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Toyota to help probe over IS truck fleet; 3 held over Australia terror shooting set free

TOKYO, Oct 8, (AFP): Toyota Thursday said it was willing to help the United States probe how the Islamic State group has managed to get hold of so many of its notoriously tough trucks. The Japanese manufacturer responded after an ABC News report on Wednesday said counter-terrorism officials at the …

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Boko Haram says Shekau is ‘alive’

LAGOS, Oct 8, (AFP): Boko Haram said in a new video on Wednesday that its elusive leader Abubakar Shekau was alive and still in charge of the Nigeria-based Islamist group whose six-year insurgency has killed thousands. “Our leader, Abubakar Shekau is alive and remains our leader,” declared a gun-wielding man …

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Italian priest kidnapping raises militant alarm; Philippine police kill man who took fellow bus passenger hostage

MANILA, Oct 8, (AFP): Gunmen seized a retired Italian priest in the strife-torn southern Philippines, authorities said Thursday, the latest abduction blamed on an infamous Islamic militant group that specialises in kidnappings-for-ransom. Rolando del Torchio, 56, was the fourth foreigner kidnapped in the region in three weeks, and brings to …

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Kurds say Islamic State used mustard gas in Iraq attack; IS executed 70 Sunni tribesmen in Anbar: elder, UN

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq, Oct 8, (Agencies): Blood tests show the Islamic State used mustard agent in an attack on Kurdish peshmerga forces in August, the autonomous Iraqi region’s government said Thursday. “The results of the tests on blood samples from 35 Kurdish fighters reveal traces of mustard gas,” the peshmerga ministry …

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Syrian army in major offensive

BEIRUT, Oct 7, (Agencies): Heavy Russian aerial bombing and cruise missile strikes launched from warships in the Caspian Sea on Wednesday provided cover for a major Syrian army ground offensive in a coordinated attack on rebels. Amid a dramatic escalation in its air war over Syria, Moscow said it was …

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Iraq leans towards Moscow in IS fight

BAGHDAD, Oct 7, (Agencies): Iraq may request Russian air strikes against Islamic State on its soil soon and wants Moscow to have a bigger role than the United States in the war against the militant group, the head of parliament’s defence and security committee said on Wednesday. “In the upcoming …

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Arab coalition faces new IS foe in Yemen – ‘Fertile ground for radicalisation’

DUBAI, Oct 7, (AFP): An unprecedented attack on Yemen’s government claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group has raised a fresh challenge for the Saudi-led coalition backing the embattled president, analysts say. IS bombings on Tuesday hit the government’s temporary headquarters in the southern city of Aden and military installations …

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Four held over terror shooting; Court tests legality of offshore detention of asylum seekers

SYDNEY, Oct 7, (Agencies): Four people were arrested in Australia on Wednesday over the terror-linked murder of a police employee after coordinated raids by more than 200 officers on properties across Sydney. Those seized in the dawn operation were aged between 16 and 22 and face questioning over Friday’s killing …

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Women suicide bombers kill 18 in Nigeria; Boko Haram attack on military camp repulsed: Army

DAMATURU, Nigeria, Oct 7, (Agencies): Two women suicide bombers killed 18 people, including themselves, early Wednesday in northeast Nigeria at a mosque in the compound of a government workers’ housing estate and at another location there. In a separate attack, the military said Boko Haram Islamic extremists attacked a rural …

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