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US bans large electronics from 10 airports, mainly in Middle East

  The Trump administration confirmed Tuesday it is imposing new restrictions on electronic devices carried by travellers coming to the United States from 10 airports mainly in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified terror threats. The Department of Homeland Security will require passengers coming to the United States from airports in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, ...

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Morocco’s king names new prime minister

18th March, 2017   Morocco’s king has named Saad Eddine El Othmani from Islamist PJD Party as the country’s new prime minister and asked him to form a government, according to a royal statement published by the MAP state news agency on Friday.   Othmani served as foreign minister between 2011-2013 and had since served as the head of the ...

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El Nino floods: Death toll climbs to 67

18th March, 2017     The number of people killed in Peru following intense rains and mudslides wreaking havoc around the Andean nation climbed to 67 Friday, with thousands more displaced from destroyed homes and others waiting on rooftops for rescue.   Across the country overflowing rivers caused by El Nino rains damaged 115,000 homes, collapsed 117 bridges and paralyzed ...

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Two bomb blasts rock Damascus, leave 25 dead

  15th March, 2017   DAMASCUS: Two bomb blasts hit Damascus Wednesday including a suicide attack at a central courthouse that left at least 25 dead, as Syria’s war entered its seventh year with the regime now claiming the upper hand.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombings, the second wave of deadly attacks in the ...

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Jordanian woman added to FBI Most Wanted list

15th March, 2017       The FBI has placed a Jordanian woman who assisted in the 2001 suicide bombing of a Jerusalem restaurant on its “Most Wanted Terrorist” list.   The US case against Ahlam Aref Ahmad al-Tamimi was filed under seal in 2013 but announced publicly by the justice department on Tuesday.   The charge against al-Tamimi stems ...

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south Korea to hold presidential election on May 9

15th March, 2017   South Korean prosecutors said Wednesday they plan to question ousted President Park Geun-hye next week over a corruption scandal that removed her from office, as the government announced that an election will be held on May 9 to pick her successor.   Park lost her presidential immunity from prosecution after the Constitutional Court ruled Friday to ...

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Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines set to launch joint maritime patrols

  Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines will launch joint patrols in the Sulu Sea as soon as next month to safeguard ships’ crews from piracy and kidnappings, officials from the three countries said.   Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein confirmed the planned launch on Monday following similar statements last week from an Indonesian defense ministry spokesman and Philippine Defense Secretary ...

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Philippine troops kill sub-leader of Abu Sayyaf

  A notorious sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf group was killed after resisting arrest of the military and police in Tawi-Tawi, an island province in northern Philippines on Tuesday. Buchoy Hassan, also known as Black or Bocoi, was neutralized following a law enforcement operation launched by the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi and the police at his residence in Barangay Panglima Alari, Sitangkai, the military said. ...

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ISIS leader Baghdadi fled Mosul

 9th March, 2017   Military intelligence believes ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi abandoned Mosul prior to the battle to isolate the Iraqi city five months ago, a senior defense official confirmed.   The official said that they think Baghdadi, who called himself the ruler of all Muslims after taking Iraq’s second-largest city in 2014, is still alive but added that ...

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India issues notice to Zakir Naik to appear Mar 14

  8th March, 2017   The National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India on Tuesday issued notice to controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik asking him to join the investigation at its headquarters in New Delhi on March 14, reports Times of India.   It is believed Naik is staying in Saudi Arabia to evade arrest after perpetrators of the Dhaka terror ...

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