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  • Man seeks to erase terrorism conviction, blames attorney 6 hours ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California man's long battle to overturn his high-profile terrorism conviction faces a key courtroom test on Wednesday. More »

  • Saudi calls time on Yemen bombing campaign: Time for politics? 6 hours ago

    Saudi Arabia called it quits on its "Decisive Storm" campaign against Yemen's Houthi rebels Tuesday after a month of airstrikes that left hundreds dead. Yemen's future is as muddied as when the shooting began. The Shiite Houthi movement remains intact and powerful, Saudi Arabia's preferred ruler of Yemen, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, remains in exile in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. A few weeks ago Saudi Arabia implored Egypt and Pakistan to commit troops to the fight in Yemen, recognizing that air power from afar was not going to settle control of Yemen on the ground. More »

  • Long-term hunger strike in bid for freedom from Guantanamo 7 hours ago

    MIAMI (AP) — A Saudi prisoner at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who has been on a nine-year hunger strike would participate in a rehabilitation program for militants and settle down to a peaceful life if allowed to go home, his lawyer told a government review panel Tuesday. More »

  • Boston bombing victims recall day of pain, chaos, grief
    Boston bombing victims recall day of pain, chaos, grief 8 hours ago

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Celeste Corcoran was hurled into the air by a bomb at the Boston Marathon finish line two years ago. Gillian Reny saw blood gushing from her legs and wondered if she would survive. William Campbell waited hours for his daughter to emerge from surgery only to learn she had been killed by the blasts. Prosecutors on Tuesday began their case to sentence convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death with an emotional gut-punch to the jury as survivors described the toll of the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured 264. More »

  • US lets in Thai fish caught by slaves despite law
    US lets in Thai fish caught by slaves despite law 8 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen years after the U.S. first criticized Thailand for labor abuse in its annual trafficking report, seafood caught by slaves on Thai boats is still slipping into the supply chains of major American stores and supermarkets. More »

  • Coalition ends Yemen air war, but keeps options open
    Coalition ends Yemen air war, but keeps options open 8 hours ago

    A Saudi-led coalition declared an end Tuesday to four weeks of air strikes in Yemen, saying the threat of Iran-backed rebels there had been removed and that operations are entering a political phase. More »

  • UN demands unobstructed access to Syria's Yarmouk camp
    UN demands unobstructed access to Syria's Yarmouk camp 9 hours ago

    Security council urges parties to Syria's civil war to let agencies deliver aid to refugee camp amid "extreme hardship". More »

  • American's alleged killer to face UAE psychiatrist tests
    American's alleged killer to face UAE psychiatrist tests 10 hours ago

    An Abu Dhabi court Tuesday ordered psychiatric tests on an Emirati woman accused of two jihad-inspired attacks against Americans including the murder of a teacher in a shopping mall toilet. More »

  • Mauritania sentences alleged al-Qaida leader to 20 years 10 hours ago

    NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — A criminal court in Mauritania sentenced a suspected senior al-Qaida leader to 20 years in prison for "terrorist" activities, the state prosecutor said Tuesday. More »

  • Can Syria's Assad withstand latest battlefield setbacks? 10 hours ago

    Having clung to power for four years amid an armed uprising, the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is being buffeted by a series of battlefield setbacks that could place fresh strains on its internal cohesion. While there are no indications yet that Mr. Assad plans to drop his hard-line strategy against the armed opposition, a recent flurry of reports of suspicious deaths and disappearances point to possible tensions developing within the regime. The calculation, says Robert Ford, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington and US ambassador to Syria between 2010 and 2014, is a matter of cutting losses and holding on to a core region that supports the regime. In the past month, rebel factions – fueled in part by the stepped-up coordination and support of Assad’s regional rivals – have won a string of victories, seizing the ancient town of Bosra ash-Sham in southern Syria, capturing the long-sought prize of Idlib, a provincial capital in the north, and then grabbing the Nasib border post, the last functioning crossing on the Syria-Jordan border. More »

  • US sends carrier to Yemen waters with eye on Iran convoy
    US sends carrier to Yemen waters with eye on Iran convoy 11 hours ago

    A US aircraft carrier was headed to the Arabian Sea Tuesday as Washington said it was monitoring Iranian vessels suspected of carrying weapons to Yemeni rebels in violation of a UN embargo. More »

  • Young prince leads Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen
    Young prince leads Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen 11 hours ago

    He wields enormous power and leads a war against rebels in neighbouring Yemen for his father King Salman, but Saudi Arabia's defence minister is still in his early 30s. More »

  • Somalia police: 9 killed by car bomb in capital
    Somalia police: 9 killed by car bomb in capital 12 hours ago

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A car bomb killed at least nine people and wounded many others at a restaurant in Somalia's capital on Tuesday, police said. More »

  • Somali militants kill at least 10 in car bomb attack on restaurant 13 hours ago

    A suicide bomber from the Somali militant group al Shabaab on Tuesday rammed a car laden with explosives into a busy restaurant in the capital Mogadishu, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than a dozen others. The car bombing took place a day after after an al Shabaab suicide bomber killed six people, including four United Nations staff, during an attack on a U.N. minivan in Garowe, a city about 1000 km (600 miles) northeast of Mogadishu. Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab has staged a string of attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries aimed at imposing its harsh brand of Islam and overthrowing the Somali government, which is backed by Western donors and African peacekeepers. "We are behind the attack," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters. More »

  • Dozens killed in fighting in southern Syria, activists say 13 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Fierce clashes between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters in the country's south killed dozens on both sides over the past two days as rebel factions regained much of the ground they lost earlier, activists said Tuesday. More »

  • Amnesty International condemns U.S. failure to act on torture report 13 hours ago

    Amnesty International on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama's administration of granting "de facto amnesty" to people involved in a CIA programme that detained and tortured militants captured after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. The human rights group said that since the release in December of a Senate report on the use of what the Central Intelligence Agency called "enhanced interrogation techniques," the administration had done nothing to end impunity for those who mistreated prisoners. Amnesty researcher Naureen Shah said the administration was effectively granting immunity from prosecution by failing to thoroughly investigate conduct that came to light in the five-year investigation. The Senate Intelligence Committee report found that the CIA misled the White House and the American people over a programme that involved torturing al Qaeda and other captives in secret facilities worldwide between 2002 and 2006. More »

  • US sending carrier to Yemen coast as civilian casualties mount 15 hours ago

    A US aircraft carrier and guided-missile cruiser are steaming to the waters off Yemen to dissuade Iranian ships from delivering arms to Houthi rebels there, a move the White House has cast as primarily a show of force. The USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Normandy will join 10 other American warships off the coast of Yemen. The Pentagon said in a statement that the ships are to protect the region's vital shipping lanes. The deployment is also meant to reassure Saudi Arabia, an American ally that has carried out airstrikes against the rebels over the past month. More »

  • Mauritania jails senior Al-Qaeda figure
    Mauritania jails senior Al-Qaeda figure 15 hours ago

    A senior Al-Qaeda leader accused of planning attacks on the United States, Europe and Australia has been jailed for 20 years in Mauritania for "terrorist activities", a judicial source said on Tuesday. More »

  • Yemen's Houthi fighters have tough record in ground war
    Yemen's Houthi fighters have tough record in ground war 20 hours ago

    Cairo and Riyadh said this month they were discussing a "major military manoeuvre" in Saudi Arabia, a sign the Saudi-led alliance bombing the Houthis may make good on threats to launch a ground push across the kingdom's southern border into Yemen. The air campaign has made little headway since it began on March 26, prompted by the Iranian-allied Houthis's military takeover of large parts of Yemen. The Saudis and their allies see the push as an unacceptable extension of Tehran's reach into Riyadh's backyard, but have not committed to an invasion. A 2009-2010 war against government forces backed by Saudi Arabia left around 200 Saudi soldiers dead. More »

  • Al-Shabab bombs UN van in Somalia, 4 UNICEF workers killed
    Al-Shabab bombs UN van in Somalia, 4 UNICEF workers killed 23 hours ago

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamic extremists set off a bomb in a U.N. van in normally tranquil northern Somalia on Monday, killing at least seven people, including four employees of the U.N. children's agency in an attack that was widely denounced. More »

  • U.N. Security Council demands aid access for Syria's Yarmouk camp
    U.N. Security Council demands aid access for Syria's Yarmouk camp Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Monday demanded all parties to the Syrian civil war allow humanitarian aid to reach without obstruction the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, a site that Islamist militants had recently seized. The unanimous appeal by the 15-nation council came after Pierre Krahenbuhl, head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, told the council behind closed doors about "extreme circumstances and hardship" in the camp, a diplomat who attended the meeting said. "Members of the Security Council called for unhindered humanitarian access to the Yarmouk Camp and for the protection of civilians," the statement said. The council "stressed the need to support the emergency relief effort for civilians in Yarmouk including through funding the $30 million emergency appeal." The camp, set up in 1957 to house Palestinians, has become a symbol of the desperate plight of people in rebel-held territory since the Syrian government laid siege to it in 2013. More »

  • Questions, answers about federal anti-radicalization effort
    Questions, answers about federal anti-radicalization effort Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The Obama administration is piloting programs in Boston, Los Angeles and Minneapolis focused on tackling global terrorism on a local scale. But some community members and activists worry the efforts will amount to wide-scale government surveillance of Muslim communities. Some questions and answers about the initiative: More »

  • Bombs shatter houses in Yemen capital, hit near Iran Embassy
    Bombs shatter houses in Yemen capital, hit near Iran Embassy Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led airstrikes hit weapons caches held by Iran-backed Shiite rebels, touching off massive explosions Monday in Yemen's capital that killed at least 19 people and buried scores of others under the rubble of flattened homes. More »

  • Six Somali-Americans arrested trying to join IS group
    Six Somali-Americans arrested trying to join IS group Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Six Somali-American men who planned to travel to Syria to fight as jihadists have been arrested and were to appear in court Monday on charges of conspiring to support a terrorist organization. More »

  • Mideast security top topic for Obama, Emirates crown prince
    Mideast security top topic for Obama, Emirates crown prince Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Conflicts across the Middle East and international talks over Iran's nuclear program topped the agenda Monday during President Barack Obama's meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, the White House said. More »

  • Syria's Assad cites 'contacts' with French intelligence Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad says the French and Syrian intelligence services have had "some contacts" over the fight against the Islamic State group but denied that there is any cooperation between them. More »

  • UN demands aid access to Syria's Yarmuk camp
    UN demands aid access to Syria's Yarmuk camp Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    The UN Security Council on Monday demanded that aid workers be allowed to distribute food and other supplies to refugees trapped by fighting inside Syria's Yarmuk camp. More »

  • Shebab bomb attack on UN bus kills seven in Somalia
    Shebab bomb attack on UN bus kills seven in Somalia Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Somalia's Shebab Islamists killed seven people including four UN workers on Monday when they set off a huge bomb which ripped through a staff bus in the northeastern town of Garowe. More »

  • Russian special forces kill North Caucasus rebel leader
    Russian special forces kill North Caucasus rebel leader Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Rebels confirm death of Aliaskhab Kebekov, head of Caucasus Emirate that has claimed responsibility for several attacks. More »

  • Russia says Islamist rebel leader Kebekov 'neutralised'
    Russia says Islamist rebel leader Kebekov 'neutralised' Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Russia said Monday the leader of the Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus was killed in a special operation, and militants confirmed his death. More »

  • New York man who plotted to join terror group gets 25 years Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    CENTRAL ISLIP, New York (AP) — A suburban New York man who was thwarted in his attempt to fly to Yemen to join a Middle Eastern terrorist group and then admitted continuing to plot with others to assist them was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison. More »

  • Syrian army says seizes villages in Deraa, cuts rebel supply line Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    The Syrian army said on Monday it had captured several villages in the southern province of Deraa, cutting a supply route used by insurgents to smuggle weapons and fighters from Jordan to Damascus's Eastern Ghouta region. "The importance of this achievement is that it reopens the road between Deraa and Sweida," the army said in a statement publish on Syria's state news agency. "It also cuts the terrorist groups' supply lines by closing the gate of Lujat which was used to smuggle weapons and mercenary from Jordan towards Eastern Ghouta in the Damascus countryside." Sweida is home to the minority Druze population who have mostly stayed out of the Sunni-led revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It was the first major government operation in the southern province of Deraa since the insurgents seized a border crossing with Jordan earlier this month. More »

  • Where US sees terror prevention, some Muslims see profiling
    Where US sees terror prevention, some Muslims see profiling Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — Sameer Mohiuddin grew more confused by the second as panelists speaking at his Southern California mosque trumpeted a new national initiative to prevent violent extremism. More »

  • Somali militants kill six in bomb attack on U.N. vehicle
    Somali militants kill six in bomb attack on U.N. vehicle Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    By Abdiqani Hassan BOSASSO (Reuters) - Somali militant group al Shabaab bombed a minivan carrying staff to a United Nations office in the semi-autonomous Puntland region on Monday, killing six people including four from the global body's children's fund UNICEF, officials said. UNICEF said in a statement the improvised explosive device attack occurred when its staff were travelling to the office from their guest house nearby and that four more of its staff were seriously wounded. All of us at UNICEF are deeply saddened and deeply angered," said Anthony Lake, its executive director. Nicholas Kay, the U.N. Special Representative for Somalia, said two guards also died in the attack. More »

  • Leader of al-Qaida-linked group in Russia's Caucasus killed Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — Russian special forces have killed the leader of an al-Qaida-linked group operating in the Caucasus region of southern Russia, the national counterterrorism agency said Monday. More »

  • Man seeks to erase terrorism conviction, … Associated Press - 6 hours ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California man's long battle to overturn his high-profile terrorism conviction faces a key courtroom test on Wednesday. More »Man seeks to erase terrorism conviction, …

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California man's long battle to overturn his high-profile terrorism conviction faces a key courtroom test on Wednesday.

  • Saudi calls time on Yemen bombing campaign: … Christian Science Monitor - 6 hours ago

    Saudi Arabia called it quits on its "Decisive Storm" campaign against Yemen's Houthi rebels Tuesday after a month of airstrikes that left hundreds dead. Yemen's future … More »Saudi calls time on Yemen bombing campaign: …

    Saudi Arabia called it quits on its "Decisive Storm" campaign against Yemen's Houthi rebels Tuesday after a month of airstrikes that left hundreds dead. Yemen's future is as muddied as when the shooting began. The Shiite Houthi movement remains intact and powerful, Saudi Arabia's preferred ruler of Yemen, President Abed …

  • Long-term hunger strike in bid for freedom … Associated Press - 7 hours ago

    MIAMI (AP) — A Saudi prisoner at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who has been on a nine-year hunger strike would participate in a rehabilitation program for militants … More »Long-term hunger strike in bid for freedom …

    MIAMI (AP) — A Saudi prisoner at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who has been on a nine-year hunger strike would participate in a rehabilitation program for militants and settle down to a peaceful life if allowed to go home, his lawyer told a government review panel Tuesday.

  • Courtroom sketch of sentencing phase in trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston
    Boston bombing victims recall day of … Reuters - 8 hours ago

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Celeste Corcoran was hurled into the air by a bomb at the Boston Marathon finish line two years ago. Gillian Reny saw blood gushing … More »Boston bombing victims recall day of …

    Courtroom sketch of sentencing phase in trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Celeste Corcoran was hurled into the air by a bomb at the Boston Marathon finish line two years ago. Gillian Reny saw blood gushing from her legs and wondered if she would survive. William Campbell waited hours for his daughter to emerge from surgery only to learn she had been killed …

  • FILE - In this Nov. 2014, file photo, a security guard talks to detainees inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia. The imprisoned men were considered slaves who might run away. They said they lived on a few bites of rice and curry a day in a space barely big enough to lie down, stuck until the next trawler forces them back to sea. In its first report on trafficking around the world, the U.S. criticized Thailand as a hub for labor abuse. Yet 14 years later, seafood caught by slaves on Thai boats is still slipping into the supply chains of major American stores and supermarkets. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
    US lets in Thai fish caught by slaves … Associated Press - 8 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen years after the U.S. first criticized Thailand for labor abuse in its annual trafficking report, seafood caught by slaves on Thai boats is … More »US lets in Thai fish caught by slaves …

    FILE - In this Nov. 2014, file photo, a security guard talks to detainees inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia. The imprisoned men were considered slaves who might run away. They said they lived on a few bites of rice and curry a day in a space barely big enough to lie down, stuck until the next trawler forces them back to sea. In its first report on trafficking around the world, the U.S. criticized Thailand as a hub for labor abuse. Yet 14 years later, seafood caught by slaves on Thai boats is still slipping into the supply chains of major American stores and supermarkets. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen years after the U.S. first criticized Thailand for labor abuse in its annual trafficking report, seafood caught by slaves on Thai boats is still slipping into the supply chains of major American stores and supermarkets.

  • Fighters of the Shiite Huthi movement sit in a pick-up truck mounted with a machine-gun in southern Sanaa on April 21, 2015
    Coalition ends Yemen air war, but keeps … AFP - 8 hours ago

    A Saudi-led coalition declared an end Tuesday to four weeks of air strikes in Yemen, saying the threat of Iran-backed rebels there had been removed and that operations … More »Coalition ends Yemen air war, but keeps …

    Fighters of the Shiite Huthi movement sit in a pick-up truck mounted with a machine-gun in southern Sanaa on April 21, 2015

    A Saudi-led coalition declared an end Tuesday to four weeks of air strikes in Yemen, saying the threat of Iran-backed rebels there had been removed and that operations are entering a political phase.

  • UN demands unobstructed access to Syria's Yarmouk camp
    UN demands unobstructed access to Syria's … Al Jazeera - 9 hours ago

    Security council urges parties to Syria's civil war to let agencies deliver aid to refugee camp amid "extreme hardship". More »UN demands unobstructed access to Syria's …

    UN demands unobstructed access to Syria's Yarmouk camp

    Security council urges parties to Syria's civil war to let agencies deliver aid to refugee camp amid "extreme hardship".

  • A CCTV image released by Abu Dhabi police on December 3, 2014 shows a fully veiled woman (R) walking in a shopping mall in the Emirati capital. The woman is a suspect in the killing of an American teacher stabbed in the Boutik Mall's toilet
    American's alleged killer to face … AFP - 10 hours ago

    An Abu Dhabi court Tuesday ordered psychiatric tests on an Emirati woman accused of two jihad-inspired attacks against Americans including the murder of a teacher in … More »American's alleged killer to face …

    A CCTV image released by Abu Dhabi police on December 3, 2014 shows a fully veiled woman (R) walking in a shopping mall in the Emirati capital. The woman is a suspect in the killing of an American teacher stabbed in the Boutik Mall's toilet

    An Abu Dhabi court Tuesday ordered psychiatric tests on an Emirati woman accused of two jihad-inspired attacks against Americans including the murder of a teacher in a shopping mall toilet.

  • Mauritania sentences alleged al-Qaida … Associated Press - 10 hours ago

    NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — A criminal court in Mauritania sentenced a suspected senior al-Qaida leader to 20 years in prison for "terrorist" activities, … More »Mauritania sentences alleged al-Qaida …

    NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — A criminal court in Mauritania sentenced a suspected senior al-Qaida leader to 20 years in prison for "terrorist" activities, the state prosecutor said Tuesday.

  • Can Syria's Assad withstand latest … Christian Science Monitor - 10 hours ago

    Having clung to power for four years amid an armed uprising, the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is being buffeted by a series of battlefield setbacks that … More »Can Syria's Assad withstand latest …

    Having clung to power for four years amid an armed uprising, the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is being buffeted by a series of battlefield setbacks that could place fresh strains on its internal cohesion. While there are no indications yet that Mr. Assad plans to drop his hard-line strategy against the armed …

  • The Pentagon says the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier is providing intelligence and logistical support
    US sends carrier to Yemen waters with … AFP - 11 hours ago

    A US aircraft carrier was headed to the Arabian Sea Tuesday as Washington said it was monitoring Iranian vessels suspected of carrying weapons to Yemeni rebels in violation … More »US sends carrier to Yemen waters with …

    The Pentagon says the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier is providing intelligence and logistical support

    A US aircraft carrier was headed to the Arabian Sea Tuesday as Washington said it was monitoring Iranian vessels suspected of carrying weapons to Yemeni rebels in violation of a UN embargo.

  • Handout by the Saudi Press Agency on March 26, 2015 shows Saudi Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz (R) meeting with Saudi air force officers to discuss plans and developments of the military operations against Yemen, in Riyadh
    Young prince leads Saudi Arabia's … AFP - 11 hours ago

    He wields enormous power and leads a war against rebels in neighbouring Yemen for his father King Salman, but Saudi Arabia's defence minister is still in his early … More »Young prince leads Saudi Arabia's …

    Handout by the Saudi Press Agency on March 26, 2015 shows Saudi Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz (R) meeting with Saudi air force officers to discuss plans and developments of the military operations against Yemen, in Riyadh

    He wields enormous power and leads a war against rebels in neighbouring Yemen for his father King Salman, but Saudi Arabia's defence minister is still in his early 30s.

  • Somalis stand over the wreckage of  car bomb which  exploded outside a restaurant  in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, April , 21 , 2015. A car bomb killed  people and injured several others at a restaurant in Somalia's capital on Tuesday, police said. Security forces have secured the area around the Banoda restaurant in Mogadishu, said senior police officer Mohamed Abdi. The car with the bomb was parked near Somalia's presidential palace, he said.(AP Photo/ Farah Abdi Warsameh)
    Somalia police: 9 killed by car bomb … Associated Press - 12 hours ago

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A car bomb killed at least nine people and wounded many others at a restaurant in Somalia's capital on Tuesday, police said. More »Somalia police: 9 killed by car bomb …

    Somalis stand over the wreckage of  car bomb which  exploded outside a restaurant  in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, April , 21 , 2015. A car bomb killed  people and injured several others at a restaurant in Somalia's capital on Tuesday, police said. Security forces have secured the area around the Banoda restaurant in Mogadishu, said senior police officer Mohamed Abdi. The car with the bomb was parked near Somalia's presidential palace, he said.(AP Photo/ Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A car bomb killed at least nine people and wounded many others at a restaurant in Somalia's capital on Tuesday, police said.

  • Somali militants kill at least 10 in … Reuters - 13 hours ago

    A suicide bomber from the Somali militant group al Shabaab on Tuesday rammed a car laden with explosives into a busy restaurant in the capital Mogadishu, killing at least … More »Somali militants kill at least 10 in …

    A suicide bomber from the Somali militant group al Shabaab on Tuesday rammed a car laden with explosives into a busy restaurant in the capital Mogadishu, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than a dozen others. The car bombing took place a day after after an al Shabaab suicide bomber killed six people, including …

  • Dozens killed in fighting in southern … Associated Press - 13 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Fierce clashes between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters in the country's south killed dozens on both sides over the past two days as … More »Dozens killed in fighting in southern …

    BEIRUT (AP) — Fierce clashes between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters in the country's south killed dozens on both sides over the past two days as rebel factions regained much of the ground they lost earlier, activists said Tuesday.

  • Amnesty International condemns U.S. … Reuters - 13 hours ago

    Amnesty International on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama's administration of granting "de facto amnesty" to people involved in a CIA programme that detained and … More »Amnesty International condemns U.S. …

    Amnesty International on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama's administration of granting "de facto amnesty" to people involved in a CIA programme that detained and tortured militants captured after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. The human rights group said that since the release in December of a Senate …

  • US sending carrier to Yemen coast as … Christian Science Monitor - 15 hours ago

    A US aircraft carrier and guided-missile cruiser are steaming to the waters off Yemen to dissuade Iranian ships from delivering arms to Houthi rebels there, a move the … More »US sending carrier to Yemen coast as …

    A US aircraft carrier and guided-missile cruiser are steaming to the waters off Yemen to dissuade Iranian ships from delivering arms to Houthi rebels there, a move the White House has cast as primarily a show of force. The USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Normandy will join 10 other American warships off the coast of …

  • A photo released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) in 2011 shows a portrait of senior Al-Qaeda leader Younis Al Mauritani, who was arrested by the ISI in Quetta
    Mauritania jails senior Al-Qaeda fi … AFP - 15 hours ago

    A senior Al-Qaeda leader accused of planning attacks on the United States, Europe and Australia has been jailed for 20 years in Mauritania for "terrorist activities", … More »Mauritania jails senior Al-Qaeda fi …

    A photo released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) in 2011 shows a portrait of senior Al-Qaeda leader Younis Al Mauritani, who was arrested by the ISI in Quetta

    A senior Al-Qaeda leader accused of planning attacks on the United States, Europe and Australia has been jailed for 20 years in Mauritania for "terrorist activities", a judicial source said on Tuesday.

  • Followers of the Houthi group raise their weapons as they demonstrate against an arms embargo imposed by the U.N. Security Council on the group in Sanaa
    Yemen's Houthi fighters have tough … Reuters - 20 hours ago

    Cairo and Riyadh said this month they were discussing a "major military manoeuvre" in Saudi Arabia, a sign the Saudi-led alliance bombing the Houthis may make good on … More »Yemen's Houthi fighters have tough …

    Followers of the Houthi group raise their weapons as they demonstrate against an arms embargo imposed by the U.N. Security Council on the group in Sanaa

    Cairo and Riyadh said this month they were discussing a "major military manoeuvre" in Saudi Arabia, a sign the Saudi-led alliance bombing the Houthis may make good on threats to launch a ground push across the kingdom's southern border into Yemen. The air campaign has made little headway since it began on March 26, prompted …

  • This image made from video shows the scene following a bomb attack on a van carrying U.N. employees in Garowe, in the semiautonomous Puntland region of northern Somalia Monday, April 20, 2015. A bomb exploded Monday in northern Somalia, killing at least 10 people and wounding many others, police and U.N. officials said, with the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the group's Andalus radio. (AP Photo)
    Al-Shabab bombs UN van in Somalia, 4 … Associated Press - 23 hours ago

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamic extremists set off a bomb in a U.N. van in normally tranquil northern Somalia on Monday, killing at least seven people, including four … More »Al-Shabab bombs UN van in Somalia, 4 …

    This image made from video shows the scene following a bomb attack on a van carrying U.N. employees in Garowe, in the semiautonomous Puntland region of northern Somalia Monday, April 20, 2015. A bomb exploded Monday in northern Somalia, killing at least 10 people and wounding many others, police and U.N. officials said, with the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group claiming responsibility for the attack, according to the group's Andalus radio. (AP Photo)

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamic extremists set off a bomb in a U.N. van in normally tranquil northern Somalia on Monday, killing at least seven people, including four employees of the U.N. children's agency in an attack that was widely denounced.

  • Residents wait in line to receive food aid in Yarmouk camp
    U.N. Security Council demands aid access … Reuters - Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Monday demanded all parties to the Syrian civil war allow humanitarian aid to reach without … More »U.N. Security Council demands aid access …

    Residents wait in line to receive food aid in Yarmouk camp

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Monday demanded all parties to the Syrian civil war allow humanitarian aid to reach without obstruction the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, a site that Islamist militants had recently seized. The unanimous appeal …

  • In this March,  27, 2015 photo,Youssef Edghouch listens during a discussion on American Muslims and civic engagement from the local to the national level, at the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley in Rowland Heights, Calif. The Obama administration has launched a pilot program in several cities charged with tackling global terrorism on a local scale by preventing radicalization from taking root. If the efforts are successful, they would be rolled out nationwide. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter)
    Questions, answers about federal anti-radicalization … Associated Press - Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The Obama administration is piloting programs in Boston, Los Angeles and Minneapolis focused on tackling global terrorism on a local scale. But some community members … More »Questions, answers about federal anti-radicalization …

    In this March,  27, 2015 photo,Youssef Edghouch listens during a discussion on American Muslims and civic engagement from the local to the national level, at the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley in Rowland Heights, Calif. The Obama administration has launched a pilot program in several cities charged with tackling global terrorism on a local scale by preventing radicalization from taking root. If the efforts are successful, they would be rolled out nationwide. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter)

    The Obama administration is piloting programs in Boston, Los Angeles and Minneapolis focused on tackling global terrorism on a local scale. But some community members and activists worry the efforts will amount to wide-scale government surveillance of Muslim communities. Some questions and answers about the initiative:

  • A street is littered with debris after a Saudi-led airstrike against Iran-allied Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, hit a site of a weapons cache in Yemen's capital, Monday, April 20, 2015. Airstrikes on weapons caches in Yemen's rebel-held capital on Monday caused massive explosions that shattered windows, sent residents scrambling for shelter and killed a local TV presenter. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
    Bombs shatter houses in Yemen capital, … Associated Press - Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led airstrikes hit weapons caches held by Iran-backed Shiite rebels, touching off massive explosions Monday in Yemen's capital that killed … More »Bombs shatter houses in Yemen capital, …

    A street is littered with debris after a Saudi-led airstrike against Iran-allied Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, hit a site of a weapons cache in Yemen's capital, Monday, April 20, 2015. Airstrikes on weapons caches in Yemen's rebel-held capital on Monday caused massive explosions that shattered windows, sent residents scrambling for shelter and killed a local TV presenter. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led airstrikes hit weapons caches held by Iran-backed Shiite rebels, touching off massive explosions Monday in Yemen's capital that killed at least 19 people and buried scores of others under the rubble of flattened homes.

  • Militants with the Islamic State group control a huge swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria
    Six Somali-Americans arrested trying … AFP - Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Six Somali-American men who planned to travel to Syria to fight as jihadists have been arrested and were to appear in court Monday on charges of conspiring to support … More »Six Somali-Americans arrested trying …

    Militants with the Islamic State group control a huge swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria

    Six Somali-American men who planned to travel to Syria to fight as jihadists have been arrested and were to appear in court Monday on charges of conspiring to support a terrorist organization.

  • President Barack Obama shakes hands with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, Monday, April 20, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Mideast security top topic for Obama, … Associated Press - Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Conflicts across the Middle East and international talks over Iran's nuclear program topped the agenda Monday during President Barack Obama's … More »Mideast security top topic for Obama, …

    President Barack Obama shakes hands with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, Monday, April 20, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Conflicts across the Middle East and international talks over Iran's nuclear program topped the agenda Monday during President Barack Obama's meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, the White House said.

  • Syria's Assad cites 'contacts' … Associated Press - Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad says the French and Syrian intelligence services have had "some contacts" over the fight against the Islamic State group but denied that there is any cooperation between them.

  • A picture released by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency on April 17, 2015 shows displaced people from the nearby Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp queuing to receive aid in Yalda, Syria

    The UN Security Council on Monday demanded that aid workers be allowed to distribute food and other supplies to refugees trapped by fighting inside Syria's Yarmuk camp.

  • Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack, branding the United Nations a "colonisation force in Somalia"

    Somalia's Shebab Islamists killed seven people including four UN workers on Monday when they set off a huge bomb which ripped through a staff bus in the northeastern town of Garowe.

  • Russian special forces kill North Caucasus rebel leader

    Rebels confirm death of Aliaskhab Kebekov, head of Caucasus Emirate that has claimed responsibility for several attacks.

  • Special forces officers guard the site of two fatal blasts on May 4, 2012 in Dagestan's capital Makhachkala, part of Russia's restive Caucasus region

    Russia said Monday the leader of the Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus was killed in a special operation, and militants confirmed his death.

  • New York man who plotted to join terror … Associated Press - Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    CENTRAL ISLIP, New York (AP) — A suburban New York man who was thwarted in his attempt to fly to Yemen to join a Middle Eastern terrorist group and then admitted continuing to plot with others to assist them was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison.

  • Syrian army says seizes villages in … Reuters - Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    The Syrian army said on Monday it had captured several villages in the southern province of Deraa, cutting a supply route used by insurgents to smuggle weapons and fighters from Jordan to Damascus's Eastern Ghouta region. "The importance of this achievement is that it reopens the road between Deraa and Sweida," the army …

  • Where US sees terror prevention, some … Associated Press - Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    In this March,  27, 2015 photo, Tanzila Ahmed, left, Voter Engagement Manager for the Civic Engagement Project, and Haroon Manjlai, Public Affairs Coordinator, Council on American-Islamic Relations of Los Angeles participate in a discussion on American Muslims and civic engagement from the local to the national level, at the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley in Rowland Heights, Calif. The Obama administration has launched a pilot program in several cities charged with tackling global terrorism on a local scale by preventing radicalization from taking root. If the efforts are successful, they would be rolled out nationwide. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter)

    MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — Sameer Mohiuddin grew more confused by the second as panelists speaking at his Southern California mosque trumpeted a new national initiative to prevent violent extremism.

  • A U.N. van is seen damaged by an improvised explosive device outside the U.N. compound in Garowe

    By Abdiqani Hassan BOSASSO (Reuters) - Somali militant group al Shabaab bombed a minivan carrying staff to a United Nations office in the semi-autonomous Puntland region on Monday, killing six people including four from the global body's children's fund UNICEF, officials said. UNICEF said in a statement the improvised …

  • Leader of al-Qaida-linked group in Russia's … Associated Press - Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — Russian special forces have killed the leader of an al-Qaida-linked group operating in the Caucasus region of southern Russia, the national counterterrorism agency said Monday.