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Lebanon opens offensive on IS – Syrian army encircles DAESH

BEIRUT, Aug 19, (Agencies): Lebanese troops on Saturday launched an offensive against the Islamic State group on the country’s eastern border with Syria, seeking to drive the jihadists from a long-time stronghold. The operation came as IS faces multiple military attacks on territory it controls in both Syria and neighbouring …

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Finland knife attack kills 2 – ‘IS’ hit in Russia

HELSINKI, Aug 19, (Agencies): The knife attack in western Finland that left two people dead and seven others wounded is “a likely terror act,” Finland’s intelligence agency said Saturday, while police said Europol was investigating if it had any ties to deadly vehicle attacks in Spain. The suspect — an …

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Cities seek creative ways to prevent vehicle attacks

Dozen vehicle-ramming attacks in Europe and US PARIS, Aug 19, (AP): From Barcelona to Times Square and beyond, extremists have used vehicles as deadly weapons with alarming frequency in recent years, whether to promote jihad, get attention or express despair. In response, ugly concrete blocks as well as more aesthetic …

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VAN PLOUGHS INTO CROWD ON BARCELONA LA RAMBLAS STREET – 13 confirmed dead, 80 injured

Suspect in attack said arrested BARCELONA, Aug 17, (RTRS): A van ploughed into crowds in the Spanish city of Barcelona on Thursday and a regional official said 13 people were killed, in what police said they were treating as a terrorist attack. Police said they had arrested a man linked …

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Hajj opens border for Qatar pilgrims

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Aug 17, (Agencies): Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday that it is reopening its border with Qatar to allow Qataris to attend the Hajj, despite a monthlong rift between Doha and four Arab countries led by Riyadh that prompted both sides to trade accusations of politicizing the pilgrimage. …

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Riyadh, Baghdad to reopen border – Probe sought of IS crimes

BAGHDAD, Aug 17, (Agencies): Iraqi and Saudi officials on Wednesday inspected a border crossing between their countries to examine how to reopen the frontier, closed for the past 27 years,, officials said Wednesday. The border has been shut to all travellers except Iraqi Muslim pilgrims heading to and from Mecca …

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US forces to ‘stay’ in Syria for decades: militia allies

Canberra says infamous Aussie IS fighter ‘likely’ dead AIN ISSA, Syria, Aug 17, (Agencies): Washington’s main Syrian ally in the fight against Islamic State says the US military will remain in northern Syria long after the jihadists are defeated, predicting enduring ties with the Kurdishdominated region. The US-backed Syrian Democratic …

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Muslim-baiter Hanson wears burqa in Australia’s Senate

Australian anti-immigration politician Pauline Hanson caused a furore Thursday when she entered the Senate wearing a full burqa, earning a blistering rebuke from the country’s top lawyer for the “appalling” stunt. Hanson wore the Islamic garment in the chamber to highlight what she said were the security issues it posed, …

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Kuwait bids farewell to Abdulredha – Actor immortalized with commemorative stamps

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 16, (KUNA): Despite scorching heat and summer-end high humidity, waves of nationals and residents on Wednesday gathered at the funeral of the renowned Kuwaiti actor Abdulhussein Abdulredha to express their deep grief at the great loss and bid the last good-bye to the deceased. At around dusk, …

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Arab boycott adds woes to Qatar expatriate workers – Land border closure raises food prices

DOHA, Aug 16, (RTRS): An Arab embargo on Qatar is inflicting pain on foreign migrant workers struggling amid an oil slump and disruption of deliveries for large construction projects linked to the 2022 soccer World Cup. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) imposed sanctions on fellow …

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