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Europe’s Most Wanted Man Eludes Massive Dragnet

BRUSSELS—Suspected Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam evaded a massive manhunt Sunday night involving raids in Brussels and its suburbs, but security forces Monday were also focusing on towns in eastern Belgium, suggesting police fear Europe’s most wanted man might be trying to flee to neighboring Germany. On the third day of an unprecedented lockdown of the Belgian capital, officials here remain tight-lipped about the biggest security operation mounted in the country since World War II. Paris Assailants, Suspects Status: Still at large Name: Salah Abdeslam Background: French national born in Belgium Investigation: Considered eighth attacker; believed to be driver of car outside the Bataclan On…
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Kerry Says He Has ‘No Doubt’ IS Will Be Defeated

Pamela Dockins Last updated on: November 23, 2015 1 ABU-DHABI, UAE— Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday there is a united front against the Islamic State (IS) group and that he is absolutely convinced the militants will be defeated.“I have no doubt whatsoever that with the help of all the nations that are united against Daesh, they are going to be defeated,” he said, using an alternate acronym for the group. Speaking to NBC's "Today Show" during a visit to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Kerry said there is a strategy in place and that the United…
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Suspected Paris Attack Planner Has Proved Elusive

VOA News Last updated on: November 18, 2015 2:23 PM The Paris prosecutor said Wednesday it remains unclear whether the suspected "mastermind" of last week's terrorist attacks was killed at the suburban Paris apartment building police raided in the pre-dawn hours in the belief he was holed up there. Police stormed the apartment building in Saint-Denis and arrested eight people, but the 27-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian of Moroccan descent who has bragged for months about his ability to elude authorities, was not among them. Western intelligence agencies have been tracking Abaaoud for months, but he has proved elusive, taunting…
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IS: Soda Can Bomb Took Down Russian Jetliner

Ken Bredemeier Last updated on: November 18, 2015 12:18 PM The Islamic State group has released a photo of what it claims is the bomb that took down a Russian jetliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last month and says it targeted the plane because of Moscow's aerial bombardment in Syria. The photo, appearing on the extremist group's official online English-language magazine Dabiq, shows a yellow can of Schweppes Gold soda that it said contained the improvised bomb that Russian and Western investigators have concluded brought down the Metrojet Airbus, killing all 224 people aboard. Egyptian Military in cars approach a…
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Seeds of Jihad Planted in the Balkans

Jeff Swicord November 17, 2015 SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA—Editor's note: VOA's Jeff Swicord visited Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo to examine radical extremism in the Balkans. This is the second of three September 1993, a battalion of foreign Islamic fighters overran a village near the Croat-held town of Vitez in central Bosnia-Herzegovina. They rounded up the prisoners and the wounded and summarily killed them all.  Even in a war infamous for its carnage, it was a particularly gruesome moment. These mujahedeen, fresh from the Afghan-Russian war, began streaming into Bosnia the year before. They hoped to carry out a broader jihad in…
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French, Russian strikes kill 33 IS militants

By RFI At least 33 militants of the Islamic State Armed Group were killed by the French and Russian air strikes in Northern Syria. According to Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, dozens of militants were also wounded in the raids on weapons depots, barracks and checkpoints in Raqa, which is the de facto capital of the IS Armed Group. French warplanes have been pounding Raqa following last week's attacks in Paris that left 129 dead, with warplanes carrying out dozens of raids from Sunday. Russia also hit Raqa with long-range bombers and sea-launched missiles…
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Germany Calls for EU Border Protection Policy

Isabela Cocoli October 29, 2015 Germany's foreign minister said Thursday that the European Union needs a common border protection policy and to be ready to share the migrant and refugee burden fairly. During his visit to Greece, where he met with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos in Athens, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said shifting the blame to each other was not helping anybody. Steinmeier said that European countries need to come together to deal with the worst refugee crisis since World War II that has pushed Europe to its limits. "I am convinced that we won't get anywhere if we just point the…
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Apple Opens First Arab World Stores in Emirates

Associated Press October 29, 2015 DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES—Apple opened its first retail stores in the Arab world on Thursday in the luxury malls of the United Arab Emirates, hoping to sell wealthy consumers on their new high-end 's two new stores, at Dubai's Mall of the Emirates and Abu Dhabi's Yas Mall, find themselves alongside other global luxury brands like Emporio Armani, Fendi and Burberry. And that's no accident, industry watchers say, as Apple wants to give wealthy consumers hands-on experience with its new Apple Watch line, with some of the high-tech timepieces costing as much as $17,000. "Apple is…
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Married Patients Do Better After Heart Surgery

VOA News October 29, 2015 Being married reduces mortality after heart surgery, according to a new study. Writing in the journal JAMA Surgery, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that patients who are divorced, separated or widowed had around a 40 percent higher risk of dying or “developing a new functional disability” within the first two years after heart surgery than patients who were married. “While it has been established that the chances of survival following major surgery may be better among married versus unmarried persons, it is not known how marriage ‘marries’…
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Video Game Helps Manage ADHD, Its Maker Says

LONDON—Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder show signs of improvement after playing a video game for 30 minutes a day rather than taking a pill, the company developing the treatment said Wednesday. Diagnoses of ADHD have risen in recent decades; some percent of children aged 3-17 in the United States had the condition in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children in the pilot study — 80 aged between 8 and 12, half of whom had ADHD — showed improved working memory and levels of attention, and some parent ratings of symptoms also rose, according to…
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