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India on high alert after al-Qaeda threats

India has declared heightened alert in several provinces a day after al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced the formation of an Indian branch of the global armed group. In the video posted online, the al-Qaeda chief promised to spread Islamic rule and “raise the flag of jihad” across the Indian subcontinent.[…]

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NATO chief asks Russia to pull back troops

NATO Secretary General has told the Kremlin to pull back Russian troops from Ukraine and to stop supporting rebels in eastern Ukraine, as leaders from the trans-atlantic military alliance meet in the UK. “We call on Russia to pull back its troops from Ukraine and to stop the flow of[…]

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Koeberg tender case partly withdrawn

Westinghouse Electric SA has partly withdrawn an urgent application relating to a R4 billion tender to replace steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power plant, Eskom said on Thursday. Westinghouse wanted to prevent Eskom from finalising the contract and to see all documents relating to it. The company withdrew its[…]

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UN says 250,000 displaced by fighting in Libya

A quarter of a million people have fled because of recent fighting and serious human rights violations in Libya, the UN human rights office said on Thursday in Geneva. At least 100,000 Libyans have become refugees in their own country, while 150,000 people – including many migrant workers – have[…]

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Several killed in twin Afghan car bombings

Two car bombs targeting local police and intelligence offices have exploded in the city of Ghazni south of the Afghan capital Kabul, sources have told Al Jazeera. At least 18 people were killed and more than 130 others were injured in the attack, which also destroyed dozens of shops near[…]

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US to pursue IS group to ‘gates of hell’

Joseph Biden, the US vice president, has said his country will follow the IS group “to the gates of hell” following the beheading of two American journalists by the group in Iraq. Biden vowed to hunt down and defeat the IS group, while stepping up efforts to recruit an international[…]

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Merkel prompts Myanmar over minority rights

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged further economic support for Myanmar if it holds fair elections next year and does more to protect ethnic minorities. After talks with Myanmar’s President Thein Sein in Berlin on Wednesday, Merkel said that Germany was ready to boost investment and development aid but would[…]

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Al-Qaeda leader says it has expanded to India

Al-Qaida has expanded into the Indian subcontinent, the leader of the radical group said in a video statement released Thursday, with a united group that will “wage jihad against its enemies.” In the video, which was seen online by the SITE monitoring group, Ayman al-Zawahri said al-Qaida had been preparing[…]

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NATO leaders build united front against Russia

NATO leaders will aim Thursday to show unity against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, after France suspended delivery of a warship to Moscow despite a surprise peace plan put forward by the Kremlin. Ukraine and the new threats posed by Islamic extremists in Iraq, Syria and beyond will dominate[…]

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Iraqi forces ‘advance against IS fighters’

A significant number of Islamic State group fighters have withdrawn from northern Iraqi cities, officials in Tikrit and Mosul say, as government forces prepare for another major ground and air offensive. Sources told Al Jazeera that security forces had entered the outskirts of Tikrit from three directions, including Tikrit University[…]

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