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‘Jihadi John’: Prime minister defends security services

The prime minister has defended the security services amid criticisms they failed to stop Mohammed Emwazi, known as ‘Jihadi John’, from joining Islamic State in Syria. David Cameron said the security services made “incredibly difficult judgements” on the UK’s behalf. His comments came after it emerged Emwazi was known to …

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US-Bangladesh blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death

A knife-wielding mob has hacked to death a US-Bangladeshi blogger whose writing on religion had brought threats from Islamist hardliners. Avijit Roy, an atheist who advocated secularism, was attacked in Dhaka as he walked back from a book fair with his wife, who was hurt in the attack. No-one has …

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Decision soon on troop pullout from Afghanistan: Kerry

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said that President Barack Obama would decide soon the level of US troops in Afghanistan. President Obama is on the right track, Kerry told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing. However he added that decision regarding pullout plan from Afghanistan would …

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Retrial of Al Jazeera staff set to resume in Egypt

The retrial of two Al Jazeera English journalists over alleged links to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is set to resume in Cairo. The Court of Cassation ordered the retrial of Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed after overturning a lower court’s verdict which found them guilty of aiding the outlawed group. …

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Australia PM announces new counterterror measures

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced that his government will tighten immigration laws and crack down on groups that incite hatred under a raft of counterterrorism measures introduced in a bid to combat the threat from “home-grown terrorists”. The measures announced on Monday would revoke or suspend Australian citizenship …

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Egypt president says need growing for joint Arab force

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has said that the need for a joint Arab military force is growing every day as the region faces the escalating threat of armed factions. Sisi also said on Sunday in a recorded address aired by state television that Egypt’s military has no interest in …

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Denmark attacks: Large crowds mourn shooting victims

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in towns and cities across Denmark to commemorate the victims of weekend gun attacks in the capital. People holding candles and torches observed a minute’s silence at the start of the main event in Copenhagen. Two people were killed and five police were …

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Greece bailout: Varoufakis ‘willing’ as talks collapse

Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis declared he was ready to do “whatever it takes” to reach agreement over its bailout after the collapse of talks with EU finance ministers. Mr Varoufakis spoke after Greece rejected an EU offer to extend its current €240bn (£178bn) bailout, a plan he called “absurd” …

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Ukraine crisis: Army and rebels stall heavy arms pullout

Ukraine’s government and separatist rebels have failed to begin withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line, despite a Monday deadline. The two sides were given until not more than two days after the latest truce came into effect to start the pullout. The government said it would not pull back …

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Korean Air executive guilty in ‘nut rage’ case

A South Korean court has found a former executive of national airline Korean Air guilty of breaking aviation law over the “nut rage” case. Heather Cho, also known as Hyun-ah, was jailed for one year, avoiding a possible maximum sentence of 10 years. Cho had forced her Seoul-bound plane to …

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