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Bomb attacks in Baghdad kill 72 – ‘IS lost half of area’

BAGHDAD, May 17, (Agencies): At least 72 people were killed and more than 140 wounded by three bombings in Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said, extending the deadliest spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital so far this year. Islamic State claimed one suicide bombing which killed 38 …

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Indian man arrested over Facebook post

NEW DELHI, May 17, (AFP): Police in southern India said Tuesday they have arrested a man for posting a doctored image on Facebook showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi bowing before a controversial Muslim leader. Mohammed Mehboob, 25, was arrested on Sunday on charges of “promoting enmity between religious groups” after …

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Bachelor ‘bans’ squeeze expats

AL KHOR, Qatar, May 17, (RTRS): As Nami Hader, a 30-year-old gardener from Nepal, approached the entrance to a park outside Qatar’s second city Al Khor one day last month, a security guard blocked his way. “No bachelors,” the guard said. The newly-renovated park — its boating lake, miniature golf course and …

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Iraq in op to retake Anbar town – DAESH ON DEFENSIVE … LOSING GROUND

BAGHDAD, May 16, (Agencies): Iraqi security forces and allied fighters launched an operation on Monday to retake the town of Rutba from the Islamic State jihadist group, the military said. Special forces, soldiers, police, border guards and pro-government paramilitaries are involved in the operation to retake the Anbar province town, …

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Turkey detains IS executioner in raids

ISTANBUL, May 16, (Agencies): Turkish authorities on Monday detained seven suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, including figures described as a senior leader and an “executioner”, the state-run Anatolia news agency said. The seven suspects were detained during raids on addresses in the eastern region of Elazig. …

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Google faces record 3b euro anti-trust fine

LONDON, May 16, (RTRS): Google faces a record antitrust fine of around 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) from the European Commission in the coming weeks, British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph said. The European Union has accused Google of promoting its shopping service in Internet searches at the expense of rival …

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Men traveled thru 8 nations to reach US – ‘America is a country of freedom … opportunity’

FLORENCE, Arizona, May 16, (AP): Mounis Hammouda and Hisham Shaban were stranded in Honduras, penniless after being ripped off by a smuggler who was supposed to get them to Mexico so that they could arrive at their final destination, the United States. The Palestinian men had traveled across the world …

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Egypt jails 152 for taking part in ‘unlicenced’ anti-govt protests – Six inmates sentenced to death for beating jailed Frenchman

CAIRO, May 15, (Agencies): Egyptian courts have handed out jail sentences on the weekend to 152 people for taking part in unlicensed anti-government protests, judicial officials and lawyers said on Sunday. The rulings were issued on Saturday by separate courts, with a first group of 51 people sentenced to two …

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IS attacks kill 29 across Iraq

BAGHDAD, May 15, (Agencies): The Islamic State group launched a coordinated assault on a natural gas plant north of Baghdad that killed at least 14 people, while a string of other bomb attacks in or close to the capital killed 15 others, Iraqi officials said. The attack on the gas …

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Singapore reports first case of Zika

SINGAPORE, May 15, (AFP): Singapore said Friday it had detected the first case of Zika in someone who had travelled to Brazil, the epicentre of the outbreak. The Ministry of Health said the 48-year-old male foreigner, who is a Singapore permanent resident, had visited Sao Paolo from March 27 to …

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