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21 killed in suicide bomb blast – Pakistan hangs 4 men sentenced by military courts

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Dec 29, (AFP): At least 21 people were killed and dozens wounded when a Taliban suicide bomber on a motorbike crashed into the main gate of a government office in the northwest Pakistan town of Mardan, officials said. The blast highlights the Pakistani Taliban’s continued ability to carry …

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Emirati charged with planning UAE attacks – Suspect identified as husband of executed woman

DUBAI, Dec 29, (RTRS): The husband of an Emirati woman who was executed for killing a US teacher in Abu Dhabi last year has been charged with plotting bombings and other attacks on targets including a US base and a UAE leader, a local newspaper reported on Tuesday. The English-language …

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10 IS leaders killed in airstrikes – French linked to Paris attacks mastermind among dead

WASHINGTON, Dec 29, (Agencies): An Islamic State leader with “direct” ties to the alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks was among 10 senior figures in the group killed in Syria and Iraq this month, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Baghdad-based US military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren told reporters that French national …

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Saudi executes Filipino convict

MANILA, Philippines, Dec 29, (Agencies): A Filipino murder convict was publicly beheaded in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after failing to meet the demand of the Sudanese victim’s family for payment of $1 million to save him from the death penalty, officials said. Joselito Lidasan Zapanta’s execution was carried out after …

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Hundreds of fighters, civilians escape besieged Syrian areas – Bombs in Homs kill 32, wound 90

BEIRUT, Dec 28, (RTRS): Buses and ambulances evacuated about 450 Islamist fighters and civilians from two rebel-held areas besieged by Syrian government forces and carried them across into Turkey and Lebanon on Monday, sources at the border crossings said. The evacuations took place under a United Nations-sponsored agreement, part of …

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Attacker’s mom missed warning signs

PARIS, Dec 28, (Agencies): The mother of the youngest of the Paris attackers, who blew himself up outside France’s national stadium, says she is “proud” that her son killed no one but himself. A woman identified as Fatima Hadfi late Sunday called Maghreb TV, a Belgian network with wide viewership …

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Zuckerberg urges free Internet in India

NEW DELHI, Dec 28, (AFP): Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg urged India Monday to approve a controversial plan that would provide a free Internet service to the poor, his latest bid amid an escalating row with authorities. The head of the social network tried to drum up support for the Free …

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Tornadoes, storms kill at least 43 – US Midwest storm brings twisters, floods

DALLAS, Dec 28, (Agencies): Storms hit the US South, Southwest and Midwest over the Christmas holiday weekend, unleashing floods and tornadoes that killed at least 43 people, flattened buildings and snarled transportation for millions during a busy travel time. The bad weather, or the threat of it, prompted the governors …

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Iraqi army declares victory over IS in Ramadi – People celebrating on streets of several cities

BAGHDAD, Dec 27, (Agencies): Iraq’s army said on Sunday it had defeated Islamic State fighters in a provincial capital west of Baghdad, the first major victory for the US-trained force since it collapsed in the face of an assault by the militants 18 months ago. Victory in Ramadi, capital of …

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Syrian govt forces kill 17 Islamic militants in south

BEIRUT, Dec 27, (AP): Syrian government forces booby trapped a cluster of farm buildings in the southern Daraa province and detonated the explosives as several Islamic rebel factions gathered at the venue, killing 17 militants, opposition activists said Sunday. The explosion, which took place late Saturday, was the latest blow …

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