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Two die in police raid targeting suspected Paris attack mastermind

By Antony Paone and Emmanuel Jarry SAINT DENIS, France (Reuters) - A woman suicide bomber blew herself up and another militant died on Wednesday when police raided an apartment in the Paris suburb of St. Denis seeking suspects in last week's attacks in the French capital. Officials said police had been hunting Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian...
Nov 18, 2015 |

Islamic State claims Norwegian, Chinese captives executed

Islamic State said in its magazine on Wednesday that it had killed a Chinese and a Norwegian captive, showing what appeared to be pictures of the dead men with a banner reading "executed." In its previous issue of Dabiq, it had said the two captives were "for sale." Islamic State also said it had originally planned to bring down...
Nov 18, 2015 |

Islamic State shows photo of improvised Russian plane bomb

Islamic State's official magazine carried a photo on Wednesday of what it said was the improvised bomb that brought down the Russian airliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last month, killing all 224 people on board. The photo showed a can of Schweppes Gold soft drink and what appeared to be a detonator and switch on a blue background....
Nov 18, 2015 |

Around 20 African migrants lost at sea after boat sinks

Around 20 African migrants are missing at sea after their boat sunk in the Atlantic Ocean around 20 miles off the coast of Western Sahara, Spanish sea rescue services said on Wednesday. Spanish lifeguards rescued 22 African men from the sea late on Tuesday in stormy conditions and recovered the corpse of one man. The sea route from West Africa to...
Nov 18, 2015 |

Sweden raises threat level, citing 'concrete information'

Sweden's security police (SAPO) raised on Wednesday their terrorist threat assessment by one step, to four on a scale of five, saying there was "concrete information" of a possible attack only days after the Paris killing spree. "One of the reasons for the increase is that the Security Police have received concrete information...
Nov 18, 2015 |

Germany game against Netherlands called off over bomb fears

A soccer game between Germany and Netherlands which German Chancellor Angel Merkel was due to attend in Hanover was called off two hours before its scheduled start on Tuesday over fears of a planned bombing. The match was due to have been held four days after the deadly attacks in Paris on Friday, when suicide bombers targeted the soccer stadium...
Nov 18, 2015 |

Paris attack suspect eludes police, complicating probe

By Alastair Macdonald, Chine Labbé and John Irish BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - French police had three opportunities to catch a Belgian suspect in the Paris attacks and each time let him go, a defense lawyer said on Tuesday, adding to the missed signals complicating efforts to track down those behind an onslaught in which 129 people were killed....
Nov 18, 2015 |

Obama says wants Russia to shift focus on Islamic State

MANILA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that, following the attacks on Paris, he wanted Moscow to shift its focus from propping up Syria's government to fighting Islamic State and would discuss this with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obama, who is in Manila to attend the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation...
Nov 18, 2015 |

Cuba blames U.S. for migrant crisis in Central America

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's Communist government on Tuesday blamed the United States' Cold War-era immigration law for a migrant crisis in which more than 1,000 Cubans have been getting stuck at Central American border crossings in an attempt to reach the United States. The Cubans have been making their way north from...
Nov 18, 2015 |

Obama says China must stop land reclamation in South China Sea

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday China must stop land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea and reaffirmed Washington's commitment to the defense and security of the Philippines, one of the parties to the dispute. Obama, speaking after a meeting with Philippine President Benigno Aquino on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific...
Nov 18, 2015 |

France, Russia strike Islamic State in Syria, EU aid invoked

By Chine Labbé and Crispian Balmer PARIS (Reuters) - France and Russia staged air strikes on Islamic State targets in northern Syria on Tuesday, punishing the group for attacks in Paris and against a Russian airliner that together killed 353 people. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a coordinated onslaught in Paris on Friday and the...
Nov 17, 2015 |

Putin vows payback after Kremlin confirms bomb downed Russian plane over Egypt

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin vowed to hunt down those responsible for blowing up a Russian airliner over Egypt and intensify air strikes against Islamists in Syria, after the Kremlin concluded a bomb had destroyed the plane last month, killing 224 people. "We will find them anywhere on the planet and punish...
Nov 17, 2015 |

U.S., Turkey working to finish shutting northern Syria border: Kerry

By David Brunnstrom PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday the United States is starting an operation with Turkey to finish securing the northern Syrian border, an area that Islamic State militants have used as a lucrative smuggling route. "The entire border of northern Syria - 75 percent of it has now been shut...
Nov 17, 2015 |

Egypt says has found no evidence criminal action behind plane crash

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt said on Tuesday it would take into account Russia's conclusion that a bomb brought down a passenger plane over the Sinai Peninsula last month but its investigation had so far found no evidence of criminal action. The comments were made at a joint news conference held by the prime minister and several cabinet ministers...
Nov 17, 2015 |

Egypt says has found no evidence criminal action behind plane crash

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt said on Tuesday it would take into account Russia's conclusion that a bomb brought down a passenger plane over the Sinai Peninsula last month but its investigation had so far found no evidence of criminal action. The comments were made at a joint news conference held by the prime minister and several cabinet ministers...
Nov 17, 2015 |

Britain to build cyber attack forces to tackle IS, hackers

By Michael Holden CHELTENHAM, England (Reuters) - British spies are building elite cyber offensive forces to strike at Islamic State fighters, hackers and hostile powers, finance minister George Osborne said on Tuesday after warning militants wanted to launch deadly digital attacks. Islamic State was trying to develop the capability to attack...
Nov 17, 2015 |

Obama arrives in Manila for APEC summit, bilateral meetings

MANILA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Manila on Tuesday for the first of back-to-back Asia-Pacific summits that were supposed to be a chance for the United States to  reinforce trade and security ties with the economically dynamic region but which are now clouded by the Islamic State threat half a world away. Obama’s visit to...
Nov 17, 2015 |

Cambodia opposition leader, facing arrest, delays return

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Monday delayed his return home from South Korea as tension comes to a head between his supporters and those of Prime Minister Hun Sen. The Southeast Asian nation is still three years away from a general election, but acrimony between the two as they jockey for...
Nov 17, 2015 |

Vowing to destroy terrorism, France seeks global coalition against Islamic State

By Chine Labbé and Crispian Balmer PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande called on the United States and Russia on Monday to join a global coalition to destroy Islamic State following the attacks across Paris, and announced a wave of measures to combat terrorism in France. "France is at war," Hollande told a joint session...
Nov 17, 2015 |

China security chief calls for greater 'de-radicalization' efforts

China needs to deepen its fight against separatists, intensify "de-radicalization" efforts, and increase global cooperation to defend against terrorism, the country's domestic security chief wrote on Tuesday. The Chinese government says it is facing a threat from Islamist militants and separatists in the far western region of...
Nov 17, 2015 |

Hezbollah buries militant Qantar, says Israel will be held accountable

Lebanon's Hezbollah group said on Monday that Israel would be held accountable for killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in an air strike in Syria, and accorded him an elaborate funeral of... Read More

Russia says black box from warplane downed by Turkey unreadable

Investigators in Moscow said on Monday they were unable to retrieve information from the damaged black box of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey last month, data the Kremlin hoped would support... Read More

Exclusive: U.S. glossed over Oman's human rights record during Iran talks

By Jason Szep, Matt Spetalnick and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON/MUSCAT (Reuters) - As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the... Read More