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Macron says France could join new fronts against IS

Posted by on 09/11/2017
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Macron says France could join new fronts against IS

Macron says France could join new fronts against IS

President tours French naval base in Abu Dhabi near new Louvre ABU DHABI: The battle against Islamic State in the Levant is nearing its end, French President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday, but he left the door open to Paris engaging elsewhere to tackle Islamist militant groups if needed. “We have won the war in Raqqa, […]

Catalan strike severs road links as secessionist leaders regroup

Posted by on 08/11/2017
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Catalan strike severs road links as secessionist leaders regroup

Catalan strike severs road links as secessionist leaders regroup

Leaders face uphill task to regain political momentum   BARCELONA: A general strike called by pro-independence campaigners in Catalonia severed transport links yesterday, as leaders of its secessionist movement sought to regain political momentum after failing to agree a joint ticket to contest an election. Protesters shut down roads, causing huge tailbacks into Barcelona, and […]

Kosovo’s battered women trapped in vicious cycle in ‘black hole’ of Europe

Posted by on 08/11/2017
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Kosovo’s battered women trapped in vicious cycle in ‘black hole’ of Europe

Kosovo’s battered women trapped in vicious cycle in ‘black hole’ of Europe

Marriage descended into a nightmare of abuse – Domestic violence on the rise in Kosovo amid concerns PRISTINA: The way she tells it, she was a familiar face at the police station in southern Kosovo where she often sought sanctuary from her violent husband. She was in her early 20s when the marriage descended into […]

UK expands project on mental health in terrorism

Posted by on 07/11/2017
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UK expands project on mental health in terrorism

UK expands project on mental health in terrorism

Police fear militants deliberately target the vulnerable   LONDON: A project looking at links between mental health and terrorism in three English cities has been expanded nationwide after it found a significant number of people referred to counter-radicalization programs suffer some form of mental illness. Studies have suggested the prevalence of mental health issues among […]

France and Switzerland in a joint anti-terrorism swoop

Posted by on 07/11/2017
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France and Switzerland in a joint anti-terrorism swoop

France and Switzerland in a joint anti-terrorism swoop

Ten arrested in counter-terrorism operation – Switzerland cites suspected links to Al-Qaeda, IS PARIS: French police arrested nine people and another was arrested in Switzerland in coordinated counter-terrorism swoops that follow a spate of deadly attacks in Europe in recent years. Swiss officials said a 23-year-old Colombian woman was taken into custody after police raids […]

Leaks show queen’s, Ross’ investments in offshore havens

Posted by on 06/11/2017
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Leaks show queen’s, Ross’ investments in offshore havens

Leaks show queen’s, Ross’ investments in offshore havens

LONDON: US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has denied wrongdoing over business ties to a shipping firm linked to Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, detailed in a vast leak of financial documents that also revealed Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II’s investments in tax havens. The documents also suggested that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top fundraiser and senior […]

Ousted Catalan leader blasts Spain after Belgium frees him

Posted by on 06/11/2017
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Ousted Catalan leader blasts Spain after Belgium frees him

Ousted Catalan leader blasts Spain after Belgium frees him

Puigdemont denounces Spain as an undemocratic country   BRUSSELS: Catalonia’s sacked separatist leader Carles Puigdemont yesterday denounced Spain as an undemocratic country that “unjustly” jailed his colleagues, his first reaction since he was freed on bail in Belgium. Puigdemont and four former ministers were released with conditions Sunday night after turning themselves in to Belgian […]

Russian police detain anti-Putin protesters

Posted by on 05/11/2017
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Russian police detain anti-Putin protesters

Russian police detain anti-Putin protesters

MOSCOW: Russian police said they detained 263 activists gathering in central Moscow yesterday for an unauthorized protest against President Vladimir Putin. Radical opposition activist Vyacheslav Maltsev had appealed on his website for his supporters to hold protests across the country, calling for a “people’s Revolution” and an immediate end to Putin’s rule. “For breaches of […]

Islamic State ‘may survive’ Deir Ezzor

Posted by on 04/11/2017
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Islamic State ‘may survive’ Deir Ezzor

Islamic State ‘may survive’ Deir Ezzor

PARIS: The Islamic State group may have just lost the last major city of its self-proclaimed “caliphate”, but experts and officials warn this is far from being the jihadists’ deathblow. Analysts say the Syrian army’s recapture of Deir Ezzor announced Friday will push IS underground after losing territory once as large as Italy spanning the […]

Imbalance of power at heart of Westminster sex scandal

Posted by on 02/11/2017
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Imbalance of power at heart of Westminster sex scandal

Imbalance of power at heart of Westminster sex scandal

New Defense Minister named amid sex scandal   LONDON: At the heart of the Westminster harassment scandal, which claimed its first ministerial casualty this week, is an imbalance of power between ambitious young staffers and the MPs who can make or break their careers. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon stepped down late Wednesday amid the deepening […]

Suppressed at home, some Uzbeks turning to militant Islam abroad

Posted by on 02/11/2017
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Suppressed at home, some Uzbeks turning to militant Islam abroad

Suppressed at home, some Uzbeks turning to militant Islam abroad

Hundreds have joined Islamic State MOSCOW: Pushed by a lack of jobs and strict control of behavior and dissent, millions of Uzbeks have emigrated in recent years. Hundreds of those joined Islamic State in the Middle East, while others turned to religious extremism in their host countries. Sayfullo Saipov, the Uzbek immigrant accused of killing […]

Axed Catalonia president to stay in Brussels ‘for safety’

Posted by on 31/10/2017
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Axed Catalonia president to stay in Brussels ‘for safety’

Axed Catalonia president to stay in Brussels ‘for safety’

Puigdemont denies seeking asylum   BRUSSELS: Catalonia’s deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont said yesterday that he would stay put in Brussels after being dismissed by the Spanish government, but denied he would seek asylum to avoid possible rebellion charges. “I am not here in order to demand asylum,” Puigdemont, sacked by the Spanish government on […]