Saturday , September 22 2018


‘Felony child abuse’ in family hijab anger

 COLUMBIA, Missouri, Nov 30, (AP): A University of Missouri graduate teaching assistant is accused of grabbing a teenage family member by the hair and pulling her out of school because she wasn’t wearing a traditional headscarf worn by some Muslim women. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports 53-year-old Youssif Omar was …

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Worldwide rallies demand action – Fossil fuel divestment drive gathers momentum

Sydney, Nov 29, (AFP): Tens of thousands marched across Australia Sunday on a third day of worldwide rallies as pressure mounts on global leaders to strike a pact on cutting greenhouse gases at crucial talks in still-shaken Paris. Some 150 leaders including US President Barack Obama, China’s Xi Jinping, India’s …

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Russian airstrikes kill 18 civilians: Syria opposition – ‘Turkey increases arms shipments to rebels’

BEIRUT, Nov 29, (Agencies): Airstrikes believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes killed at least 18 civilians and wounded dozens more on Sunday in a northern Syrian town held by insurgents, Syrian opposition media reported. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes struck the town …

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3 IS-tied militants killed in Dagestan

MOSCOW, Nov 29, (AP): Russia’s counter-terrorism agency says security forces in Dagestan have killed three militants who had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State group, including one who had returned from Syria this year. Police say nearly a third of the estimated 3,000 Russians who have gone to fight alongside …

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Did Paris attacks voice have bigger role? – Clain jailed in past for recruiting militants

PARIS/ALENCON, France, Nov 29, (RTRS): The voice that claimed Islamic State was responsible for the deadly Paris attacks is known to many in the small French provincial town of Alencon. To family, Fabien Clain was a “big teddy bear”, to neighbours he was polite and at the local mosque he …

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‘Putin fully mobilised to tackle threat from Turkey’ – Erdogan ‘saddened’ by downing of Russian jet

MOSCOW, Nov 28, (Agencies): President Vladimir Putin is fully mobilised to tackle what the Kremlin regards as an unprecedented threat from Turkey following the shooting down of one of its warplanes by a Turkish F-16, the Russian leader’s spokesman said on Saturday. In comments which underscore how angry the Kremlin …

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Momentum builds for joining Syria strikes – Protests in Britain, Spain

LONDON, Nov 28, (Agencies): Some 5,000 people protested in London Saturday against potential British participation in Syria airstrikes, as political momentum mounted to broaden the fight against Islamic State (IS) jihadists. Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday laid out the case for British jets, already bombing IS targets in Iraq, …

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Tunisia names three suspects wanted over suicide bombing

Tunis, Nov 28, (AFP): Tunisia has identified three suspects wanted over Tuesday’s suicide bombing that killed 12 presidential guards and is offering a financial reward for information leading to their arrest. The interior ministry issued a statement on Friday evening identifying the wanted men as Hassan Ben Khalifa Bouchiba, Houcine …

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Suicide bomber kills 7 in Iraq town – Bomb-rigged mass grave of IS victims found

BAGHDAD, Nov 28, (Agencies): At least seven people were killed in a suicide car bomb attack in a northern Iraqi town that has seen deadly clashes between Kurdish and Shi’ite paramilitary forces, the mayor and security sources said on Saturday. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast …

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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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