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Top French Isil recruiter linked to Brussels attack ‘killed in airstrike’ in Mosul

KALAHAN DENG Anotorious terrorist recruiter linked to a string of Isil-inspired attacks in France has been killed in an American drone strike in Iraq, French police sources said on Friday. The report came as French police thwarted an “imminent” suicide attack, possibly on a Paris tourist site, with the arrests of four suspected Isil recruits, including a 16-year-old girl, who ...

Donald Trump’s state visit to UK may be moved from London to Brexit heartland amid security concerns

KALAHAN DENG Donald Trump’s controversial state visit to Britain could move from London to the Midlands to allow the US President to address a mass rally and raise money for Armed Forces veterans. Ministers also say the trip could be delayed from June to July to coincide with Mr Trump’s visit to the G20 summit of developed nations in Hamburg. ...

Chinese man trapped in India goes home after 50 years

KALAHAN DENG A Chinese man who was trapped in India for more than 50 years has finally been reunited with his family. The media reported how Wang Qi, an army surveyor who says he accidentally crossed into India in 1963, had not been given the necessary documents to leave the country. Following the report, he was visited by Chinese diplomats, who ...

Uzbek film blocked over lack of Morgan Freeman

KALAHAN DENG The release of an Uzbek action movie has been blocked for using images of US actor Morgan Freeman in its advertising, even though he doesn’t appear in the film. The movie, called Daydi (Rogue), was due to be shown in cinemas this week until Uzbekistan’s film licensing body stepped in. It says that while Freeman features prominently on ...

‘Crazy violence’ in Brazilian state during police strike

KALAHAN DENG Police in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo are set to return to work after a week-long strike. The walk-out was over pay and working conditions. It included around 10,000 officers and resulted in a wave of violence which saw more than 120 killed. As the state tries to get back to “regular life” a local resident has ...

Canada man who beheaded bus passenger granted freedom

KALAHAN DENG A man with schizophrenia who beheaded a fellow bus passenger in Canada in 2008 has been granted freedom. Will Baker, formerly known as Vince Weiguang Li, killed 22-year-old Tim McLean after hearing what he thought was “the voice of God”. He was deemed not criminally responsible and received mental health treatment. A review board in Manitoba ordered his ...

Jakarta vote: Indonesia hardliners call for Muslim governor

KALAHAN DENG Tens of thousands of Indonesians have gathered in Jakarta to urge people to vote for a Muslim candidate to be the capital city’s next governor. The incumbent, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, is an ethnic Chinese Christian currently on trial after being accused of insulting Islam. Despite the court case, Mr Purnama is still expected to win ...

Montpellier arrests: France police avert ‘imminent’ attack

KALAHAN DENG An “imminent” terror attack on French soil has been averted with the arrest of four suspects in Montpellier, Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said. Three men and a girl of 16 were found with bomb-making materials by anti-terrorist police in a raid on a flat in the southern city. Home-made explosives similar to those used in the Paris ...

Australian biker killer sentenced to death in Thailand

KALAHAN DENG An Australian man has been sentenced to death in Thailand for his role in the murder of a biker. Antonio Bagnato, 28, was found guilty on Tuesday of killing Australian former Hells Angels member Wayne Schneider. Schneider, one of New South Wales’ 10-most-wanted fugitives in 2006, was abducted by masked men from his home in the Thai beachside ...

Donald Trump considers issuing new travel ban

KALAHAN DENG Donald Trump is considering a new executive order to ban citizens of certain countries from travelling to the US after his initial attempt was overturned in the courts. Mr Trump told reporters on Air Force One that a “brand new order” could be issued as early as Monday or Tuesday. It comes after an appeals court in San ...