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Chase ends with 6 Saudi suspects dead – 4 on death row for terrorism

RIYADH, March 12, (Agencies): A chase in Saudi Arabia ended in a gunfight on Friday with the death of six suspects wanted for killing their relative, a special forces officer, the interior ministry said. Sergeant Badr Hamid Sareekh al- Rashidi was murdered last month. The Arab News reported that the …

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Indian statues ‘seized’ from NY auction house

NEW YORK, March 12, (AP): Two Indian statues that are more than 1,000 years old were seized Friday from Christie’s auction house after investigators discovered they had been smuggled out of the country, eventually landing in New York. The antiquities were to be part of an auction next week called …

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US Muslim women learn ‘self-defense’

WASHINGTON, March 12, (RTRS): Some 20 women in Islamic hijab worried by rising anti- Muslim rhetoric in the United States watched on a recent night as their self-defense instructor showed them how to punch a would-be attacker. “Kiai!” shouted Rana Abdelhamid, an Egyptian- American with a black belt in shotokan …

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‘Unfaithful’ wives commenter jailed

CAIRO, March 12, (RTRS): An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced a prominent Facebook user to three years in prison with hard labour after he asserted on television that many married women in the conservative country were unfaithful. Taymour el-Sobky was arrested last month and accused by prosecutors of slandering Egyptian …

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Arab League declares Hezbollah terror group

CAIRO, March 11, (AFP): Arab League foreign ministers on Friday declared Lebanon’s Shiite movement Hezbollah a “terrorist” group, after Sunni-dominated Gulf monarchies adopted the same stance. Nearly all members of the pan-Arab body supported the decision, but not Lebanon and Iraq which expressed “reservations”, the bloc said in a statement …

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Paris attackers listed in leaked IS files

BERLIN, March 11, (Agencies): A trove of leaked Islamic State group documents features the names of three of the jihadist militants behind the deadly attack on the Paris Bataclan theatre, German media reported Friday. Among the thousands of IS registration papers were those of Samy Amimour, Foued Mohamed-Aggad and Omar …

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BJP to strip Muslim immigrants of vote – India, Bahrain agree on action to curb human trafficking

JALESWAR, India, March 11, (RTRS): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party has vowed to disenfranchise millions of Muslim immigrants in a volatile frontier state, waging a polarising election campaign in a bid to form its first government there. In campaign rallies in the remote state of Assam, officials …

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‘More girls lured by IS than boys’

PARIS, March 11, (Agencies): In France, more teenage girls than boys are drawn to joining Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria, a high-ranking anti- terrorist offi cial told AFP this week. “Among minors, females are overrepresented to a proportion of 55 percent” of those interested in making the journey, …

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Details of DAESH on memory stick to West

LONDON, March 10, (Agencies): A disillusioned former member of Islamic State has passed a stolen memory stick of documents identifying 22,000 supporters in over 50 countries to a British journalist, a leak that could help the West target Islamist fighters planning attacks. Leaks of such detailed information about Islamic State …

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Thousands evacuated as Iraqi forces move on IS

BAGHDAD, March 10, (Agencies): Iraqi forces retook a town from the Islamic State jihadist group in Anbar province Thursday and evacuated 10,000 civilians as they advanced up the Euphrates valley, a security spokesman said. “Counter-terrorism forces and army troops liberated the Zankura area in a swift military operation,” Sabah al- …

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