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Turkey ‘crossed the line’ with downing: Lavrov

MOSCOW, Nov 27, (Agencies): Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday said that Ankara has crossed the line by shooting down a Russian warplane this week and warned the incident could severely undermine Turkey’s interests. “We believe that the Turkish leadership has crossed the line of what is acceptable,” Lavrov …

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‘More songs…more bombs’ – ‘We will remain France’

PARIS, Nov 27, (Agencies): President Francois Hollande vowed Friday to destroy the “army of fanatics” behind the Paris attacks but also said France would respond with more songs, concerts and shows as the nation paused to honour the 130 killed. “On November 13, a day we will never forget, France …

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New airstrikes targetting IS city in Raqqa kill eight – US targets IS with 18 strikes in Iraq

BEIRUT, Nov 27, (Agencies): A new wave of airstrikes targeting the Syrian city of Raqqa, the headquarters of the extremist Islamic State group and the focus of an international military campaign, killed at least eight people, including five children, Syrian opposition groups said Friday. The strikes came as France’s foreign …

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Lebanon army commander sees growing risk from Syrian camps – Potential hideouts for militants: Kahwaji

BEIRUT, Nov 27, (RTRS): The Lebanese army commander says camps that are home to refugees from neighbouring Syria represent a growing security risk as potential hideouts for militants who have been prevented from using other areas to launch attacks and rig car bombs. General Jean Kahwaji told Reuters the security …

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US berets in Kobane … Russia bombs rebels

BEIRUT, Nov 26, (Agencies): US soldiers are in Kobane, the town in northern Syria nearly destroyed in fierce fighting with the Islamic State group, to train Kurdish forces to battle the jihadists, Kurdish sources said Thursday. Mustapha Abdi, an activist in the town on the Turkish border, told AFP the …

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Saudi Arabia plans to execute 50 people convicted of terrorism

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia plans to execute more than 50 people convicted of terrorism, two Saudi newspapers reported this week, in what appears to be a warning to would-be jihadists at a time of militant attacks on the kingdom. Fifty-five people were awaiting execution for “terrorist crimes” that killed more than …

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Massive Philippine blaze leaves thousands homeless

A huge fire that swept through a crowded Manila shanty town has razed more than 800 homes, leaving thousands homeless after they were forced to flee for their lives from the towering flames, officials said Thursday. Residents joined forces with firefighters to battle Wednesday’s blaze which spread quickly among the …

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Unprecedented US anti-Muslim backlash post Paris – ‘Mainstreaming of hate’

NEW YORK, Nov 26, (AFP): Acts of vandalism against mosques, anti-Muslim threats and fear have reached an unprecedented level in America since the Paris attacks, fueled by right-wing intolerance in the presidential campaign, activists say. “In such a short period — it’s what makes it unprecedented,” said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman …

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Crackdown on Muslims fuels exodus to IS

KOMSOMOLSKOYE, Russia, Nov 25, (AP): Security forces in Russia’s southernmost republic of Dagestan keep devout Muslims under surveillance, routinely raid their homes and haul them to police stations to give DNA samples and fingerprints. So it was no surprise to many in the village of Komsomolskoye that Rashid Magomedov fled …

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Putin deploys missile system to Syria – JET DOWNED IN 17 SECONDS INCURSION … PILOT SHOT IN PARACHUTE

MOSCOW, Nov 25, (Agencies): President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered state-of-the art air defense missile systems to be deployed at a Russian air base in Syria following the downing of one of its warplanes by Turkey, a move that raised the threat of a military confrontation between the NATO member …

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