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Wednesday , November 21 2018

International

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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Qatar mulls ‘introducing’ family-only days at mall – ‘Bachelor ban’

DOHA, Nov 25, (AFP): Qatar’s only directly elected body is to discuss introducing family-only days at major shopping malls in a move dubbed a “bachelor ban” that is likely to restrict access for foreign labourers. What sounds like an innocuous idea is proving highly contentious and threatens once more to …

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French jets destroy Islamic State command centre in Iraq – official; ‘US leads 23 air strikes against DAESH’

WASHINGTON, Nov 25, (Agencies): French warplanes destroyed an Islamic State command centre at Tal Afar, some 45 kilometres west of Mosul in Iraq, a French official said on Tuesday. “We hit an Islamic State command centre at Tal Afar,” the official said during President Francois Hollande’s visit to meet his …

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Putin rages as Turkey downs jet

ANKARA, Nov 24, (AFP): NATO member Turkey shot down a Russian war plane on the Syrian border on Tuesday, an act President Vladimir Putin denou-nced as a “stab in the back” by “accomplices of terrorists” as tensions spiralled between two rival players in the Syria war. Turkey called an extraordinary …

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Tunis bomb attack on presidential guard bus kills 14

TUNIS, Nov 24, (AFP): A bomb exploded on a bus transporting Tunisia’s presidential guard in central Tunis Tuesday killed at least 14 people and wounded 11, the interior ministry said. A security source at the site of the explosion said “most of the agents who were on the bus are …

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