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Intelligence failure behind Sri Lanka bombing deliberate

Senior officials deliberately withheld intelligence about possible attacks on Sri Lanka, where a rash of suicide bombings on Easter Sunday killed at least 359 people, the leader of parliament said on Wednesday. “Some top intelligence officials hid the intelligence information purposefully. Information was there, but the top brass security officials …

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Sri Lanka church attack in retaliation for New Zealand

Devastating Easter bombings in Sri Lanka were retaliation for recent deadly attacks on mosques in New Zealand, a Sri Lankan official said on Tuesday, adding that two domestic Islamist groups were believed to have been behind Sunday’s blasts. No group has claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks, which officials said …

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Suicide bombers attacks in war-torn Syria

Suicide bombers disguised as farmers struck an army position in western Syria on Tuesday in an attack that killed three people and all the militants, state-run media said. The attack north of Hama city adds to pressures on Russian-Turkish agreements that have contained the war in northwestern Syria, the last …

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Anti-Terror Quartet issues statement over Qatar

The Anti-Terror Quartet: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, has issued the following statement on Qatar’s hosting of 140th Assembly of IPU. The Arab Quartet has submitted a joint statement to the General Secretariat of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, IPU, during the 139th General Assembly held in Geneva, objecting Qatar’s hosting …

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Security Council passes resolution on terror finance

The UN is hailing a new Security Council resolution adopted on Thursday as a landmark step in suppressing the funding of terror groups worldwide. Speaking via video-link from Rome, where he has been meeting specialist Italian law enforcement officials to discuss building closer ties to tackle the problem; the UN’s …

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Extradition treaty signed between UAE and Italy

The UAE and Italy exchanged on Monday instruments of ratification on judicial agreements, signed between both countries regarding judicial cooperation, the apprehension of criminals, extraditing convicted persons, and providing mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Jarman, Assistant Minister for Human Rights and International Law at the …

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Bosnia charges that Croatia arming Islamist militants

Bosnian prosecutors will investigate media allegations that Croatian intelligence and diplomats have attempted to arm followers of Islamists in Bosnia, the office of Bosnia’s chief prosecutor said on Thursday. The news site Zurnal reported on Wednesday that Croatian intelligence officers have tried to recruit followers of the Salafi branch of …

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Blast kills two, harms 24 more, in Mosul

At least two people were killed and 24 wounded in a car bomb in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Thursday, police and medical sources said. Police said a vehicle packed with explosives was parked near the perimeters of Mosul University, in the center of the city. Mosul, which was …

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Carmb bomb explodes close to Turkish border

A car bomb exploded at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the Syrian town of al-Rai near the Turkish border on Tuesday, residents and an emergency worker told Reuters. The explosion struck a checkpoint some 5 km (3 miles) away from the border, wounding three policemen and four civilians, an …

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Germany shuts down PKK publishers

German authorities banned two media organizations it said are linked to the banned Kurdistan Workers party (PKK), considered a terrorist organization by the European Union and Turkey, after raids early on Tuesday. Police searched the Mesopotamia Publishing House and MIR Multimedia in the western states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower …

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Somalia blast kills at least 11 people

A car bomb exploded at a shopping mall in Somalia’s capital on Monday, killing 11 people and wounding 10 in an attack that police said was probably carried out by Islamist group al Shabaab. The blast occurred in Mogadishu’s Hamarweyne district, a busy area with shops and restaurants. “Several dead …

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Iraqi novelist gunned down in cold blood

A motorcycle gunman shot dead an Iraqi novelist close to his house in the Shi’ite holy city of Kerbala on Saturday, police and eyewitnesses said. Alaa Mashzoub, 50, was on his way home when he was shot multiple times, police said late on Saturday. It was unclear what the motive …

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Car bombs kills and injures near Kirkuk

A car bomb killed one soldier and injured at least two in a northern Iraqi town near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Wednesday, the military and a security source said. The military said in a statement that a member of the security forces was killed. A security source told …

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Taliban lay claim to latest car bomb in Kabul

The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a car bomb attack near a heavily fortified foreign compound in Kabul that killed five people, including an Indian national. The bombing sparked international condemnation as efforts increase to strike a peace deal with the Islamic insurgents to end more than 17 …

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Hate-crime driver apprehended in Germany

German prosecutors have charged a man arrested on New Year’s day with attempted murder after he rammed his car into crowds of revelers in two separate attacks, police said on Wednesday. The 50-year-old German was detained after he drove his Mercedes into people celebrating the New Year in the western …

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Carb Bomb detonates in Tal Afar, Iraq

At least two people were killed and 11 wounded on Tuesday by a car bomb in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar, a former Islamic State stronghold, the military said. Tal Afar, about 80 km (50 miles) west of Mosul, experienced cycles of sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shi’ites …

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Car bomb kills 3, wounds dozens in Sistan-Baluchestan

At least three people died and 48 others were injured in a suicide car bomb attack on a police headquarters in Iran’s southeast on Thursday, state media reported. Television also reported shooting in the area, located in the region of Sistan-Baluchestan, which is home to a Sunni Muslim minority in …

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