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Lives disrupted over flight bans – Manila halts OFWs

DOHA, June 6, (Agencies): Qatar’s state-of-the-art Hamad International bills itself as one of the most luxurious airports in the world — but on Tuesday, it was also one of the quietest. As a travel ban announced by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) came into force, …

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‘Trump complicates travel ban case’

Thousands freed despite vow to end ‘catch and release’ NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, June 6, (RTRS): US President Donald Trump accused his own Justice Department on Monday of watering down his temporary travel ban on people from several predominantly Muslim countries, potentially hurting his case in the Supreme Court on the matter. …

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UK struggles to tackle homegrown threat – London attacker ‘radical Islamist’

LONDON, June 6, (Agencies): As outrage grows over the revelation that at least one of the London attackers was a well-known Islamist, authorities admitted Tuesday that their hands were often tied in tackling even known threats. The issue of counter-terrorism has rocked the campaign for Britain’s national election on Thursday …

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Fighters pulling back – Video shows militants in siege plot

MARAWI CITY, Philippines, June 6, (Agencies): Philippines troops found bundles of banknotes and cheques worth about $1.6 million abandoned by Islamist militants holed up in Marawi City, a discovery the military said on Tuesday was evidence that the fighters were pulling back. Fighters linked to Islamic State have been cornered …

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Arab powers sever Qatar ties, disruption as flights suspended

Amir urges Qatari counterpart to exercise restraint DUBAI, June 5, (Agencies): The Arab world’s strongest powers cut ties with Qatar on Monday over alleged support for Islamists and Iran, re-opening a festering wound just two weeks after US President Donald Trump’s demand for Muslim states to fight terrorism. Saudi Arabia, …

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Gulf crisis threatens air travel in region, beyond

DUBAI, June 5, (RTRS): Air travel across the Gulf region and beyond faces major disruption following the move by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain to sever ties with Qatar, accusing the tiny oil rich state of supporting terrorism. Saudi Arabia on Monday banned Qatari airlines …

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Police identify 2 London attackers

LONDON June 5, (AP): British police named two of the three men who left a trail of bloodshed with a van and knife attack in central London and appealed for the public’s help Monday to learn more about their movements in the days leading up to the deadly rampage that …

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Australian police kill hostage-taker, possible terror link probed

Australian police Monday shot dead a man who had taken a woman hostage in a Melbourne apartment and said they were investigating whether the incident was terror-related. Police responding to reports of an explosion at the apartment block in the suburb of Brighton had earlier found the body of another …

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Germany to pull out of Turkish base – Lawmakers denied entry to Incirlik

ANKARA, June 5, (RTRS): Germany will have to pull its forces out of the Incirlik air force base in southern Turkey because of Turkish government restrictions on German lawmakers seeking to visit troops there, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday. Gabriel was speaking after a meeting in Ankara with …

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Terror hits heart of London … 7 slain, 12 arrested

AMIR EXPRESSES SORROW OVER ATTACK IN LONDON LONDON, June 4, (Agencies): British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Sunday for a stronger response to Islamist extremism after three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby, killing seven people and injuring 48. London’s Metropolitan Police …

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