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Jihadi John condemned 9/11, London attacks: recording Jihadi John condemned 9/11, London attacks: recording
LONDON: London graduate believed to be Islamic State executioner "Jihadi John" once denounced the 9/11 attacks and the 2005 bombings in the British capital, according to an audio recording released Tuesday. Kuwait-born Mohammed Emwazi was identified by media and experts last week -- and now, reportedly, also by his parents -- as the knife-wielding masked man in online videos showing the behead...
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‘At least 32’ miners killed in east Ukraine mine blast ‘At least 32’ miners killed in east Ukraine mine blast
DONETSK: At least 32 miners were killed in a blast at a coal mine in a rebel-held area of east Ukraine Wednesday, the president of Ukraine´s parliament said. "A terrible tragedy took place this morning at Zasyadko (mine). There are victims, currently numbering 32," Volodymyr Groysman told parliament in Kiev, calling on lawmakers to observe a minute of silence. The blast took place in the c...
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North Korea lifts ebola travel restrictions North Korea lifts ebola travel restrictions
PYONGYANG: North Korea on Tuesday lifted its strict travel restrictions on people entering the country, a measure taken to prevent the deadly ebola virus from spreading. Although no cases of ebola have been reported in countries near North Korea, Pyongyang had closed its borders to foreign tourists and imposed a strict 21-day quarantine on all people, including diplomats, entering the country s...
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Tunisia blogger gets 6 months for defaming Army Tunisia blogger gets 6 months for defaming Army
TUNIS: A Tunisian military appeals court jailed blogger Yassine Ayari for six months on Tuesday on charges of defaming the army, halving the previous sentence but failing to satisfy its critics. Chants of "Down with the military judge" rang out from the public gallery as the sentence was read out. Ayari was prosecuted over blogs he had written alleging financial abuses by army officers and d...
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`Priceless` Chinese artefacts stolen from French castle `Priceless` Chinese artefacts stolen from French castle
PARIS: Thieves have broken in to the fabled Fontainebleau castle south of Paris and stolen 15 or so "priceless" Chinese artefacts in a lightning raid, French authorities said. The theft took place in "one of the most secure parts of the castle, equipped with alarms and surveillance cameras," said the French culture ministry. Among the items taken was the crown of the King of Siam, presented ...
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Best employee we ever had: Jihadi John's former boss Best employee we ever had: Jihadi John's former boss
LONDON: In fresh revelations about the journey from normality to infamy of the man known as "Jihadi John", it has come to light that Mohammed Emwazi, the Briton identified as an Islamic State (IS) executioner, was once a star salesman for a Kuwaiti IT company. Emwazi, the Kuwaiti-born but London-raised graduate who features in IS videos apparently beheading hostages in the Syrian desert, was qu...
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Will do everything to guarantee Israel's future: Netanyahu Will do everything to guarantee Israel's future: Netanyahu
Jerusalem: Aiming to press his case against an emerging deal on Iran's controversial nuclear programme, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday dubbed his US visit as a "historic mission" and said he will do everything to guarantee the Jewish nation's future. "I'm going on a crucial and historic mission," Netanyahu said before his departure to the US from Ben-Gurion Airport. "I f...
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Three arrested at Hong Kong anti-China protest Three arrested at Hong Kong anti-China protest
HONG KONG: At least three people were arrested as a group of about 400 people in Hong Kong clashed with police in the latest sign of ongoing tensions caused by China`s influence in the city. Protesters in Yuen Long, in Hong Kong`s New Territories just a stone`s throw from mainland China, chanted to "cancel the multiple-entry permit" and "topple the Chinese Communist Party" as they complained ag...
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UN envoy in Damascus to seek quick Aleppo truce UN envoy in Damascus to seek quick Aleppo truce
DAMASCUS: UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura hopes to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in war-ravaged second city Aleppo during talks Saturday with the Syrian government, an official said. De Mistura is due in Damascus in the afternoon and "hopes to set in motion as soon as possible his project" to halt fighting in Aleppo for six weeks, said a member of his delegation who spoke on condition of...
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Assad or no Assad, West asks, as IS rises and conflict rages Assad or no Assad, West asks, as IS rises and conflict rages
PARIS: Faced with a seemingly unending bloody conflict in Syria and the rise of the Islamic State group, is President Bashar al-Assad the lesser of the country`s evils and should the West re-engage with him? While world powers such as the United States, France and Britain refuse to have anything to do with a leader the French prime minister described as a "butcher", the question is increasingly...
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