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Al Habtoor receives the Netherlands’ Ambassador to Abu Dhabi and the Dutch Consul General to Dubai

DUBAI, UAE, Jan 26: Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group welcomed His Excellency Frank J. M. Mollen, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Abu Dhabi at his office on Al Wasl Road on Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016. Ambassador Mollen was accompanied during the …

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Egyptians mark fifth uprising anniversary against Mubarak – Sisi bans demonstrations; security tightened

CAIRO, Jan 25, (AFP): Egyptians on Monday marked the fifth anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak amid tight security and a warning from the new regime that demonstrations will not be tolerated. Police deployed on streets in Cairo including near the iconic Tahrir Square — the epicentre of …

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IS planning for large-scale attacks on Europe – ‘Attacks will be primarily directed at soft targets’

AMSTERDAM, Jan 25, (AFP): The Islamic State group has honed the ability to launch global attacks and is set to focus more on Europe following the Paris massacre, the chief of the EU police agency Europol said Monday. Rob Wainwright told a news conference that “the so-called Islamic State had …

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‘Extremist groups get int’l financing’ – Indonesia province bans small Islamic sect

SINGAPORE, Jan 25, (Agencies): Indonesian extremist groups received international financing from Australia and Syria, the country’s security minister said Monday, adding to fears that jihadists are targeting the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Luhut Panjaitan was speaking at a defence forum in Singapore less than two weeks after coordinated gun …

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France, India ink Rafale deal – Threats won’t stop Paris fighting terror: Hollande

NEW DELHI, Jan 25, (AFP): India and France have signed an agreement on the long-delayed purchase of 36 French Rafale fighter jets but have yet to reach a deal on financial issues, the leaders of both countries said Monday. French President Francois Hollande said there remained “some financial issues” to …

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Speaker calls for Islamic cultural battle against terror, raps Tehran

BAGHDAD, Jan 24, (KUNA): President of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) and Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim called on Sunday for waging an “Islamic cultural battle” against growing terrorism. Addressing the 11th conference of the Parliamentary Union of OIC (PUIC) held in Baghdad, Al-Ghanim said: “As no country is …

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Iraq summons Saudi envoy over comments

BAGHDAD, Jan 24, (Agencies): The Iraqi foreign ministry said on Sunday it had summoned the Saudi ambassador over comments he made to the media a day earlier regarding Iranianbacked Shi’ite Muslim militias in Iraq. “This constitutes … a breach of diplomatic protocol and is based on inaccurate information,” the ministry …

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Taleban vows to target schools – ‘Armed teachers’ in Pak classrooms

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jan 24, (AFP): Headmaster Naveed Gul walked past the armed guard at the gate into his office. As primary school pupils studied their morning lessons outside, he reached beneath his warm woolly sweater, and pulled out a gun. “This is an M20 pistol,” he said. “It’s made in …

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Obama urges ‘serious’ action against Pak extremists – University attack suspects held

ISLAMABAD, Jan 24, (Agencies): Pakistani security agencies have arrested five men accused of helping organise Wednesday’s attack on a university in the country’s troubled northwest that killed 21 people, the military announced on Saturday. The assault on Bacha Khan university campus in Charsadda by four armed assailants was later claimed …

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‘Snowzilla’ blizzard pummels eastern US

WASHINGTON, Jan 23, (AFP): A deadly blizzard walloped the eastern United States on Saturday, paralyzing Washington and other cities under a heavy blanket of snow as officials warned millions of people to remain indoors until the storm eases up. At least eight people were killed in three states in road …

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