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US calls for repatriation of foreign fighters held in Syria

US calls for repatriation of foreign fighters held in SyriaBEIRUT (AP) — The United States on Monday called on other nations to repatriate and prosecute their citizens who traveled to Syria to fight with the Islamic State group and who are now being held by Washington's local partners.



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Retired colonel accused in Maduro drone 'attack' held in Venezuela: wife

Retired colonel accused in Maduro drone 'attack' held in Venezuela: wifeA retired Venezuelan colonel accused of being a leader of the explosives-laden drone “attack” on President Nicolas Maduro in August has been arrested, his wife said on Wednesday. “He was kidnapped,” Sorbay Padilla said in a video sent to journalists and human rights activists. Garcia Palomo, 54, had been in exile in neighboring Colombia but was captured at the end of last week in western Venezuela after secretly returning to the country, local press reported.



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Kenya court orders 6 suspects held over Nairobi hotel attack

Kenya court orders 6 suspects held over Nairobi hotel attackNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Canadian national and five other people suspected of helping extremist gunmen stage a deadly attack in the Kenyan capital this week appeared in court on Friday as prosecutors investigated them for suspected terror offenses.



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Police praise Jayme Closs' bravery as first pictures revealed of place kidnapped teen was held captive

Police praise Jayme Closs' bravery as first pictures revealed of place kidnapped teen was held captivePolice have praised the bravery of Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old girl who was held captive for 88 days, saying it was her "will" that broke the case. It came as photographs emerged of the rural house in Wisconsin where she was held prisoner. Her alleged kidnapper, Jake Patterson, 21, was expected to be charged today [MON]. He is alleged to have broken into her home in Barron, Wisconsin, before murdering her parents and abducting her. After escaping last week Jayme was found, skinny and disheveled, about 60 miles away. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, who led the investigation, said: "The will of a 13-year-old girl is what broke this case. We've actually been able to bring her home to Barron County. That's been the goal of mine for 88 days. And we got to bring her home." Giving further details of the investigation, he said the 911 call made at the time of the murder and kidnapping was 48 seconds long. This aerial photo shows the cabin where 13-year-old Jayme Closs was held by Jake Thomas Patterson, is surrounded by law enforcement vehicles Credit: Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP "You can't hear words. You hear yelling or maybe a scream," he said  "And it ends by getting hung up. The time from the 911 call until our deputies arrive is less than four minutes. We think this was well planned out." He said Patterson had fired a shotgun through the family's front door to get in, and had "targeted" Jayme for kidnapping. He left no fingerprints at the scene. The sheriff said: "He prepared himself to try to beat the forensics. Things like he cut his hair all off so that he wouldn't leave trace evidence. He did other things to cover up forensic and digital evidence." Jake Thomas Patterson has been charged with murdering Jayme's parents and kidnapping her Credit: Universal News  Police originally thought her parents Denise and James Closs, who worked at a turkey processing plant, must be the targets, the sheriff told CBS's 48 Hours crime programme. But there proved to be no link to Patterson. He said the motive was the "million-dollar question"  and "I'd love to know the answer to that." The FBI confirmed it was Jayme who gave details of Patterson's car that led to him being found. Sheriff Fitzgerald said the suspect was now "sitting in his cell looking at the wall, all by himself". He said Patterson had no criminal record, or job, and no known link to Jayme or her family. The sheriff added: "This is a true mystery. We believe the first time they met was the night of the incident."



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Brother questions why American man being held by Russia

Brother questions why American man being held by RussiaMOSCOW (AP) — The brother of an American man being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying is raising the possibility that his sibling is being used as a pawn in a potential exchange for a Russian woman behind bars in the U.S.



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Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport pleads for asylum

Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport pleads for asylumA Saudi woman being held at Bangkok airport on Monday appealed for asylum and for other passengers to help protest her looming deportation, in desperate tweets from the hotel room where she barricaded herself. The incident comes against the backdrop of intense scrutiny of Saudi Arabia over its investigation and handling of the shocking murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year, which has renewed criticism of the kingdom’s rights record. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun told AFP she ran away from her family while travelling in Kuwait because they subjected her to physical and psychological abuse.



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Russia 'not ruling out prisoner exhange' for Briton held on spying charges

Russia 'not ruling out prisoner exhange' for Briton held on spying chargesRussia’s foreign ministry has not ruled out a prisoner exchange for the British citizen held on apparent charges of espionage. Paul Whelan, a former US marine, was arrested in Moscow on December 28th. Russian media reported claims that the 48-year-old was apprehended in possession of a USB drive containing the names of Russian security agents. Since his arrest Mr Whelan, who also holds US, Canadian and Irish passports, has been kept in the notoriously brutal Lefortovo prison in the Russian capital. On Saturday, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said that it was too early to talk of a prisoner swap.  “As to the possibility of prisoner exchanges, it’s incorrect to consider the question when formal charges have not even been brought,”  Sergei Ryabkov told state-run RIA-Novosti news agency. The United States is also currently holding Maria Butina, a Russian citizen who pled guilty to espionage last month and co-operated with prosecutors over her attempts to infiltrate right-wing groups, including the National Rifle Association.  The foreign ministry comments follow revelations about Mr Whelan’s past.   In 2008, he was court-martialed and dishonourably discharged from the Marines on charges of larceny and passing bad checks. According to the Washington Post, he attempted to steal $ 10,000 while deployed to Iraq in 2006. Mr Whelan, a Russophile who often visited the country, possessed an account on Vtonktate, the Russian version of Facebook. Many of his contacts appear to be involved in the Russian navy or Defence Ministry, the New York Times reported. A view shows Lefortovo pre-trial detention centre in Moscow Credit:  REUTERS However, CIA officials told the paper that Mr Whelan’s court-martial meant it was unlikely he would have later been employed as a secret agent, adding that most spies possess diplomatic passports so they cannot be detained for long. On his Vtonktate page, Mr Whelan posted “GOD SAVE PRESIDENT TRUMP!!” after the President’s 2017 inauguration, alongside updates about the family cat.  One of his VK friend’s, Oleg, told Russian media that he had loaned Mr Whelan $ 1,000 to buy a paintball gun and not been repaid.  “I am sorry that I can’t send you I have already surpassed the limit that I can send abroad within a year,” Mr Whelan allegedly told him.  The former serviceman’s twin brother, David, told reporters that he feared his sibling could be detained for several years, caught up in the worsening tensions between Washington and Moscow.  He said there was nothing to indicate his brother was a spy and the arrest was “very arbitrary”. "Our family is tending to focus on getting him out anything we can do to make his stay as least-awful as possible and not worry so much about the rationale for what caused it," David said.  Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) is investigating Mr Whelan on charges of espionage that carry a sentence of up to 20 years, state-run media reported.



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American held for spying is also British, Irish, Canadian

American held for spying is also British, Irish, CanadianMOSCOW (AP) — The American former Marine who is being held in Moscow on spying charges also holds British, Irish and Canadian citizenship, officials said. Britain's foreign secretary charged Friday that Russia is trying to use him as a pawn in its geopolitical games.



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Michigan man held for spying in Russia was frequent visitor

Michigan man held for spying in Russia was frequent visitorDETROIT (AP) — As a staff sergeant with the Marines in Iraq, Paul Whelan enjoyed fine cigars and showed an affinity for Russia — even spending two weeks of military leave in Moscow and St. Petersburg instead of at home in the U.S. with family and friends.



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US citizen held in Moscow charged with 'espionage': lawyer

US citizen held in Moscow charged with 'espionage': lawyerRussian prosecutors have charged an American ex-Marine detained in Moscow last week with espionage, his lawyer said Thursday, the latest in a series of spying accusations between Moscow and Washington. “The tribunal has ordered the provisional detention” of Paul Whelan after he was charged, his lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov was quoted as saying by the news agency Ria Novosti. Zherebenkov said he had appealed the ruling and asked for Whelan to be released on bail pending the start of the trial.



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