Thursday , November 23 2017

International

Muslim rebel group sounds IS alarm – MILF seeking to prevent militants from gaining foothold

DATU SALIBO, Philippines, Aug 23, (AFP): The Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group said Wednesday it had lost 10 fighters in battles to stop a “growing force” of radical militants who support the Islamic State group. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is seeking to prevent the militants from gaining a foothold …

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Trump talks tough on Pakistan – US commits to open-ended Afghan war

WASHINGTON/KABUL, Aug 22, (RTRS): President Donald Trump committed US troops to an open-ended war in Afghanistan, a decision the Afghan government welcomed on Tuesday but which Taleban insurgents warned would make the country a “graveyard for the American empire”. Trump offered few specifics in a speech on Monday but promised …

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US, Qatar stage exercise – Row over Hajj

DOHA, Aug 22, (Agencies): Qatari and US paratroopers held a joint training exercise in crisis-hit Doha on Tuesday which American officials said reinforced “the enduring military-tomilitary” partnership between the two countries. The “Friendship Jump” comes at a time of high political tension in the Gulf, where a boycott of Qatar …

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‘Triple talaq unconstitutional’ – Instant divorce banned

NEW DELHI, Aug 22, (Agencies): India’s top court on Tuesday banned a controversial Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives instantly, ending a long tradition that many Muslim women had fiercely opposed. The Supreme Court ruled that the practice of “triple talaq”, whereby Muslim men can divorce their …

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US says some remains of sailors found

Search and rescue ops continue after warship, oil tanker collision SINGAPORE, Aug 22, (AP): Navy divers searching a flooded compartment of the USS John S. McCain found remains of some of the 10 sailors missing in a collision between the warship and an oil tanker, the US Pacific Fleet commander …

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Barcelona attack fugitive shot dead – Suspect left van attack site on foot

FIFTEENTH VICTIM MURDERED IN CAR-JACKING ESCAPE SUBIRATS, Spain, Aug 21, (Agencies): A man thought to be the driver in the Barcelona van attack was shot dead by Spanish police Monday after authorities announced he also was suspected of killing the owner of a hijacked getaway car. The fugitive was wearing …

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Finland seeks detention of 5 – Suspect in stabbing asylum seeker

HELSINKI, Aug 21, (RTRS): Finnish police have requested that all five people arrested after a man went on stabbing rampage last week, killing two people and wounding eight, should be held in pre-trial detention. The main suspect, 18-yearold Moroccan asylum seeker Abderrahman Mechkah, is being investigated for two cases of …

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Qatar denies blocking Saudi Hajj pilgrimage flights – Pilgrimage turns into point of contestation

DOHA, Aug 21, (AFP): Qatar on Monday denied it had banned Saudi Arabian flights from landing in the emirate to transport Muslim pilgrims to Makkah, after an accusation by authorities in Riyadh. Saudi Arabian Airlines on Sunday said Qatari authorities had refused to grant a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight, scheduled …

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Raqqa families make daring ‘escape’ from IS stronghold

Russia boosts air campaign to help recapture key Syrian city RAQQA, Syria, Aug 21, (Agencies): As Shawakh al-Omar huddled with 16 relatives in a single room in house in Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold Raqqa, a mortar round slammed into the home next door, killing four people and shaking the building. …

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