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International

Dump ‘reason’ to lure back jihadis

PARIS, Nov 3, (RTRS): Anthropologist Dounia Bouzar used to try religious arguments to turn young people away from militant Islam — and failed. So the 51-yearold grandmother developed her own techniques along the lines of Alcoholics Anonymous. Her main rule: Don’t try to reason with people. “Characteristically, a young person …

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Blogger’s widow urges safe houses for writers on death lists

The widow of a Bangladeshi-American atheist blogger killed earlier this year decried the Bangladesh government’s failure to prosecute the perpetrators of deadly attacks on writers Monday and urged countries to provide safe houses for dozens more on death lists. Rafida Ahmed, who was hacked four times in the head and …

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‘External factors’ caused flight crash – MOST GULF CARRIERS RE-ROUTE FLIGHTS OVER SINAI

MOSCOW, Nov 2, (Agencies): The Russian passenger jet that crashed in Egypt killing all 224 people on board came down due to “external” factors, the airline said Monday, as relatives began identifying their loved ones in Saint Petersburg. Senior Kogalymavia executive Alexander Smirnov said that “no technical failures” could account …

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Pak anti-Taleban hero dies

A Pakistani nationalist hero who defied the Taleban in Swat Valley and survived more than 10 assassination attempts by the insurgents has died peacefully of liver disease at the age of 89, his family said Monday. Prominent Pashtun leader Afzal Khan Lala was feted nationwide after his stand in Swat, …

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Lebanon club shooting kills 8

BEIRUT, Nov 2, (AP): Lebanon’s state-run news agency says a shootout at a nightclub north of Beirut has killed two army intelligence officers and six other people. Four officers have been wounded. The shootout erupted early Monday during a police raid seeking to apprehend fugitives at the White Night Club …

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Kabul to accept Afghans deported from Germany – ‘Influx of Afghans unacceptable’

KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov 2, (AP): Afghanistan will take back all its citizens being deported from Germany as the European country struggles to accommodate hundreds of thousands of refugees and other migrants who have arrived there this year, a Kabul official said. Afghans currently make up the second largest nationality, after …

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Israeli forces kill Palestinian attacker: police – Wave of violence shows no signs of abating

JERUSALEM, Nov 2, (Agencies): Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man who tried to stab a soldier in the occupied West Bank on Monday, the police and army said, as a month-long wave of violence showed no signs of abating. Troops approached two Palestinians at a petrol station near …

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Flight broke apart ‘in air’ – Black box found

WADI Al-ZOLOMAT, Egypt, Nov 1, (AFP): A Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt broke up “in the air” strewing fragments across a wide area, an expert said Sunday as investigators probed the disaster that killed 224 people. President Abdel Fattah el- Sisi urged patience to determine the cause of Saturday’s …

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Islamic State advances in central Syria, seizing towns – Iran calls for Syrian elections to solve crisis

BEIRUT, Nov 1, (Agencies): The Islamic State militant group is advancing in central Syria, seizing control of a town that lies near a highway leading to the capital, Damascus, and attacking another, activists and the group said Sunday. The capture of Mahin, in the central Homs province, and the push …

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Islamist al Shebab attacks Somali hotel – At least 13 killed

MOGADISHU, Nov 1, (RTRS): Security forces in the Somali capital fought for several hours on Sunday before clearing a hotel of Islamist al Shebab gunmen who had stormed the building after two bombs ripped into it, police and witnesses said. At least 13 people were killed. Al Shebab, which has …

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