IS raid in Iraq’s Kirkuk kills 46, mostly security forces
Oct22

IS raid in Iraq’s Kirkuk kills 46, mostly security forces

An ongoing attack by the Islamic State group in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk has killed at least 46 people, mostly members of the security forces, security and medical sources said today. “We have 46 dead and 133 wounded, most of them members of the security services, as result of the clashes with Daesh (IS),” an interior ministry brigadier general told AFP. The toll was confirmed by a source at the Kirkuk health directorate....

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Police Raid IKEA’s Russian Headquarters
Aug09

Police Raid IKEA’s Russian Headquarters

Russian police have raided the Russian headquarters of Swedish furniture company IKEA, local media reported Tuesday (Aug 9). IKEA, which is currently based in Khimki, northern Moscow, has been involved in a number of long-term legal battles with the Russian government and local business. A spokesperson for the company said that the searches were an attempt to blackmail the retail behemoth. “The searches are taking place in relation to...

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Lebanese army raids Syrian refugee camps near al-Qaa
Jul05

Lebanese army raids Syrian refugee camps near al-Qaa

The Lebanese army on Monday (July 4) raided Syrian refugee encampments outside the eastern border town of al-Qaa, including in the Masharii al-Qaa and Nuaimat areas, state-run National News Agency reported. Troops from the Lebanese army’s Airborne Regiment arrested 35 Syrians in the raids and seized a number of motorcycles, LBCI television said. NNA meanwhile said that the army “seized all motorbikes at the encampment and...

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Suspect in France police killing had been sentenced for militant links
Jun14

Suspect in France police killing had been sentenced for militant links

A man suspected to have killed a French policeman and his partner in a terror-linked attack had been sentenced in 2013 for taking part in a militant organisation with links to Pakistan, sources said Tuesday (Jun 14). They identified him as Larossi Abballa, 25, adding that he had been sentenced to a three-year term – six months of which were suspended – for “criminal association with the aim of preparing terrorist...

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Ramadan raid on frail Indonesian food seller sparks anger
Jun13

Ramadan raid on frail Indonesian food seller sparks anger

Indonesian netizens have reacted with fury and a flurry of donations after footage emerged of a frail food seller breaking down as her cafe was raided for staying open during the daytime in Ramadan. Video of the 53-year-old business owner desperately begging officials not to confiscate her food went viral at the weekend, and social media users have donated almost US$20,000 to a crowdfunding site to help her and other vendors. It is...

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