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No Australian combat troops to fight in Middle East

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Sydney : The so-called Islamic State (IS) group is weak and Australia has no plans to send combat troops to fight it, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says.Mr Turnbull was speaking after terror attacks in Paris claimed by IS.His remarks contrasted with former prime minister Tony Abbott’s description of IS as a “death cult”. Mr Abbott, now serving as a backbench MP, ...

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BJP to join Akalis’ ‘Sadbhawna’ rally

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Sydney : The body of an Australian who drowned after a whale-watching boat capsized off Canada last month has been found.  Surfers found the body of Raveshan Pillay, 27, washed up on a beach on Wednesday, the coroner said. Six people died when the Leviathan II capsized on 25 October after being struck by a wave. Mr Pillay’s partner, UK citizen Danielle Hooker, ...

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Female suicide bomber Ait Boulahacen ‘relaxed’ before Paris siege

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Sydney: The female suicide bomber, Hasna Ait Boulahacen, who blew herself up in the Paris raid in Saint Denis was an “extrovert” who drank alcohol and appeared ” relaxed” before the siege took place.Ait Boulahcen, born in France in 1989, was nicknamed the “cowgirl” because of her love of hats, News.com.au reported. She is thought to be the cousin of Abdelhamid ...

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Australia minister Peter Dutton rejects MP’s call for Middle East refugee ban

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Sydney : Australia minister Peter Dutton rejects MP’s call for Middle East refugee ban Australia’s immigration minister has rejected a call by an MP to close its borders to refugees from the Middle East, in the wake of the Paris attacks.Andrew Fraser, a conservative MP, made the call on Facebook.”Message to Malcolm Turnbull: Australia does not need Middle Eastern refugees or ...

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Wife of Australian IS recruit pleads guilty

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Sydney : The wife of one of Australia’s most notorious extremists, Mohamed Elomar, has pleaded guilty to supporting overseas terrorism. Fatima Elomar, 31, was intercepted at Sydney Airport in May last year as she tried to board an international flight.Cash, camouflage gear and medical supplies were found in her luggage.In a brief court appearance, she pleaded guilty to supporting incursions into ...

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