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Turkey probes US officials, analysts over ‘terror links’: report

ISTANBUL: Turkish prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into 17 US-based individuals, including New York Senator Chuck Schumer, ex-attorney Preet Bharara and leading Turkey scholar Henri Barkey on suspicions of aiding a "terror group," state-run media reported Saturday. The action by the Istanbul prosecutor's office came after a group of Turkish lawyers filed a complaint against the individual. The lawyers accuse them of links to US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen who, according to Ankara,…

Islamic State losing ground but still a threat: analysts

PARIS: The Islamic State group has been eroded by international efforts to crush the militant group but its ability to mount devastating attacks on the West remains very real, defence and security experts say. As France prepares to mark the first anniversary of the Paris attacks by the group on November 13, analysts say military defeats in its strongholds in Iraq and Syria will almost certainly not make its Western targets any safer. "Depriving ISIS of control over population centres and sanctuary to raise funds and…

China’s Xi to consolidate power at key meeting: analysts

BEIJING: The leaders of the world's most powerful political party gather in Beijing on Monday for a conclave that could change the course of Chinese history. In meetings at the exclusive Jinxi Hotel, safe from the public's prying eyes, nearly 400 top members of the Chinese Communist Party will confer for four days, discussing changes to how the giant party will be managed. The meeting, according to the official Xinhua News service, will focus on the issue of "party discipline". The dry rhetoric hides what may be a…