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IS says behind Dagestan blast

JEMIKENT, Russia, Feb 15, (RTRS): Islamic State said its suicide bomber had blown up a car in Russia’s volatile Dagestan that killed two policemen on Monday, the deadliest attack in the southern republic since 2013. RIA news agency quoted a Dagestani security source as saying earlier that the suicide bomber …

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Tests confirm IS used mustard gas in Iraq last year: diplomat

AMSTERDAM, Feb 15, (Agencies): Islamic State militants attacked Kurdish forces in Iraq with mustard gas last year, in the first known use of chemical weapons in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein, a diplomat said, after tests by the global chemical arms watchdog. A source at the Organisation for …

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Poland not ‘likely’ to send troops to fight IS

WARSAW, Feb 14, (RTRS): Poland is unlikely to send troops to fight against Islamic State, Polish state-run news agency PAP quoted President Andrzej Duda as saying on Saturday. Poland’s Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz had said on Wednesday the country would join the fight against Islamic State, though he signalled that …

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Bahrain on path to recovery: police chief – ‘Returning to stability 5 years after revolt’

MANAMA, Feb 14, (RTRS): Bahrain’s police chief said the Gulf state was slowly returning to stability five years after a 2011 uprising was put down by force, but still faced security threats from Iran-backed elements and militants linked to Islamic State. Speaking ahead of the fifth anniversary of the start …

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2015 civilian injuries in Afghan war with Taleban worst since 2009

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb 14, (Agencies): Civilian injuries in Afghanistan’s long war with the Taleban rose last year, with women and children again bearing the brunt of the violence, the United Nations said in a report on Sunday. A total of 3,545 civilians were killed in 2015 as a result of …

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Habtoor signs Christie’s as sales agent for Habtoor City

DUBAI, UAE, Feb 14: The Al Habtoor Group has signed a deal with Christie’s International Real Estate UAE to be the sole sales agent for its Al Habtoor City Residence Collection. A signing ceremony at the Al Habtoor Group head office on Al Wasl Road took place on Sunday Feb …

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‘NO BASHAR ASSAD IN THE FUTURE’ – Turkey, Saudi could launch ground operation in Syria

ISTANBUL, Feb 13, (Agencies): Turkey and Saudi Arabia could launch a ground operation against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, the Turkish foreign minister said Saturday, adding the kingdom was already sending jets to a Turkish base to attack the extremists. The coordinated plans by Riyadh and Ankara, who are pursuing …

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Turkey shells Kurdish militia in Syria – No reasons given for attack

ANKARA, Feb 13, (RTRS): Turkey’s military has shelled Kurdish militia targets near the town of Azaz in northern Syria, a Turkish government source told Reuters on Saturday, without elaborating on the extent of the shelling or why it had been carried out. “The Turkish Armed Forces fired shells at PYD …

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Army frees 267 detainees, no ‘links’ to Boko Haram – One girl hankers for life with militant husband

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Feb 13, (Agencies): Nigeria’s army freed 267 detainees Friday, including dozens of children, some as young as preschoolers, saying that investigators had determined they had no links to Boko Haram Islamic extremists. Only eight suspects were handed over to police for further investigation, commanding officer Maj. Gen. Haruna …

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Women-led mosque opens in Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN, Feb 13, (AFP): Scandinavia’s first female-led mosque has opened in Copenhagen, in a bid to challenge “patriarchal structures” and hoping to create debate and dialogue, its founder said Friday. Sherin Khankan, born in Denmark to a Syrian father and a Finnish mother, said that while all activities at the …

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