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Russia arrests ‘seven’ Islamic State militants

MOSCOW, Feb 8, (RTRS): Russia’s FSB security service said on Monday it had arrested seven Islamic State militants in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg who it said had been planning bomb attacks in Moscow, St Petersburg and the Sverdlovsk region. The group included Russian nationals and citizens of Central Asian …

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UAE offers boots for IS Syria fight

ABU DHABI, Feb 7, (Agencies): The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said on Sunday it was ready to supply ground troops to help support and train an international military coalition against Islamic State in Syria provided such efforts were led by the United States. Asked whether the UAE could be expected …

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Guernsey cannot take in Syrians due to ‘Islamophobia’

LONDON, Feb 7, (AFP): The Channel Island of Guernsey could not take in any of the Syrian refugees flooding Europe due to “Islamophobia” in the British dependency, its chief minister said. “Negativity” would make it difficult to provide them with security, Jonathan Le Tocq said, according to the BBC. “There’s …

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7 suspected of jihadi links arrested – Two puppeteers held for ‘glorifying terrorism’ in show

MADRID, Feb 7, (Agencies): Spanish police arrested seven suspected members Sunday of a jihadi cell linked to Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra militants during raids in the eastern provinces of Valencia and Alicante and in Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta. In a statement, police said the cell was well-organized …

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Pakistan arrest six over child wedding

MULTAN, Pakistan, Feb 7, (AFP): Police have arrested six people accused of arranging the marriage of a seven-year-old boy and six-yearold girl in eastern Pakistan, officials said Saturday. The fathers of both children, the cleric performing the ceremony, and three witnesses were charged under the Child Marriage Restraint Act on …

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Syria vows coffins for foreign boots

DAMASCUS, Syria, Feb 6, (Agencies): Syria’s foreign minister warned Saturday that Saudi or other foreign troops entering his country would “return home in wooden coffins” and asserted that recent military advances put his government “on track” to end the five-year-old civil war. Walid al-Moallem’s comments capped a week that saw …

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Assange ‘sex case’ sinks in int’l drama – Aussie minister offers assistance

LONDON, Feb 6, (Agencies): It started more than five years ago as what appeared to be a fairly simple sex crime case: two women in Sweden came forward to accuse Julian Assange of sexual misconduct. Now the case has mutated into a complicated international drama involving Britain, Sweden, the United …

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Italian student killed in Egypt criticised Cairo govt in articles

ROME, Feb 6, (Agencies): An Italian student found dead by a roadside in Cairo with cigarette burns and other signs of torture on his body had written articles critical of the Egyptian government, according to the Italian newspaper that published them. Il Manifesto, a left-wing newspaper based in Rome, published …

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Twitter blocks 125,000 accounts in terror crackdown – ‘Horrifi ed by extremist atrocities’

WASHINGTON, Feb 6, (AFP): Twitter said Friday it suspended more than 125,000 accounts, most of them linked to the Islamic State group, as part of increased efforts to eradicate “terrorist content” on the popular messaging platform. The accounts frozen since mid-2015 were targeted “for threatening or promoting terrorist acts,” said …

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Riyadh offers boots in Syria against DAESH

RIYADH, Feb 5, (Agencies): Saudi Arabia is ready to join any ground operation the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria might decide on, a general from the kingdom said on Thursday. “If there is any willingness in the coalition to go in the ground operation, we will …

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