Dissident Republican 'IRA' claims responsibility for UK letter bombs

LONDON (Reuters) – A dissident Republican group calling itself the “IRA” claimed responsibility on Tuesday for letter bombs sent to buildings in London and the University of Glasgow last week. “The claim was allegedly made on behalf of the ‘IRA’,” British police said. The group used a recognized codeword, police said. Police blew up a parcel sent to the University […]

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Police called to two London airports and rail hub over suspect packages

LONDON (Reuters) – Police were called to investigate suspicious packages near three major transport hubs in London on Tuesday: Heathrow and City airports and the city’s busiest rail station, Waterloo. The packages were found in buildings near the airports and within Waterloo itself, although no services were affected. At Heathrow, police response teams and emergency services attended an incident in […]

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Eyes on the sea: companies compete for Australian maritime surveillance contract

AVALON, Australia (Reuters) – Major global defense contractors want to sell Australia on cutting-edge technology such as high-altitude, solar-electric powered drones and optionally manned aircraft to keep an eye on the oceans. Airbus SE, Italy’s Leonardo SpA, Northrop Grumman Corp and Lockheed Martin Corp are among the companies that have expressed interest in providing Australia’s Department of Home Affairs with […]

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Southern Yemenis warn exclusion from U.N. peace talks could trigger new conflict

GENEVA (Reuters) – A separatist leader from south Yemen said a U.N.-mediated peace deal that fails to address the south’s wish for self-determination would be “dangerous” and could trigger a new conflict. In the war between the Iran-aligned Houthi movement and Yemen’s internationally recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, southern forces form part of a Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis. As […]

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Peace deal in Yemen's main port hits snag as U.N. seeks aid pledges

DUBAI/GENEVA (Reuters) – A peace deal in Yemen’s main port city appears to have stalled again despite U.N. efforts to salvage the pact intended to clear the way for wider negotiations to end the devastating four-year war, sources involved in the discussions said. United Nations chief Antonio Guterres admitted at a pledging conference in Geneva on Tuesday — which has […]

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Google didn’t tell users its Nest security system has a mic

Here’s one way to let users know that the gadget you sold them includes a microphone that you forgot to tell them about: You can announce an over-the-air software update that enables the microphone in the device to support a digital assistant triggered by voice commands. Presto. You didn’t know you bought something with a mic inside and now you […]

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Suspect in Istanbul nightclub attack denies charges: Anadolu

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The main suspect in a New Year’s Day 2017 shooting attack that killed 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub denied the charges against him in court on Monday, Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu news agency reported. Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek national, was captured on Jan. 17, 2017 by police who said he had acted on behalf of Islamic State. […]

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U.N. envoy says Yemen prisoner swap would help peace process

AMMAN (Reuters) – A U.N. special envoy told warring Yemenis on Tuesday that rapid implementation of a prisoner swap deal would help advance efforts at a political settlement of a nearly four-year-old war. The envoy, Martin Griffiths, said finalizing a list of the thousands of prisoners should be completed by the end of three days of talks in Amman between […]

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U.N. raises 'serious doubts' whether Bahrain opposition leaders got fair trial

GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. Human Rights Office said on Friday there were “serious doubts” whether three Bahraini opposition leaders were given a fair trial after Bahrain’s highest court upheld this week their life sentences on charges of spying for Qatar. Sheikh Ali Salman, leader of the now banned Shi’ite Muslim opposition group al-Wefaq and senior members Sheikh Hassan Sultan […]

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Bahrain closer to extradition of footballer held in Thailand

DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahrain’s government has submitted documents for the extradition of Hakeem Al Araibi, a Bahraini refugee footballer held in prison in Thailand, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. Araibi, who has refugee status in Australia and is a vocal critic of Bahrain’s government, was convicted of vandalizing a police station in 2014. He was sentenced […]

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