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Australian national kidnapped in Yemen freed after 7 months

An Australian kidnapped in Yemen has been released safe and well after seven months in captivity, Australia’s foreign minister said on Wednesday. “I confirm that an Australian kidnapped in Yemen in October last year has been released and is safe and well,” Julie Bishop said in a statement. (Reporting by Byron Kaye; Editing by Clarence Fernandez) ‘); $(‘.second-article-divide’).append($(‘.slider.slider-module’)); $(‘.third-article-divide’).append(‘ Also ...

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New police taskforce to target Indonesian gays

By Tom Allard and Stefanno Reinard | JAKARTA Police in Indonesia’s most populous province plan to deploy a taskforce to investigate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activity, a move likely to fuel concerns of a widening crackdown on the community in the Muslim-majority country. West Java police chief Anton Charliyan disclosed the plan on Tuesday as two gay men ...

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Syrian army says senior Islamic State militant killed

The Syrian army said on Wednesday it had killed Islamic State’s “minister of war” among other senior figures in the group in operations east of the northern city of Aleppo. A Syrian military source cited by Syrian state media identified the war minister as Abu Musab al-Masri, without saying exactly when or where he was killed. He was named among ...

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At least 34 migrants, mostly toddlers, drown off Libya: rescuers