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Four people suspected of terrorism have been arrested

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Two terror suspects reportedly remain at large after the police arrested four people who they say had planned a suicide bomb attack on the State Palace in Central Jakarta, a police spokesman said on Sunday, Dec. 11.

Four people, including a female suicide bomber, were nabbed in three separate locations on Saturday afternoon accused of planning the brazen attack, which was going to be carried out during Car Free Day on Sunday morning. So far, the terror suspects are only identified by their initials, NS, AS, DYN and SY, a.k.a. Abu Izzah.

“Two other suspects are still on the run. And we may have more suspects depending on the ongoing investigation,” police spokesman Chief Comr. Awi Setiyono told a press conference in Jakarta as reported by state-run Antara news agency.

Multidisciplinary research on counter-terrorism financed by the Ministry of Higher Education

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The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has agreed to finance four research projects in counter-terrorism with a budget of 2.5 million dinars. According to a statement by the Ministry of Higher Education released on Wednesday, these research projects will be launched by the end of 2016 and will span four years. They are divided between the human and social sciences component with a project commissioned by the centre of research and economic and social studies of Tunis, the engineering and technology component by the biotechnology centre of Sfax, a project by the centre of research in micro-electronics and nanotechnologies of Sousse and a project for the centre of studies and research in telecommunications of Tunis and the center of digital research of Sfax. These projects will be carried out with the assistance of six research centres and 29 research bodies (research laboratories and research units), in addition to 18 partners in the economic and social environment and the ministries of defense and information technologies and the digital economy.

Syria would like to cooperate with USA

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Damascus is ready to cooperate with US President-elect Donald Trump if his policies are in line with Damascus’ expectations, the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s Political and Media Adviser Bouthaina Shaaban said on Thursday. Shaaban said that Damascus hopes the United States to become an active participant in the fight against terrorism. She added that Syria is not interested in the elections’ result, confirming that what concerns Damascus is the new President’s policies and how it would coincide with Syria’s expectations.

According to Ukranian Defence Ministry none of its employees has been detained in Crimea

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On Thursday, the Leninsky District court of the Crimean city of Sevastopol arrested three suspected members of a subversive group that had allegedly plotted acts of sabotage at Crimea’s military facilities. According to a statement published by Federal Security Service, on 9th of  November, the Federal Security Service detained members of a terrorist group deployed by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate, which planned sabotage attacks on Crimea’s military facilities and critical civilian infrastructure. The service claimed that powerful explosive devices, weapons and rounds of ammunition, means of special communications and also maps of facilities had been seized from the detained persons. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has denied that any of its employees had been detained by Russia’s Federal Security Service in Crimea. Commenting on the thwarted attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Ukrainian authorities resorted to practicing terrorism instead of seeking peaceful solution to the crisis, adding that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande were notified of the “gross provocation” orchestrated by Kiev.

Iraqi Kurdistan and Russia talk about cooperation

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On Monday, the Foreign Minister of Kurdistan’s Regional Government, Falah Mustafa Bakir, had a meeting in Moscow with Mikhail Bogdanov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Representative for the Middle East and North Africa, to discuss the current situation in Iraq. In an interview realesed to russian newspaper, Izvestia, Bakir outlined the issues that have been addressed, namely; request to support the Peshmerga forces, who have been fighting against terrorism; relations between Iraqi Kurdistan and Russia; fight against terrorism; refugees in Iraq; perspective of russian mediation through the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Erbin and further strenghtening of economic, political, cultural ties between Russian Federation and Iraqi Kurdistan; current state of affairs in Syria. Russia declared is avaible to provide the necessary support to the fight against terrorism. Moreover, the Government of Iraqi Kurdistan is confident about the approval of Russia, as one of their allies, in the event of Iraqi Kurdistan reaching indipendence from Iraq, since negotiations have already been opened on that issue with Baghdad.

Saudi Arabia and China: more cooperation over terrorism and security

Saudi Arabia and China agreed to step up cooperation on various key issues including security, cordial ties and counter-terrorism during talks held in Riyadh on Sunday. The talks in Riyadh follow the signing of 15 preliminary agreements between Saudi Arabia and China in August, touching on a wide range of fields from energy to housing, during the visit of the deputy crown prince. The crown prince and several ministers attended the meeting, which also reviewed the strategic partnership and future cooperation to boost bilateral ties.

National Security Council: prevention, protection and monitoring will be the new strategies against terrorism

President Beji Caid Essebsi chaired, on Monday, the National Security Council meeting to assess the national and regional security situation and discuss the national strategy to fight terrorism and extremism. The latter was approved during the meeting and signed by the Head of State, according to a Presidency of the Republic press release. Prevention, protection, monitoring and response are the main axes of this strategy which has been devised in several stages with the participation of the civil society, the same source added. The meeting also offered the opportunity to discuss the cases of martyrs Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi. The President of the Republic stressed the need to “determine responsibilities and work to unveil the truth as soon as possible.”

Tunisia’s FTDES launched the Tunisian Centre for Research and Studies on Terrorism

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The Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) announced, on Wednesday, the launch of the Tunisian Centre for Research and Studies on Terrorism (CTRET). During a conference in Tunis to present this new structure and announce the results of its first study, Abderrahmane Hedhili, FTDES President stressed that the center will be responsible for carrying out studies to analyse the phenomenon of terrorism and to know its various mechanisms and its development in order to reflect on the anticipated solutions that can reduce the proliferation of this scourge in the long term. Hedhili said that from the revolution to date thousands of unemployed young people have emigrated illegally while others were attracted to terrorist networks and smuggling. “It is now necessary to carefully analyse the social phenomena to save our youth and provide them a better future,” he said.

Unfreeizing Libyan funds abroad would help Lybian people during the crisis

Libya’s six neighbouring states have requested for Libyan funds frozen in banks outside the country to be released so that they can be used to help the Libyan people during the current economic crisis. Ministers from Libya’s six neighbours gathered yesterday in Niger’s capital Niamey for their latest round of discussions on the country.

Also attending were UN special envoy Martin Kobler and Presidency Council member Musa Koni. Rejecting foreign interference in Libya, in its final statement, also the neighbours’ firm support for the Presidency Council under Faiez Serraj and for the Libyan Political Agreement as the only solution that would result in genuine national reconciliation. This later, the statement said, would come only through inclusive dialogue.

To help further this, the neighbours called for a grand meeting of all the parties to the various conflicts in Libya, saying that it should be held either in Libya or in one of the neighbouring states. Although Kobler had warned ministers at the meeting that Libya was at a critical stage, Koni said that the Presidency Council was developing three fundamental blocks to stabilise the country: national reconciliation, security and  economy.

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