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Turkey detains ISIS suspects in Antalya ahead of G20

ANKARA: Turkish police swooped on Islamic State suspects in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya on Friday, barely 10 days ahead of a summit of world leaders, local media reported.

Turkey also deported a group of Moroccans detained on suspicion they were planning to head to Syria to join Islamic State fighters, reports said.

The country, shaken by a string of deadly attacks blamed on IS militants, is on high alert ahead of the Group of 20 gathering on November 15-16 that will bring together a host of leaders including US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Syrian conflict and the international fight against IS are set to top the agenda, particularly after the crash of a Russian plane in Egypt that the US and Britain say was most likely brought down by a bomb.

Turkish police detained 20 people in Antalya, the Dogan news agency reported, adding that the suspects, two of whom are Russians, were “in contact with IS militants in Iraq and in Syria”.

Turkey has been on the hunt for IS extremists since twin bombings on a peace rally in Ankara last month that killed 102 people, the worst such attack in its history.

Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu had said this week that Ankara was planning further military action against the jihadists in the “coming days”, without giving details.

Police in Istanbul also detained 44 Moroccans and their Syrian guide who flew in from Casablanca on Wednesday, after passengers said they might be planning to join IS.

About half have already been deported and the rest are to be expelled on Friday, Dogan said.

Police also caught six people, five of them foreigners, attempting to cross into Syria on Friday, officials said.

Adding to concerns about IS, two sisters aged 18 and 20 have been missing since attending an Islamist training camp in Istanbul late last month, raising fears they have been recruited by the militants.

The government says hundreds of Turks have already joined the extremists in Syria although the actual number could be much higher.

Turkey shares a porous 911-kilometre (566-mile) border with Syria, and is hosting more than 2.2 million refugees from the war.

Turkey initially supported Islamist rebels fighting both Syrian Kurds and President Bashar al-Assad but its policy backfired after the emergence of the brutal Islamic State.

Ankara had long been reluctant to take robust action against the jihadists, but after a deadly bombing in July, Turkey agreed to become a full member of the US-led coalition, allowing the Americans to use a key air base for air strikes in Syria.

Most of Turkey’s own firepower however has been concentrated on Kurdish fighters based in northern Iraq, rupturing a 2013 truce with the rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

“It is obvious now that the jihadist threat is a very sensitive issue in Ankara, but it is also obvious that PKK remains their highest priority,” a Western diplomatic source told AFP.

The opposition accuses Ankara of colluding with IS — charges rejected by the government which blacklisted the group as a terrorist organisation in 2013.

IS militants have been blamed for three attacks in Turkey since June and police have rounded up dozens of suspects in recent weeks.

Prosecutors said a sleeper cell carried out the Ankara attacks in order to disrupt last weekend’s crucial election, the second in five months.

There were also fears that a cell was plotting another major atrocity, such as hijacking a plane.

The latest crackdown came after Sunday’s election which saw President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) regain the parliamentary majority it lost in June.

Erdogan has vowed to press ahead with operations against all “terrorists” including Islamic State and Kurdish rebels.

Arun Singh bats for his ward Naman Ojha for No.6 spot

GWALIOR: He has seen Naman Ojha grow when the wicketkeeper batsman was just 6. He knows his strengths and weaknesses than anyone else. Arun Singh, the childhood coach of Naman, feels that the Madhya Pradesh stumper is more suitable for the No.6 position than Wriddhiman Saha, especially when Team India is going with five bowlers.
Saha hasn’t looked convincing as No.6 in his short career but the team management has shown the faith in his abilities. Ojha, on the other hand, has got better batting abilities than Saha. The Bengal wicketkeeper failed yet again and got a golden duck against South Africa on Day 1 of the first Test in Mohali on Thursday.

“Don’t get me wrong. I am not supporting Naman because I have coached him in his early days. I am not rejoicing Saha’s failure. I feel every member of playing eleven should contribute. However, Naman is better batsman than Saha and everyone knows that. He looked very much at home on the tough wicket against Sri Lanka. He had the chance to make it big and that’s the mistake he made. Had he scored big runs in that match, he would have been playing against South Africa,” Singh, who has also coached different age categories MP teams, told TOI on Thursday.

Saha, who has played seven Tests so far, has widely been considered a better wicketkeeper than Ojha. Singh, however, feels Naman is equally good in is wicketkeeping skills. “If you would have said this four-five years ago, I would have agreed but not now. Naman has worked very hard on his wicketkeeping skills. He is as good as any other wicketkeeper in the country. He is probably the best wicketkeeper batsman India have. He has batted at the top of the order in most part of his career. He is a brilliant timer of the ball and plays fast bowling with ease. Against spinners, he is lethal. He is one of the best players of spin bowling. He has scored runs against every good spinner in the country. He has scored hundred against the likes of Nathan Lyon during India ‘A’ Australia tour last year. You can trust more on Naman than Saha as far as batting is concern,” Singh added.

Singh feels there’s not much difference in age of Saha and Ojha. “I could have understood had the selectors given chance to someone like Sanju Samson. Then you could have said they are investing in the youngster. Samson to me is a work in progress and Saha is just a year younger than Naman so there’s not much to choose. Naman has been in good form in Ranji Trophy. Besides, he has also scored 52 against South Africa, which had full bowling strength, during practice game. Only thing I want to criticise about Naman is he wasted two starts in the third Test against Sri Lanka. It’s not that he looked out of place. He was playing with ease and wasted those starts. However, given the context of the match, those two were useful knocks. I hope Naman gets the chance in this series. He has it in him to make the difference,” he signed off.

I'm a feminist, thanks to you: Malala to Watson

LONDON: Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage rights activist who last year won the Nobel Peace Prize, has told actor Emma Watson that her speech to world leaders at the UN made her change her mind about not calling herself a feminist.

“It has been a tricky word. When I heard it the first time I heard some negative responses and some positive ones. I hesitated in saying am I feminist or not?” Malala said.

“Then after hearing your speech I decided there’s no way and there’s nothing wrong by calling yourself a feminist. So I’m a feminist and we all should be a feminist because feminism is another word for equality,” she told Watson at the premiere of a documentary about her — ‘He Named Me Malala’.

Malala was targeted by Taliban gunmen in 2012 for speaking out against the Taliban and its ban on female education.

Then just 14-years-old, she was returning home from school in the town of Mingora by bus which the gunmen boarded and asked for her by name before shooting her in the head.

Watson, a UN global goodwill ambassador for women, gave a speech to the global rights body last year to launch her ‘He for She’ campaign, aimed at encouraging men to speak up for women’s rights.

Malala said men “have to step forward” to promote equality of the sexes, adding that her father, Ziauddin, had been an “example to all men” and called himself a feminist.

Posting a video of the interview on her Facebook page, Watson said she found Malala’s admission moving, the Guardian reported.

The 25-year-old film star said: “Perhaps the most moving moment of today for me was when Malala addressed the issue of feminism. To give you some background, I had initially planned to ask Malala whether or not she was a feminist but then researched to see whether she had used this word to describe herself.

“Having seen that she hadn’t, I decided to take the question out before the day of our interview. To my utter shock Malala put the question back into one of her own answers and identified herself. Maybe feminist isn’t the easiest word to use… but she did it anyway.”

WATCH: 'Superwoman' Serena Williams thwarts phone theft, chases down thief!

SAN FRANCISCO: Serena Williams is known for her athleticism on court but the tennis ace proved to be quite a ‘superwoman’ off it as well when she chased down a man who she said took her phone while she ate at a restaurant.

Williams, 34, the top-ranked tennis player in women’s singles, posted a picture of herself in a superhero outfit on Facebook and described a dramatic ordeal that she said took place at a Chinese restaurant, where a man stood next to her and lingered a bit too close to her table for comfort.

Though, surveillance video suggests the encounter was not as dramatic as Williams’ widely shared tale on Facebook yet she did chase down the alleged phone thief.

“My phone was sitting in the chair but I just didn’t feel right. He (the alleged thief) was there too long. ‘Is he a customer? I thought ‘Is he waiting on the bathroom?'” she wrote.

Williams said her “superhero sense” proved correct when the man grabbed her phone and ducked out of the restaurant.

“He began to run but I was too fast. (Those sprints came in handy) I was upon him in a flash!” Serena said.

There were few details about the episode from her Facebook post. Williams did not say what city she was in, what type of phone she had or the identity of her dinner companion. Surveillance footage broadcast by “Good Morning America” show on Thursday offered more information.

The video shows Williams dining with a man in a restaurant in San Francisco and another man can be seen walking up next to her and lingering before he snatches the phone, the New York Times reported.

Williams then rushes to follow him out of the restaurant.

The footage shows Williams walking quickly to catch up with the man, who does not appear to be running.

The video does not exactly show a superhero phone rescue, as she recounted on Facebook, but it is a fast-moving, calm one carried out by a professional athlete.

She said in the post that she used the “most menacing yet calm no nonsense voice I could muster” to ask “if he ‘accidentally’ took the wrong phone.” The man then returned the device.

Williams said that she was able to retrieve her phone after passing the whole thing off as a mistake. There was no arrest.

Anastasia Villanueva, a waitress at the restaurant, was quoted as saying that Williams said she was looking to avoid conflict with the man.

After recovering her phone, Williams says she was met with a standing ovation upon her return to the restaurant.


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As refugees flee, thousands of children have no country to call their own

UNITED NATION: Two years old, Yazan al-Najjar is a boy without a country.

He is neither a citizen of Syria, where his parents were born, nor of Lebanon, where he was born. He has no papers to prove his nationality, nothing except a card that labels him a refugee.

Tens of thousands of children like him are born on the run from war, persecution and poverty — some in cities swelling with exiles, like Yazan’s Beirut, others in forlorn refugee camps from Kenya to Thailand, and still others in transit, as their parents cross the Mediterranean for a new life in Europe.

They belong to no nation.

Precise figures are impossible to ascertain. But a report issued by the United Nations this week estimates that 70,000 stateless children are born annually, in regions as disparate as Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and even the heart of Europe. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that there are 3 million stateless children worldwide. That figure excludes Palestinians, who have been stateless for generations.

The consequences can be dire. In some countries, the United Nations report concludes, stateless children are not entitled to government-run immunization programs. In many, they cannot attend school — or take end-of-school exams. In others, when reaching adulthood they are barred from employment.

The realities defy international law. The Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by nearly every country, states that all children are entitled to citizenship. But parents fleeing home face numerous barriers to conveying citizenship to their children. Marriage papers might be lost. Or parents may avoid government authorities for fear of persecution. Or they may lack the money for proper documents, which could mean that a child’s birth goes unregistered.

Moreover, like Yazan, many Syrian children are stateless because of discriminatory laws, including in Syria, that prohibit mothers from passing their nationality to their children. Only fathers have that right, and in one out of four Syrian families, the United Nations says, fathers are dead or missing.

Yazan’s mother, Bayan Mohamed, 20, says her husband disappeared when she was three months pregnant with Yazan, their child. As fighting between the forces of the Free Syrian Army and the Islamic State surged in her hometown, Dana, she fled, first to Turkey and then to Lebanon. She bore Yazan alone at a hospital in the Bekaa Valley. Without a man declaring his paternity, Mohamed could not register the birth.

Mother and son live in Beirut now. She has just lost her off-again-on-again job at a neighborhood bakery. Her food aid from the United Nations is about to run out. She described her predicament: “No aid. No husband. Can’t go to Syria. Can’t prove my son is my son.”

In 27 countries, including in the Middle East, the law allows only men to pass their nationality to children.

Babies born to refugees and migrants in Europe can end up stateless, as well. Unlike the United States, which grants citizenship by birth, most European countries do not automatically grant citizenship to children born in their territory, though many have provisions for those children to eventually obtain citizenship. That is not always easy, especially for parents who are living underground, without valid immigration papers themselves.

The war in Syria, now in its fifth year, has drawn sharp attention to stateless children. At least 142,000 children have been born in exile to Syrian refugees registered with the United Nations, but the real number is most likely far higher because not all Syrians are registered. Many children end up in the ranks of the stateless because their parents lack documents to prove they are Syrian.

In Turkey, home to the largest number of Syrian refugees, the rupture of diplomatic relations with Syria means that no Syrian consular office is available to issue papers to newborns of Syrians.

In Lebanon, politics have created an additional complication: The most powerful faction is Hezbollah, a vital ally of the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad, whose repression of dissent is a major reason that many Syrian refugees are reluctant to visit the embassy.

Hassan Badawi is among those who fled Syria for the town of Saadnayel in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon more than two years ago. He married a Syrian woman he had met there, and she bore a boy, now 8 months old. But Badawi never registered his marriage with the Syrian consular authorities in Lebanon, which makes it impossible to obtain citizenship for their son. Badawi’s two brothers, also refugees in Lebanon, face the same predicament. Their wives bore children in Lebanon who are stateless.

The price for the requisite paperwork is high, the equivalent of several hundred dollars in fees and bribes, Badawi said. But the lack of documents for his son, he knows, is also costly. “I know it will be hard for my son to go to school if he has no ID or document,” he said. “I will try my best to solve this problem.”

Syrian refugees have fallen into such deep poverty in recent months that they are increasingly unable to renew even their own identity papers with the Lebanese government. More and more, they must survive without them.

A baby boom among Syrian refugees is also a source of tension. Saadnayel’s deputy mayor, Riad Sawan, said many Syrian children had been attending school on the basis of their parents’ identity documents — and he emphasized that issuing citizenship papers was the responsibility of Syrian authorities, not his. “The Lebanese authorities have nothing to do with this,” he said. “Lebanon cannot hold the responsibility.”

Single mothers are the worst off. Mohamed said she had been told that she must return to Syria for any hope of obtaining citizenship papers for her boy. She said she had no idea of her husband’s whereabouts.

Her sole document is a card from the United Nations, certifying that she is a legitimate refugee and entitled to protection under international law.

That is small comfort now. This week came a text message on her phone. Funding cuts to U.N. agencies meant that the food aid she and her son were receiving would be discontinued, starting this month.

Vijender Singh eyes another smashing show in second pro bout

DUBLIN: Buoyed by a knockout start to his professional career, Indian boxer Vijender Singh will be up against Dean Gillen in his second bout on Saturday in front of an audience which will not just have boxing aficionados but also Hollywood executives exploring his potential as a movie star.

Vijender, who notched up a Technical Knockout against Sonny Whiting in his debut fight last month, will take on British boxer Gillen, a part-time fire-fighter, in a four-round contest.

The 30-year-old from Haryana is no stranger to the movie world having already starred in the Bollywood film ‘Fugly’ and has also appeared on the reality TV show MTV Hero Roadies X2.

“I’m very excited by Vijender and his potential and we’re looking forward to seeing him up close on Saturday night and taking it from there. I’ve only seen his first fight and being a boxing fan, that was something special and some of my close associates also mentioned it,” the executive, who preferred anonymity for the time being, was quoted as saying in a statement issued by Vijender’s promoters IOS.

“He’s got a special commanding presence and aura about him in the ring, likes he’s the king of the ring, and I think that it could transfer onto screen, who knows, we just want to see him on Saturday first and we’re hoping for another exciting performance,” he added.

Vijender arrived on Friday with his Indian promoter Neerav Tomar and trainer Lee Beard.

“I’m getting a really good buzz being in Dublin and the city has really taken me in, I can’t wait for Saturday night and give the fans a good night of action,” said Vijender.

“I’ve been over once before after the 2012 London Olympics and trained with the Irish amateur boxing team and I had a brilliant time then, so it’s fantastic to finally return to actually fight here for the first time and show what I can do.

Talking about his next opponent, Vijender said: “I’ll see what Gillen brings to the ring against me. He’s another challenge so he’ll make me raise my game and perform. I’ve been in the gym perfecting and improving and I’ll be looking to put on something a little bit special for the Irish fans.”

Trudeau says Canada ready to settle 25,000 Syrian refugees

OTTAWA: Canada’s new prime minister vowed to make good on campaign promises to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the beginning of next year and bring home fighter jets battling the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

In his first interview since taking office on Wednesday, Justin Trudeau told the Radio-Canada network: “The goal is still to have 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada before January 1.”

Several government ministries have been mobilized to achieve this goal in such a short time, Trudeau said, adding the federal government would have to work closely with Canada’s provinces and municipalities.

The refugees must be given ways to support their families once they reach Canada so they can benefit their community and the country as a whole, just like the “waves of immigrants and refugees that did so earlier,” Trudeau said.

He also said his defense minister, Harjit Sajjan, was working to bring home Canadian warplanes from the fight against IS in Iraq and Syria.

Canada last year deployed CF-18 fighter jets to the region until March 2016, as well as about 70 special forces troops to train Kurds in northern Iraq.

During the campaign, Trudeau pledged to end Canada’s combat mission in the region, but he vowed to keep the military trainers in place.

The fighter jets will be brought home quickly in a “responsible” manner that is “respectful of our allies,” Trudeau said, adding that Sajjan will “look at different options to ensure that we keep our promise” to stop the bombing.

Canada’s allies “understand very well that this government was elected on a clear mandate to end the strikes,” Trudeau said.

Aside from bringing in refugees, Canada will provide humanitarian aid in the region and focus its military mission on training friendly forces instead of fighting, Trudeau said, emphasizing his country remained “committed to the fight against the IS.”

Bradley hopes to outsmart heavy-hitter Brandon Rios

LOS ANGELES: Timothy Bradley heads into a 12-round welterweight fight with Brandon Rios on Saturday looking to jumpstart his career and show there are no lingering effects from a less than inspiring win in his last outing.

Bradley was badly hurt in the 12th round of his last fight with Jessie Vargas in June after Vargas nailed him with a big right hand and the fight was nearly stopped.

Bradley (33-1-1, 12 KOs) won a controversial decision leaving some to wonder how he will hold up in the later rounds against a hard puncher like Rios (33-2-1, 24 KOs).

World Boxing Organization welterweight champ Bradley and former World Boxing Association lightweight champ Rios face each other at the Thomas & Mack Center arena in Las Vegas.

Bradley has a new trainer in Teddy Atlas after cutting ties with longtime trainer Joel Diaz. Atlas, who once helped train a teenage Mike Tyson, is trying to get Bradley to fight smarter which means throwing less punches and moving more efficiently around the ring.

Like Bradley, fellow American Rios has had some spotty results of late, losing two of his last four bouts. The 29-year-old is making his first appearance in 10 months and hasn’t held a world title in four years.

“The way to beat Tim Bradley is to put on pressure in the fight and try to knock him out,” Rios’ trainer Robert Garcia said.

“We plan to cut off the ring and turn this into a real fight. We are not concerned with his change in a chief trainer because Bradley always comes in top condition and is ready to fight.”

They both have a common opponent in Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao and Bradley battled twice. Pacquiao easily won the rematch last year, and most believe he won their first fight in 2012 as well but the judges thought otherwise.

Watch: Two men with Jetman wings fly alongside an Emirates A380 plane, 4000 feet above Dubai

You have to see it to believe it.

Till now, we’ve only seen similar acts in a Batman or a Superman movie. Or closer home, in Hrithik Roshan-starrer Krrish.

But now, these two men – Yves Rossy and Vincent Reffet – have achieved the rare feat of flying with the innovative Jetman wings, on either side of an Emirates A380 aircraft, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, 4000 feet above sea level. And they had an impressive view – the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai skyline with Burj Khalifa in the background.

The video which went viral on Thursday has already been watched 2,770,251 times so far.

Emirates247.com said the stunt took ‘painstaking planning and meticulous collaboration with an intense focus on safety.”

“This display between man and machine celebrates the magic and beauty of flight, a feat which just over a hundred years ago would have seemed an impossible dream. It also showcases how far human vision and ambition has, and can continue to push aviation’s boundaries,” Adel Al Redha, executive vice-president and chief operations officer for Emirates said in a press release, after the stunt was completed successfully.

Watch the video here.

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Indian shuttlers move up in BWF Junior World Championships

Suhas Nayse

| TNN | Nov 6, 2015, 12.07 PM IST

NAGPUR: Three successive victories have helped India advanced to the play-offs stage of the BWF World Junior (U-19) Mixed Team Badminton Championships being played at Lima, Peru, on Thursday.
Indian team started in style by routing El Salvador 5-0 in their opening match of the Group A2. They got a walkover from Zambia in their next league encounter. In the third league outing, India steamrolled USA 3-1 with a strong performance by all the teenagers.

The other formidable side in the Group A2, Malaysia also registered three wins so far. India will now take on Malaysia on Friday to decide the Group A2 topper. Irrespective of the results, both India and Malaysia have already qualified for the next stage.

In the tie against USA played on Thursday, Indian boys’ doubles pair of MR Arjun and Chirag Shetty provided a wonderful start. The lead was doubled by senior national champion Ruthvika Shivani by winning the girls singles.

ASS Siril Verma had no problem in winning the boys singles to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead.

Although, the women’s doubles pair of JK Malavika and Karishma Wadkar lost to USA duo of Jamie Hsu and Crystal Pan in three games, India made sure they reach the knock-out stage.


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