Second French church attacker was known to police: source
Police have identified the second assailant who attacked a church in northern France this week as a 19-year-old known to security services as suspected of having Islamist militant links, sources said on Thursday. Police identified the man as Abdel-Malik Nabil Petitjean from a town in eastern France on the border with Germany, a judicial source told Reuters. Security services had in June opened a special file on Petitjean for becoming radicalized, a police source said separately.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 03:03:38 -0400
China, Russia navies to hold drills in South China Sea: China
BEIJING (Reuters) - China and Russia will hold "routine" naval drills in the South China Sea in September, China's defense ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a news conference on Thursday. The drills come at a time of heightened tension in the contested waters after an arbitration court in the Hague ruled this month that China did not have historic rights to the South China Sea and criticized its environmental destruction there. China rejected the ruling and refused to participate in the case. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Writing by John Ruwitch; Editing by Robert Birsel)
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 03:35:09 -0400
Russia beefs up military on southwestern flank as NATO approaches
Russia has strengthened its southwestern flank as NATO builds up its military presence and Ukraine remains unstable, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday in remarks the United States called contrary to efforts to lower tensions. Moscow has deployed more air defense systems in the southwest and has also deployed a "self-sufficient" contingent of troops in Crimea, Shoigu told a meeting at the Defence Ministry broadcast on state television. "They include two missile brigades armed with Iskander missile complexes, which has allowed to boost fire power to destroy the potential adversary." Shoigu said "terrorist" groups were also active in the North Caucasus.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:07:55 -0400
Home flight simulator in MH370 captain's home plotted Indian Ocean course: JACC
By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - A home flight simulator owned by the pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was used to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean where the aircraft is believed to have gone missing, the Australian agency in charge of the search said on Thursday. "The MH370 captains flight simulator showed someone had plotted a course to the southern Indian Ocean," JACC said in an email to Reuters on Thursday.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:12:19 -0400
Dead Bangladesh-American suspect was friend of cafe attacker: police
By Ruma Paul DHAKA (Reuters) - One of nine suspected militants killed in a police raid in Bangladesh this week was a Bangladeshi-American who was a friend of one of the gunmen who attacked a cafe on July 1 killing 22 people, police said on Thursday. The attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery, a cafe in Dhaka's diplomatic quarter, was one of the most brazen militant assaults in the country's history. On Tuesday, police raided a building in a Dhaka suburb and killed nine militants, who police said were from the same domestic group as the cafe attackers, and who had been plotting their own similar attack.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 03:42:02 -0400
Russia says starts humanitarian operation in Aleppo, offers civilians to leave
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday that the Russian and Syrian militaries would start "a large-scale humanitarian operation" in Aleppo to help residents "who had become hostages of terrorists." Shoigu said in televised comments three corridors would be established by the Russian and Syrian militaries for civilians to leave the city. The defense minister said they would open a fourth corridor for militants in the north of Aleppo and near the Castello road.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:14:43 -0400
Second France church attacker formally identified
Paris (AFP) - The second jihadist involved in a French church attack had tried to travel to Syria, prosecutors said Thursday as calls mounted for the prime minister and interior minister to resign after the latest terror attack.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:30:33 -0400
Russia says opening humanitarian corridors around Syria's Aleppo
Moscow (AFP) - Russia said on Thursday it had launched a "large-scale humanitarian operation" together with the Syrian government around the battered city of Aleppo to open humanitarian corridors for civilians and fleeing fighters.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:28:54 -0400
Australia police investigate Pope aide over child abuse claims
Australian police said Thursday they are investigating child abuse complaints against Vatican finance chief George Pell, but had not yet decided whether to press charges. It follows explosive allegations against the cardinal aired by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday, which he strongly denied. "That's a matter that we investigated and still are investigating," Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said of the claims.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:28:30 -0400
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