ASEAN Creates ‘Community’ at Summit Shadowed by Terrorism Fears

By Trinna Leong and Megha Rajagopalan KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 – Southeast Asian nations on Sunday established a formal community that attempts to create freer movement of trade and capital in an area of 625 million people with a combined economic output of $2.6 trillion. The Community declaration was signed by leaders of the 10-

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Gunfire, Explosions in Burundi Kill At Least Five

NAIROBI, Nov 22 – At least five people were killed in overnight clashes in Burundi, police said on Sunday, and residents reported a battle at the president’s office in the capital Bujumbura which has been plagued by violence since a disputed presidential election. Burundi has been in crisis since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced in April

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Brussels Wears Deserted Look as Belgium Reviews Alert Status

BRUSSELS, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Belgian security officials were set to review on Sunday whether to keep Brussels on maximum alert, leaving the public to wonder whether the blanket metro closure and cancellation of events could continue into the working week. Prime Minister Charles Michel has advised the public to be alert rather than panic-stricken,

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How Did Authorities Miss The ‘Red Flags’ Before Paris Shootings?

By John Irish, Robert-Jan Bartunek and Orhan Coskun PARIS, Nov 22 – There were multiple chances to stop the men who attacked Paris. In January, Turkish authorities detained one of the suicide bombers at Turkey’s border and deported him to Belgium. Brahim Abdeslam, Turkish authorities told Belgian police at the time, had been “radicalized” and

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Egyptians Vote in Second Round of Parliament Poll

CAIRO, Nov 22 – Egyptians vote on Sunday in the second phase of parliamentary elections which have so far attracted just a quarter of the electorate in a process critics say has been undermined by widespread repression. The elections, which will restore parliamentary life to Egypt after a more than three-year hiatus, have been hailed

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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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France’s Army Chief Sees No ‘Fast Victory’ Against Daesh

PARIS, Nov 22 – France’s army chief of staff said on Sunday he sees no short term military victory in the fight against Daesh as Paris intensifies its strikes on targets in Syria following the deadly attacks in the French capital. President Francois Hollande has called for a grand coalition, including the United States and

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Twenty20 Helps Asylum Seekers Break Down Barriers Down Under

By Iain Boyd SYDNEY, Nov 22 – A shared love of cricket is helping a team of Sri Lankan asylum seekers break down barriers and build relationships in Australia, even among some of the most fervent supporters of the country’s hardline immigration policies. The team’s name, Ocean 12, is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the way

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Belgium Raises Alert Level to Highest, Shuts Brussels Metro

By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS, Nov 21 – Belgium raised the alert status for its capital Brussels to the highest level on Saturday, shutting the metro and warning the public to avoid crowds because of a “serious and imminent” threat of an attack. A week after the Paris attacks carried out by Daesh militants, of whom

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Two Terror Groups Claim Joint Responsibility for Mali Attack

By Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO, Nov 20 – Islamist militants killed 19 people in an attack on a top hotel in the capital of Mali on Friday before Malian commandos stormed the building and rescued 170 people, many of them foreigners. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced the death toll and said seven people were wounded in

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