administration to get tougher with the Islamic State following the carnage in Paris, but many of the measures now being proposed could actually make the threat worse, counter-terrorism experts said. Republican presidential candidates, lawmakers and others are calling for deploying US ground …

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App to block ‘IS-propaganda’

The creators of a popular messaging app called Telegram say they are acting to stop the Islamic State group from distributing propaganda to a wide audience through the service. In a statement Wednesday, Telegram said it had blocked 78 IS-related channels over the past week and was making it easier …

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Instant messaging app in spotlight – Dozens of accounts associated with IS blocked

MOSCOW, Nov 19, (AFP): The instant messaging app Telegram, created by Russian Internet guru Pavel Durov, says it has blocked dozens of accounts associated with the jihadist Islamic State group. The move came as pressure builds on new instant messaging services like Telegram as they balance their obligations to users …

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