In Brief

Several hundred people, Muslims and non-Muslims, gather to pray at the Grande Mosque in Lyon, France on Nov 15, 2015, for the victims of the series of shootings in Paris.
Several hundred people, Muslims and non-Muslims, gather to pray at the Grande Mosque in Lyon, France on Nov 15, 2015, for the victims of the series of shootings in Paris.PHOTO: REUTERS

Mosques in France to condemn violence

PARIS • The body representing Muslims in France has said it will ask all 2,500 mosques in the country to condemn "all forms of violence or terrorism" in prayers tomorrow, following the Paris attacks.

The message will condemn such acts "unambiguously", the French Muslim Council said.

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Egypt boosting airport security after Russian jet crash

CAIRO • Egypt said on Tuesday that it was bolstering security at airports over the possibility that a Russian plane that took off from a Sinai resort was brought down by a bomb.

It came as the civil aviation minister said a probe had yet to reach any final conclusions about the disaster, speaking shortly after Russia said a bomb had brought down the aircraft.

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India warns of attacks by ISIS-backed groups

NEW DELHI • India has warned of the possibility of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) using regional militant groups to mount strikes in the country, and has increased security around the diplomatic missions of the United States, France and Britain among others, a government advisory said.

The federal interior ministry said in the note issued to state police chiefs that last Friday's attacks in Paris, in which 129 people were killed, showed the intention of ISIS to expand its arc of operations beyond Syria and Iraq.

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South Korea to spend more on counter-terrorism

SEOUL • South Korea plans to increase its counter-terrorism budget by around 100 billion won (S$122 million) in the wake of last Friday's attacks in Paris, the country's ruling party said yesterday.

South Korea is not militarily involved in air strikes against the Islamic State in

Iraq and Syria militant group, but lawmakers from the country's ruling Saenuri Party as well as government security and foreign policy officials met yesterday to discuss an increase in counter-terrorism spending for next year, the party said.

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Obama administration reassures governors over Syrian refugees

WASHINGTON • Obama administration officials held a conference call on Tuesday with 34 US governors to discuss the country's refugee programme, the White House said, after more than a dozen governors said they would refuse to accept Syrian refugees.

The administration officials assured the governors that the refugees would undergo the most rigorous screening and security vetting of any category of traveller to the United States, the White House said in a statement.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 19, 2015, with the headline 'InBrief'. Print Edition | Subscribe