Wednesday , September 26 2018


Saudi conducts 147th execution this yr – Kingdom’s highest in two decades

RIYADH, Nov 12, (AFP): Saudi Arabia on Thursday executed one of its citizens convicted of murder, adding to a toll which rights group Amnesty International says is the kingdom’s highest in two decades. Nasser al-Qahtani was put to death in Eastern Province after being convicted of shooting dead another Saudi, …

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Briton home, avoids lashing

LONDON, Nov 11, (AFP): A British man imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for breaking antialcohol laws has returned to Britain, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday, after a diplomatic storm that threatened to dent UK Saudi relations. The family of Karl Andree, 74, said he had been told he faced 350 …

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Syrian army breaks IS siege of key military air base in Aleppo

KWEYRIS, Syria, Nov 11, (Agencies): Syria’s army broke a more than year-long jihadist siege of a military air base in the country’s north Tuesday, scoring its first major breakthrough since Russia’s air campaign began. Troops, backed by pro-government militia, broke through the Islamic State (IS) group’s siege of the Kweyris …

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‘More attacks on foreigners in Bangladesh’

Foreigners may be attacked again in Bangladesh, the US State Department said in a travel warning on Tuesday that urged Americans to be cautious and vigilant in that country. A Japanese citizen was shot dead in Bangladesh on Oct 3 and an Italian aid worker was killed in the same …

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Hindu cow mobs rule as religious debate rages – Govt accused of failing to rein in Hindu hardliners

TARANAGAR, India, Nov 11, (AFP): As a truck screeches to a halt on an Indian highway in the middle of the night, devout young Hindus armed with sticks scramble inside, searching for cows they consider sacred. Almost every night, the vigilantes lie in wait for suspected cattle smugglers in the …

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1 dead … 2 wounded in subway shooting

NEW YORK, Nov 10, (AFP): One man was killed and two other people wounded Monday in a shooting in a subway stop near New York’s Penn Station, authorities said. The shooter had apparently had words briefly while with the three victims as they sat in a McDonald’s restaurant. He followed …

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War on DAESH needs boots on ground: US air force secretary

DUBAI, Nov 10, (Agencies): The air campaign against the Islamic State group has made progress in degrading the jihadist organisation but will not be enough without local boots on the ground, the US air force secretary said on Tuesday. The comments from Deborah Lee James come just days after Pentagon …

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Philippine militants free Malaysian hostage – Paid huge ransom, but police officials deny money changed hands

MANILA, Philippines, Oct 10, (AP): Abu Sayyaf militants have freed a Malaysian restaurant manager after six months of jungle captivity in the southern Philippines, but her compatriot remains in their custody in the latest cross-border kidnappings to alarm Malaysia, officials said Monday. The militants released Thien Nyuk Fun late Sunday …

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Bangladesh machete attack on policeman

DHAKA, Nov 10, (RTRS): A machete-wielding man on Tuesday injured a military policeman in an attack at an army check post in the Bangladesh capital, police said, the second law enforcement official to be targeted in a week. Fears are growing that Bangladesh’s secular democracy is under attack following the …

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Thousands more tourists flee Egypt – Police kill top militant in Cairo

SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 9, (Agencies): Thousands more foreign tourists flew home from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh Monday after the downing of a Russian airliner claimed by jihadists, as police killed a top militant in the capital. The militant, Ashraf Ali Ali Hassanein al- Gharabli, was shot dead in an …

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