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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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Syria pursues attack on DAESH – US leads 14 strikes against Islamic State

BEIRUT, March 28, (Agencies): Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes battled Islamic State insurgents around Palmyra on Monday, trying to extend their gains after taking back control of a city whose ancient temples were dynamited by the ultra-radical militants. The loss of Palmyra on Sunday is one of …

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Worst fears come true for Pakistan’s Christians

ISLAMABAD, March 28, (AFP): The worst fears of Pakistan’s Christians came true with the carnage in Lahore on Easter Sunday, said activists who had braced for a backlash since thousands took to the streets over the execution of a murderer feted as an Islamist hero. Taleban militants said they were …

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Army chiefs of ‘anti-terror’ coalition meet in Saudi – Laying new foundations

RIYADH, March 27, (Agencies): Military chiefs from 39 countries met Sunday in Riyadh for talks on a Saudiinitiated international “anti-terrorism” coalition. Saudi Arabia announced the creation of the coalition in December, saying its members would share intelligence, counter violent ideology and deploy troops if necessary to combat extremists. “This coalition …

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Iraqi Christians see no relief from DAESH – Migration threatens community’s existence

BAGHDAD, March 27, (RTRS): Iraqi Christians gathered in Baghdad this weekend to mark Easter but celebrations were tempered by fears Islamic State would eradicate their shrinking community, even as the army launched a US-backed offensive to retake Mosul, their ancestral homeland. In mid-2014, Christians in Mosul were forced to flee …

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Pakistan bomber kills 65

LAHORE, Pakistan, March 27, (Agencies): At least 65 people were killed and more than 200 injured when an apparent suicide bomb ripped through the parking lot of a crowded park in the Pakistani city of Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter Sunday, officials said. Dozens of ambulances were seen racing …

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UAE jails 11 for life over terror

ABU DHABI, March 27, (AFP): A top court in the United Arab Emirates jailed 11 people for life on Sunday after convicting them of jihadist links and plotting “terrorist” attacks in the Gulf country, state media reported. The Federal Supreme court in Abu Dhabi jailed two others for 15 years, …

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Syria forces battle IS inside Palmyra – US, allies conduct 26 strikes against DAESH

BEIRUT, March 26, (Agencies): Syrian government forces advanced into Palmyra on Saturday with heavy support from air strikes and artillery, state media and a monitoring group said, taking control of several districts in a major assault against Islamic State fighters. Television footage showed waves of explosions inside Palmyra and smoke …

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Toll from IS suicide bombing at Iraq stadium climbs to 41 – Attack sparks condemnation, outrage

BAGHDAD, March 26, (Agencies): Iraqi officials say the death toll from a suicide bombing at a soccer stadium that was claimed by the Islamic State group has climbed to 41, with another 105 people wounded. The security and public health officials provided the updated toll Saturday on condition of anonymity …

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Belgium charges 3 with terrorism

BRUSSELS, March 26, (RTRS): Belgian prosecutors have charged three men with terrorist offences, including a suspect who local media said appeared on security footage with two suicide bombers at Brussels airport shortly before they detonated their bombs. Prosecutors named the third man as Faycal C while media identified him as …

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