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UK air attack on Islamic State: Syrians give reactions
Source: BBC

UK air attack on Islamic State: Syrians give reactions

The UK has started bombing targets of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, following a strong vote in favour by Parliament. France has already been bombing the jihadists stronghold of Raqqa following deadly attacks in Paris claimed by the group. The UK strikes focused on six targets in an oil field under IS control in eastern Syria, the BBC understands. A number of Syrians have been givin...

12 dead, five hurt, in Molotov cocktail attack on Egyptian nightclub

At least 12 people were killed and five others were injured in a firebomb attack in a nightclub near Cairo, the Egyptian capital, according to the countrys state-run news agency, MENA. The attack, with Molotov cocktails, took place early Friday morning, MENA said. The club is in the Agouza neighborhood club in Egypts Giza governorate on the outskirts of Cairo, on the western bank of the Nile. ...

Senior European official: ISIS wants to hit UK; trail for Salah Abdeslam is cold
Source: CNN

Senior European official: ISIS wants to hit UK; trail for Salah Abdeslam is cold

The trail for the eighth Paris attacker, Salah Abdeslam, has gone cold, a senior European counterterrorism official told CNN late Thursday, who also said intelligence indicates ISIS wishes to strike the United Kingdom as a followup to its recent attack in France. European security agencies have had no trace of Abdeslam since he was dropped off by a friend in the Brussels district of Schaerbeek ...

Thailand’s battered image dealt new blow with aviation scare

BANGKOK: Thailand, once a poster child for democracy and freedom in turbulent Southeast Asia, has careened over the past two years from one image disaster to the next. First a military coup. Then revelations of slaves in the seafood industry and other human trafficking horrors. In August, a deadly bomb struck central Bangkok. And now, the United States has declared Thailands aviation industry ...

Chennai floods: Edited Modi photo sparks online mockery

Indias state-run Press Information Bureau is facing online mockery after tweeting an edited image of PM Narendra Modi surveying deadly Chennai floods. The bureau initially retweeted the prime ministers photo of himself looking through a plane window, with submerged fields and buildings visible. Hours later, they tweeted the same image again, but with a much clearer scene crudely pasted on to...

Why did husband and wife kill 14?

While police say they know who massacred 14 people Wednesday at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California, the killers motives remain a mystery. Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik committed the deadliest U.S. mass shooting since Sandy Hook in December 2012 before being killed by police, authorities say. Here is what we know about them: Husband and wife Farook, 28, and Malik, 27,...

Putin calls for broad international anti-terror front

MOSCOW: Russias President Vladimir Putin called Thursday for a broad international front against terrorism and accused Turkey of trading oil with the Islamic State group. Speaking in his state-of-the-nation address televised live, Putin called for an end to what he called double standards that hampered uniting global efforts in fighting terrorism. Without naming the United States, he accused Wa...

FAA downgrades Thailand over aviation safety concerns
Source: BBC

FAA downgrades Thailand over aviation safety concerns

Fliers heading to Thailand may have fresh cause for concern after the countrys airlines were hit with restrictions by U.S. aviation authorities. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday that it was downgrading Thailands aviation safety rating to Category 2 because the country did not comply with international standards. The decision means Thai airlines will be banned from openin...

South African appeals court convicts Pistorius of murder

JOHANNESBURG: A South African appeals court on Thursday convicted Oscar Pistorius of murder, overturning a lower courts conviction of the double-amputee Olympian on the lesser charge of manslaughter for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to death in 2013. Justice Lorimer Eric Leach of the Supreme Court of Appeal delivered the ruling by the five-judge appeals court in Bloemfontein and directed ...

UK launches first Syria air strikes after MPs approval

RAF Tornado jets have carried out their first air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. The strikes came hours after MPs voted in favour of UK air strikes in Syria. They backed the action by 397 votes to 223 after a 10-hour debate in the House of Commons. Four Tornado jets took off from RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, shortly after the vote. ...

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