International

Fliers brace for big security lines at airports – ‘PreCheck not a failure but not moving as quickly as it needs to move’

NEW YORK, March 30, (AP): An expedited screening program called PreCheck was supposed to be the answer to maddeningly long security lines at the airport. But four years after its launch, the Transportation Security Administration is far short of enrolling enough travelers to make a difference, spelling trouble for summer …

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N. Zealand men charged over bongo chilli assault

 WELLINGTON, March 30, (AFP): Two men who allegedly forced a teenager to eat red-hot bongo chillies have been charged with assault in New Zealand. Police did not detail the alleged crimes but the victim, an 18-yearold who cannot be named for legal reasons, recounted his ordeal to Fairfax New Zealand …

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Saudi executes two

RIYADH, March 30, (AFP): Saudi Arabia executed two citizens convicted of murder on Wednesday, raising to 81 the number of death sentences carried out in the ultra-conservative kingdom this year. Dhafer and Hussein al- Mutliq were found guilty of killing fellow Saudis Azeb and Mahdi al-Moamer in a dispute between …

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Egypt requests extradition of detained hijack suspect

Egypt formally asked Cyprus on Wednesday to extradite a detained Egyptian man who authorities say admitted hijacking a domestic EgyptAir flight and diverting it to Cyprus by threatening to blow it up with a fake explosives belt. The legal developments came as those on board described an unnerving situation in …

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US orders diplomatic, military families out – Americans warned on south Turkey

WASHINGTON, March 29, (AP): The State Department and Pentagon ordered the families of US diplomats and military personnel Tuesday to leave posts in southern Turkey due to security fears. The two agencies said dependents of American staffers at the US consulate in Adana, the Incirlik air base and two other …

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Hack cash from Bangladesh Central bank to Manila casino – $81mn moved

MANILA, March 29, (Agencies): Two Chinese men were responsible for moving $81 million stolen by hackers from Bangladesh’s foreign reserves into Philippine casinos, an inquiry in Manila heard on Tuesday. Following the heist, the millions stolen from the Bangladesh central bank’s American accounts on Feb 5 were immediately sent via …

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Over 5,000 held after Easter blast – Hundreds of Islamic extremists protest in capital

ISLAMABAD, March 29, (Agencies): Pakistani authorities detained more than 5,000 suspects, then released most of them, in the two days since a suicide bomber hit a park in the eastern city of Lahore at Easter, killing at least 70 people, a provincial minister said on Tuesday. Investigators were keeping 216 …

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Yemen war kills many children, 320,000 malnourished: UNICEF

GENEVA, March 29, (Agencies): Hundreds of thousands of children in Yemen face life-threatening malnutrition, millions lack access to health care or clean water, and some have been drafted as soldiers in the year-old war, the United Nations Children’s Fund said on Tuesday. A UNICEF report said all sides had “exponentially …

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Terrorism ruled out in ‘EgyptAir’ drama – Hijacker ‘unstable’

LARNACA, Cyprus, March 29, (AP): An Egyptian man wearing a fake explosives belt who hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight and forced it to land in Cyprus on Tuesday has surrendered and was taken into custody after he released all passengers and crew unharmed. The hijacker was described by officials as …

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‘Integrate or lose residency rights’

BERLIN, March 28, (Agencies): German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said he is planning a new law that will require refugees to learn German and integrate into society, or else lose their permanent right of residence. The initiative comes after voters punished Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in regional elections earlier …

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