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.
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.
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.
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.
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.