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‘Brainwashed’ kids of Islamist fighters worry Germany

Posted by on 31/01/2018
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‘Brainwashed’ kids of Islamist fighters worry Germany

‘Brainwashed’ kids of Islamist fighters worry Germany

BERLIN: Germany’s domestic intelligence chief wants the government to review laws restricting the surveillance of minors to guard against the children of Islamist fighters returning to the country as “sleeper agents” who could carry out attacks. Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the BfV agency, told Reuters that security officials were preparing for the return of Islamic […]

Husband admits grisly killing that gripped France

Posted by on 31/01/2018
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Husband admits grisly killing that gripped France

Husband admits grisly killing that gripped France

BESANCON: A French IT worker on Tuesday admitted to killing his wife in a case that has gripped the country since her charred corpse was found in a wood in October. The body of Alexia Daval, a 29-year-old bank employee, was found hidden under tree branches near their town of Gray-la-Ville in eastern France. Her […]

PM May eyes ‘golden era’ with China

Posted by on 31/01/2018
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PM May eyes ‘golden era’ with China

PM May eyes ‘golden era’ with China

Batted away critics of her leadership on Brexit, domestic issues BEIJING: Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday forecast a “golden era” in Sino-British relations with deeper trade ties after Britain leaves the European Union, but her visit to China was dogged by Brexit rows at home. As she embarked on the three-day visit, May batted away […]

French supermarket boss hauled in over Nutella frenzy

Posted by on 31/01/2018
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French supermarket boss hauled in over Nutella frenzy

French supermarket boss hauled in over Nutella frenzy

 PARIS: The French government has implored supermarkets to refrain from the kind of promotion deals that have led to in-store scuffles over cut-price jars of Nutella, a minister said yesterday. Videos of French shoppers jostling as they tried to grab heavily discounted tubs of the chocolate spread in Intermarche stores have gone viral over […]

Challenged on all fronts, May faces pressure over Brexit law

Posted by on 29/01/2018
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Challenged on all fronts, May faces pressure over Brexit law

Challenged on all fronts, May faces pressure over Brexit law

Weakened PM under pressure; leadership in question LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May came under further pressure over her Brexit blueprint yesterday, with members of the upper house of parliament saying there were “fundamental flaws” in a law crucial to the departure. The law has also deepened splits in her Conservative Party, which has for […]

Echoes of history as Kurds feel let down by the West

Posted by on 27/01/2018
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Echoes of history as Kurds feel let down by the West

Echoes of history as Kurds feel let down by the West

PARIS: As Turkey presses its offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria, many Kurds feel let down, not for the first time, by Western powers. Often described as the world’s largest people without a state, the ethnic group from the mountains in the heart of the Middle East has been a key ally in the fight […]

Three dead as packed Italy commuter train derails

Posted by on 25/01/2018
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Three dead as packed Italy commuter train derails

Three dead as packed Italy commuter train derails

Rescuers spend morning searching wreckage for victims MILAN: At least three people were killed and about 12 seriously injured after a packed Italian commuter train derailed yesterday near the northern city of Milan. Italian media quoted witnesses as saying that the regional train began to shake heavily as if it was travelling over rocks, before […]

‘Daesh landlord’ in the dock in first Paris attacks trial

Posted by on 24/01/2018
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‘Daesh landlord’ in the dock in first Paris attacks trial

‘Daesh landlord’ in the dock in first Paris attacks trial

PARIS: The first trial stemming from the November 2015 Paris terror attacks opened yesterday when Jawad Bendaoud appears in court, charged with harboring two of the jihadists in the aftermath of the carnage. Bendaoud, 31, became a national laughing stock after a television interview in which he came across as clueless, insisting “I didn’t know […]

Pope says fake news is satanic

Posted by on 24/01/2018
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Pope says fake news is satanic

Pope says fake news is satanic

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis yesterday condemned fake news as satanic, saying journalists and social media users should shun and unmask manipulative “snake tactics” that foment division to serve political and economic interests. “Fake news is a sign of intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes, and leads only to the spread of arrogance and hatred. That is the […]

Swollen Seine halts trains as France braces for floods

Posted by on 23/01/2018
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Swollen Seine halts trains as France braces for floods

Swollen Seine halts trains as France braces for floods

PARIS: France braced for floods yesterday as the Rhine threatened to overflow and the rapidly rising Seine forced Paris authorities to halt trains on a busy commuter line. Heavy rains have lashed France for days, leaving 30 departments across the country on flood alert. Some towns and villages in the east are already inundated, leaving […]

UKIP, its chief and texts from a lover: UK anti-EU party in chaos

Posted by on 22/01/2018
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UKIP, its chief and texts from a lover: UK anti-EU party in chaos

UKIP, its chief and texts from a lover: UK anti-EU party in chaos

UKIP leader refuses to resign LONDON: The United Kingdom Independence Party, which transformed British politics by securing a referendum on EU membership, was close to meltdown yesterday over the fate of its leader whose lover made racist comments about Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle. Under Nigel Farage, UKIP became a significant force in British politics […]

UK teen gained access to CIA chief’s accounts

Posted by on 20/01/2018
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UK teen gained access to CIA chief’s accounts

UK teen gained access to CIA chief’s accounts

LONDON: A British teenager managed to access the communications accounts of top US intelligence and security officials including the then CIA chief John Brennan, a London court heard Friday. Kane Gamble, now 18, was aged 15 and 16 when, from his bedroom in Coalville, central England, he managed to impersonate his targets to gain highly […]