Saturday, 31 December 2016

Donald Trump Praises Vladimir Putin's Response To Sanctions, Calls Russian Leader Very Smart!

President-elect Donald Trump on Friday expressed his appreciation to Vladimir Putin after the Russian president said he would not expel American diplomats in response to new U.S. sanctions over hacking as a gesture to the incoming administration.

"Great move on delay (by V. Putin)," Trump tweeted Friday afternoon. "I always knew he was very smart!"

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French Doctor Faces Trial, Accused Of Raping 37 Patients, Including Minors

A doctor is before criminal courts in France accused of dozens of counts of rape. The former general practitioner allegedly filmed his patients for nearly a decade. Some of his victims were minors when the alleged incidents took place.

Thierry Dassas, who worked in the small village of Argent-sur-Sauldre in the Centre-Val de Loire region, was arrested in late 2014 after an 18-year-old woman made a complaint to police, which led to a wider investigation.

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Crime Of Passion: Wife Of Greek Envoy To Brazil Got Her Policeman Lover To Kill Him, Probe Says

The Greek Ambassador to Brazil was murdered by his wife’s lover, a 29-year-old police officer who has confessed to killing the diplomat at his home and then burning the body in his car to cover up the crime, Brazilian investigators say.

Brazilian investigator Evaristo Magalhaes told reporters on Friday that Françoise Amiridis, 40, arranged the Rio de Janeiro murder of her 59-year-old husband, Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis. The murder is said to have been carried out by police officer Sergio Moreira, who had an affair with Françoise, with some assistance from his cousin, who was promised a reward worth $25,000.

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Friday, 30 December 2016

6-Year-Old Boy Witnesses Parents’ Christmas Eve Slaying: ‘Ninjas Came To My Home And Killed My Family’

When police responded to a disturbance at an apartment in Anchorage, Alaska, they discovered a heartbreaking sight: A 6-year-old boy was wandering around the parking lot, alone.

“Ninjas came to my home and killed my family,” he told investigators.

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Terrorism Squad Arrests Man At Sydney Airport Over New Year's Eve 'Threat'

A 40-year-old man has been arrested and charged over making threats online targeting Sydney's New Year's Eve festivities.

Officers from the NSW Police Force Terrorism Investigation Squad arrested the man at Sydney's international airport on Thursday after receiving a tip-off from the public.

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Body Found In Burnt-out Car In Rio 'Believed To Be Greek Ambassador'

Brazilian police suspect a body discovered inside a charred vehicle in Rio de Janeiro is Greece’s ambassador to Brazil who went missing three days ago, it has been reported.

A police spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment on the report by TV channel Globo.

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US Gives Detailed Look At Russia's Alleged Election Hacking

The US has released its most detailed report yet on accusations that Russia interfered in the US presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts.

The 13-page joint analysis by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI is the first such report ever to attribute malicious cyber activity to a particular country or actors.

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Police Officer, Suspect Shot Outside North Texas Restaurant

A police officer and a suspect have been shot while scuffling outside a north Texas restaurant. Weatherford Police say the shootings occurred during "an investigative traffic stop" of a vehicle with two males and a female in it about 9:15 pm.

Police say officers were trying to arrest one of the males on a warrant when the scuffle broke out in the parking lot of the Tequila Bar Y Grill.

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Taiwan Announces US Itinerary For President Bound To Infuriate China

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will transit through Houston and San Francisco during her January visit to allies in Latin America, her office said Friday, a move bound to anger China which a day earlier urged the U.S. to block any stopover.

Tsai's office declined to comment on whether she would be meeting members of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's team, but the U.S. mission in Taiwan, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), said the visit would be "private and unofficial".

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Thursday, 29 December 2016

Philippines’ Duterte Speaks On US Envoy’s ‘Destabilization Blueprint’ Says ‘They Are All Spies’

The outspoken president of the Philippines has lashed out at the former US ambassador to the country, who reportedly left a ‘blueprint to destabilize’ the country’s government when leaving his post in November.

President Rodrigo Duterte said all ambassadors play a part in their respective countries' spying operations, but American ambassadors have a "forte" for undermining the government of their host countries.

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Former British PM David Cameron In Race To Be Next NATO Chief

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron emerged as a frontrunner to be the next Secretary General of NATO after various reports emerged that he will be nominated by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Allies of Mr Cameron said he was open to taking up the top job on the world stage and they believe that Britain would benefit from his return to frontline politics.

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Mother Walks 30 Miles To Save Her Family Stranded In The Snow Near The Grand Canyon

A mother said she walked 30 miles through the snow on Christmas Eve to get help for her family who was stranded in their car near the Grand Canyon.

Karen Klein, Eric Klein, and their 10-year-old son Isaac set out on a family trip to the Grand Canyon, using a GPS as their guide, when they wound up driving down a walking path and having their car get stuck in the mud.

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Australian Police Seize 1 Ton Of Cocaine, Arrest 15 Men

Australian officials seized more than a ton of cocaine worth about 360 million Australian dollars ($260 million) in what police on Thursday dubbed one of the largest drug busts in the nation's history.

Fifteen men were arrested following a 2-an-half year federal and state police investigation into suspected drug trafficking by commercial fishermen in Sydney, New South Wales police said in a statement.

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

10 Dead, About 20 Wounded In Blasts At Philippines Boxing Match

Ten people are reported dead and at least 20 injured after two explosions at a boxing match in the Philippines, according to local media.

The blasts occurred at about 9pm Wednesday evening during a fiesta celebration in Hilongos, Leyte – an island in the Visayas group of the Philippines.

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Boko Haram May Have Used Chibok Girls As Shields During Attack - Nigerian Army

Boko Haram fighters fleeing an attack on their base last week may have used some of the girls kidnapped in 2014 from northeast Nigeria's Chibok as human shields to prevent being fired upon by fighter jets, a military commander said on Wednesday.

Major General Lucky Irabor, theater commander of Nigeria's military campaign against the group, showed a news conference aerial footage he said was filmed during the operation in the Sambisa forest that showed Boko Haram fighters moving with women and children.

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Trump Lashes Out At Obama Over Inflammatory Statements

President-elect Donald Trump lashed out at President Obama on Wednesday, tweeting that he is doing his “best to disregard the many inflammatory” statements and roadblocks coming from his soon-to-be predecessor.

“Thought it was going to be a smooth transition,” Trump tweeted, tacking on “NOT!”

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Man Who Fathered Former High School Teacher’s Son Allegedly Kills Them Both

A former high school teacher’s former student has been accused of killing both her and their young son — born from an affair that made headlines in 2013 — a New York City police source tells PEOPLE.

An NYPD spokesperson declined to comment on the case, but the department source says Isaac Duran was charged Tuesday with two counts of murder in the deaths of former Dewitt Clinton High School teacher Felicia Barahona and her 4-year-old son, Miguel.

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Kanye West Dyes Hair Pink And Yellow Among Rumors Of Marriage Strife

He may be going through a tough time, but Kanye West still celebrated the holidays with his loved ones.

A source confirms to PEOPLE that the rapper, who has been making headlines following his recent hospitalization for exhaustion last month, did indeed spend Christmas with his wife Kim Kardashian West and her family.

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Alleged Accomplice To Christmas Market Attack Suspect Detained In Berlin

German Police have detained an alleged accomplice of Berlin truck attack suspect Anis Amri during a raid in the German capital, the Federal prosecutor’s office reported.

The detained is a 40-year-old Tunisian man living in Berlin. The man was taken into custody on Wednesday morning after police raided his apartment and work place in Berlin's district of Tempelhof, the prosecutor's office statement says.

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Canadian Government Ordered To Pay First Nations People $3.3 Million To Settle 131 Year Old Claims

The Canadian government has been ordered to pay 4.5 million Canadian dollars (US$3.3 million) to indigenous peoples for failing to pay treaty money following an uprising in 1885.

The North-West Rebellion was a failed insurrection in Saskatchewan against the government of Canada. It largely involved the Métis people, who are of mixed First Nation and European descent, as well as some First Nation groups.

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German Police Ban Far-Right Demostration In Cologne On New Year’s Eve

Cologne police have banned a demonstration planned by the far-right NPD for New Year’s Eve at the city’s Dom, citing “security concerns.” The rally was set to mark and protest last year’s sexual assaults involving refugees on women during the celebrations.

“[Cologne] police president Jurgen Mathies has banned the demonstration of the NPD scheduled for December 31,” an official press release by the police reads.

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Second Flight Recorder Recovered From Black Sea Crash Site

The Defense Ministry says search teams have recovered another flight recorder from a military plane that crashed in the Black Sea, killing all 92 aboard.

The ministry said the second recorder was lifted from the seabed Wednesday. The first flight recorder was found the previous day and experts have started analyzing its data to determine the crash's cause.

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Monday, 26 December 2016

US Defence Bill Mentions Military Exchanges With Taiwan, China Lodges Stern Protest

China has lodged "stern representations" with the United States after President Barack Obama signed into law a US defence policy bill that suggests a plan to conduct high-level military exchanges with self-ruled Taiwan.

Part of the $618.7 billion National Defence Authorization Act "expresses the sense of Congress that (the U.S. Department of Defence) should conduct a programme of senior military exchanges between the United States and Taiwan".

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Russia Mourns 92 Killed In Black Sea Jet Crash, Search For Black Box Ongoing

Russia held a national day of mourning on Monday, a day after a Syria-bound military plane crashed into the Black Sea killing all 92 people on board, and expanded a search operation to try to recover passengers' bodies and the jet's black box.

The plane, a Russian Defence Ministry TU-154, was carrying dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members to Syria where they were meant to entertain Russian troops in the run-up to the New Year.

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Sunday, 25 December 2016

Chile Struck By 7.7 Magnitude Earthquake, Tsunami Warning Issued

Chilean authorities ordered coastal evacuations Sunday following a powerful Christmas Day earthquake offshore the south of the country that triggered tsunami alerts.

The quake registered 7.7 on the Moment Magnitude scale according to seismologists at the US Geological Survey. Chile's ONEMI national emergencies office ONEMI put it at 7.6.

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Syria-Bound Russian Military Plane Crashes Near Sochi, No Survivors

A Russian military plane carrying 92 people, including dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members, crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria on Sunday, killing everyone on board, Russian authorities said.

The Russian Defence Ministry said one of its TU-154 Tupolev planes had disappeared from radar screens at 0225 GMT, two minutes after taking off from Sochi in southern Russia, where it had stopped to refuel from Moscow, on its way to Syria.

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Friday, 23 December 2016

Afriqiyah Libyan Airways Hijacked Plane: Hijackers Surrender In Malta, All 118 On Board Released (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

A flight within Libya was hijacked and diverted to Malta on Friday morning, where it landed with 118 people on board. After several hours, the passengers and crew were all evacuated and the two male hijackers surrendered, the Maltese prime minister says.

The hijackers were armed with a hand grenade and at least two pistols, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said at a press conference.

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Texas Father Arrested In Deaths Of Wife And Infant Son Who Were Found With Their Throats Slit

A Texas father has been arrested in the double-murder of his wife and infant son, who were found dead Dec. 15 with their throats slit, PEOPLE confirms.

A Fort Worth police press release states Craig Vandewege was arrested in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Wednesday for allegedly speeding and not having proof of insurance after a citizen told police he was acting suspiciously.

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Afriqiyah Libyan Airways Plane Hijacked, Lands In Malta

A plane on an internal flight in Libya has been hijacked and forced to land in Malta with 118 people on board.

Two hijackers on board the state-owned Afriqiyah Airways plane have hand grenades and are threatening to blow up the aircraft, according to Malta state television.

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Iranian Man Guns Down 10 Relatives In Shooting Rampage

Iranian media says a 26-year-old man has gunned down 10 relatives in a rare shooting rampage.

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BIDEN: As I Watched A Trump Rally In October, I Said, 'Son Of A Gun — We May Lose This Election'

After President-elect Donald Trump's stunning victory in November, Joe Biden is joining other Democrats pleading the party to refocus its attention on a voting bloc with which they failed to connect in 2016: working-class voters.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Los Angeles Times, Biden said he noticed issues with Hillary Clinton's campaign early in the election. And when Trump seemed to strike a chord with voters a rally near his childhood home in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in October, he became unsettled.

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Atlanta Lawyer Charged With Manslaughter Claims He Shot Wife Accidentally Because He Was Afraid of Carjacking

The Atlanta attorney who says he accidentally fatally shot his wife in September after pulling out his gun because he was afraid of a carjacking received a $200,000 bond Thursday, according to reports.

Claud “Tex” McIver made his first appearance at a hearing in Fulton County Magistrate Court in Atlanta after surrendering the day before, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Berlin Truck Attack Suspect Shot Dead In Milan, Italy

The Tunisian man suspected of carrying out the Berlin truck attack was shot dead by police in Milan on Friday, Italy confirmed.

Anis Amri, 24, was accused of killing 12 people and wounding dozens more in Monday's assault on a Christmas market, which has been claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

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Thursday, 22 December 2016

US Man Deplaned For Telling Ivanka Trump Her 'Father's Ruining Our Country

A passenger was removed from a JetBlue Airways plane at New York's John F Kennedy International Airport on Thursday after verbally accosting Ivanka Trump, the website TMZ reported.

Airline personnel escorted the man off the plane after he railed at US President-elect Donald Trump's daughter, TMZ said.

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Berlin Attack Suspect's Family In Shock

In shock after he was named the prime suspect in the Berlin market attack, Anis Amri's brother said Thursday he fled Tunisia seeking a better life, but should hand himself in.

"If he is listening to me, I tell him: 'Present yourself' (to the police), so the family can rest easier," Abdelkader Amri told reporters in the family's poor home village in eastern Tunisia.

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Donald Trump Tweet Referred To Preventing Nuclear Proliferation

President-elect Donald Trump's statement Thursday that the United States needs to strengthen its nuclear capabilities referred to the need to prevent nuclear weapons from spreading to unstable countries or terrorist groups, a spokesman said.

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2.5 Tons Of Fake Plastic Rice Seized In Nigeria

Amid skyrocketing food prices and inflation ahead of Christmas, Nigerian authorities have intercepted a shipment of some 2.5 tons of fake rice, supposedly from China. Health warnings have been issued and an arrest made.

The 102 bags of fake rice, weighing 25kg (a little over 50lb) each and labeled ‘Best Tomato Rice’, are thought by customs officers to have been smuggled in through the port in Lagos, according to AFP. The port city is the country’s main commercial hub.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Norway Slightly Eases Mass Killer Anders Behring Breivik's Jail Isolation

Norway has slightly relaxed the jail isolation of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik since an April court ruling that it had violated his human rights by keeping him in a "locked world", legal documents showed on Wednesday.

The Norwegian state, preparing an appeal against the ruling starting on January 10, said Breivik's still-draconian jail conditions were fully justified. The right-wing militant killed 77 people in shootings and a bombing in July 2011.

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Berlin Suspect: Police Offer €100 000 Reward

Police in Berlin are offering a reward of €100,000 (US$104,260) for information leading to the arrest of the man suspected of involvement in Monday’s attack on a Christmas market which left 12 dead and 48 injured.

A search is currently underway for 24-year-old Tunisian Anis Amri, who could be armed and dangerous, according to a statement from the Federal Prosecutor's Office (GBA).

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Berlin Police Detained ‘Wrong man,’ Armed Truck Attacker Still At Large

The Pakistani suspect arrested following the truck attack in the German capital reportedly had no involvement in the crime. The actual perpetrator is armed and still at large, Die Welt reports, citing high-ranking security sources.

"We have the wrong man," Die Welt cited a Berlin police official as saying. "And thus a new situation. The actual perpetrator is still at large and armed, and can inflict more damage."

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Beijing Returns Seized US Underwater Drone In Smooth Handover At South China Sea

A US sea drone seized by China last week was returned at an agreed location in the South China Sea, Beijing has confirmed. Despite the potential for a serious confrontation, the US says it will “fly, sail, and operate” in the area as before.

“After friendly consultations between the Chinese and US sides, the handover work for the US underwater drone was smoothly completed in relevant waters in the South China Sea at midday on December 20,” the Chinese Defense Ministry said in a brief statement cited by Reuters.

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Police: Truck Attack That Killed 12 In Berlin 'intentional'

The driver who rammed a truck into a crowded Christmas market in the heart of the German capital, killing at least 12 people and injuring nearly 50, did so intentionally, police said Tuesday. Chancellor Angela Merkel said authorities believe it was a terror attack.

The truck smashed into the popular Christmas market filled with tourists and locals outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church near Berlin's Zoo station late Monday.

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IMF Chief Lagarde Found Guilty Over French Tycoon Payment

A French court on Monday found IMF head Christine Lagarde guilty of negligence over a massive state payout to a tycoon when she was French finance minister, but she will continue to lead the fund.

Lagarde was spared her a fine or prison sentence, and the International Monetary Fund board meeting in Washington said it retains "full confidence" in her ability to continue to lead the organization.

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Monday, 19 December 2016

Trump Cruises To Electoral College Victory Despite Protests

There were many protesters but few faithless electors as Donald Trump won the Electoral College vote Monday — ensuring that the billionaire will become America's 45th president.

An effort by anti-Trump forces to persuade Republican electors to abandon the president-elect came to practically nothing and the process unfolded largely according to its traditions. Trump's polarizing victory Nov. 8 and the fact Democrat Hillary Clinton had won the national popular vote had stirred an intense lobbying effort, but to no avail.

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At Least 9 Dead And Several Injured,Truck Plows Into Crowd At Berlin Christmas Market

A truck has ploughed into a Christmas market in western Berlin killing nine and injuring several people, according to police.

Several people were killed and up to 50 injured when a truck plowed into a crowd at a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday evening, the Berliner Morgenpost reported.
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ISIS Offers $1 Million For Head Of Kurdish-Danish Woman Who Fought Them In Syria, Iraq

ISIS has offered a $1 million reward for the killing of a Kurdish-Danish woman who dropped out of university in 2014 to fight the terror group in Syria and Iraq. Joanna Palani, 23, is currently behind bars and facing trial in Copenhagen for leaving the country after a 12-month travel ban imposed in June 2015, The Independent reported.Her trial begins tomorrow and if found guilty she faces up to two years in prison under the new laws designed to stem the flow of ISIS militants from Denmark to the Middle East.

Palani is often the subject of vicious threats both on and offline following her return to Denmark.

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Three Injured In Shooting At Muslim Prayer Hall In Zurich

Three people were injured by gunfire in central Zurich on Monday, police said, with local media reporting the incident occurred in a Muslim prayer hall near the city's railway station.

"I can only confirm that there was a shooting," a spokeswoman for Zurich police told AFP, adding a statement would be released later.

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Shooting Near US Embassy In Ankara After Russian Ambassador To Turkey Shot, Killed

The US State Department is warning American citizens to avoid the country’s embassy in Turkey amid reports of a shooting in the area.

The “ongoing security incident” comes about two hours after the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated in the capital.

The embassy compound, which is approximately 2.5 miles away from the art gallery where Ambassador Andrey Karlov was shot and killed, has been placed on lockdown, the Daily Star reported.

Americans “should avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country,” the State Department said in the warning.

A travel warning for Turkey has been in place since October 29, alerting US citizens of “increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey.”

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India Court Sentences Militants To Death Over Twin Blasts

An Indian court Monday sentenced two alleged leaders of a homegrown militant group and three others to death over twin bomb blasts in 2013 that killed 18 people.

Yasin Bhatkal, his brother Riyaz -- alleged co-founders of the Indian Mujahideen -- and three associates were found guilty of the blasts in February 2013, when two bombs strapped to bicycles exploded in a crowded marketplace in the southern city of Hyderabad.

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