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‘Beginning of end for DAESH’ – IS bastions ‘must fall’ in 2016: French defence chief

BAGHDAD, April 11, (AFP): The Islamic State group strongholds Raqa and Mosul “must fall” this year, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said during a speech in Baghdad on Monday. The battles to retake Raqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq are expected to be the most difficult of the …

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Austria probes Paris, Mumbai attacks link – Pakistani suspect identity not been confi rmed

VIENNA, April 11, (AFP): Austrian prosecutors said Monday they are probing a possible link between a Pakistani held in Salzburg in connection with last November’s terror assaults in Paris and the 2008 attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai. “Leads pointing to this are being looked into,” prosecutors in Salzburg …

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US issues Saudi travel warning

WASHINGTON, April 11, (Agencies): The United States on Monday updated its warning for American citizens planning to travel to Saudi Arabia, less than two weeks before President Barack Obama is due there. Obama is to visit the oil-rich desert kingdom on April 21 for a tense summit of Saudi Arabia …

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India blast kills over 100

KOLLAM, India, April 10, (AFP): A massive explosion and blaze apparently sparked by a stray firework during an unauthorised display killed over 100 people and injured scores more at a temple in southern India Sunday. Thousands had packed overnight into the Hindu temple complex in Kerala state where the firework …

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Emaar plans taller tower

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 10, (AP): Dubai is reaching for the sky once again, with the developer of the world’s tallest building vowing Sunday to build an even taller tower bedecked with rotating balconies and elevated landscaping inspired by the mythical hanging gardens of Babylon. The government-backed company behind …

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Air raids kill 24 IS fighters – Islamic State captures 2 villages

BEIRUT, April 10, (Agencies): At least 24 Islamic State group fighters and eight civilians were killed in air strikes Sunday on Syria’s Raqa, the de facto capital of the jihadist movement, a monitor said. It was unclear whether the raids were carried out by Syrian, Russian or US-led coalition warplanes, …

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Philippines vows to destroy Abu Sayyaf

MANILA, Philippines, April 10, (AP): Philippine military officials vowed Sunday to “destroy” the Abu Sayyaf extremist group with more offensives after fierce fighting over the weekend left 18 soldiers dead in the government’s largest single-day combat loss so far this year. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and top military officials flew …

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King Salman, Al Azhar Grand Imam call for Muslim unity – ‘Reject terrorism’

CAIRO, April 9, (Agencies): Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayeb called on Saturday for unity among all Muslims against growing challenges in the Islamic world. This call came after a first time visit of its kind for a Saudi monarch to the …

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‘Man in hat’ at Brussels airport bombing ID’d, among 4 charged

BRUSSELS, April 9, (Agencies): A man held on terrorism charges in Belgium has admitted to being the “man in a hat” seen on security camera footage at Brussels airport alongside two suicide bombers after attacks in the city killed 32 people, public prosecutors said on Saturday. Prosecutors said that after …

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US brings B-52 bombers back to ME to target IS – Syrians return home to Palmyra

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 9, (Agencies): The US Air Force says it has deployed B-52 bombers to the Mideast nation of Qatar to take part in the US-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State group. It is the first time the Cold Warera heavy bombers will be based in …

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