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US-backed Syria fighters edge into IS hub – Kurds flee DAESH-held areas amid abductions

ALEPPO, Syria, June 25, (Agencies): US-backed fighters edged further into the Islamic State group stronghold of Manbij on Saturday, threatening a key stop on the jihadists’ lifeline from Turkey to their “caliphate” in Syria and neighbouring Iraq. But in the IS-held eastern town of Al-Quriyah, 47 people, most of them …

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At least 14 dead in Somali hotel attack

MOGADISHU, Somalia, June 25, (AP): At least 14 people were killed when gunmen stormed a hotel in Somalia’s capital and took an unknown number of hotel guests hostage, police and medical workers said Saturday, before security forces hunted down the attackers and ended an hours-long assault that began with an …

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Iran cracks down on ‘vulgar Western’ dog owners

TEHRAN, June 25, (AFP): Dog lovers in central Iran are in uproar after authorities began confiscating their pets in an apparent crackdown on the “vulgar Western culture” of canine ownership, Iranian media reported Saturday. One unnamed dog owner in Shahin Shahr in Isfahan province told Iran’s Shahrvand newspaper that officials …

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Money laundering body keeps Iran on blacklist of high risks – Group calls for one-year suspension of some restrictions

UNITED NATIONS, June 24, (RTRS): An international group that monitors money laundering worldwide decided on Friday to keep Iran on its blacklist of high-risk countries but welcomed Iranian promises to improve and called for a one-year suspension of some restrictions on Tehran. At a meeting of its 37 members in …

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OVER $2 TRILLION WIPED OFF WORLD STOCKS; POUND HIT – Britain votes to leave EU, PM quits

LONDON, June 24, (RTRS): Britain voted to leave the European Union, forcing the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and dealing the biggest blow to the European project of greater unity since World War Two. Global financial markets plunged on Friday as results from a referendum showed a 52-48 percent …

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Bomb kills 3 in Pakistan

A bomb blast killed at least three people and wounded 32 others in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta, on Friday, police said. The improvised explosive device was fitted in a bicycle parked in a shopping area on the city’s airport road. “The device weighing six kilograms went off with a …

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IS unit being formed in southern Philippines – 1 of the most wanted to head faction

JAKARTA/MANILA, June 24, (RTRS): Southeast Asian militants who claim to be fighting for Islamic State in the Middle East have said they have chosen one of the most wanted men in the Philippines to head a regional faction of the ultraradical group, security officials said on Thursday. The claim was …

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Cinema gunman killed in Germany

VIERNHEIM, Germany, June 23, (AFP): A masked and armed man barricaded himself in a German multiplex cinema with dozens of people inside Thursday before being killed by police, officials said. No hostages were injured at the complex in the western town of Viernheim, 75 kms (50 miles) south of Frankfurt, …

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Iraq forces flushing IS out of last Falluja pocket

FALLUJA, Iraq, June 23, (Agencies): Iraqi forces closed in on the last neighbourhood of Falluja still held by the Islamic State group Thursday while aid groups struggled to deliver relief to desperate civilians. A month into a major offensive against one of the jihadists’ most emblematic bastions, elite forces were …

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Israel eyes law to remove online content on terror

TEL AVIV, June 23, (Agencies): Israel’s Justice Ministry is drafting legislation that would enable it to order Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social media to remove online postings it deems to be inciting terrorism. “We are working on draft legislation, similar to what is being done in other countries; one …

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