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  • Jihadists Now Run Secret U.S. Base
    Jihadists Now Run Secret U.S. Base 4 hours ago

    A camp on the Libyan coastline meant to train terror-hunters has instead become a haven for terrorists and al Qaeda. More »

  • Report on CIA interrogations shadows Gitmo trials
    Report on CIA interrogations shadows Gitmo trials 6 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's forthcoming report on the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. More »

  • Ukraine to Resume 'Anti-Terror' Operation After Discovery of Two Tortured …
    Ukraine to Resume 'Anti-Terror' Operation After Discovery of Two Tortured … 7 hours ago

    Ukraine's interim President Oleksander Turchinov has called on security personnel to resume the "anti-terror" operation against pro-Russian protesters after finding the bodies of two Kiev officials. The bodies, which were found in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, were those of local officials. One of the victims has been identified as Volodymyr Rybak, a local councillor representing Turchinov's political party in the town of Horlivka, who went missing recently. The bodies of Rybak and the second, yet-to-be-identified man were found in a river in the Slavyansk region. More »

  • US to deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt
    US to deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt 8 hours ago

    Resumption of aid suspended last year will help "counter-terrorism" operations in Sinai Peninsula, Pentagon says. More »

  • Ukraine To Restart 'Anti-Terrorism Operation'
    Ukraine To Restart 'Anti-Terrorism Operation' 14 hours ago

    Ukraine's acting president has called for new anti-terrorist measures to protect citizens of his country after "brutally tortured" bodies were found near Slavyansk. Oleksandr Turchynov said the body of Volodymyr Rybak, a member of Turchynov's Batkivshchyna party, was one of two found showing signs of torture. Mr Rybak was deputy head of Horlivka city council. Mr Rybak went missing on April 17. More »

  • Ukraine orders new 'anti-terror' operation
    Ukraine orders new 'anti-terror' operation 19 hours ago

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's acting president ordered security forces to resume "anti-terror" operations in the country's east Tuesday after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft was reported to be hit by gunfire. More »

  • Italy to declassify documents on 'Years of lead' violence
    Italy to declassify documents on 'Years of lead' violence 19 hours ago

    Italy will declassify secret documents about terrorist bombings between the 1960s and 1980s during a period known as the "Years of lead", the government announced on Tuesday. The ultra-leftwing Red Brigades, neo-fascist groups, shadowy secret service figures and the mafia have all been implicated in the surge of political violence including the 1969 bombing in Milan's Piazza Fontana and the bombing of Bologna's main railway station in 1980. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said in a statement he regarded the decision to declassify the documents as "a duty towards citizens and relatives of the victims of episodes which remain a murky stain in our common memory." He said documents relating to the Piazza Fontana and Bologna bombs, the mysterious crash of a DC-9 aircraft at Ustica near Sicily in 1980 and other bombings in the 1970s and 1980s would be opened to the public. More »

  • Ukraine president demands action in east after politician killed 20 hours ago

    Ukraine's acting president called for an anti-terrorist operation to be relaunched in the east of the country on Tuesday after the body of a local politician from his own party was found showing signs of torture. Ukraine's security forces had largely suspended what was a fairly limited operation to respond to the takeover of eastern town by pro-Russian separatists after an accord with Moscow last week to try and defuse the crisis. Oleksander Turchinov's call for action could complicate the task of European mediators. One was that of Volodymyr Rybak, a member of Turchinov's Batkivshchyna party, who had recently been abducted by "terrorists". More »

  • Cracking down on Nairobi's Somalis
    Cracking down on Nairobi's Somalis Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Al Jazeera investigation uncovers allegations of beatings and rape in Kenya's ongoing anti-terrorism operation. More »

  • Abu Hamza: '9/11 Made Everybody Happy'
    Abu Hamza: '9/11 Made Everybody Happy' Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Islamic preacher Abu Hamza said the September 11 attacks left "everybody happy", according to a tape played at his terrorism trial in New York. In the tape, Hamza can be heard speaking casually of the attacks in the undated interview with a Canadian broadcaster. "Everybody was happy when the planes hit the World Trade Center," he said. He said the World Trade Center was a legitimate target because "it's the centre of evil … political and financial evil for the whole world". More »

  • Al-Qaida Chief Bombmaker Ibrahim al-Asiri Killed in US Special Force Ambush
    Al-Qaida Chief Bombmaker Ibrahim al-Asiri Killed in US Special Force Ambush Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Al-Qaida's chief bombmaker Ibrahim al-Asiri - the most senior member of the group since Osama Bin Laden - is reported to have been killed in a US special forces ambush in Yemen. The special forces were dropped in by helicopter to lie in wait for al-Asiri's 4x4 vehicle before opening fire on the convoy. Asiri was the mastermind of a range of explosive devices used by the terrorist group, including pant bombs and liquid explosive implants which are virtually undetectable. He was behind the Christmas Day bomb plot where an al-Qaida militant failed to detonate an explosive device on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.  More »

  • U.S. jurors hear Abu Hamza's praise for September 11 attacks
    U.S. jurors hear Abu Hamza's praise for September 11 attacks Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a video of radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri shown to jurors at his trial on Monday, he did not hesitate when a television interviewer asked him about the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people. "Everyone was happy when the planes hit the World Trade Center," Abu Hamza said in the undated film played in a U.S. court where the former imam of the Finsbury Park Mosque in London faces terrorism-related charges. Prosecutors have accused the one-eyed, handless Abu Hamza of trying to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon, giving assistance to militants who took 16 Western tourists hostage in Yemen in 1998, a kidnapping that ended with the deaths of three Britons and an Australian, and raising money and supplies for al Qaeda in Afghanistan. If convicted of the most serious charges, the Egyptian-born Abu Hamza would face life in prison. More »

  • NYC jury hears tape defending 9/11 terror attacks Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian cleric defended the Sept. 11 attacks in a broadcast interview, saying it left Muslims and non-Muslims around the world happy, according to a tape played for the jury at his terrorism trial on Monday. More »

  • U.S. jurors hear radical cleric's praise for September 11 attacks
    U.S. jurors hear radical cleric's praise for September 11 attacks Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a video of radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri shown to jurors at his trial on Monday, he did not hesitate when a television interviewer asked him about the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people. "Everyone was happy when the planes hit the World Trade Center," Abu Hamza said in the undated film played in a U.S. court where the former imam of the Finsbury Park Mosque in London faces terrorism-related charges. Prosecutors have accused the one-eyed, handless Abu Hamza of trying to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon, giving assistance to militants who took 16 Western tourists hostage in Yemen in 1998, a kidnapping that ended with the deaths of three Britons and an Australian, and raising money and supplies for al Qaeda in Afghanistan. If convicted of the most serious charges, the Egyptian-born Abu Hamza would face life in prison. More »

  • Court orders U.S. to release memo on drones, al-Awlaki killing
    Court orders U.S. to release memo on drones, al-Awlaki killing Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to turn over key portions of a memorandum justifying the government's targeted killing of people linked to terrorism, including Americans. In a case pitting executive power against the public's right to know what its government does, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling preserving the secrecy of the legal rationale for the killings, such as the death of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen. Ruling for the New York Times, a unanimous three-judge panel said the government waived its right to secrecy by making repeated public statements justifying targeted killings. These included a Justice Department "white paper," as well as speeches or statements by officials like Attorney General Eric Holder and former Obama administration counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, endorsing the practice. More »

  • Yemen says strikes on al-Qaida base kill 55 Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by U.S. drone strikes, hit al-Qaida militants for a second straight day Monday in what Yemen officials said was an assault on a major base of the terror group hidden in the remote southern mountains. The government said 55 militants were killed so far. More »

  • Rwandan singer pleads guilty to terrorism charges Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A prominent Rwandan singer accused of working with groups opposed to President Paul Kagame's government has pleaded guilty to the charges, including terrorism. More »

  • NY court: US must release targeted killings memo Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government must publicly disclose in redacted form secret papers describing its legal justification for using drones to kill citizens suspected of terrorism overseas, because President Barack Obama and senior government officials have commented on the subject, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. More »

  • Air Strikes in Yemen Kill At Least 40 Suspected Al-Qaida Militants
    Air Strikes in Yemen Kill At Least 40 Suspected Al-Qaida Militants Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Yemen launched massive air strikes in al-Qaida holdouts in the southern and central parts of the country, killing at least 40 suspected members of the terror outfit over the weekend.  The US-assisted military operation was carried out after intelligence reports showed "terrorist elements were planning to target vital civilian and military installations",  the country's defence ministry said. Al-Qaida camps were targeted in three different strikes, and one of the targeted militants was a "leading and dangerous" militant within the ranks of al-Qaida in Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the statement said. "These strikes destroyed the training facility completely and killed both Yemeni and foreign members," said Yemen's state news agency Saba.  More »

  • Bahrain court jails 12 for life in security case Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A Bahraini defense lawyer says a court in the Gulf island nation has sentenced 12 citizens to life imprisonment after finding them guilty of supporting terrorist activities and receiving training from Iran's Revolutionary Guard. More »

  • Pakistan mulls tighter controls on madrassas
    Pakistan mulls tighter controls on madrassas Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism. More »

  • Crackdown on journalists: State security vs human rights
    Crackdown on journalists: State security vs human rights Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    There's an alarming upsurge in the use of national security and counter-terrorism laws to silence journalists. More »

  • AP Top News at 3:51 p.m. EDT Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home. Well over 150,000 tourists — Romans and pilgrims, young and old — turned out for the Mass that Francis celebrated at an altar set up under a canopy on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica. More »

  • AP Top News at 3:45 p.m. EDT Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home. Well over 150,000 tourists — Romans and pilgrims, young and old — turned out for the Mass that Francis celebrated at an altar set up under a canopy on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica. More »

  • AP Top News at 3:40 p.m. EDT Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home. Well over 150,000 tourists — Romans and pilgrims, young and old — turned out for the Mass that Francis celebrated at an altar set up under a canopy on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica. More »

  • AP Top News at 3:35 p.m. EDT Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home. Well over 150,000 tourists — Romans and pilgrims, young and old — turned out for the Mass that Francis celebrated at an altar set up under a canopy on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica. More »

  • AP Top News at 3:30 p.m. EDT Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home. Well over 150,000 tourists — Romans and pilgrims, young and old — turned out for the Mass that Francis celebrated at an altar set up under a canopy on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica. More »

  • AP Top News at 1:11 p.m. EDT Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home. Well over 150,000 tourists — Romans and pilgrims, young and old — turned out for the Mass that Francis celebrated at an altar set up under a canopy on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica. More »

  • AP Top News at 1:08 p.m. EDT Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home. Well over 150,000 tourists — Romans and pilgrims, young and old — turned out for the Mass that Francis celebrated at an altar set up under a canopy on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica. More »

  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter
    Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home. More »

  • AP Top News at 6:40 a.m. EDT Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted so many Christians. More than 150,000 tourists — Romans and pilgrims, young and old — had turned out for the Mass he celebrated at an altar set up under a canopy on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica. More »

  • Islamist Extremism 'A Deadly Problem For Charity'
    Islamist Extremism 'A Deadly Problem For Charity' Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    A charities' watchdog has warned that Islamist extremism is the "most deadly" problem the sector faces. William Shawcross, chairman of the Charity Commission , said it was "ludicrous" that people convicted of terrorism offences or money laundering are not barred from setting up charities. He told The Sunday Times the commission was taking action against any charity that was "sending cash to extremist groups in Syria" or "dispatching young Britons for training in Syria by al Qaeda or other extremist groups". He said: "The problem of Islamist extremism and charities... is not the most widespread problem we face in terms of abuse of charities, but is potentially the most deadly. More »

  • Fierce Gun Battle in Eastern Ukraine's Slavyansk Kills Five
    Fierce Gun Battle in Eastern Ukraine's Slavyansk Kills Five Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Despite the Ukrainian forces suspending their "anti-terrorist" operation in eastern Ukraine for the Easter holidays, at least five people have reportedly been killed in a fierce gun battle which erupted in the city of Slavyansk. "Three residents of Slavyansk were shot dead by unidentified gunmen who attacked a block-post in the north of the town. More »

  • Hate crime charge in NYC attack on Sikh professor Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of pulling the beard of a Sikh professor in an attack where young men called the professor "Osama" and a "terrorist" has been arrested and charged with a hate crime, police in New York City said Saturday. More »

  • Hate crime charge in NY attack on Sikh professor Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of pulling the beard of a Sikh professor before a group of young men who had called the professor "Osama" and a "terrorist" attacked him, has been arrested and charged with a hate crime, police said Saturday. More »