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NEW terror threat: Fleeing ISIS jihadis being recruited by al-Qaeda

Security sources said a recruitment campaign started last summer before ISIS suffered huge losses in its last few remaining strongholds. They said al-Qaeda militants in Algeria persuaded 10 members of a small cell to switch allegiance while similar moves have been taking place in Syria since September. There is also intelligence suggesting ISIS fighters have been recruited by senior al-Qaeda officers in North Africa and Yemen while in Afghanistan extremists are thought to be re-joining the Taliban. Some analysts fear ISIS will respond by using its global network of allied…

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Germany at mercy of former EU chief Schulz as Angela Merkel hails coalition as ‘new dawn’

The German Chancellor has struggled to form a coalition after winning the nation’s election last year. But now early agreements between Mrs Merkel and Martin Schulz, leader of the German Social Democrats (SPD) and former President of the European Parliament, are set to cement their partnership. While a formal deal cannot be negotiated until the SPD’s special conference on January 21, Mrs Merkel has agreed on a slew of concessions to maintain her position as she looks to enter an historic fourth term – putting her on par with arch-Europhile…

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Sahara Desert covered in 15 inches of SNOW as freak weather blankets sand dunes

More than 15 inches (40cm) has blanketed sand dunes across the small town of Ain Sefra, Algeria. It is the second time snow has hit in nearly 40 years, with a dusting also recorded in December 2016. But this snowfall which hit yesterday, is much deeper than the fleeting shower little more than a year ago. Locals, who endure temperatures of 37C in summer, were stunned as dense snow settled on the town, known as ‘the gateway to the desert’. Photographer Karim Bouchetata, who captured the remarkable images, said: “We…

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Liverpool news LIVE updates: Coutinho transfer latest, Mahrez claims, Van Dijk questioned

Liverpool news LIVE updates: All of the latest from Anfield Sunday January 7 Van Dijk questioned 07:22: Virgil van Dijk isn’t the fix-all solution to Liverpool’s defensive issues. That’s the verdict of ex-pro Alejandro Moreno, who spoke out after the Reds’ 1-0 win over Everton. “What I would say is that you’ve got Virgil van Dijk right,” he told ESPN FC. “He’s supposed to be a solution to your problems and it still was 1-0 and Liverpool were controlling the game and somehow they allowed a team like Everton, who…

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Space 

Morocco satellite launch could accelerate Spanish space efforts

WARSAW, Poland — Morocco’s launch of its Mohammed 6-A satellite last November could accelerate Spain’s work on its SeoSat/Ingenio optical Earth-observation satellite, which is expected to launch in late 2019 or early 2020. Morocco and Spain have struggled to boost their satellite observation capacities since the Perejil Island crisis in 2002 when Spain could not acquire satellite images of the island following reports of its occupation by the Moroccan Navy. Mohammed 6-A was developed by a consortium formed by Thales Alenia Space, which acted as the prime system contractor, and…

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Liverpool news: Thomas Lemar bid to replace Philippe Coutinho ON but alternative prepared

Philippe Coutinho’s continued links to Barcelona mean Liverpool must start looking for alternatives. If the Brazilian does leave this month there will be over £100million available to reinvest with Lemar touted as Liverpool’s No 1 target. Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim has insisted Monaco are not prepared to sell the France international this month, despite the player almost leaving on transfer deadline day in the summer. But their stance could change if Coutinho gets his wish and joins Barcelona this month. That’s according to the Irish Independent, who claim any money…

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‘We need a NEW PERSPECTIVE on refugees’ German migrant crime surge sparks warning

Figures showed rejected asylum seekers from “safe countries” were behind the rise in crime. But genuine refugees from countries like Syria and Iraq have been mostly law-abiding, the controversial study found. According to the report, violent crime rose by 10.4 percent between 2014 and 2016 in Lower Saxony, the German state where the study was carried out. Critics say the rise coincides with Angela Merkel’s decision to open Germany’s borders to a large swathe of refugees in 2015.  Now, Mrs Merkel is facing calls to do more to return failed…

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UN Jerusalem vote by country: What countries voted against US call on Israel’s capital?

An overwhelming majority of United Nations member states opposed the United States regarding the disputed status of Jerusalem on Thursday. In what was seen as a massive blow to the US, a total of 128 of the 193-member UN General Assembly agreed to resolve the Holy City dispute through “negotiations in line with relevant UN resolutions”. The vote followed President’s Trump decision on December 6 to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.   The official UN position is that East Jerusalem is part of the occupied Palestinian territory –…

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Macron OUTRAGE: French President’s right hand man sparks fury with £300K private jet trip

Edouard Philippe, Emmanuel Macron’s righthand man, opted to spend the vast sum to fly him and his 60-strong entourage on a luxurious private Airbus flight from Tokyo back to Paris, rather than use an “uncomfortable” Air Force Airbus. The almost empty 375-seat Air Force transport, which flew the prime minister’s party from Nouméa to Tokyo, landed back in the French capital two hours later. Mr Philippe defended his decision, claiming it was essential to take the private jet because it was faster. He told RTL radio: “It’s complicated to move…

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Chinese Long March 3B launches Algeria’s first telecom satellite

PRINCETON, New Jersey — China Great Wall Industry Corp. launched Algeria’s first telecommunications satellite, Alcomsat-1, aboard a Long March 3B rocket at 11:40 a.m. Eastern to geostationary transfer orbit, the Algerian press agency APS said today. The 5,225-kilogram satellite carries a 33-transponder payload comprised of 19 in Ku-band, 12 in Ka-band and two in L-band, according to a statement from China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC). Similar to China’s other foreign satellite deals, CGWIC built the satellite and provided the launch vehicle, sidestepping manufacturing and rocket restrictions tied to U.S.…

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