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Tuesday , November 20 2018

International

US air strike targets ‘Jihadi John’ – OBAMA SAYS ISLAMIC STATE GROUP CONTAINED

LONDON, Nov 13, (Agencies): A US strike on Syria that targeted British militant “Jihadi John” was “an act of self-defence”, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday, while acknowledging his death was “not yet certain”. Cameron said the operation on Thursday against Mohammed Emwazi, who appeared in a string of …

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Kurdish forces seize Iraq’s Sinjar from Islamic State

NEAR SINJAR TOWN, Nov 13, (Agencies): Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by US air strikes seized the Iraqi town of Sinjar from Islamic State on Friday, a Reuters witness said, in one of the most significant counterattacks since the militants swept through the north last year. “ISIL defeated and on the …

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Norway arrests 2 linked to IS group

STOCKHOLM, Nov 13, (AP): Norway’s security service PST says two men have been arrested for suspected links to the Islamic State militant group. PST spokeswoman Siv Alsen said Friday that a 26-year-old man was arrested Wednesday when he returned to Oslo from Turkey. He is suspected of having been a …

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Moscow bans Egyptian national carrier from flying to Russia – Egypt says plane’s final seconds to be analyzed abroad

MOSCOW, Nov 13, (Agencies): Russia’s state aviation agency on Friday banned Egypt’s national carrier from flying to Russia, a move that follows the suspension of all Russian flights to Egypt after a deadly crash. Rosaviatsiya on Friday formally notified Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, where Egypt Air flights arrive, that the ban …

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Kurds cut key IS supply line in Sinjar

MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq, Nov 12, (Agencies): Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by US-led strikes blocked a key Islamic State group supply line with Syria Thursday as they fought to retake the town of Sinjar from the jihadists. A permanent cut in the supply line would hamper IS’s ability to move fighters …

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UAE police officer held in Libya of spying – Welayti was fired 5 years ago: Dubai police

BENGHAZI, Libya, Nov 12, (AP): Authorities in Libya’s militia-held capital say they arrested an Emirati police officer on suspicion of being a spy, though Dubai police on Thursday said the man in question was fired five years ago. The arrest comes as US officials last year said the United Arab …

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Twin suicide blasts kill at least 41 in Beirut Hezbollah bastion

BEIRUT, Nov 12, (Agencies): At least 41 people have been killed and more than 200 wounded after twin suicide bombings rocked a stronghold of Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah movement in south Beirut, officials said. Police said two men on foot set off suicide vests in front of a shopping centre in …

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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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