Monday , September 24 2018


Russia sends missile system to Syria

MOSCOW, Nov 5, (AFP): Russia has sent anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria to back up its air campaign, the commander of the air force Viktor Bondarev said in an interview published Thursday. “We sent there not just fighter planes, strike aircraft and helicopters but also anti-aircraft rocket systems,” Bondarev told …

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US warns Nepal at risk of humanitarian crisis

KATHMANDU, Nov 5, (AFP): The United States warned Thursday of a looming “humanitarian crisis” in quake-hit Nepal which is facing crippling shortages of vital supplies as protesters block a key checkpoint bordering India. Scores of trucks have been stranded at a crossing in the southern town of Birgunj for nearly …

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IS vows to detail downing

CAIRO, Nov 4, (Agencies): Islamic State’s Egyptian affiliate dismissed in an audio message on Wednesday doubts that it had downed a Russian passenger plane over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all aboard, and said it would tell the world how it did so in its own time. The Russian-operated Airbus A321M …

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Manila alert to airport extortion

MANILA, Nov 4, (AFP): The Philippine government said Wednesday it was investigating claims of a major extortion racket at the nation’s main airport involving security personnel planting bullets in passengers’ luggage. The allegations, which have dominated local news, prompted the United Nations to warn its staff of the potential dangers …

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Police arrest more jihadists – Terrorist cell in Madrid broken up

MADRID, Nov 4, (Agencies): Spanish authorities said Wednesday they had detained two men suspected of being involved in the Islamic State group’s “recruitment and indoctrination” drive, a day after they broke up a “terror cell” in Madrid. The two men were detained in a morning raid in the city of …

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Filipino rebels demand 60m ransom for 3 foreigners – Ransom demand ‘incredible’: Army official

MANILA, Nov 4, (RTRS): A small but violent al-Qaedalinked Islamist group in the Philippines has demanded a billion pesos ($21 million) each for three men and a woman captured at a beach resort in September, one of the victims said in a video. The men, two Canadians and a Norwegian, …

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HH the Amir’s visit to Russia creates fresh vistas for co-op – Visit part of friendly dialogue

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 3, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is set to begin his first official visit to Russia next Tuesday (Nov 10) since he assumed power in 2006. The visit, part of the top-level dialogue between the two friendly countries, is expected to give …

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Dump ‘reason’ to lure back jihadis

PARIS, Nov 3, (RTRS): Anthropologist Dounia Bouzar used to try religious arguments to turn young people away from militant Islam — and failed. So the 51-yearold grandmother developed her own techniques along the lines of Alcoholics Anonymous. Her main rule: Don’t try to reason with people. “Characteristically, a young person …

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Blogger’s widow urges safe houses for writers on death lists

The widow of a Bangladeshi-American atheist blogger killed earlier this year decried the Bangladesh government’s failure to prosecute the perpetrators of deadly attacks on writers Monday and urged countries to provide safe houses for dozens more on death lists. Rafida Ahmed, who was hacked four times in the head and …

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‘External factors’ caused flight crash – MOST GULF CARRIERS RE-ROUTE FLIGHTS OVER SINAI

MOSCOW, Nov 2, (Agencies): The Russian passenger jet that crashed in Egypt killing all 224 people on board came down due to “external” factors, the airline said Monday, as relatives began identifying their loved ones in Saint Petersburg. Senior Kogalymavia executive Alexander Smirnov said that “no technical failures” could account …

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