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U.S. issues travel advisory for India amid fears of Islamic State attacks
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The U.S. embassy in New Delhi issued a security message to American citizens in India on Tuesday to be vigilant following reports that Islamic State may be planning to attack targets there.
"Recent Indian media reports indicate ISIL's desire to attack targets in India," the advisory said, warning of an increased threat to places frequented by Westerners such as religious sites, markets and festival venues.
ISIL is an acronym for the jihadist organization, which has seized territory in Iraq and Syria.
"All U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness," the advisory said.
Officials from the National Investigation Agency, India's counter-terrorism unit, has been quoted as saying that an Indian man arrested last month in Tamil Nadu and charged with terrorism offences had been an active member of Islamic State in Iraq.
(Reporting by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Gareth Jones)
Pentagon identifies three Army trainers killed in Jordan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department on Sunday identified three U.S. Army trainers killed on Friday when their convoy came under fire as it entered a military base in Jordan.The Pentagon said the three were members part of an Army Special Forces Group based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.In a statement, it identified the dead soldiers as Staff Sergeants Matthew C. Lewellen, 27, of Lawrence, Kansas; Kevin J. McEnroe, 30, of Tucson, Arizona; and James F. Moriarty, 27, of Kerrville,… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
South Africa show solidarity with captain Du Plessis
SYDNEY (AP) — South Africa's cricket team has rallied behind beleaguered captain Faf du Plessis as he faces allegations of ball tampering after the second test against Australia.Du Plessis is subject to an International Cricket Council investigation, accused of shining the ball while having a sweet in his mouth during the match at Hobart which South Africa won by an innings an 81 runs to clinch a 2-0 win in the three-test series.The full South African squad attended a news conference on Friday,… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vietnamese gamers quit tournament in China, citing glitches
Two Vietnamese teams bowed out of a global gaming tournament in China, due to unresolved technical glitches that rendered the matches “unplayable.” The ProGK and VNAllStars teams announced their withdrawal from the competition last week. Both teams flew to Shenzhen, China, on November 28 to participate in Hero Pro League 2016, a tournament open to competitive First-Person Shooters all over the world. This year's tournament pitted international teams against one another on the mobile-phone based… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
British spy chief warns of threats from 'aggressive' Russia
London (AFP) - The head of British intelligence agency MI5, Andrew Parker, on Monday warned of Russia acting in "increasingly aggressive ways" and utilising new technologies in its opposition to the west."It is using its whole range of state organs and powers to push its foreign policy abroad in increasingly aggressive ways -- involving propaganda, espionage, subversion and cyber-attacks."Russia is at work across Europe and in the UK today. It is MI5's job to get in the way of that," Parker… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Slow pace of life in Hoang Thu Pho
VietNamNet Bridge – Those who wish to experience a slow pace of life should head to Hoang Thu Pho Commune in Bac Ha District in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai. A view of Hoang Thu Pho. From the center of Bac Ha District, tourists can take a motorbike drive on a 12km journey to get to Hoang Thu Pho to admire beautiful landscapes on either side of the street.Hoang Thu Pho is home to a large community of Mong ethnic minority people and is known for its ancient snow tea trees in… chat_bubble_outline Read More...