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Pakistan doesn’t do a damn thing, hid Osama knowingly, says Trump

US President Donald Trump has once again defended his administration's decision to pull hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan, saying the country doesn't do "a damn thing for us". Speaking to Fox News' Chris Wallace on Sunday, Trump alleged that Pakistan does “not do a damn thing” for the United States and accused Islamabad of helping Osama bin...

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UN watchdog warns terrorists may seek nuclear material

MANILA: The head of the UN nuclear watchdog agency warned Monday of the threat of terrorists getting their hands on radioactive material to make “dirty” bombs. Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said all countries should secure material which extremists could use to make such a device. “Nuclear security is a longstanding and real issue....

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Iraq gives Turkish forces 48 hours to leave country

BAGHDAD: Iraq on Sunday gave Turkey 48 hours to withdraw forces it said had entered the country illegally or face "all available options", including recourse to the UN Security Council (UNSC). Baghdad, which is struggling to assert its sovereignty while receiving foreign assistance against the militant Islamic State (IS) group, said Turkish forces with tanks and artillery entered Iraq without...

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Yemeni governor killed after IS rocket hits convoy

ADEN: The governor of Yemen’s southern port city of Aden has been killed in a blast, later claimed by ‘Islamic State’ terrorists. Jaafar Mohammed Saad and several aides died in the large explosion when their convoy was hit, International media reported. Sources believe the blast was caused by a rocket propelled grenade. The terrorist group, ISIS or Daesh, has a...

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Airport reopens in India’s flood-hit south

CHENNAI, INDIA: India’s main airport in flood-devastated Tamil Nadu state reopened on Sunday as emergency workers strove to help thousands of residents forced to flee their inundated homes. The international airport in the state capital Chennai had closed on Wednesday leaving thousands of passengers stranded, after record rains worsened flooding that has claimed nearly 300 lives since November 9. “There...

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Turkey will find other energy suppliers than Russia: Erdogan

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said while Russia was a major supplier of oil and gas to Turkey it was not the only one, as tensions escalated with Moscow over the downing of a Russian warplane. "It is possible to find different suppliers," Erdogan said in a televised speech, referring to Qatar and Azerbaijan.

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Paris militant group had links to Britain: Wall Street Journal

LONDON: The militant network behind last month's attacks in Paris had links to people in Britain, the Wall Street Journal said on Friday, citing Western officials. Several people suspected of having connections to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Islamic State militant and alleged ringleader of the Nov. 13 attacks, are based in Britain, according to two Western officials, the Journal said. The...

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Russia bans cannot bring Turkey to knees: Davutoglu

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has slammed Russia for imposing a series of economic and military sanctions on Ankara for downing a Russian fighter jet in Syrian airspace, saying Moscow’s punitive measures would not bring Turkey to its knees. During a Friday visit to Baku, Azerbaijan, Davutoglu remained defiant and said his country would not apologize to Moscow for...

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German parliament approves military action in Syria against IS

BERLIN: Lawmakers approved Friday plans for Germany to take on a direct role in the battle against the Islamic State group in Syria, answering France's appeal for help after the deadly Paris attacks. Parliament agreed to the mandate for the deployment of Tornado reconnaissance jets, a frigate and up to 1,200 troops by an overwhelming majority of 445 votes in...

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Turkey ‘will regret’ downing Russian bomber in Syria: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Turkey it will "more than once" regret shooting down the Russian bomber jet near the Syrian-Turkish border. Delivering his annual state of the nation address on Thursday, Putin said Russia will not ignore what he described as Turkey's "aiding of terrorists", adding that the November shooting down of the Sukhoi Su-24 was a "treacherous...

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Turkey, Russia ministers set for first meet since plane downed

BELGRADE: The top diplomats of Turkey and Russia were set to meet for the first time since Ankara shot down one of Moscow's warplanes as dozens of foreign ministers gathered in Belgrade on Thursday. US Secretary of State John Kerry was also in the Serbian capital for the annual ministerial council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe...

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UK launches airstrikes against IS in Syria

AKROTIRI: British warplanes have carried out airstrikes in Syria, hours after the United Kingdom's parliament voted to authorise air attacks against the militant Islamic State (IS) group's targets there. Four Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornados took off from a British air base in Akrotiri, Cyprus, shortly after the vote. The four jets left in pairs within about an hour of...

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Erdogan says no one can ‘slander’ Turkey over Islamic State oil claims

ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday no one had the right to "slander" Turkey by accusing it of buying oil from Islamic State, and that he would stand down if such allegations were proven to be true. Erdogan, who was speaking at a university in the Qatari capital of Doha, also said he did not want relations with...

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Turkey’s Erdogan tied to IS oil trade: Russia

MOSCOW: Russia's deputy defense minister says the Turkish president and his family are benefiting from illegal oil trade with Islamic State militants. Minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters on Wednesday that Moscow has evidence showing that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family are involved in the oil trade with IS and personally benefit from it. Antonov and his colleagues...

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It is safer to be a cow than a Muslim in India: Shashi Tharoor

NEW DELHI: Indian Congress MP Shashi Tharoor lashed out at the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government and held it responsible for the “rising intolerance in the country.” “It is safer to be a cow than a Muslim in India,” Tharoor said quoting his Bangladeshi friend, while addressing the Indian parliament. Tharoor said his friend from Bangladesh told him that...

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Spain holds three suspected Islamic State recruiters

MADRID: A judge in Spain on Tuesday detained two men and a woman suspected of belonging to a cell that recruited women online to join the Islamic State militant group. High Court Judge Eloy Velasco charged the three with cooperation with a terrorist organisation and glorification of terrorism after questioning them for several hours, and ordered that they be held...

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Blast hits Istanbul metro, six injured

ISTANBUL: An explosion of unknown origin hit the Istanbul metro on Tuesday, causing injuries and bringing the transport system in Turkey’s largest city to a halt, reports and officials said. The huge blast caused panic close to the metro station in the Bayrampasa district of Istanbul and injured at least six people, local television said. Local television said it may...

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