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Tensions Rise in Turkey as Five Killed in Kurdish Militant Attacks

ANKARA (Nov 11)  A street cleaner in southeastern Turkey was killed on Wednesday by flying shrapnel and a police officer was wounded after his armoured vehicle drove over an explosive device thought to have been laid by Kurdish militants, security sources said. The blast in the town of Dargecit in Mardin province came after three

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European Court Rules Against “Anti Jews” French Comic

PARIS, Nov 10: The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday rejected claims by a French comedian that his right to speak freely was denied when he was convicted and fined in France for insulting Jews. The court said Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, a provocative performer who has been repeatedly accused of hate speech and anti-Semitism,

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Egypt Releases Journalist Hossam Bahgat

CAIRO, Nov 10: Prominent Egyptian journalist and human rights advocate Hossam Bahgat was released on Tuesday, his lawyer said, two days after being detained over a report he wrote on a trial of former army officers. Bahgat’s legal status however remained unclear and it was not known if he would face a military trial, his

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Dubai Policeman Shoots Colleague Dead After Spat

A police officer in Dubai has been taken into custody on charges of murder after shooting colleague following a verbal spat, according to Monday’s Gulf News report. Dubai Police Chief Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina said the incident was caused by personal differences and had nothing to do with political or ideological differences. The incident

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Turkey Detains 18 Al Qaeda Suspects Ahead of G20 Summit

ANKARA, Nov 10: Turkish police detained 18 people on Tuesday suspected of recruiting fighters for Syria’s Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, media said, days before world leaders were due to meet at a G20 summit in southern Turkey. The suspects included two women and a number of people who had crossed into Turkey after being wounded

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Jordanian Senior Officer Shoots Six at U.S.-Funded Center

A Jordanian man fatally shot two U.S. government security contractors, a South African trainer and two Jordanian nationals at a U.S.-funded police training facility near Amman on Monday, before being killed in a shootout by Jordanian security forces. A U.S. official said the two deceased Americans were working for the U.S. State Department’s International Narcotics and Law

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Machete-wielding Man Attacks Military Policeman in Bangladesh

By Ruma Paul DHAKA, Nov 10 A machete-wielding man on Tuesday injured a military policeman in an attack at an army check post in the Bangladesh capital, police said, the second law enforcement official to be targeted in a week. Fears are growing that Bangladesh’s secular democracy is under attack following the killing of two

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Israeli Officers Shoot Dead Knife-wielding Palestinian Woman

JERUSALEM, Nov 9  Israeli security officers shot dead a Palestinian woman who tried to stab them on Monday, officials said, the latest episode in an outbreak of violence that Israel’s prime minister will discuss in talks in the White House. The woman had approached an Israeli checkpoint in the occupied West Bank wielding a knife,

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Hints At Election Win; Rohingya Barred From Voting

By Staff Reporter Preliminary results from Myanmar’s first free elections in 25 years indicate a landslide victory for Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD). It is expected to win the largest share of votes from an electorate of about 30 million according to results reported by Reuters. On Monday, the country’s election commission announced

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Oil Price Faces Fresh Downturn as Russia, Saudi Tussle in Europe

By Libby George and Amanda Cooper LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) A sales push by Saudi Arabia into north Europe’s refineries, a step into rival Russia’s backyard, piles fresh pressure on oil prices already struggling against oversupply. Stung by Russia’s success in supplanting it in the giant Chinese market, Riyadh has embarked on a charm offensive

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