Further thaw in Doklam; China begins withdrawing troops from area, India lifts operation alert (By Times Now)

1. New Delhi: Even after the eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation between the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army at Doklam, there were thousands of soldiers of both the sides still present in the area.

2. Top Indian government sources said there has been a “thinning” of the Chinese troops in the Doklam area.

3. Though there are still a considerable number of PLA troops in the general area with heavy weapons like tanks and artillery but the process of troop-reduction appears to have begun.

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Another Al-Qaeda commander assassinated in Idlib (By Masdar News)

1. BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P. M. ) – The recent string of assassinations targeting the commanders of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in Idlib continued on Monday, as another emir was reportedly killed near the town of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man.

2. The jihadist emir was found dead in his vehicle, becoming the 7th commander to be killed in the past week.

3. Abu ‘Ali Dumar was traveling along the Idlib-Maat Misr Road last night, when his vehicle was fired on by unknown assailants.

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Terror groups like IS, Al Qaeda have no links to Islam: imam of Kaaba (By DAWN.com)

1. The imam of the Kaabah, Dr Sheikh Saleh bin Abdullah bin Humaid, was quoted on Monday by Radio Pakistan as saying that the militant Islamic State group and Al Qaeda have no links or concerns with Islam.

2. According to Radio Pakistan, the imam said that only the state was responsible for declaring jihad, not an organisation or a group of people, adding that the Holy Quran said that killing a single person without any reason is like killing the whole of humanity.

3. The imam also said that Muslim countries are facing difficulties due to mutual differences and intolerance, and refuted the perception that the Islamic Military Alliance was against any country.

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Navy investigating 2 SEALs in Green Beret death (By CNN)

1. Washington (CNN) The Navy is investigating whether two members of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six killed an Army Green Beret in Mali in June, a US official told CNN Sunday.

2. A US official told CNN jurisdiction for the investigation shifted from the Army investigation service to the Navy in September.

3. Naval Criminal Investigative Service spokesman Ed Buice confirmed to CNN the NCIS investigation into the death of Army Staff Sgt.

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Moving deeper into Syria’s desert, ISIS appears to be regrouping (By Christian Science Monitor)

1. In the eastern Syrian town of Mayadeen, a former ISIS stronghold, the militants pulled back and disappeared into the desert after only a few days of battle with Syrian government forces earlier this month.

2. —Islamic State militants, routed from one urban stronghold after another in Syria, have recently been moving deeper into Syria’s remote desert, where experts say they are regrouping and preparing their next incarnation.

3. ISIS leaders appear to have made contingency plans that involve precisely this – regrouping in the desert and launching attacks, much like ISIS’ predecessor, Al Qaeda in Iraq, did for more than a decade after the United States-led 2003 invasion.

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Russia showcases deadly capabilities of warplane used to fight ISIS in Syria (By Mirror.co.uk)

1. A video showing the capabilities of the Su-30SM warplane has been released as it was announced that Russia’s Western Military District would receive two more of the jets taking the overall haul tof the air force o 96. .

2. (Image: Ministry of Defense of Russia).

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South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma Rejects Tax Allegations (By Bloomberg)

1. Investor confidence in South Africa has been dented by Zuma’s implication in a succession of scandals, including allegations that he allowed members of the wealthy Gupta family, who are in business with his son, to loot billions of rand from state companies.

2. South African President Jacob Zuma’s office rejected allegations in a book that he failed to file tax returns for at least the first five years of his term and said he hasn’t benefited from receiving undeclared funds.

3. “President Zuma has declared to the relevant authorities all income received and allegations contained in the reports are misleading and are clearly part of the ongoing smear campaigns,” the presidency said in an emailed statement.

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British model tied up and robbed of valuables worth £80,000 by machete-wielding gang in South Africa (By The Independent)

1. 13/31 9 October 2017 A supporter of the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) wears oranges during a protest calling for the sacking of election board officials involved in August’s cancelled presidential vote, in Nairobi, Kenya Reuters/Baz Ratner.

2. 4/31 24 October 2017 A Rohingya refugee girl reads the Quran to her teacher during a Quran reading lesson at a mosque in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh Reuters/Hannah McKay.

3. 12/31 11 October 2017 A supporter of Kenyan opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, lies on the ground after he was hit by a police truck during a protest along a street in Nairobi, Kenya Reuters/Thomas Mukoya.

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South Africa vs Bangladesh 2017, 2nd T20I in Potchefstroom, Highlights (By News18)

1. 5 R Frylinck to S Rahman, Good length delivery on middle, Rahman drags his heave to wide mid on for a run and gets off the mark.

2. 2 B Hendricks to M Hasan, Hendricks comes around the wicket and spears in a full delivery on middle, Mehedi goes for the heave but drags it to deep mid-wicket for a run.

3. 5 JP Duminy to S Sarkar, Short delivery in line of the stumps, Soumya makes room to hit it over covers but misses.

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Why South Africans and the world do not believe Gigaba (By Times LIVE)

1. Think back to just two weeks ago in parliament when former Eskom CEO Brian Dames said he was asked by Gigaba’s then legal adviser at the ministry of public enterprises, Siyabonga Mahlangu, to “see some people”.

2. EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu was forthright: “South Africa is in crisis because of Mr Gigaba, who handed over state-owned companies to the Guptas.

3. They said that Malusi Gigaba, President Jacob Zuma’s finance minister, had no right to address parliament.

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