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Putin sets up commission to combat terrorism financing MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday set up a commission to combat terrorism financing, the Kremlin said, in another sign of the Russian leader's heightened focus on what he says is a fight against Islamic State militants.After attacks in Paris killed 129 people on Friday, security dominated the G20 summit at the weekend, where the group's leaders, in a rare departure from their usual focus on the global economy, agreed to step up border controls and aviation security and crack down on terrorist financing.In a decree, effective immediately, Putin ordered the prosecutor general's office, the central bank and regional authorities to submit any information they may have on suspicious activities to the commission.On Tuesday, the Kremlin said a bomb brought down the Russian passenger plane that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt last month, killing all 224 people on board.The decree orders submission to the commission of any information ...

Merkel to make 1130 GMT statement on canceled Germany soccer match BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will make a statement on the cancellation of Tuesday's soccer game between Germany and the Netherlands at 12.30 p.m. (1130 GMT) on Wednesday, her office said.The soccer game, which Merkel was due to attend in Hanover, was called off two hours before its scheduled start over fears of a planned bombing. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
At least one dead in anti-terror operation north of Paris SAINT-DENIS: At least one person was killed in an apartment targeted by a police raid on Wednesday in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis following the bloody attacks on Paris, according to a source close to the operation.The source did not identify the casualty. Earlier, a source said the operation aimed at the suspected mastermind of the attacks, Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud, and police had been wounded in the shootout.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Two Air France flights to Paris diverted by 'bomb scare' LOS ANGELES: Two Paris-bound Air France flights from the United States were diverted on Tuesday and landed safely after the airline received anonymous bomb threats, the carrier said. Flight 65 from Los Angeles and Flight 55 from Washington were "subject to anonymous threats received after their respective takeoff," the airline said in a statement.The incidents took place just days after last week's terror attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead and sowed fear in ...
Spain backs France's decision to miss EU deficit target MADRID: Spain on Tuesday backed France's decision to let EU deficit obligations slide in order to step up spending on security in the wake of the Paris terror attacks."We are living in a special time and in this special time you have to reflect on what are your approaches to the budget," Economy Minister Luis de Guindos told reporters in the northern city of Logrono when asked about France's plans.The minister recalled that the European ...
Don't forget public health at Paris Climate talks: WHO GENEVA: The upcoming climate summit in Paris could produce the most important agreement of the century for public health matters, the UN said Tuesday.The World Health Organization estimates that climate change is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths globally per year through various factors including shifts in disease patterns and deteriorating air quality. Last year, the UN agency published a report indicating that some seven million people die annually from air pollution-related diseases, but ...
Turkey confirms it cancels defence system tender awarded to China ANKARA: Turkey's defence ministry confirmed on Tuesday the cancellation of a $3.4 billion long-range missile defence system project provisionally awarded to China in 2013, a move that had stirred US and Western concern. NATO member Turkey, which had chosen China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp as the preferred candidate, decided to focus instead on developing a defence system with domestic resources, the ministry said in a written statement.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...


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