Tuesday , October 16 2018

International

‘3 funded Dhaka attack’ – New chief elected after execution

NEW DELHI, Oct 18, (RTRS): Three Bangladeshi men have been identified as the financiers of the July 1 attack in which a group of assailants tortured and killed 20 hostages at a restaurant in Dhaka, a counterterrorism official said Tuesday. The three men provided part of the $101,606 sum used …

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100-plus girls unwilling to leave Boko Haram – Radicalized or ashamed to return home: Bitrus

ABUJA, Nigeria, Oct 18, (AP): Nigeria’s government is negotiating the release of another 83 of the Chibok schoolgirls taken in a mass abduction two-and-a-half years ago, but more than 100 others appear unwilling to leave their Boko Haram Islamic extremist captors, a community leader said Tuesday. The unwilling girls may …

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Clinton slams GOP office ‘attack’ – Trump steps up ‘rigged’ election claims

HILLSBOROUGH, NC, Oct 17, (Agencies): Authorities are investigating after a local Republican Party office in North Carolina was vandalized and set on fire in what a state GOP official called an act of “political terrorism.” A bottle filled with flammable liquid was thrown through the window of the Orange County …

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India arrest in US ‘tax scam’

MUMBAI, Oct 17, (AFP): Indian police said Monday they had made a key arrest in a multi-million-dollar tax scam targeting US citizens, which they hope will soon lead them to the mastermind. Jagdish Kanani, 33, was arrested in Mumbai on Sunday and is suspected of helping main suspect Sagar Thakkar, …

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Filipino ‘drug’ boss captured

DUBAI, UAE, Oct 17, (AP): A man named by Philippines’ president as a major drug kingpin was arrested in the capital of the United Arab Emirates after apparently fleeing his country, a Filipino diplomat said Monday. Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr was arrested Sunday night in an apartment in Abu Dhabi, …

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Leaflets on Mosul ahead of offensive

BAGHDAD, Oct 16, (Agencies): The Iraqi army dropped tens of thousands of leaflets over Mosul before dawn on Sunday, warning residents an offensive to recapture the city from Islamic State was in its final stages of preparation, according to a military statement in Baghdad. The leaflets carried several messages, one …

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‘Terrorism poses big threat’ – Modi takes a dig at Pakistan

GOA, India, Oct 16, (Agencies): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi branded Pakistan a “mother-ship of terrorism” at a summit of the BRICS nations on Sunday, testing the cohesion of a group whose heavyweight member China is a close ally of India’s arch-rival. Modi’s remarks to a meeting of leaders from …

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11 dead, 50,000 displaced in week of Somali bloodshed – Intermittent fighting continues: OCHA

MOGADISHU, Oct 16, (AFP): A week of violent clashes between rival forces in northern Somalia has killed 11 people and forced more than 50,000 to flee, the UN humanitarian agency said on Saturday. Tensions between the rival regions of Puntland and Galmudug soared last month after Galmudug said 13 of …

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‘Radicalised by Imams’ – Germany bomb plot suspect visited Syria

BERLIN, Oct 15, (Agencies): A bomb plot suspect found hanged in his cell in Germany was in Syria two months earlier with a group of Islamists, his brother said in an interview published Saturday. The suspect, Jaber al-Bakr, arrived in Germany from Syria in 2015 and gained refugee status, but …

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Islamist militants behind ‘attacks’ – ‘New kind of conflict’

SITTWE, Myanmar, Oct 15, (RTRS): Myanmar’s government said on Friday a group inspired by Islamist militants was behind attacks on police border posts in its ethnically riven northwest, as officials said they feared a new insurgency by members of the Rohingya Muslim minority. The sudden escalation of violence in Rakhine …

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