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  • Indonesia, Turkey agree on cooperation to combat terrorism
    Indonesia, Turkey agree on cooperation to combat terrorism Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia and Turkey agreed Thursday to strengthen their intelligence cooperation as a way to bolster their efforts to combat terrorism and prevent the spread of radicalism. More »

  • US condemns terrorist attack that killed Palestinian toddler Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is condemning an arson attack by suspected Jewish extremists in the West Bank that killed a Palestinian toddler, branding it a "vicious terrorist" act that must be punished. More »

  • Gunmen open fire at Sri Lanka election rally, one dead
    Gunmen open fire at Sri Lanka election rally, one dead Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Reuters) - One person was killed and 13 wounded on Friday in a drive-by shooting at a Sri Lankan election rally attended by the finance minister, a further act of political violence in a nation still recovering from civil war. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake called the attack an "act of political terrorism" and blamed forces loyal to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is attempting a comeback at next month's general election. The body of a woman was brought to Colombo National Hospital and 14 people were admitted with gunshot wounds. More »

  • Chad reintroduces death penalty. Which other countries use it? Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Amid several suicide bombings in the past few months, Chad reintroduced the death penalty for acts of terrorism. The Chadian parliament voted unanimously on Thursday to reauthorize the death penalty, six months after its abolition, the BBC reported. Chad has beefed up its security in recent weeks, following a spate of deadly Boko Haram attacks. More »

  • US slams 'vicious terrorist attack' that killed Palestinian baby
    US slams 'vicious terrorist attack' that killed Palestinian baby Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    The United States on Friday condemned what it said was a "vicious terrorist attack" after suspected Jewish settlers burned Palestinian homes and killed an 18-month-old baby. More »

  • UK judges rule in favour of terrorist wanted over 1986 Madrid bomb attack
    UK judges rule in favour of terrorist wanted over 1986 Madrid bomb attack Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    A convicted terrorist wanted by Spanish authorities as a result of his involvement in a 1986 Madrid bomb attack which left 11 people dead has won the latest round of a fight against extradition from the the UK. More »

  • FSB: US, Georgia helped prevent attacks at Sochi Olympics Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Russia's domestic security agency says the United States, Georgia and several Western European countries helped prevent terrorist attacks during last year's Winter Olympics. More »

  • Unusual terror case going to trial in US court in Virginia Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of terror suspects have been tried in federal courts since the 2001 attacks, but a case unfolding in Virginia differs from most in at least one key respect. More »

  • The Latest: Trial begins in Virginia for terror suspect Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The latest on the trial of terror suspect Irek Hamidullin (all times local): More »

  • Calais Migrant Claims 'Right To Travel' To UK
    Calais Migrant Claims 'Right To Travel' To UK Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    A migrant at Calais has argued he has the right to come to the UK, comparing it to the freedom Britons have to visit foreign countries on holiday. The Algerian man said he was not a terrorist but a human being "from this planet", whose wife and children lived in London. The man was among the hundreds of migrants gathered at Calais trying to get through the Channel Tunnel and reach the UK. More »

  • Mullah Omar's Death Confirmed By Taliban
    Mullah Omar's Death Confirmed By Taliban Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Taliban officials have confirmed Mullah Omar died in Afghanistan in 2013, as the group elects a new leader. The one-eyed cleric, who sheltered Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda in the years leading up to the 2001 terrorist attacks on the US, had not been seen in public since fleeing Afghanistan on a motorbike in 2001. Abdul Hassib Sediqi, spokesman for Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, said Omar had died in Pakistan. More »

  • Clinton wants to get Islamic State off Twitter. Is it smart, or even possib … Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Hillary Clinton wants to cut the Islamic State (IS) group off from what has proven to be one of the organization’s most powerful recruiting tools: social media. At a campaign event in New Hampshire Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton said getting IS off the Internet was vital. The terror group recruits internationally primarily by using social media to establish contact with potential recruits, before continuing conversations on encrypted forums outside of public view, FBI director James Comey said earlier this month. More »

  • TURKEY KURDS Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Chart shows Turkey’s anti-terror sweep focuses the Kurds more than Islamic State.; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm; More »

  • Erdogan taking Turkey to war to avenge Kurdish gains - opposition
    Erdogan taking Turkey to war to avenge Kurdish gains - opposition Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    By Gulsen Solaker and Ece Toksabay ANKARA (Reuters) - The leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition accused President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday of launching air strikes in Syria and Iraq to prevent Kurdish territorial and political gains, and of using the war against Islamic State as a cover. Turkey launched near-simultaneous air strikes on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in northern Iraq and Islamic State fighters in Syria last Friday, in what Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has called a "synchronised fight against terror". More »

  • India hangs only man sentenced to die for 1993 Mumbai blasts
    India hangs only man sentenced to die for 1993 Mumbai blasts Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Ignoring pleas and petitions by civil society groups, India on Thursday hanged an accountant convicted of supporting the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people in the country's worst terrorist attack. More »

  • India executes Mumbai bombings accomplice despite clemency appeals Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Yakub Memon, a former accountant convicted of a support role in the 1993 terrorist attack in Mumbai, was executed in India early Thursday despite a flurry of last minute clemency hearings. India deployed 35,000 police on the streets of Mumbai to avoid violence and street protests. Mr. Memon was convicted in 2007 for his role in the Mumbai bombings, which left 257 people dead, though part of the controversy surrounding his case is that he played a smaller role in the blasts as a fundraiser while those chiefly responsible remain at large. More »

  • Thomas Cook warns Tunisia, Greece will hit bottom line
    Thomas Cook warns Tunisia, Greece will hit bottom line Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    British travel operator Thomas Cook on Thursday warned that the recent terror attacks in Tunisia and the ongoing fallout from the economic crisis in Greece would affect its annual results. More »

  • Thomas Cook expects £39m hit after Tunisia terror attack and Greece debt cr …
    Thomas Cook expects £39m hit after Tunisia terror attack and Greece debt cr … Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Travel operator Thomas Cook today warned of a £39 million earnings hit from the combined impact of the terrorist atrocity in Tunisia, the Greek debt crisis and the weakening of the euro. More »

  • Tunisia Shootings And Greece Hit Thomas Cook
    Tunisia Shootings And Greece Hit Thomas Cook Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Thomas Cook expects its annual profits to take a £25m hit from the terror attack in Tunisia last month and travellers' fears around trips to Greece. But it said that cancellations of holidays to Tunisia following the Sousse beach resort shootings, which left 30 British nationals and eight other people dead, would take its toll on full-year earnings. Thomas Cook, which has endured a 13% dip in its share price since the massacre, has since cancelled all trips to the North African country until October as a precaution. More »

  • Kuwait says uncovers Islamic State network Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Kuwait has uncovered a network of Islamic State militants who fought in Iraq and Syria and detained some of its members, the interior ministry said on Thursday, a month after the group carried out the Gulf state's deadliest militant attack. The network included five Kuwaitis, a ministry statement carried by the official KUNA state news agency said. The statement said without elaborating that one of the five had been killed in "a terrorist operation" in Iraq. More »

  • Yakub Memon, convicted in 1993 Mumbai blasts has been hanged
    Yakub Memon, convicted in 1993 Mumbai blasts has been hanged Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, the only death row convict in India's deadliest terror attack, the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people, was hanged early Thursday on his birthday after the country's president rejected a last-minute mercy plea. More »

  • UN says too soon for new Syrian peace conference Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. point man on Syria said Wednesday it's too soon for another peace conference in Geneva and invited Syrians to hold intensive preparatory talks on key issues including a political transition and fighting terrorism. More »

  • US: New York man tried to support Islamic State group
    US: New York man tried to support Islamic State group Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    BUFFALO, New York (AP) — A New York State man traveled overseas in a bid to join the Islamic State group after buying night-vision goggles, a machete and body armor and pledging his loyalty to the group on Twitter, federal authorities said Wednesday after arresting him on a charge of attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization. More »

  • Feds: New York man tried to support Islamic State group
    Feds: New York man tried to support Islamic State group Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York man traveled overseas in a bid to join the Islamic State group after buying night-vision goggles, a machete and body armor and pledging his loyalty to the group on Twitter, federal authorities said Wednesday after arresting him on a charge of attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization. More »

  • Turkey's 'risky' two-front war: political opportunity for Erdog … Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Turkey’s abrupt shift to a two-front war against Islamic State militants and Kurdish separatists has plunged the country into a period of uncertainty, exacerbating political turmoil at home while raising fears of violent domestic unrest. The past 24 hours have seen Turkey dramatically escalate its military campaign against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), with fighter jets pounding PKK positions in northern Iraq and in Turkey’s Kurdish heartland. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan effectively declared the three-year-old peace process with the PKK over, and suggested that Kurdish lawmakers might face legal action for alleged links to terrorism. More »

  • U.S. democratic presidential hopeful Clinton to call for lifting Cuban emba …
    U.S. democratic presidential hopeful Clinton to call for lifting Cuban emba … Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton this week will call on U.S. lawmakers to lift the long-standing economic embargo against Cuba, her campaign announced on Wednesday. The former U.S. secretary of state will say on Friday during an appearance at Florida International University in Miami that "Republican arguments against increased engagement are part of failed policies of the past," her campaign said. President Barack Obama's administration has formally restored diplomatic ties with the island nation and dropped Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terror. More »

  • Syrian PM says power crisis worsens as militants target plants Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - Electricity is being increasingly rationed in government-controlled areas of Syria after an escalation in attacks on power plants by Islamist militants. Prime Minister Wael Halaki, addressing parliament on Wednesday, cited several major attacks since May on gas plants in the desert near Palmyra since its capture by Islamic State. "In the last two months there has been a systematic targeting by these terror groups of gas fields and plants and gas pipelines towards power plants. More »

  • Woman Held 'Trying To Reach Syria' With Children
    Woman Held 'Trying To Reach Syria' With Children Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A 30-year-old woman has been arrested at Birmingham Airport on suspicion of preparing to travel to Syria for terrorist acts. The Leicester woman was travelling with three children when she was stopped by West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit this morning. Police said her home and another address are being searched and that they are working with partner agencies to make sure the children are looked after. More »

  • Ukraine names detained Russian soldier, charges him with terrorism Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Ukraine's state security service on Wednesday named a Russian army major who was detained by Ukrainian servicemen at the weekend with a cargo of military equipment in eastern Ukraine and said he had been charged with terrorism. State security chief Vasyl Hrytsak told reporters that Vladimir Starkov, 37, from Russia's Kirov region, had admitted immediately he was a serving soldier in the Russian armed forces after he was stopped in a lorry at a checkpoint 22 km (14 miles) outside the separatist-held city of Donetsk. Ukraine is likely to use the case to bolster its charges that Russia is continuing its involvement in the 15-month-long conflict and undermining a peace agreement worked out in Minsk, Belarus, in February. More »

  • Woman travelling with children held at airport in Syria 'terror' pr …
    Woman travelling with children held at airport in Syria 'terror' pr … Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A woman travelling with three children has been arrested at an airport on suspicion of preparing to travel to Syria to engage in terrorism. More »

  • China says to fight terror, people smuggling with Turkey
    China says to fight terror, people smuggling with Turkey Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - The leaders of China and Turkey agreed on Wednesday to strengthen cooperation in fighting terror and people smuggling, a senior Chinese diplomat said, following friction between the two over Uighurs from China's Xinjiang who have fled to Turkey. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic minority that calls Xinjiang home, have left China in recent years, travelling to Turkey via Southeast Asia, having first illegally crossed the Chinese border. Hundreds of people have died in unrest in Xinjiang in the last three years, blamed by Beijing on Islamist militants. More »

  • Egypt defends Syria's territorial unity after Turkey moves against IS Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Egypt said that Syria's territorial integrity must be preserved - an apparent sign of its disapproval of Turkey's intervention against militants in Iraq and Syria. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that Cairo supported combating what it called terrorist groups in Syria. Turkey last week began bombarding targets in Syria linked to the Islamic State jihadist movement and granted access to its air bases to a U.S. led-coalition -- ending a policy which avoided direct intervention in the Syria conflict. More »

  • Terror prisoners' segregation was unlawful, rules Supreme Court
    Terror prisoners' segregation was unlawful, rules Supreme Court Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Two high-profile terrorist prisoners who were segregated for extended periods have won challenges at the UK's highest court. More »

  • Obama delivers frank words about Africa's problems
    Obama delivers frank words about Africa's problems Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — President Barack Obama arrived in East Africa with no big American aid packages, no ramped up U.S. military resources for fighting terror groups and no new initiatives with billions in government backing. More »

  • EU's Mogherini in Iran to discuss nuclear deal, region - TV
    EU's Mogherini in Iran to discuss nuclear deal, region - TV Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and major world powers this month will help fight terrorism and bloodshed in the Middle East, Iran's state TV reported. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also cited wider effects of the deal, saying Tehran and the European Union could now discuss questions "including energy cooperation ... human rights, confronting terrorism and regional issues". The Iranian leaders spoke during a one-day visit by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to Tehran to discuss implementation of the deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programme in return for lifting economic sanctions imposed on the country. More »