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Israel drone crashes in Gaza

An unmanned aircraft of the sort Israel uses for surveillance and missile strikes in Gaza crashed in the south of the territory early on Tuesday, sources on both sides said. "A Sky Rider drone crashed in the southern Gaza Strip due to a technical malfunction," an Israeli army spokeswoman told AFP. "An investigation is under way." The Al-Rai news agency, run by the territory's Islamist rulers, Hamas, said the drone came down east of the southern city of Khan Yunis. Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, said its fighters had retrieved the drone.

Hamas unveils rocket statue in Gaza City

Hamas unveiled a rocket-shaped statue Monday showcasing its capacity to strike arch-enemy Israel, as the Jewish state boasted its own haul of captured weapons it claims were bound for Gaza. "Hamas managed to take the battle to the heart of the Zionist entity (Israel) after developing its rocket system, succeeding where many Arab armies had failed," said a leader of Hamas armed wing the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, flanked by masked fighters at the statue's unveiling.

12 slain in communist rebel attack in Philippines

Ten members of the security forces and two communist insurgents were killed in a string of guerrilla attacks targeting Philippine police and military on Monday, officials said. At least 50 New People's Army (NPA) rebels overwhelmed a small group of policemen at the police station in Matanao on the southern island of Mindanao at dawn, said local military spokesman Captain William Rodriguez.

11 slain in communist rebel attack in Philippines

Nine members of the security forces and two communist insurgents were killed in a string of guerrilla attacks targeting Philippine police and military on Monday, officials said. At least 50 New People's Army (NPA) rebels overwhelmed a small group of policemen at the police station in Matanao on the southern island of Mindanao at dawn, said local military spokesman Captain William Rodriguez.

Gaza militant killed, 6 hurt in 'bomb-making exercise'

A member of a Gaza militant organisation was killed Saturday and six more wounded in an explosion as they were learning to make bombs, the group said. "The explosion occurred during a training session in bomb-making," said a statement from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamist Hamas movement that controls Gaza. The blast took place at a house in the southern town of Rafah, on the Egyptian border. Earlier, witnesses had said that most of the injured, including two seriously hurt, were "activists". az/jlr/cbo/al/srm

Notorious ex-cop to head S.Africa police watchdog

A former South African police officer once accused of gun running and jailed for a deadly anti-apartheid bombing was named on Friday as the new head of the country's police watchdog. Robert McBride, a former member of the ruling ANC's ex-military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), will start his job at the Independent Police Investigative Directorate on Monday. Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa said he was confident McBride would steer the unit "to become an effective and efficient oversight institution within the criminal justice system."

Notorious ex-cop to head S.Africa police watchdog

A former South African police officer once accused of gun running and jailed for a deadly anti-apartheid bombing was named on Friday as the new head of the country's police watchdog. Robert McBride, a former member of the ruling ANC's ex-military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), will start his job at the Independent Police Investigative Directorate on Monday. Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa said he was confident McBride would steer the unit "to become an effective and efficient oversight institution within the criminal justice system."

British man admits at Vancouver immigration hearing he once led Babbar Khalsa

VANCOUVER - A British man facing deportation from Canada admitted Wednesday at an immigration hearing that he once led the banned Sikh separatist group Babbar Khalsa in England. But Gurmej Singh Gill testified that his cause was always peaceful and lawful, and the British group was not linked to other Babbar Khalsa groups in various parts of the world. "I wanted the organization to abide by the British law and do whatever within the law," Gill said at the hearing in Vancouver, through a Punjabi interpreter.

Border agency seeks expulsion of alleged leader of British terror group

VANCOUVER - Border officials wants a British man they believe once led the banned Sikh terrorist group Babbar Khalsa in that country removed from Canada. Gurmej Singh Gill appeared today at an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing in Vancouver. The Canada Border Services Agency alleges Gill was at one time the head of Babbar Khalsa, an organization that has or will engage in terrorism.

'IRA' claim behind 'letter bombs' sent to British military

A group using the name of the IRA has claimed responsibility for a series of potentially viable explosive devices sent to British military recruitment centres, police said Monday. Seven crude devices were mailed to armed forces careers offices in southeast England last week. None went off or caused any injuries. British government officials said at the time that the devices bore the hallmarks of Northern Irish terror attacks. Police said on Monday that a claim had been made on behalf of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) paramilitary group.
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