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Dhaka busts militant den after deadly blast

DHAKA, April 4, (AFP): Bangladesh police said Monday they had seized a large quantity of explosives from a suspected Islamist militant hideout where two people were killed making grenades. Police recovered 20 grenades and a large quantity of the explosive gel used to make them as well as four pistols …

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Syrian army presses ahead with ‘offensive’ against IS – Airstrike kills senior Qaeda member

BEIRUT, Apirl 4, (AP): Syrian troops and allied militiamen pressed on with an offensive against Islamic State militants in central Syria on Monday, clashing with the extremists around the town of Qaryatain a day after it was captured by pro-government forces. The push into Qaryatain took place under the cover …

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Khalaf Al Habtoor receives Slovak ambassador to UAE – Political, economic ties discussed

DUBAI, UAE, April 4: Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group welcomed His Excellency Dusan Horniak, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the UAE at his office on Al Wasl Road on April 3. His Excellency was accompanied by Branislav Lysak, Counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission (Political, …

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IS claims Saudi blast

RIYADH, April 3, (Agencies): An improvised explosive device planted next to a police station south of the Saudi capital Riyadh killed one person, the Saudi Interior Ministry said in a statement carried on state news agency SPA on Sunday. The ministry said at least three police cars were damaged in …

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Cabin crew to Tehran told to wear headscarf

 PARIS, April 3, (AFP): A number of female Air France cabin crew are resisting an airline ruling that they should wear a headscarf while in Tehran, when flights to the Iranian capital resume on April 17, a union representative told AFP on Saturday. “Every day we have calls from worried …

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Trump bashes US-Saudi Arabia ties

MILWAUKEE, April 3, (Agencies): Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday questioned the United States’ protective relationship with Saudi Arabia and again accused US allies of not pulling their weight in the NATO military alliance despite mounting bipartisan pressure on Trump to soften his tone. The billionaire businessman told a …

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India, Saudi to strengthen ‘anti-terrorism’ cooperation

RIYADH, April 3, (AFP): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi King Salman agreed in Riyadh on Sunday to strengthen their cooperation in fighting “terrorism” and to facilitate investments. “The two leaders expressed strong condemnation of the phenomenon of terrorism in all its forms,” said an Indian foreign ministry statement …

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Joint Gulf army becoming a reality – Oman said to opt out

KUWAIT CITY, April 2: The establishment of a joint Gulf army is becoming a reality with the final agreement on the formation of a great defensive and offensive military system with the participation of all military sectors, and decision of the Gulf states to build a number of nuclear reactors …

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Belgium charges 3rd suspect with terrorism

BRUSSELS, April 2, (AFP): Belgium on Saturday charged a third suspect with terrorist activities over a foiled plot to attack France, federal prosecutors said. They named the suspect only as 35-year-old Y.A., but gave no further details. “He has been charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group,” …

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Pak arrests Russian seeking bride in north

CHITRAL, April 2, (AFP): A Russian national who went to Pakistan in search of a wife has been arrested and is being questioned by intelligence agencies, officials said Saturday. Apelgans Viacheslov, a 28-yearold from Moscow, had put up posters in the northern district of Chitral advertising his dream of marrying …

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