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Brexit would weaken EU security: Petraeus


LONDON: A British exit from the European Union would significantly weaken the bloc’s security, David Petraeus, a former US military commander and CIA director wrote on Sunday, urging Britons not to vote to leave the union at a June referendum. The comments, days after suicide bomb attacks killed 31 people in Brussels, support one of the British government’s key arguments ... Read More »

Syrian troops retake ancient Palmyra from Daesh control 


DAMASCUS: Syrian government forces backed by Russian airstrikes drove Daesh fighters from Palmyra on Sunday, ending the group’s 10-month reign of terror over a town whose famed 2,000-year-old ruins once drew tens of thousands of visitors each year. Government forces had been on the offensive for nearly three weeks to try to retake the central town, known among Syrians as ... Read More »

‘Don’t stigmatize Muslims’


Washington — US President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Americans not to stigmatize Muslims following this week’s deadly attacks in Brussels, saying that doing so is “counterproductive” in the fight against militants. In his weekly media address, Obama said Muslim-Americans are “our most important partners in the nation’s fight against those who would wage violent jihad. “That’s why we have to ... Read More »

Kidnapped schoolgirls Boko Haram’s new suicide bombers


YOUNDE: A would-be suicide bomber arrested in northern Cameroon wearing an explosives belt told investigators she was one of 219 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014, a regional official told AFP Saturday. The young woman was one of two would-be bombers who were arrested in Cameroon’s Far North on Friday, each of whom was wearing a belt packed ... Read More »

Two Bangladeshis abducted by IS

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Two Bangladeshi citizens have been reportedly abducted by Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya’s Tripoli.They have been identified as Asaduzzaman Russell of Thakurgaon’s Pirganj Upazila and ‘Ripon’ of Munshiganj.Their relatives said both men had been picked up from a local bazaar at Tripoli on Friday.Russell’s father Abbas Ali said Russell’s roommate Shahin called in the morning to inform that two ... Read More »

Suu Kyi in anti-Muslim spat with BBC presenter


Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi made an anti-Muslim comment about a BBC reporter after being questioned about violence suffered by Myanmar’s Muslim minority during an interview, according to media reports. Suu Kyi, recently nominated as a member of the cabinet of President-elect Htin Kyaw, reportedly lost her composure during the 2013 interview by BBC Today presenter Mishal ... Read More »

China ‘detains 17 over Xi resignation letter’


A total of 17 people have been detained in China following the publication of a letter calling on President Xi Jinpin to resign, the BBC has learned.The letter was posted earlier this month on a state-backed website Wujie News.Although quickly deleted by the authorities, a cached version can still be found online.In most countries the contents of the letter would ... Read More »

Turkey says Belgium ignored warning of terror attacks


ANKARA, Turkey: One of the attackers in the Brussels suicide bombings was deported last year from Turkey, and Belgium subsequently ignored a warning that the man was a militant, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday. Erdogan’s office later identified the man as Ibrahim El Bakraoui, one of the two brothers named by Belgium as responsible for the attacks that ... Read More »

April 10 to see guns fall silent in Yemen


NEW YORK/RIYADH: A special UN envoy announced Wednesday a cease-fire across Yemen on April 10 followed a week later by fresh peace talks, raising hopes for a breakthrough. Yemen has been gripped by violence since September 2014, when Iran-backed Houthi rebels stormed the capital Sanaa and forced the internationally recognized government out. “The parties to the conflict have agreed to ... Read More »

N Korean leader claims solid-fuel rocket success


North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has claimed an "historic" advance in the country's nuclear strike capability with the successful test of a solid-fuel rocket engine, state media said Thursday. The announcement came as South Korean President Park Geun-Hye ordered the military to "strengthen readiness" in the wake of multiple North Korean threats to launch nuclear and conventional missile attacks. Tensions ... Read More »

No remote control as Suu Kyi to steer govt


NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — Aung San Suu Kyi was nominated as a Cabinet minister in Myanmar’s civilian government on Tuesday, giving the democracy champion a formal position despite being blocked from the presidency in a nation ruled for decades by the military. The Nobel laureate, who has vowed to rule above the next president Htin Kyaw, was named first in a list ... Read More »

US Republicans seize on Brussels attacks to hit Muslims


WASHINGTON: Republican presidential candidates seized on the terror bombings in Brussels Tuesday to demand that Muslim refugees be kept out of the United States, blaming Europe’s open immigration policies for the outrage. Ted Cruz said Tuesday that surveillance in Muslim neighborhoods in the US must be intensified. Echoing his rival Donald Trump, Cruz said the US should stop the flow ... Read More »

FBI ‘may be able to unlock San Bernardino iPhone’


The FBI says it may have found a way to unlock the San Bernardino attacker's iPhone without Apple's assistance.A court hearing with Apple scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed at the request of the US Justice Department (DOJ), Apple has confirmed.The DOJ had ordered Apple to help unlock the phone used by San Bernardino gunman Rizwan Farook.   But Apple ... Read More »

Cuba visit: Obama and Castro spar over human rights


Cuban president Raul Castro and US President Barack Obama sparred over human rights issues including the American prison at Guantanamo Bay and Cuba's political prisoners.   At a historic news conference, Mr Castro said if he was given a list of political prisoners, he would "release them tonight".The White House has said it has given Cuba lists of dissidents in ... Read More »

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