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Monday , November 19 2018


Jakarta attack shows jostle to lead IS – Death toll in Indonesia rises to 8

JAKARTA, Jan 17, (RTRS): Last week’s attack on Jakarta showed for the first time that Islamic State violence has arrived in Indonesia, but security experts believe the radical group’s footprint is still light here because militants are jostling to be its regional leader. Police have identified Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian …

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Extremists slay 23 – Burkina Faso mourns

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, Jan 16, (AP): The overnight seizure of a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso’s capital by al-Qaeda-linked extremists ended Saturday when Burkina Faso and French security forces killed four jihadist attackers and freed more than 126 people, the West African nation’s president said. At least 23 other people …

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V. K. Singh to look after Gulf Indians as ministries merge

NEW DELHI, Jan 16: Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh will now on look after all issues related to expatriate Indians in the Gulf, reports the New Indian Express. “All matters relating to Indian nationals in Gulf countries will now be looked after by my colleague Gen V.K. …

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US and Tehran swap ‘detainees’ ahead of N-implementation day

VIENNA/DUBAI, Jan 16, (RTRS): Iran freed five Americans including a Washington Post reporter on Saturday as the two countries staged a series of goodwill gestures ahead of the expected announcement of the lifting of international sanctions against Tehran under a nuclear deal. US President Barack Obama pardoned three Iranian-Americans charged …

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IS attack on Deir Ezzor kills 75 Syrian soldiers – 600 British jihadists stopped from entering Syria

BEIRUT, Jan 16, (Agencies): At least 75 Syrian soldiers and pro-regime militiamen were killed Saturday in a multi-front attack by the Islamic State group on the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said. The fi ghting came as regime forces battled IS in the northern province of Aleppo, repelling …

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Losses spark more IS attacks

WASHINGTON, Jan 15, (Agencies): Islamic State jihadists will likely increase the tempo of attacks around the world as they come under increased pressure in Iraq and Syria, a top US general warned Thursday. General Lloyd Austin, who currently heads the military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) overseeing Middle East operations, made the …

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Chibok girls’ parents meet Nigerian president – Over 700 missing after army clashes: shiite group

ABUJA, Jan 15, (AFP): Hundreds of parents and sympathisers of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists in northeast Nigeria on Thursday met President Muhammadu Buhari to renew calls for their release. The 300 or so marchers, many of them crying, trekked through Abuja carrying signs with the …

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German police watching more than 400 militants

BERLIN, Jan 15, (Agencies): The number of Islamist militant fi ghters returning to Germany from Syria and Iraq is on the rise and more than 400 people are being watched, the head of German police said on Friday. Holger Muench, president of the BKA federal police, told ARD television that …

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Probe sought in Saudi death of American judged suicide

CONCORD, NH, Jan 15, (AP): A year after an American contractor was found dead in Saudi Arabia, his family doesn’t buy a police account indicating he killed himself, and they fear the case has been closed. Christopher Cramer, of Milford, was found dead Jan 15, 2015, beneath the third-fl oor …

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Starving Syrian teen died in front of our eyes: UN agency – Deliberate starvation of civilians a war crime: Ban

BEIRUT, Jan 15, (Agencies): The UN children’s agency said Friday that it witnessed the death of a teenager who died of starvation “in front of our eyes,” as well as several cases of severe malnutrition among children trapped in a besieged Syrian town near Damascus. Hanaa Singer, UNICEF’s representative in …

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