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Senior U.S. senators want to amend Saudi Sept. 11 law | Reuters

Updated : Dec 01, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Senior U.S. senators want to amend Saudi Sept. 11 law | Reuters

WASHINGTON Two senior U.S. senators said on Wednesday they want to amend a law allowing lawsuits against Saudi Arabia over the Sept. 11 attacks to narrow the scope of possible lawsuits.Lindsey Graham and John McCain, two of the Republican party's congressional foreign policy leaders, said they would introduce an amendment to the law so that a government could be sued only if it "knowingly" engages with a terrorist organization."All we're saying to any ally of the United States (is), you can't be sued in the United States for an act of terrorism unless you knowingly were involved, and the same applies to us in your country," Graham said in a Senate speech.In September, the Senate and House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected President Barack Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, known as JASTA, making it U.S. #facebook #indian #follow-reuters #twitter-follow #newsletters #corrections
New evidence shows deep Islamic State role in Bangladesh massacre | Reuters

Updated : Dec 01, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

New evidence shows deep Islamic State role in Bangladesh massacre | Reuters

By Paritosh Bansal and Serajul Quadir | DHAKA DHAKA Before Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury orchestrated Bangladesh's worst militant attack, he sought and won approval for it from Islamic State.A Canadian of Bangladeshi origin, he was told by his contact in the militant group, Abu Terek Mohammad Tajuddin Kausar, to target foreigners, according to a senior police official who has seen communications between the two men.Chowdhury, located in Bangladesh at the time, proposed an attack on a Dhaka eatery frequented by expatriates.On July 1, a group of gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan café in the city's Gulshan neighbourhood, murdering 22 people, most of them foreigners, in an overnight siege that shocked the country.The back-and-forth between Chowdhury, 30, and Kausar, 35, which includes drafts of articles later published in Islamic State magazines, has not been previously reported.Together with attempts by people linked to Islamic State to recruit and fund militancy in the country, the documents show the extremist organisation has built deeper connections with Bangladeshi militants than was previously known.The police official declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the information. Reuters could not independently verify the contents of the communications.As Islamic State comes under pressure in its home base of Syria and Iraq, its activities in outposts such as Bangladesh could intensify, experts have said.The extent of Islamic State's influence in Bangladesh will be key to the country's garment sector that employs millions of people and earns $28 billion a year in exports.Any sign the global jihadi network is making inroads could force Western brands to look elsewhere for cheap clothes.In the year before the cafe atrocity, a string of grisly individual murders, including of bloggers and foreigners, had already raised the alarm for overseas investors.In its Rumiyah magazine published after the café massacre, Islamic State claimed two dozen attacks in the country since September 2015. The claim could not be independently verified.LOCAL MILITANTS OR ISLAMIC STATE #facebook #indian #follow #follow-reuters #newsletters #corrections #reuters-news-agency
Defence spending boost best answer to Trump - EU, NATO officials | Reuters

Updated : Dec 01, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Defence spending boost best answer to Trump - EU, NATO officials | Reuters

By Andrea Shalal | BERLIN BERLIN Top NATO and European military officials called in Berlin on Wednesday for more military spending to deal with threats to Europe and said that would help address concerns raised by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.During his election campaign, Trump questioned whether the United States should protect allies seen as spending too little on their defence, raising fears he could withdraw funding for NATO at a time of heightened tensions with Russia.In Brussels on Wednesday, the European Union unveiled its biggest defence funding and research plan in more than a decade to reverse billions in cuts and demonstrate that it wants to pay for its own security. "The best answer to Mr. #facebook #Thomson Reuters #indian #twitter-follow #corrections
NATO nearing solution to continue Aegean migrant mission - UK general | Reuters

Updated : Dec 01, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

NATO nearing solution to continue Aegean migrant mission - UK general | Reuters

By Andrea Shalal | BERLIN BERLIN Turkey will likely hand off responsibility for NATO's counter-migration mission in the Aegean Sea, averting tensions with Greece, when it takes command of a broader maritime mission in the region next year, a top British general said on Wednesday."Because of Turkish-Greek sensitivities ... #indian #follow #racing #follow-reuters #corrections
Panel urges ouster of 'victim-blaming' judge in Canada rape case | Reuters

Updated : Dec 01, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Panel urges ouster of 'victim-blaming' judge in Canada rape case | Reuters

By Anna Mehler Paperny | TORONTO TORONTO The Canadian judge who asked a rape complainant why she could not "just keep your knees together" should be removed from the bench, a committee of inquiry recommended on Wednesday.Alberta Justice Robin Camp committed misconduct during the 2014 rape trail, relying on "discredited myths and stereotypes about women and victim-blaming," the five-member panel established by the Canadian Judicial Council, which oversees federal judges, said in its unanimous recommendation.The full council will now consider whether to recommend Camp's ouster to Canadian Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, who in turn would then decide whether to ask Parliament to vote to remove Camp from the bench.Camp made his comments during the 2014 trial of a man accused of raping a 19-year-old woman who said she was sexually assaulted over a bathroom sink during a house party. Among other remarks, Camp asked the woman, "Why didn't you just sink your bottom into the basin so he couldn't penetrate you?" He also repeatedly called the woman "the accused," and told her that "sex and pain sometimes go together." "There's no talk of real force here," Camp said in his reason for acquitting the accused man. "There's no talk of fear. #facebook #indian #follow #racing #newsletters #reuters-info-channel
Ohio State attacker may have been inspired by overseas militants -FBI | Reuters

Updated : Dec 01, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Ohio State attacker may have been inspired by overseas militants -FBI | Reuters

The man who injured 11 people in an attack at Ohio State University may have been inspired by Islamic State and the late al Qaeda-linked cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, FBI special agent in charge Angela Byers said at a news conference on Wednesday.Islamic State on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attack a day earlier at the Columbus campus. Al-Awlaki was killed by a U.S. drone strike in 2011. #facebook #indian #follow #racing #twitter-follow #corrections #reuters-info-channel
Corrected - Pelosi re-elected to U.S. House Democratic leadership post | Reuters

Updated : Dec 01, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Corrected - Pelosi re-elected to U.S. House Democratic leadership post | Reuters

(The story was refiled to correct to Democrats instead of Republicans in paragraph 5)WASHINGTON U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was re-elected to her post on Wednesday despite a challenge from a Rust Belt congressman who said the party needed new leadership after a disappointing showing in elections this month.Pelosi, 76, a Californian who has been in Congress for 30 years and led the party in the House for 14 of them, defeated 43-year-old Tim Ryan, a seven-term representative from the Youngstown area of northeastern Ohio in a 134-63 vote, aides said.U.S. voters elected Republican Donald Trump to the White House and Republicans kept their majorities in the House and Senate in the Nov. #facebook #indian #racing #follow-reuters #twitter-follow #corrections #reuters-info-channel
Turkish and Russian leaders agree on need for Aleppo ceasefire - sources | Reuters

Updated : Dec 01, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Turkish and Russian leaders agree on need for Aleppo ceasefire - sources | Reuters

ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed the situation in Syria's Aleppo with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by phone for the third time in a week on Wednesday and agreed on the need for a ceasefire, sources in Erdogan's office said.The sources said the two leaders agreed on intensifying efforts towards a cessation of hostilities and on the need for the provision of aid to the city, the sources said. #facebook #Thomson Reuters #indian #follow #follow-reuters #twitter-follow
Sunni tribesmen battling Islamic State demand federalism in Iraq | Reuters

Updated : Nov 30, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Sunni tribesmen battling Islamic State demand federalism in Iraq | Reuters

By Michael Georgy | SHAYYALAH AL-IMAM, Iraq SHAYYALAH AL-IMAM, Iraq As mortar bombs landed ever closer, Sunni tribal fighters preparing to attack Islamic State seemed more preoccupied by the failures of Iraq's political class than the militants trying to kill them.The men - and one woman - from the Lions of the Tigris unit gathered on Wednesday in Shayyalah al-Imam, a village near Mosul, with some of their leaders expressing deep distrust of the politicians and saying Iraq's governance must change once Islamic State is defeated."Iraq needs serious reforms," said Sheikh Mohammed al-Jibouri, the top commander of the tribesmen. "Only serious reforms will lead to the unity of Iraq."The unit is part of the Popular Mobilisation Committee, or Hashid Shaabi, which was formed to take on Islamic State after the hardline Sunni group swept through northern Iraq in 2014, facing little resistance from the army.Hashid Shaabi is mostly comprised of Shi'ites but there are also Sunnis, such as the 655-strong Lions of the Tigris unit.Their efforts along with government soldiers to capture several villages are part of an offensive to oust Islamic State from its stronghold of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city.On the surface, their participation lends credibility to the Shi'ite-led government in Baghdad, accused by Sunnis of marginalising their minority community. It denies the accusation.Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has been struggling to persuade Sunni tribesmen who helped U.S. #Thomson Reuters #indian #racing #follow-reuters #newsletters #reuters-info-channel