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  • Assad decries 'isolation' in face of extremism: French lawmaker
    Assad decries 'isolation' in face of extremism: French lawmaker 3 hours ago

    Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad no longer wants to "remain isolated in the face of the terrorist threat", one of the French lawmakers who met him in Damascus on a much-decried private trip said Friday. More »

  • Naming Of 'Jihadi John' Splits Victims' Families
    Naming Of 'Jihadi John' Splits Victims' Families 4 hours ago

    The family of Steven Sotloff, the US journalist beheaded in an Islamic State video, have said they have "full faith" that his alleged killer "Jihadi John" will be brought to justice - a day after he was identified as a Londoner called Mohammed Emwazi. Speaking to Sky News, the family's spokesman Barak Barfi said: "They hope that he will be caught by American intelligence officials, brought to trial in the United States, and convicted for the crime of beheading their son. The Taliban were toppled in Afghanistan, al Qaeda was eradicated in Afghanistan, and we believe that one day, Islamic State's end will come. The mother of James Foley, the first US journalist murdered by the militant group, has said she forgives "Jihadi John" - and described Emwazi's apparent involvement with the terror organisation as "an ongoing tragedy". More »

  • China draft counterterror law strikes fear in foreign tech firms 4 hours ago

    By Michael Martina and Krista Hughes BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China is weighing a far-reaching counterterrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys and install security "backdoors", a potential escalation of what some firms view as the increasingly onerous terms of doing business in the world's second largest economy. A parliamentary body read a second draft of the country's first anti-terrorism law this week and is expected to adopt the legislation in the coming weeks or months. The initial draft, published by the National People's Congress late last year, requires companies to also keep servers and user data within China, supply law enforcement authorities with communications records and censor terrorism-related internet content. Its scope reaches far beyond a recently adopted set of financial industry regulations that pushed Chinese banks to purchase from domestic technology vendors. More »

  • PM defends MI5 over Jihadi John
    PM defends MI5 over Jihadi John 4 hours ago

    David Cameron has spoken out in defence of the intelligence and security agencies after associates of the terrorist known as Jihadi John accused them of playing a part in his radicalisation. More »

  • IS finances 'vulnerable,' tougher action needed, report says 4 hours ago

    PARIS (AP) — A global agency fighting terrorist financing says Islamic State extremists are financially vulnerable as oil prices have fallen and their ability to extort resources in Iraq and Syria is peaking. More »

  • Draft Chinese law paves way for counter-terror operations abroad
    Draft Chinese law paves way for counter-terror operations abroad 8 hours ago

    By Michael Martina BEIJING (Reuters) - China is close to approving a law that will create a legal framework for sending troops abroad on counter-terrorism missions, as Beijing seeks to address the vulnerability of the country's growing global commercial and diplomatic interests. Experts said Article 76 of the draft anti-terrorism law would allay concerns among the military elite about the lack of a formal mechanism for carrying out such operations, as well as mark a shift in foreign policy thinking and military doctrine. China has rarely been the target of terrorist acts overseas but it has vast energy interests, construction projects and mines in unstable parts of the world, including the Middle East and Africa. The risk to those projects was highlighted in 2011 when the government evacuated thousands of Chinese workers from Libya during the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. More »

  • Saudi man convicted of conspiracy in '98 US embassy bombings
    Saudi man convicted of conspiracy in '98 US embassy bombings 18 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man prosecutors portrayed as one of al-Qaida's early leaders was convicted Thursday of conspiracy in the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa following a trial that showcased the terror group's early days. More »

  • In praise of Africa's welcome mat 20 hours ago

    Worldwide, the number of refugees has neared a 20-year high, with Africa experiencing the highest levels. Of the 10 largest refugee operations run by the United Nations, five are in Africa. Millions of people have fled the continent’s wars, Ebola outbreak, harsh climate, terrorist attacks, or political repression. Yet even as these numbers help bring more foreign aid to Africa, they should also put a spotlight on a little-appreciated response: Many African nations have largely accommodated the refugees. More »

  • Minnesota teen pleads guilty to trying to support terrorism 21 hours ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A teenager who had been stopped at the airport as he was trying to travel to Syria pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. More »

  • No charges over Dane's 'Je suis' gunman comment
    No charges over Dane's 'Je suis' gunman comment 22 hours ago

    A Danish man whose Facebook comments appeared to back the gunman behind the deadly Copenhagen attacks will not face charges of condoning terrorism, a prosecutor said Thursday. More »

  • Fight against Islamic State: Is Obama's 'lead from behind' work … Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    When Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi took to the airwaves Sunday to propose creation of a pan-Arab military force to fight the self-proclaimed Islamic State and other forms of extremist militancy in the region, some of the reaction was confusion. Isn’t there already a United States-led coalition of regional and other military powers working “to degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, some wondered? With Jordan launching airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Syria after the terrorist group publicly executed a captured Jordanian pilot in particularly gruesome fashion, followed by Egypt doing the same in Libya in response to the videotaped beheading of 21 Coptic Christians, is the anti-IS fight just every country for itself? President Sisi’s proposal and the go-it-alone revenge airstrikes are just two elements in growing questioning of US leadership of the anti-IS battle – and whether once again President Obama is opting to “lead from behind” in a crucial battle in the Middle East. More »

  • Web Firms Told To Do More To Tackle Terror
    Web Firms Told To Do More To Tackle Terror Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The UK Government has once again attacked internet companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google for failing to do more to tackle terrorist activity on their platforms. The Government pointed to one "very serious finding" in the ISC report - an online exchange in which Michael Adebowale expressed his desire and intent to kill a soldier. This was later revealed to have taken place on Facebook . Although Adebowale had several other accounts suspended automatically for terrorist content, this particular exchange - which could have been "decisive", according to the ISC - did not trigger Facebook's monitoring system. More »

  • EU deal on passenger data stalls in threat to terror fight
    EU deal on passenger data stalls in threat to terror fight Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Delays in setting up a European Union-wide system using air travel information to fight terrorism could lead to a patchwork of schemes that lets suspects slip through the net, officials warned Thursday. More »

  • WATCH LIVE: The future of cybersecurity innovation Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The US intelligence community has ranked cyberattacks as the No. 1 threat to national security – more than terrorist groups or weapons of mass destruction. But the military's cyberwarriors fight these battles hunkered over computers, working with strings of code – a laborious process that requires advanced engineering skills.  More »

  • Germany charges 21-year-old man with joining Jabhat al-Nusra Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they've charged a 21-year-old man with joining an al-Qaida linked terrorist organization in Syria. More »

  • Cartoonist event cancelled in France due to security issues Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — A museum in the French city of Caen has cancelled its annual political cartoon festival due to concerns over security issues following recent terror attacks in Paris and Copenhagen. More »

  • Russia, Cyprus sign military deal on use of Mediterranean ports
    Russia, Cyprus sign military deal on use of Mediterranean ports Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - (This Feb. 25 story was corrected to show Russia lost $151 billion in capital outflows last year, and not Cyprus) Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades signed an agreement on Wednesday to give Russian military ships access to Cypriot ports. For example regarding the entrance of our ships to Cypriot ports," Putin told journalists. Ties between Russia and the West have plummeted in the wake of the Ukraine crisis, but Putin said the ships allowed to dock at Cypriot ports would mostly be used in international anti-terrorism and piracy efforts. More »

  • Documents from Osama bin Laden raid read at US terror trial Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday presented declassified al-Qaida documents obtained after the 2011 raid of Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound at the trial of a man charged in a British terrorism plot. More »

  • Anti-terror workshop comes to 'soft-target-rich' Jersey City Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    How would the city that is home to the state's financial center react to a terror attack on its mass transit system or a lone-wolf attack by individual or multiple gunmen? What if those events occurred ... More »

  • Order forcing judges to move to Guantanamo halts 9/11 case Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — A military judge ordered an immediate halt Wednesday to proceedings in the Sept. 11 terrorism case because of a new Defense Department rule that requires him to relocate to the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. More »

  • Bin Laden Letters With Terror Chiefs Revealed
    Bin Laden Letters With Terror Chiefs Revealed Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Letters between Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda commanders about terror plots in the West have been revealed for the first time. The correspondence between the group's leader and his senior operatives were presented during the New York trial of a Pakistani student accused of planning multiple attacks in Britain. Prosecutors claim Abid Naseer plotted attacks on targets in Manchester, as well as in New York and Copenhagen. Sky's Hannah Thomas-Peter in New York said the evidence revealed on Wednesday was part of a "treasure trove" of al Qaeda material seized during the US special forces raid on Bin Laden's Abbottabad compound in May 2011. More »

  • Cuba says fast track to restoring ties 'depends on U.S.' Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Daniel Trotta and Warren Strobel HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuba would agree to restore diplomatic relations with the United States in time for the April Summit of the Americas if Washington quickly and convincingly removes the Caribbean country from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a senior Cuban official said on Wednesday. Diplomatic ties were severed in 1961, and negotiators for the two longtime adversaries will meet in Washington on Friday, following up on the first round of talks held in Havana last month. If the sides move fast enough, they could reopen embassies in each other's capitals in time for the April 10-11 summit in Panama, where U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro could meet for the first time since agreeing on Dec. 17 to restore ties and exchange prisoners. A senior Cuban official put the onus on Washington to first strike Cuba from the terrorism list, which can apply sanctions to banks doing business with the designated countries. More »

  • Muslim forum on 'terrorism' seeks education reform
    Muslim forum on 'terrorism' seeks education reform Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    A counter-terrorism conference attended by senior Muslim scholars from around the world on Wednesday called for education reform to tackle religious extremism. More »

  • EU prosecutor: Close 'prosecution gaps' for terror cases
    EU prosecutor: Close 'prosecution gaps' for terror cases Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union's top criminal prosecutor is calling on member countries to update and harmonize anti-terrorism laws to deal more effectively with the twin threats of European-born participants in Islamic jihad and solitary extremists. More »

  • Man charged over food stickers
    Man charged over food stickers Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    A man has been accused of putting stickers on food in a Sainsbury's supermarket saying: "Beware halal is barbaric and funds terrorism." More »

  • Paris named host city for International Jazz Day 2015
    Paris named host city for International Jazz Day 2015 Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jazz musicians from around the world will gather this April in Paris for International Jazz Day, an event UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock hopes will bring an uplifting "positive message" to a city still reeling from last month's terrorist attacks. More »

  • Syria's Assad meets French lawmakers
    Syria's Assad meets French lawmakers Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met on Wednesday with French parliamentarians, the first such meeting since France closed its embassy in 2012 and announced that Syria's leader had lost all legitimacy. The trip was not approved by the French parliament's foreign affairs committee, and the Foreign Ministry said it did not support the mission. Many European diplomats are saying privately it is time for communication with Damascus after a four-year revolt failed to overthrow Assad. Syria's state news agency said the meeting had focused on "challenges facing Arab and European regions, particularly with regard to terrorism". More »

  • State Department Official 'Solicited Minor'
    State Department Official 'Solicited Minor' Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    A US State Department official is due in court accused of trying to arrange sex with a minor, who was actually an undercover detective. Daniel Rosen, 44, was arrested at his home in Washington DC at around midday on Tuesday and held in custody with the DC department of corrections. He is listed as a State Department director of counter-terrorism, said Virginia police. In the sting, Rosen was detained "following a series of online exchanges" with a female detective assigned to the Fairfax County Police Department's Child Exploitation Unit. More »

  • Jordan, Saudi kings to discuss fight against Islamic State
    Jordan, Saudi kings to discuss fight against Islamic State Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II arrived Wednesday to Saudi Arabia for a meeting with newly enthroned King Salman, with their talks focusing on the fight against terrorism as the two countries take part in U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group. More »

  • Muslim anti-terrorism conference calls for education reform Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — An anti-terrorism conference in Saudi Arabia attended by Muslim clerics from around the world has ended with leaders calling for reform in religious studies to promote moderation and tolerance. More »

  • U.S. military trains African armies ahead of Boko Haram campaign
    U.S. military trains African armies ahead of Boko Haram campaign Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Daniel Flynn MAO, Chad (Reuters) - Under the glare of the Saharan sun, a U.S. special forces trainer corrects the aim of a Chadian soldier as he takes cover behind a Toyota pick-up and fires at a target with his AK47 -- a drill that could soon save his life. Chad is sending hundreds of troops to fight Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria as part of a regional offensive against the Islamist group, which killed an estimated 10,000 people last year in a campaign to carve an Islamic emirate from the north of Africa's largest oil producer. "Not so great," he says and orders them to do a round of push-ups -- in which American, Italian and Belgian trainers all take part, laughing. The annual 'Flintlock' counter-terrorism exercises are a decade-old U.S.-sponsored initiative to bolster African nations' ability to fight militant groups operating in the vast ungoverned spaces of the Sahara with training. More »

  • Do Canadians know what they just voted for?
    Do Canadians know what they just voted for? Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Canada's anti-terror laws provide false sense of security and undermine liberty and privacy rights. More »

  • Myanmar rebel leader denies Chinese fighting with him Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The ethnic Chinese leader of a group of Myanmar rebels fighting the government has denied in an interview with a Chinese paper that he has been receiving any help from Chinese citizens or mercenaries. Myanmar has accused Chinese mercenaries of fighting with the rebels, and has urged China to cooperate with Myanmar to prevent "terrorist attacks" being launched from Chinese territory. The Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) emerged from the remnants of the Communist Party of Burma, a powerful Chinese-backed guerrilla force that battled the Myanmar government before splintering in 1989. More »

  • India removes coast guard officer who contradicted gov't Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — A senior coast guard officer was reportedly removed from his post after he contradicted the Indian government and said coast guard personnel had destroyed a Pakistani "terror boat" last year. More »

  • Myanmar rebel leader denies Chinese citizens fighting with him
    Myanmar rebel leader denies Chinese citizens fighting with him Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The ethnic Chinese leader of a group of Myanmar rebels which has been engaged in renewed fighting with the government has denied in an interview with a Chinese paper that he has been receiving any help from Chinese citizens or mercenaries. Myanmar has accused Chinese mercenaries of fighting with the rebels, and has urged China to cooperate with Myanmar to prevent "terrorist attacks" being launched from Chinese territory. The Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) emerged from the remnants of the Communist Party of Burma, a powerful Chinese-backed guerrilla force that battled the Myanmar government before splintering in 1989. More »