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Spain arrests man accused of recruiting inmates for Islamic State MADRID: Spanish police on Monday arrested a prisoner accused of trying to radicalise and recruit fellow inmates to join Islamic State. The man was originally from Morocco and was already serving time in a prison in Segovia, near Madrid, for crimes linked to violence against women, the police said in a statement. Spain has stepped up efforts to stop citizens joining Islamic State this year, fearing people recruited to fight in Syria and Iraq could return to launch attacks at home. Like other European countries it is on high alert since a wave of bomb and gun attacks by Islamic State militants in Paris on Nov. 13 left 130 dead, though the official security level in Spain was maintained at 4 after the attacks, on a scale of 5. As of Nov. 20, Spain had been involved in the arrest of 91 suspects Islamic state militants at home and abroad, ...

Portugal president asks Socialists to form government, angers Communists LISBON: Portugal's president asked Socialist leader Antonio Costa on Monday to start work to form a government, but his call for the Socialists' far left partners to respect budget commitments to the EU prompted a swift rebuke from the Communists. President Anibal Cavaco Silva said in a statement he had asked Costa for clarification on how a minority Socialist government would pass budgets, especially next year's, and about commitments to try to keep the budget ...
Cameron wants UK to join Syria strikes, offers France Cyprus airbase PARIS: British Prime Minister David Cameron said in Paris on Monday that he was convinced the UK should carry out military air strikes alongside France and other partners in Syria in an effort to defeat Islamic State.Speaking at a joint news conference French President Francois Hollande, Cameron also said he had offered France use of a British airbase in Cyprus as well as additional assistance with air-to-air refueling."Later this week I will set out in ...
Cameron says to boost defence spending by 12bn pounds LONDON: Britain will invest an extra 12 billion pounds ($18 billion) in defence equipment over the next 10 years including nine Boeing submarine-hunting aircraft, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday.Cameron will set out a five-year defence and security plan to parliament on Monday focused on making sure Britain is able to respond to a variety of threats including the rise of Islamic State militants, the crisis in Ukraine, and cyber attacks."This government has taken ...
Russia formally eases ban on nuclear technology exports to Iran MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin has eased an export ban on nuclear equipment and technology to Iran, a Kremlin decree published on Monday showed, after Tehran struck a deal with world powers on its nuclear programme in July.The decree, issued on the same day as Putin arrived in Iran on an official visit, said Russian firms were now authorised to export hardware and to provide financial and technical advice to help Iran with three specific tasks.They ...
Turkey seeks UN Security Council meeting on Turkmens in Syria ANKARA: Turkey has called for a U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss attacks on Turkmens in neighbouring Syria, sources in the prime minister's office said, days after Ankara summoned the Russian ambassador to protest against the bombing of their villages.About 1,700 people have fled the mountainous Syrian area to the Turkish border as a result of fighting in the last three days, one Turkish official said. Russian jets have bombed the area in support of ...
Cameron pledges support to France over post-attacks strategy PARIS: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday pledged his support for France's stepped-up efforts to bomb Islamic State jihadists in Syria after the Paris attacks, and said he believed Britain should take similar action."I firmly support the action President Hollande has taken to strike ISIL in Syria," Cameron said after talks in Paris, adding: "It's my firm conviction that Britain should do so too."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...


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