Monday 30 November 2015

Brussels lockdown ends but manhunt goes on

The Brussels metro and schools reopened on Wednesday as the Belgian capital edged back to normal after a four-day security lockdown but the hunt went on for militants police fear may mount a Paris-style mass attack. Troops and armoured vehicles outside reopened underground statio


Russia, Turkey won’t back down in jet dispute

Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet. Underscoring the message, Russian fo


Russian jet hit inside Syria after incursion: US

The US believes that the Russian jet shot down by Turkey on Tuesday was hit inside Syrian airspace after a brief incursion into Turkish airspace, a US official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. The official said that assessment was based on detection of the heat s


French jets destroy an IS command centre in Iraq

French warplanes destroyed an Islamic State command centre at Tal Afar, some 45 kilometres west of Mosul in Iraq, a French official said on Tuesday. "We hit an Islamic State command centre at Tal Afar," the official said during President Francois Hollande's visit to


No explosives in US-bound parcels at Cairo airport

Some parcels at Cairo airport being shipped to the US by express mail service DHL that were flagged by the company for further checks were found by Egyptian officials to contain no explosives, a DHL spokeswoman said on Tuesday. "As part of our standard screening and security


France, Belgium widen probe into Paris attacks

An investigation into the November 13 attacks in Paris widened on Tuesday when French prosecutors said a man who provided lodging to the suspected ringleader must have known of a militant plot, and Belgium issued a warrant for a new suspect. Painting a chilling picture of ringlea


Asia stocks stumble on geopolitical tensions

Asian stocks were on edge on Wednesday with most markets stumbling as geopolitical tensions flared after Turkey downed a Russian fighter jet, while crude oil prices eased from two-week highs. Australian shares dipped 0.5 per cent. South Korea's Kospi lost 0.2 per cent and Hon


Majority Britons ready to quit EU after Paris attacks

More than half of Britons want to leave the European Union as voter anxiety over the bloc's security was stoked by Islamist militant attacks on Paris that killed 130 people, according to an opinion poll published on Tuesday. Prime Minister David Cameron is trying to win conce


Iran's Khamenei warns of US plot to divide Iraq

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday accused the United States of trying to divide Iraq along sectarian and ethnic lines and urged Iraqis to withstand any such plans. Shi'ite Muslim power Iran wields great influence in Iraq, which has a majority Shi'


Turkey shoots down Russian war plane near Syria border

Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying it had repeatedly violated its air space, one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a Nato member country and Russia for half a century. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the pla

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