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FBI says ‘can’t pay informants’ during government shutdown

WASHINGTON: FBI agents complained Monday that the month-old US government shutdown is preventing them from paying informants, buying drugs undercover in narcotics busts, and even renewing their own security clearances. Investigations and prosecutions are suffering from the lack of money to travel to interview witnesses or funds to pay translators, agents are saying, according to Tom O'Connor, president of the...

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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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Al Qaeda threatens Saudi Arabia over plan to execute prisoners

DUBAI: Al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen threatened the Saudi government over its plan to carry out a mass execution of prisoners, including al Qaeda members, the militant group announced in a statement posted on social media. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the deadliest branches of the global militant network, said it was aware of Saudi intentions...

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India could lose Kashmir in next 10 years: Radha Kumar

NEW DELHI: Former India-appointed interlocutor on Jammu and Kashmir, Professor Radha Kumar has bitterly criticized Indian government over its policies on Kashmir issue. Addressing a seminar on ‘Kashmir Today, in New Delhi she urged India to make serious efforts to resolve this issue. She also said the situation in Kashmir had progressively deteriorated. She warned that India could lose Kashmir...

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Police detained 317 people after banned Paris climate protest

PARIS: Paris police say 317 people were detained after an unauthorized protest seeking to call attention to climate change, which ended with police firing tear gas at protesters throwing bottles and candles. The Paris police department had said Sunday night that 174 were detained in the protest, then said Monday morning that the figure had grown to 317. It did...

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Fighting for south Yemen province kills 16

Yemeni loyalists supported by a Saudi-led coalition battled Sunday to oust Iran-backed rebels from a southern province where they have made gains in recent weeks, with at least 16 reported dead. Ground fighting and air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition killed 12 rebels in Daleh province, military sources said. Four loyalists were also killed. Daleh is one of five southern...

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Russia terms India as dangerous travel destination

MOSCOW: Russia has removed India from the list of safe travel destinations for its tourists. The Russian information centre in Goa said that a revised travel advisory had been issued following the blacklisting of Egypt and Turkey. Interestingly, regions like Cuba, south Vietnam and southern China are placed amongst 'safe' destinations in the new list issued by Russia, a report...

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Saudi women candidates begin first election campaign

RIYADH: Saudi women running for public office next month for the first time ever begin campaigning Sunday in another step forward for women's rights in the kingdom's slow democratic process. Around 900 women are standing in the December 12 municipal elections, which will also be the first time females have been allowed to participate in choosing officials. "This is one...

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Turkish president says wishes plane downing had not happened

ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey's president has told supporters that he was saddened by the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish forces. Addressing supporters on Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again defended Turkey's action and criticized Russia for its action in Syria before expressing his regrets. Erdogan said: "We wish it hadn't happened, but it happened. I hope something like this...

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Gunman kills three at US family planning center

COLORADO SPRINGS: A gunman opened fire at a prominent family planning center in Colorado, killing three people and wounding several in a standoff that dragged on for five hours before he surrendered Friday. A usually busy area of snow-covered Colorado Springs was placed on lockdown into the early evening, just a day after millions of Americans celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday,...

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Putin refuses contacts with Erdogan as Turkey not ready to apologise

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused to contact Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan because Ankara does not want to apologise for the downing of a Russian warplane, Yuri Ushakov, Putin’s aide, said on Friday. “We see Turkey’s unwillingness to simply apologise for the incident with the plane,” Ushakov told reporters when asked why Putin has refused to talk with Erdogan....

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Gunmen attack Shiite mosque, kill 1 in Bangladesh

DHAKA: Gunmen opened fire on Shiite Muslim devotees during evening prayers at a mosque in northern Bangladesh, killing one person and leaving three others injured, police said. There were at least five assailants, who fled after the attack Thursday evening in Haripur village, Bogra district police chief Mohammed Asaduzzaman said. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed a...

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