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2 Islamic extremists behind Sikh temple blast – Brussels bomber guard of foreign IS hostages

PARIS, April 22, (Agencies): Najim Laachraoui, one of the Brussels airport bombers, has been identified by several Frenchmen held hostage by Islamic State in Syria as one of their prison guards, sources close to the investigation said Friday. According to one of the sources, four French journalists kidnapped and held …

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Data of Filipino voters hacked

 MANILA, Philippines, April 22, (AP): The hacking of a Philippine election database may have exposed the personal information of all 55 million registered voters, but will not undermine May 9 national elections, officials said Friday, in the latest hacking scandal to hit the Southeast Asian nation. They said government agents …

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US to deter aggression against Gulf – Sides united in fight against DAESH

RIYADH, April 21, (Agencies): US President Barack Obama pledged to “deter aggression” against Gulf Arab allies increasingly concerned about Iran’s influence in the region but did not shy away from raising sensitive issues in talks aimed at addressing recent strains in US-Gulf ties. Obama’s visit to Riyadh to meet Gulf …

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French jihadist’s brother fights radicalisation – ‘Black sheep’ finds calling

PARIS, April 21, (AFP): He is the brother of jihadist Mohamed Merah, who four years ago killed three soldiers and four Jews, but in his radicalised family it is Abdelghani who is seen as the black sheep. Abdelghani Merah has light brown eyes, a shaven head and a surname immediately …

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Indian father chops off alleged rapist’s hands

NEW DELHI, April 21, (AFP): A father chopped off the hands of a teenager who allegedly raped his baby daughter before dumping him alive near a canal in northern India, police said Wednesday. Parminder Singh approached the 17-year-old accused on Tuesday after he had appeared in a local court in …

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Iraq identifies 6 victims from mass graves in Ramadi – US ups pressure on IS with first B-52 strike

WASHINGTON, April 21, (Agencies): The US Air Force for the first time deployed a B-52 bomber against the Islamic State, the Pentagon said Wednesday as it ramps up a 20-month campaign to smash the jihadists. The bombing mission, in which a hulking B-52 destroyed a weapons storage facility south of …

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RIYADH UNDERSCORES INTER-GCC COORDINATION ON IRAN – US urges Gulf to ‘do more’ in Iraq

RIYADH, April 20, (Agencies): US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter pleaded Wednesday for greater Gulf financial and political involvement in Iraq, which is battling both Islamic State jihadists and an economic crisis. Carter made the comments after meeting in Riyadh with his counterparts from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. “I encourage …

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7 Pakistani police guarding polio team shot down

 KARACHI, April 20, (AFP): Gunmen on motorcycles gunned down seven policemen guarding a polio vaccination team in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi on Wednesday, officials said. Feroz Shah, a senior police official told AFP that eight gunmen carried out the killings in two separate attacks in the city’s western Orangi …

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Dutch police crack ‘encrypted’ network

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, April 20, (AP): Dutch police and prosecutors took down an encrypted communications network Tuesday believed to have been used by criminals in the Netherlands and possibly overseas. Prosecutors said in a statement that they arrested a 36-year-old man in the eastern city of Nijmegen who is suspected …

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Iraqi police find 2 mass graves in Islamic State-free Ramadi

BAGHDAD, April 20, (Agencies): Iraqi police on Tuesday unearthed two mass graves in the western city of Ramadi, with bodies of about 40 people killed by Islamic State militants during the militant Sunni group’s reign of terror in the city, officials said. The officials said IS militants who were captured …

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