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New image of suspected Istanbul gunman released as Isil claim nightclub attack

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The Islamic State yesterday/MON claimed responsibility for the New Year’s Eve shooting that killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub, saying a “soldier of the caliphate” attacked Turkey for its incursion into Syria. Police arrested eight suspects in connection with the attack today, but said they were still hunting for the gunman. A blurry picture of ...

Egypt to focus on African exports market: head of ECS

The Egyptian Commercial Service Office (ECS) has designed an ambitious plan to enhance Egypt’s presence in Africa, which Egypt has hedged its bets on for the coming period. Ahmed Antar, head of the ECS, said that they are currently studying the possibility of taking part in international exhibitions in the African continent, as well as beginning negotiations on the establishment ...

Tony Abbott says Australia should suspend aid to Palestinian Authority

Tony Abbott wants Australia to suspend aid to the Palestinian Authority because “it keeps paying pensions to terrorists and their families”. The former prime minister made the call in an opinion piece published in the Spectator Magazine on Monday. Australia gives more than $40m a year in aid to Palestine, provided through United Nations agencies and some charitable organisations. The ...

Online New Year’s Threats Prompt Australian Arrest

SYDNEY —  Australian counter-terror officers arrested a 40-year-old man at Sydney Airport, after he disembarked from a flight from London, and charged him with making online threats “relating to New Year’s Eve” festivities in Sydney, police said Friday. The arrest follows police raids across the southern city of Melbourne a week ago, which authorities said foiled an Islamic State-inspired plot ...

Iran’s currency hits record low as Trump worries deter fund inflows

Iran’s rial hit a record low against the U.S. dollar on Monday in a sign of concern about the country’s ability to attract foreign money after U.S. president-elect Donald Trump takes office. The rial was quoted in the free market at 41,500 to the dollar, weakening from around 41,250 on Sunday and 35,570 in mid-September. Before this month, the record ...

South China Sea tensions drive fishermen to Australia

The South China Sea dispute ripping Asia apart has landed in Australian waters, with authorities facing a surge in illegal Vietnamese fishing off northern Australia – a problem experts say is costing the country “millions”. About 150 illegal Vietnamese fishermen in 10 vessels have been arrested in Australian waters since March compared to none in 2015. With the Chinese coast guard excluding fisherman from the waters it claims around ...

Turkey cafe boss held for Erdogan ‘tea insult’

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The boss of a cafeteria at a Turkish opposition newspaper has been detained after saying he would refuse to serve tea to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Senol Buran, cafeteria head at Cumhuriyet, was remanded accused of insulting the president. He denies the refusal was an insult, his lawyer said. Turkey has cracked down on dissent since ...

Trump’s Syria conundrum

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG President-elect Donald Trump’s position on the conflict in Syria has been a confusing assortment of positions, the latest of which – his call for a safe zone in Syria – seems informed by his most recent conversations with candidates he interviewed for the position of secretary of state. But all of his statements carry within them ...

Typhoon Nock-Ten kills four in the Philippines

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Powerful typhoon Nock-Ten has killed at least four people after making its way through the Philippines, officials say. Despite initial fears, the heavily-populated capital, Manila, was spared by the storm, which had winds of up to 120 km/h (74 mph). Nock-Ten brought down trees and power lines, and forced more than 380,000 people out of their ...

Uganda: 30 drown after boat carrying football team capsizes on Lake Albert

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG At least 30 people have drowned after a boat carrying a football team and their fans capsized on Lake Albert in Uganda, police say. The overcrowded vessel was carrying some 45 people. Police say the boat became unbalanced when too many passengers moved to one side. Nine bodies have been recovered, and 15 people have been ...

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