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Muslim moms fight extremists in global effort – Race against recruiters

VIENNA, April 1, (AFP): There were small signs that her son was changing: He prayed more and swapped jeans for traditional long tunics. “But I wasn’t worried. Not for one second did Syria enter my mind,” Fatima Ezzarhouni told AFP. And yet that’s where the young man was headed in …

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Briton found guilty of plotting IS-inspired attack on US troops – Violence encourages step to the right

BRUSSELS, April 1, (Agencies): A British man could face a life sentence after being found guilty on Friday of plotting to kill US servicemen based in Britain. Junead Ahmed Khan, 25, scouted US Air Force bases in eastern England using his job as a delivery driver as cover, a London …

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Lankan businesswoman says set up by friend – Philippines Senate holding hearing in Bangladesh cyber heist

COLOMBO, April 1, (RTRS): When Hagoda Gamage Shalika Perera, a small Sri Lankan businesswoman, got a deposit of $20 million in her account last month, she said the funds were expected but had no idea they were stolen from Bangladesh’s central bank in one of the largest cyber heists in …

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US and Saudi sanction ‘six’

WASHINGTON, March 31, (AP): The US and Saudi Arabia on Thursday sanctioned four individuals and two groups suspected of raising funds for terrorists, including a man who grew up in Scotland and became a Taleban sympathizer. Thursday’s action targeted James Alexander McLintock and his Pakistan-based Al-Rahmah Welfare Organization, which the …

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IS commander killed near Raqa

BEIRUT, March 31, (Agencies): A drone strike near the Islamic State group’s de facto Syrian capital Raqa killed a jihadist commander heading to Aleppo province on orders from the organisation’s chief, a monitoring group said Thursday. His death is the latest in a series of blows to the jihadist group …

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Islamic State group leader Baghdadi’s former wife seeks stay in Europe

STOCKHOLM, March 31, (AFP): An exwife of Islamic State group (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with whom he had a daughter, wants to live in Europe “in freedom”, she told Swedish daily Expressen in an interview published Thursday. “I want to live in a European country, not an Arab country,” …

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Saudi ‘executes’ citizen for murder

RIYADH, March 31, (AFP): Saudi Arabia executed a citizen on Thursday convicted of the murder of a compatriot, raising to 82 the number of death sentences the ultra-conservative kingdom has carried out this year. Mohammed al-Khaweir al- Qahtani was found guilty of shooting dead Hussein al-Shayeb al-Qahtani following a dispute, …

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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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