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Militants at large: Europe’s 3 most wanted suspects

Posted by on 31/10/2017
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Militants at large: Europe’s 3 most wanted suspects

Militants at large: Europe’s 3 most wanted suspects

PARIS: For French and Belgian investigators, the fall of the Islamic State group’s strongholds in Syria and Iraq kindles hopes of ensnaring some of the ringleaders of the 2015-16 terror attacks in Paris and Brussels. Among the most wanted IS figures sought for their suspected involvement in the slaughter, three are at the top of […]

German police arrest a Syrian terror suspect

Posted by on 31/10/2017
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German police arrest a Syrian terror suspect

German police arrest a Syrian terror suspect

Suspect plans to kill as ‘many as possible’ BERLIN: German police yesterday arrested a Syrian man suspected of preparing a terror attack using powerful explosives, prosecutors said, almost one year after a deadly jihadist truck rampage at a Berlin Christmas Market. The man, identified only as Yamen A, 19, was held at dawn by special […]

Who is in charge? Catalonians wonder as Spain takes control

Posted by on 30/10/2017
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Who is in charge? Catalonians wonder as Spain takes control

Who is in charge? Catalonians wonder as Spain takes control

Sacked regional leaders may face criminal charges   BARCELONA: Catalonia’s civil servants returned to work yesterday for the first time since Spain’s central government rejected an independence declaration by imposing direct control, as Madrid warned that sacked regional leaders face criminal charges if they attempt to perform any official duties. Catalans watched and wondered whether […]

Unity march in heart of ‘independent’ Catalonia

Posted by on 29/10/2017
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Unity march in heart of ‘independent’ Catalonia

Unity march in heart of ‘independent’ Catalonia

Hundreds of thousands rally in Barcelona for Spanish unity   BARCELONA: Hundreds of thousands who want Catalonia to remain part of Spain rallied in downtown Barcelona yesterday, two days after a separatist majority in Catalonia’s parliament exacerbated a political crisis by voting for the wealthy region to secede. Organizers say the march’s goal is to […]

Security info found on a London street

Posted by on 29/10/2017
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Security info found on a London street

Security info found on a London street

LONDON: Heathrow Airport said yesterday it has launched an internal investigation after a memory stick containing extensive security information was found on a London street by a member of the public. The USB drive contained dozens of folders with maps, videos and documents some marked confidential or restricted-detailing security at Europe’s busiest airport, according to […]

Axed Catalan leader urges resistance to Madrid rule

Posted by on 28/10/2017
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Axed Catalan leader urges resistance to Madrid rule

Axed Catalan leader urges resistance to Madrid rule

BARCELONA: Catalonia’s secessionist leader Carles Puigdemont stood defiant yesterday against Madrid’s moves to depose him, urging “democratic resistance” to direct rule imposed in a bid to stop the region breaking away from Spain. In a televised statement, Puigdemont accused the central government of trampling on the will of independence-seeking Catalans who rejoiced at Friday’s vote […]

Train slams into Finnish military truck at crossing

Posted by on 26/10/2017
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Train slams into Finnish military truck at crossing

Train slams into Finnish military truck at crossing

HELSINKI: A train collided with a military vehicle at an unguarded railroad crossing in southern Finland early yesterday, killing four people and injuring 11 others, officials said. The crash happened near Raseborg, about 85 kilometers southwest of Helsinki. The fatalities were three soldiers and one passenger. “Today I have received a heartbreaking message: Three conscripts […]

Protests as Catalan leader reportedly mulls backdown on independence

Posted by on 26/10/2017
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Protests as Catalan leader reportedly mulls backdown on independence

Protests as Catalan leader reportedly mulls backdown on independence

Not clear whether the central government would back off BARCELONA: Thousands of Catalan activists protested in Barcelona yesterday as separatist leader Carles Puigdemont prepared to address the nation amid speculation he would back off from an independence declaration. Media reports said Puigdemont might dissolve parliament and announce fresh elections instead, to prevent Spain seizing control […]

Catalan cracks appear as Madrid takeover looms

Posted by on 25/10/2017
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Catalan cracks appear as Madrid takeover looms

Catalan cracks appear as Madrid takeover looms

Direct rule to be imposed on Catalonia   MADRID: Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont is likely to go to Madrid today to explain his position on independence from Spain and try to stop the national government imposing direct control on the region. The timing of Puigdemont’s appearance before the Senate suggests he is now unlikely […]

Police failing modern-day slaves in UK

Posted by on 24/10/2017
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Police failing modern-day slaves in UK

Police failing modern-day slaves in UK

LONDON: Police forces across Britain are failing modern-day slaves, with a lack of understanding, mediocre investigations and troubling attitudes from officers leaving many victims prey to further abuse and exploitation, a police watchdog said yesterday. Despite an upsurge in slavery and human trafficking cases over the past year, many are being poorly investigated, or not […]

Catalonian leaders, parties call for civil disobedience

Posted by on 23/10/2017
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Catalonian leaders, parties call for civil disobedience

Catalonian leaders, parties call for civil disobedience

Spain mulls naming single person to govern region – Madrid targets direct rule as crisis escalates MADRID: Catalonia said yesterday it was confident all officials including police would defy attempts by Madrid to enforce direct rule on the region, in an escalating dispute that has raised fears of unrest among Spain’s European allies. The Spanish […]

Teenager’s axe rampage in Switzerland

Posted by on 23/10/2017
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Teenager’s axe rampage in Switzerland

Teenager’s axe rampage in Switzerland

GENEVA: A teenager armed with an axe injured several people in a rampage in Switzerland on Sunday before being shot and arrested, police said, describing the incident as unrelated to terrorism. Police in the canton of St Gallen said the 17-year-old Latvian national carried out the attack at the post office in the northeast town […]