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Monday 13th
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UNITED STATES: Turkey’s embassy in Washington hit back yesterday at claims that it had plotted with former national security adviser Michael Flynn to kidnap powerful Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, branding them “ludicrous and groundless.”

Friday’s Wall Street Journal claimed that special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating Mr Flynn and his son for allegedly scheming to deliver the exiled millionaire to Ankara for $15 million (£11.4m).

Mr Gulen is accused of organising last year’s failed military coup against his erstwhile ally President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

COLOMBIA: Marxist former guerilla leader Rodrigo “TimochenkoLondono will consult the people before accepting his party’s nomination for next year’s presidential election, Telesur reported on Saturday.

The newly renamed Revolutionary Alternative Force of the Commons (Farc) announced peace negotiator Timochenko as its candidate on November 1.

But he said: “I’ve never refused a task since I’ve been with the Farc, but I do wish to consult the opinion of the people before I make my decision.”

PUERTO RICO: Independence leader Oscar Lopez visited Cuba for the first time yesterday, following 35 years in a US jail.

The National Liberation Armed Forces (FALN) leader thanked the Cuban people for there support during his imprisonment, which ended earlier this year.

“I would have liked to have met and talked to Fidel” Castro, he said. “Fidel was a man with a vision, contrary to those who only seek money for themselves.”

NORTHERN IRELAND: Police condemned “cowards” who caused a Remembrance Sunday bomb alert at the Omagh cenotaph yesterday.

A suspicious object was discovered in the morning in the Co Tyrone town and the area was closed off.

Police Service of Northern Ireland chief inspector Graham Dodds said: “This is a sickening attempt by cowards to create fear and disruption on a day when many gather to pay their respects to the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”