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Yemen’s Socotra Island Bans Use of ‘Qat’

ADEN, Yemen, Nov. 22 – Authorities on Yemen’s Socotra island burnt two tonnes of the mild narcotic drug qat on Saturday, a shipment seized from smugglers trying to defy last week’s ban by the archipelago’s governor, local officials said. Yemenis have chewed qat for centuries and although widespread, its use is seen as a social

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Turkish Airlines Diverts Flight to Canada After Bomb Threat

TORONTO, Nov. 22 – A Turkish Airlines flight bound for Turkey from New York was diverted to Halifax, Canada, after a bomb threat, Canadian police said on Sunday. The plane landed safely and police were searching it using dogs trained in explosives, the Nova Scotia branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said on Twitter.

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G20 Summit In Turkey Focuses On Syria, Daesh Militancy

BELEK, Turkey, Nov 15 ¬†– U.S. President Barack Obama vowed on Sunday to step up efforts to eliminate Daesh¬†and prevent more attacks like those in Paris, while urging Russia’s Vladimir Putin to focus on combating the jihadist group in Syria. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will also urge President Vladimir Putin on

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France Launches Air Strikes in Syria; Paris Investigation Widens

By Emmanuel Jarry and Robert-Jan Bartunek PARIS/BRUSSELS, Nov 15 French warplanes pounded Daesh positions in Syria on Sunday as police in Europe widened their investigations into coordinated attacks in Paris that killed more than 130 people. Daesh has claimed responsibility for Friday’s suicide bombings and shootings, which have re-ignited a row over Europe’s refugee crisis

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France Names First Attacker of Paris Carnage

By Bate Felix and Crispian Balmer PARIS, Nov 15 – French police questioned on Sunday relatives of one of the suicide attackers who brought carnage to Paris as a row over Europe’s refugee crisis re-ignited, with conservatives demanding an end to “the days of uncontrolled immigration.” Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters that three jihadist

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Holder of Syrian Passport Found in Paris Attacks Was Asylum Seeker

BY Ivana Sekularac and Igor Ilic BELGRADE/ZAGREB, Nov 15 – The holder of a Syrian passport found near the body of one of the gunmen who died in Friday night’s attacks in Paris was registered as a refugee in several European countries last month, authorities said. The man, identified by Serbian authorities only by his

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World Leaders Express Solidarity With Paris

LONDON, Nov 14 – World leaders responded to Friday’s bloody attacks in Paris with outrage and defiant pledges of solidarity, but several countries said they would tighten security, especially at their borders, and a few urged their citizens not to travel to France. Daesh claimed responsibility on Saturday for the coordinated assault by gunmen and

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Daesh Claims Responsibility for Paris Attacks

CAIRO, Nov 14 – Daesh claimed responsibility on Saturday for attacks that killed 127 people in Paris, saying it sent fighters strapped with suicide bombing belts and carrying machine guns to various locations in the heart of the capital. The attacks were designed to show France would remain a top target for the jihadist group

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Gaza’s Stone Throwers

By Sami Abu Salem Young Palestinians, mainly teenagers, head to Beit Hanoun (Erez) border checkpoint north of Gaza every Friday to confront Israeli soldiers. At least 500 meters separate Palestinian groups from the advanced Israeli security line. As the groups grow larger and move closer to the checkpoint, chaos prevails. Palestinians hurl stones at Israeli

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