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US charges 9 Iranians in massive hacking scheme

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced criminal charges and sanctions Friday against Iranians accused in a government-sponsored hacking scheme to pilfer sensitive information from hundreds of universities, private companies and American government agencies. The nine defendants, accused of working at the behest of the Iranian government-tied Islamic Revolutionary Guard …

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Islamic State jihadist group claims deadly attack in southern France: propaganda arm

Beirut, March 23, 2018 (AFP) -The Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility for a shooting spree and hostage siege on Friday in southern France, its propaganda agency said. “The person who carried out the attack in Trebes in southern France is a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried …

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Three die in French shooting and hostage-taking, attacker killed

TREBES, France, March 23 (Reuters) – Three people were killed in southwestern France on Friday when a gunman held up a car, opened fire on police and then took hostages in a supermarket, screaming “Allahu Akbar”. Police later stormed the supermarket in the small town of Trebes and the attacker …

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Suspected Islamic State gunman takes hostages in France

Paris, March 23, 2018 (AFP) -A gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group fired shots and took hostages at a supermarket in southwestern France on Friday, a local prosecutor said. Security forces were responding to two separate incidents, one at a supermarket in the town of Trebes and the …

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Fighting in Ghouta despite rebel ceasefire attempt

BEIRUT, March 23 (Reuters) – Air strikes hit a rebel-held enclave of Syria’s eastern Ghouta region on Friday despite a ceasefire that the area’s controlling rebel group had said was agreed to come into force at midnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. On Thursday a spokesman for rebel …

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Freed Filipino priest says airstrikes routed Islamic State extremists

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino Roman Catholic priest who was held by Islamic State group-linked militants last year says airstrikes gave the military the crucial edge in crushing a siege by the extremists. The Rev. Teresito Soganub said Friday that his captors forced him and other hostages to gather …

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Protest over shooting of unarmed black man overtakes freeway

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Protesters decrying this week’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black man marched from Sacramento City Hall and onto a nearby freeway Thursday, disrupting rush hour traffic and holding signs with messages like “Sac PD: Stop killing us!” Hundreds of people rallied for Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old …

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Smoky condo fire in Vietnam kills at least 13, injures 28

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Residents startled awake by loud noise and smoke signaled for help with lit mobile phones and crawled onto cranes from their balconies to escape a fire Friday at a large condominium complex in southern Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City. At least 13 people were killed and …

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India court jails 11 men for life over ‘beef’ murder

New Delhi, March 22, 2018 (AFP) -An Indian court has sentenced 11 men to life in prison for killing a Muslim meat trader they suspected of transporting beef, in the first convictions over so-called “cow vigilantism”. The men, including a worker from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party, were found …

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Israeli firm says it can turn garbage into plastic gold

KIBBUTZ ZEELIM, ISRAEL (AP) — Hawks, vultures and storks circle overhead as Christopher Sveen points at the heap of refuse rotting in the desert heat, calling it “the mine of the future.” Sveen is chief operations officer at UBQ, an Israeli company that has patented a process to convert household …

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