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Turkey arrests IS suspects ahead of Merkel visit

ANKARA, April 23, (Agencies): Six foreigners suspected of links to the Islamic State group and accused of planning an attack against “state dignitaries” have been arrested in Turkey ahead of a visit by top EU officials, local authorities said Saturday. The arrests took place overnight in Konya, in the centre …

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Britons jailed for life for plot to shoot police

 LONDON, April 23, (RTRS): Two Britons inspired by Islamic State who plotted to kill police officers and soldiers in drive-by shootings in London were given life prison terms on Friday and told they would spend at least 20 years in jail. Tarik Hassane and Suhaib Majeed, both aged 22, planned …

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Yemen peace talks wind up in Kuwait – Ceasefire violations decreasing

KUWAIT CITY, April 22, (Agencies): The delegations of the Yemeni government, General People’s Congress and Ansarullah movement concluded UNbacked peace consultations in Kuwait on Friday. On the second day of their peace consultations, the delegation discussed several issues, primarily implementation of UN Security Council Resolution No 2216, and a possible …

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US, Iran meet on sanctions relief

NEW YORK, April 22, (AFP): The United States said Friday it would buy heavy water from Iran as Secretary of State John Kerry was to meet his Iranian counterpart to discuss nuclear sanctions relief. Kerry was to meet his Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the UN …

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2 Islamic extremists behind Sikh temple blast – Brussels bomber guard of foreign IS hostages

PARIS, April 22, (Agencies): Najim Laachraoui, one of the Brussels airport bombers, has been identified by several Frenchmen held hostage by Islamic State in Syria as one of their prison guards, sources close to the investigation said Friday. According to one of the sources, four French journalists kidnapped and held …

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Data of Filipino voters hacked

 MANILA, Philippines, April 22, (AP): The hacking of a Philippine election database may have exposed the personal information of all 55 million registered voters, but will not undermine May 9 national elections, officials said Friday, in the latest hacking scandal to hit the Southeast Asian nation. They said government agents …

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US to deter aggression against Gulf – Sides united in fight against DAESH

RIYADH, April 21, (Agencies): US President Barack Obama pledged to “deter aggression” against Gulf Arab allies increasingly concerned about Iran’s influence in the region but did not shy away from raising sensitive issues in talks aimed at addressing recent strains in US-Gulf ties. Obama’s visit to Riyadh to meet Gulf …

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French jihadist’s brother fights radicalisation – ‘Black sheep’ finds calling

PARIS, April 21, (AFP): He is the brother of jihadist Mohamed Merah, who four years ago killed three soldiers and four Jews, but in his radicalised family it is Abdelghani who is seen as the black sheep. Abdelghani Merah has light brown eyes, a shaven head and a surname immediately …

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Indian father chops off alleged rapist’s hands

NEW DELHI, April 21, (AFP): A father chopped off the hands of a teenager who allegedly raped his baby daughter before dumping him alive near a canal in northern India, police said Wednesday. Parminder Singh approached the 17-year-old accused on Tuesday after he had appeared in a local court in …

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Iraq identifies 6 victims from mass graves in Ramadi – US ups pressure on IS with first B-52 strike

WASHINGTON, April 21, (Agencies): The US Air Force for the first time deployed a B-52 bomber against the Islamic State, the Pentagon said Wednesday as it ramps up a 20-month campaign to smash the jihadists. The bombing mission, in which a hulking B-52 destroyed a weapons storage facility south of …

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