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International

Trump fix eyed as Mattis, Europe back Iran deal – Sign-offs trouble

WASHINGTON, Oct 4, (Agencies): The future of the Iran nuclear deal may hinge on a face-saving fix for President Donald Trump so he doesn’t have to recertify the Islamic republic’s compliance every 90 days, according to US officials. Several officials familiar with internal discussions say the periodic reviews mandated by …

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‘Work with Pakistan one more time’ – US troop boost to cost $1b

WASHINGTON, Oct 4, (Agencies): The US military’s top leaders told lawmakers Tuesday that the thousands of additional US troops President Donald Trump has ordered to Afghanistan will cost just over $1 billion a year, bringing the total bill for fighting America’s longest war to $12.5 billion annually. During wide-ranging hearings …

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Australia planning tough ‘terror laws’

SYDNEY, Oct 4, (Agencies): Australia unveiled plans Wednesday to hold terror suspects for 14 days without charge and beef up its national database to include biometric data from driver’s licences. New South Wales already permits detention for 14 days, but other states and territories only allow a week or less, …

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VOTE SET TO CEMENT KURDISH CASE FOR INDEPENDENCE

Ex-president of Iraq Talabani dies – Amir offers condolences SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq, Oct 3, (Agencies): Ex-Iraqi president and Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani died on Tuesday in Germany, officials in his party told AFP. Talabani, 83, was Iraq’s president from 2005 to 2014 and a key figure in Iraqi Kurdistan, where voters last …

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Catalans rally in fury – Pique lightning rod in Catalonia chaos

BARCELONA, Oct 3, (AFP): Several hundred thousand Catalans rallied Tuesday in fury at police violence against voters during a banned independence referendum, as Madrid accused regional authorities of “inciting rebellion”. Crowds yelled for national security forces to get out of the region, branding them “occupation forces”, as the national government’s …

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‘Drug war kills poor only’ – Chief won’t stop cops seeking church ‘help’

MANILA, Oct 3, (RTRS): The Philippines’ top police commander on Tuesday said he would not prevent officers involved in the country’s bloody war on drugs from seeking church protection and testifying to their alleged abuses, providing they told the truth. Police chief Ronald dela Rosa was reacting to a statement …

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Jihadists in flight disperse fighters

BEIRUT, Oct 3, (AFP): The Islamic State group is under attack across the remaining parts of its self-proclaimed caliphate, but what happens to its thousands of fighters as their group loses grip on territory? Facing multiple offensives, the jihadist group has lost the Libyan city of Sirte, Iraq’s Mosul and …

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AMIR OFFERS CONDOLENCES OVER LAS VEGAS ATTACK

AT LEAST 58 KILLED, OVER 500 INJURED – SHOOTER KILLS HIMSELF No evidence for DAESH claim of responsibility LAS VEGAS, Oct 2, (Agencies): A 64-year-old man armed with more than 10 rifles rained down gunfire on a Las Vegas country music festival on Sunday, slaughtering at least 58 people in …

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Terrorist label frustrates NY woods’ Muslim community

ISLAMBERG, New York, Oct 2, (AP): If Islamberg truly is a hotbed of jihad, a heavily armed terrorist training ground hidden in the woods of upstate New York, it’s hard to see along the rutted dirt road winding through the Muslim community. On a recent day, women in hijabs carried …

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Spain in ‘crisis’ after Catalan banned vote

MADRID, Oct 2, (Agencies): Spain vowed Monday to stop Catalonia from declaring independence after a banned referendum that saw riot police use batons and rubber bullets, as the country grappled with its deepest crisis in decades. The government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was holding emergency talks after Catalan president …

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