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  • US official: Airstrikes killed 10,000 Islamic State fighters
    US official: Airstrikes killed 10,000 Islamic State fighters Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S. official said Wednesday that more than 10,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed by American-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in nine months, offering a body count for a campaign that has yet to blunt their advance. More »

  • Queen's Speech: What Is The Human Rights Act?
    Queen's Speech: What Is The Human Rights Act? Wed, May 27, 2015

    Here's the history of the act and what its replacement might look like More »

  • Trouble looms for British plan to stop human rights 'mission creep' Wed, May 13, 2015

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's new government wants to rewrite national human rights law to reduce the influence of a European court under an election promise which has divided the ruling party and prompted warnings that basic rights are under threat. The Conservatives, who won an outright parliamentary majority last week, aim to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights and "break the formal link" between the country's courts and the European Court of Human Rights. Though not connected to the European Union, the court based in the French city of Strasbourg has become a lightning rod for many Britons' frustrations about perceived meddling by Europe. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU and then hold a referendum by 2017 on whether to stay in or leave. More »

  • Fiery Islamic State group cleric gives voice to radicals
    Fiery Islamic State group cleric gives voice to radicals Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Turki al-Binali has crisscrossed the Islamic State group's self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq with a pistol holstered at his side, delivering fiery sermons in which the 30-year-old provides religious justification for its bloody rampage across the region. More »

  • Hostages The West Has Paid To Have Freed
    Hostages The West Has Paid To Have Freed Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Theresa May is moving to shut down a ransom loophole because Britain, along with the US, believes that paying to free hostages funds terrorism and encourages kidnap gangs. More »

  • Scotland Will Ignore Tory Threat to Scrap EU Human Rights Act
    Scotland Will Ignore Tory Threat to Scrap EU Human Rights Act Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    Scotland will continue to follow the conventions set out by the European Union on human rights even if Westminster follows through on 3 October's threat to withdraw, the Scottish secretary has said. More »

  • Conservative Party Threat to Scrap Human Rights Act 'Would Turn Britain …
    Conservative Party Threat to Scrap Human Rights Act 'Would Turn Britain … Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    The Tory government's plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a Bill of Rights will effectively turn Britain into a dictatorship, according to civil rights groups. More »

  • Eyeing 2015 vote, Cameron pledges 7 billion pounds in tax cuts
    Eyeing 2015 vote, Cameron pledges 7 billion pounds in tax cuts Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    By Andrew Osborn and William James BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron promised to hand almost half the British population a tax cut if re-elected next year, a pledge he hopes will win over millions of voters and refocus debate away from a schism inside his party over Europe. The promise, which will cost over 7 billion pounds to fund, was a calculated gambit to try to shift the narrative from one which has focussed on the damage the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) is doing to Cameron's re-election hopes by siphoning off voters and lawmakers. ... More »

  • Battle against Islamic State creates new alliances
    Battle against Islamic State creates new alliances Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — On a recent evening, two of Jordan's top pro-al-Qaida ideologues held court on the rooftop of a villa decorated with strings of lights. Sporting shaggy beards and robes, the Muslim preachers whispered to each other and rose occasionally from plastic chairs to greet supporters. More »

  • Jordanians Fear IS Backlash After Airstrikes
    Jordanians Fear IS Backlash After Airstrikes Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Jordan's involvement in the US-led airstrikes against Islamic State targets has led to growing concerns in the country of a potential backlash. More »

  • Abu Qatada Says He's Forgotten About Britain
    Abu Qatada Says He's Forgotten About Britain Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Radical preacher Abu Qatada has told Sky News he has "forgotten all about Britain", three days after being cleared of terror charges by a Jordanian court. More »

  • Freed Abu Qatada 'Will Not Be Returning To UK'
    Freed Abu Qatada 'Will Not Be Returning To UK' Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    Home Secretary Theresa May has insisted Abu Qatada will not be returning to the UK, as he was pictured falling to the floor in an emotional reunion with supporters. More »

  • What Now For Abu Qatada After Aquittal?
    What Now For Abu Qatada After Aquittal? Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    Only a man sure he was on the verge of freedom would smile walking into a cage, flanked by armed police in a high-security court. More »

  • Arab states risk backlash by joining Syria strikes
    Arab states risk backlash by joining Syria strikes Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Arab nations that joined the United States in striking the Islamic State group in Syria were unusually open about it, throwing aside their usual secrecy and wariness about appearing too close to Washington. Saudi Arabia even released heroic-looking photos of its pilots who flew the warplanes. More »

  • Jordan acquits radical cleric of terrorism charges
    Jordan acquits radical cleric of terrorism charges Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian court on Wednesday acquitted radical Muslim preacher Abu Qatada — known for his fiery pro-al-Qaida speeches — of involvement in a plot to target Israeli and American tourists and Western diplomats in Jordan more than a decade ago. More »

  • Abu Qatada walks free after Jordan terror acquittal
    Abu Qatada walks free after Jordan terror acquittal Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    Radical cleric Abu Qatada was acquitted of terrorism charges by a Jordanian court Wednesday and freed from jail, ending more than a decade of legal cases against the firebrand preacher. More »

  • Cleric Abu Qatada walks free after Jordan terror plot acquittal
    Cleric Abu Qatada walks free after Jordan terror plot acquittal Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Muslim cleric Abu Qatada walked free from a Jordanian jail on Wednesday after being cleared of charges of conspiring in a plot to attack tourists - his second acquittal this year following a long extradition process from Britain. The state security court in the capital Amman ruled that the charges against the radical preacher - providing spiritual and material support for an attack planned during New Year celebrations in Jordan in 2000 - lacked sufficient evidence. ... More »

  • Abu Qatada set free after verdict clears him of Jordan terror plot Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    AMMAN (Reuters) - Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada was set free on Wednesday from a Jordanian prison hours after a court cleared him of charges of providing spiritual and material support for a plot to attack tourists during Jordan's New Year celebrations in 2000. "Abu Qatada has been released from prison and is now on his way home," the judicial source told Reuters. (Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi) More »

  • Jordan clears Abu Qatada of terror charges
    Jordan clears Abu Qatada of terror charges Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    Muslim preacher expected to be freed on Wednesday after he was found not guilty of conspiring to attack tourists. More »

  • Abu Qatada Found Not Guilty of Terror Charges in Jordan
    Abu Qatada Found Not Guilty of Terror Charges in Jordan Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    Radical preacher Abu Qatada has been acquitted of terrorism offences by a court in Jordan. More »

  • Jordan court acquits radical preacher Abu Qatada of plotting attacks on Americans, … Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan court acquits radical preacher Abu Qatada of plotting attacks on Americans, Israelis. More »

  • Jihadi ideologue calls for freeing British hostage Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — A renowned jihadi ideologue on Saturday urged the Islamic State group to release British aid worker Alan Henning, saying Islam forbids harming non-Muslims who work with relief agencies. More »

  • Radical Cleric Abu Qatada Likens Isis Militants to 'Dogs of Hellfire' …
    Radical Cleric Abu Qatada Likens Isis Militants to 'Dogs of Hellfire' … Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Radical Islamic cleric Abu Qatada has denounced the Isis militants in Iraq for the execution of journalists, likening the jihadists to "dogs of hellfire". The Palestine-born extremist preacher, who was once described as "Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe", has been in Jordan since July this year. More »

  • Jordan delays terror verdict on radical cleric
    Jordan delays terror verdict on radical cleric Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The judge in the trial of a radical Jordanian cleric accused of a 2000 plot to attack Israelis, Americans and other Westerners said Sunday he was delaying his verdict pending further examination of the case. More »

  • Clegg In Tory 'Headbangers' And 'Tyrants' Jibe
    Clegg In Tory 'Headbangers' And 'Tyrants' Jibe Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Nick Clegg has branded his Tory colleagues "headbangers" and said they wanted to line up along with "Putin and other tyrants". The Deputy Prime Minister said he had been "blindsided" by the Conservatives' proposal to push ahead with plans to limit the power of the European Court of Human Rights in the UK. Mr Clegg said the reshuffle, which saw opponents of the move such as Ken Clarke and Attorney General Dominic Grieve removed from post, had shown the Tory "headbangers have now won". David Cameron has been presented with proposals for a British bill of rights by a working group of Conservative lawyers, which would assert the sovereignty of Parliament, according to the BBC. More »

  • Radical Cleric Abu Qatada Denounces Isis' Islamic Caliphate in Iraq Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Radical Islamic cleric Abu Qatada has denounced the recent declaration of an Islamic Caliphate by the militant group Islamic State of Iran and the Levant (Isis) in an area spanning Iraq and Syria. Calling the Islamic Caliphate announcement "void and meaningless," Qatada, who is at present facing terror charges in Jordan, said Muslims across the world did not agree with that idea. In a 21-page statement censuring the Isis' activities, the Palestine-born extremist preacher wrote: "This group [Isis] does not have the authority to rule all Muslims and their declaration applies to no-one but themselves. More »

  • Court acquits radical Jordanian cleric in 1 case
    Court acquits radical Jordanian cleric in 1 case Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A military court on Thursday acquitted a radical Jordanian preacher known for his fiery pro-al-Qaida rhetoric of involvement in a foiled 1999 plot to attack an American school in Amman but postponed a ruling on other terrorism charges. More »

  • Jordanian court acquits radical cleric Abu Qatada of conspiracy
    Jordanian court acquits radical cleric Abu Qatada of conspiracy Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - A Jordanian court on Thursday acquitted radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, who was extradited from Britain last year, of charges of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. "The court announces the acquittal of the defendant for lack of evidence," said Ahmad Qatarneh, the judge presiding over the three-man military tribunal, which has drawn the criticism of human rights advocates. Abu Qatada, sitting on a bench in an enclosed iron dock, smiled and looked relaxed during the half-hour court session. Abu Qatada had previously been sentenced in absentia by a Jordanian court to life imprisonment for conspiracy to carry out al Qaeda-style attacks against U.S. and other targets inside U.S. ally Jordan. More »

  • Jordan clears Abu Qatada of terrorism charge
    Jordan clears Abu Qatada of terrorism charge Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Salafi cleric deported from the UK found not guilty of conspiring to carry out terrorism attacks in Jordan. More »

  • Abu Qatada Acquitted Of Terror Conspiracy
    Abu Qatada Acquitted Of Terror Conspiracy Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Radical cleric Abu Qatada has been acquitted of terrorism charges by Jordan's state security court. The verdict was in relation to a series of bomb plots in 1998, targeting the Jerusalem Hotel and American School in the Jordanian capital, Amman. The verdict on a second charge relating to a foiled bomb plot targeting tourist sites in Jordan during New Year celebrations in 2000 has been postponed. The Palestinian-Jordanian preacher, who was once referred to as "Osama Bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe" by a Spanish judge, will remain in Jordanian custody until the verdict is delivered on the second charge. More »

  • Jordan acquits preacher of 1 set of terror charges
    Jordan acquits preacher of 1 set of terror charges Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian military court on Thursday acquitted al-Qaida-linked preacher Abu Qatada of terrorism charges over a foiled 1999 plot to attack an American school in the country's capital, Amman. More »

  • Jordan acquits radical cleric Abu Qatada on terror charge
    Jordan acquits radical cleric Abu Qatada on terror charge Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Abu Qatada was acquitted Thursday of plotting a terror attack on the American school in Amman for lack of evidence but the radical cleric faces other terrorism charges and will remain in prison. More »

  • Jordan acquits preacher Abu Qatada of charges in foiled 1999 plot to attack … Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan acquits preacher Abu Qatada of charges in foiled 1999 plot to attack American school. More »

  • Jordan Court Finds Abu Qatada Not Guilty of Terror Plot Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    The radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada has been found not guilty of terrorism offences in a court in Jordan. Qatada, who fought for years not to be extradited from the UK to face the charges, was cleared of conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism relating to an alleged plot to commit a series of bomb attacks in Jordan in 1998. Qatada fled to the UK with his wife and family in 1993 using a forged passport. He was granted asylum in the UK in 1994 but MI5 increasingly saw him as a national security threat, due to his hardened views on jihad. More »

  • Jordanian envoy to Libya freed, Jordan sends back jailed militant Tue, May 13, 2014

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Kidnappers freed Jordan's ambassador to Libya and he said on his arrival home on Tuesday that in exchange his government had sent back to Tripoli a Libyan Islamist militant who had been serving a life sentence for a bombing plot. Jordan's foreign minister said the envoy's release was arranged in contacts with Libyan authorities, not with the kidnappers. But some Jordanian officials voiced concern at the precedent the handover of the militant could set for Amman, an important U.S. ally in the fight against al Qaeda. A Libyan foreign ministry spokesman told al-Nabaa television channel that militant Mohammed Dersi was back in Libya. More »