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Lebanese expats fear Gulf expulsion – Jobs, extended families at risk

DUBAI, April 8, (RTRS): Ahmed, a Lebanese worker living in the United Arab Emirates, closed down his Facebook page and started to shun some of his compatriots. His intention was to sever all links to people associated with Lebanon’s Hezbollah after Gulf Arab states classified the Shi’ite Muslim organisation as …

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Belgians nab key attack suspect – Abrini held

BRUSSELS, April 8, (AP): A fugitive suspect in the Nov 13 Paris attacks was arrested in Belgium on Friday, French police officials said, after a raid Belgian authorities said was linked to the deadly March 22 Brussels bombings. The suspect, Mohamed Abrini, is believed to be the mysterious “man in …

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DAESH double fighters in Libya – Militias check growth

WASHINGTON, April 8, (RTRS): Islamic State has doubled its fighters in Libya to between 4,000 and 6,000 in the last 12 to 18 months but militias in the North African nation have limited the hardline militants’ growth, the commander of US forces in Africa said on Thursday. Islamic State’s stronghold …

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IS spreading like cancer: UN chief

GENEVA, April 8, (AFP): The Syrian confl ict has acted like a greenhouse for extremist groups which are now spreading “like a cancer”, the UN chief said on Friday, urging greater cooperation to prevent radicalisation. The war raging in Syria has “provided the perfect breeding ground for extremist and terrorists …

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Europe may ‘visa’ North Americans

BRUSSELS, April 7, (RTRS): The European Union executive is considering whether to make US and Canadian citizens apply for visas before travelling to the bloc, a move that could raise tensions as Brussels negotiates a trade pact with Washington. Only Britain and Ireland have optouts from the 28-nation EU’s common …

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Danish police arrest 4 alleged IS fighters

COPENHAGEN, April 7, (Agencies): Copenhagen police said Thursday they had detained four people on suspicion of joining the Islamic State group in Syria and seized weapons and ammunition in a search linked to the arrests. All four were suspected of breaking Denmark’s terrorism law while in Syria, and were arrested …

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Iranian man who killed dog sentenced to 74 lashes – Accused seen hurling animal against car

TEHRAN, April 7, (AFP): An Iranian man has been sentenced to 74 lashes for killing a dog, the judiciary-linked Mizan news agency reported Wednesday, after an online video showed him hurling the animal repeatedly against his car. The man was arrested earlier this year in the northwestern province of Ardebil …

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EU threatens to sanction tax havens like Panama – French regulator demands extra information from banks

BERLIN, April 7, (Agencies): The European Union has threatened to sanction countries like Panama if they continue to refuse to cooperate fully to fight money laundering and tax evasion, after a leak of data showed the tiny country remains a key destination for people who want to hide money. A …

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Satellite firm stops Hezbollah TV broadcasts in Lebanon

BEIRUT, April 6, (AFP): A leading Arab satellite operator cut transmission of Hezbollah’s television channel Al-Manar on Wednesday amid rising tensions between the Lebanese Shiite group’s backer Iran and Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia. In a statement distributed to journalists, Hezbollah “sharply condemned” the move. Officials at both Al-Manar and Cairo-based …

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Politicians, celebrities deny offshore abuse

BERLIN, April 6, (AP): The president of Ukraine became the latest prominent politician to deny wrongdoing Wednesday after his name was linked to secretive offshore accounts arranged by a Panama law firm. The revelations have raised suspicion that such offshore entities were set up to avoid taxes, but Petro Poroshenko …

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