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  • China to delay bank tech restrictions, U.S. Treasury official says
    China to delay bank tech restrictions, U.S. Treasury official says 2 hours 17 minutes ago

    China has agreed to delay implementing new bank technology restrictions that Washington has complained represent unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms, a senior U.S. Treasury official said in Beijing on Monday. China said this month work was ongoing on a draft anti-terrorism law that would require foreign companies to hand over encryption keys and otherwise facilitate Beijing's ability to bypass security measures, triggering U.S. protests. Another set of financial sector regulations would push China's state-owned banks to buy technology from domestic vendors. Beijing is now delaying the regulations that applied to the banks, according to the official, speaking after meetings between U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and senior Chinese officials, including Premier Li Keqiang. More »

  • Marathon bombing jurors see autopsy photos, prosecutors rest
    Marathon bombing jurors see autopsy photos, prosecutors rest 4 hours ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 terror attack. More »

  • Aunt of men accused in terror plot: They're 'not monsters' 7 hours ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — An aunt of two suburban Chicago men accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a military facility in northern Illinois said Monday the allegations perplexed and devastated their extended family of Muslims and Christians. More »

  • One dead, two hurt as vehicle tries to ram U.S. spy agency gates
    One dead, two hurt as vehicle tries to ram U.S. spy agency gates 8 hours ago

    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two people tried to run their vehicle through the National Security Agency's gates near Washington on Monday before guards at the spy agency fatally shot one of them, said officials, who added there was no evidence of a link to terrorism. The second occupant of the vehicle was also shot, according to one official, and a police officer was injured. Both suspects, who were dressed in women's clothes and may be transgender, tried to drive their sport utility vehicle through an entrance at the agency's Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters, U.S. law enforcement and security officials said. The motive was not immediately known, but one official said drugs may have been involved in the incident that occurred about 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Washington. More »

  • China suspends bank tech restrictions: U.S. Treasury official 8 hours ago

    China has agreed to delay implementing new bank technology restrictions that Washington has complained represent unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms, a senior U.S. Treasury official said in Beijing on Monday. China said this month work was ongoing on a draft anti-terrorism law that would require foreign companies to hand over encryption keys and otherwise facilitate Beijing's ability to bypass security measures, triggering U.S. protests. It followed an earlier set of draft financial sector regulations that pushes China's state-owned banks to buy technology from domestic vendors. Beijing was now "suspending" the regulations that applied to the banks, according to the official, speaking after meetings between U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and senior Chinese officials, including Premier Li Keqiang. More »

  • Mentally ill British man pleads guilty to U.S. terrorism charges 11 hours ago

    A mentally ill British man pleaded guilty on Monday to U.S. terrorism charges and conspiring with radical London cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon in 1999. Haroon Aswat, 40, entered his plea in Manhattan federal court as part of an agreement with government prosecutors. Defence lawyer Peter Quijano had disclosed the outline of the deal in the court earlier this month, saying it would resolve the case ahead of a June 1 trial date. Under questioning from U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest before pleading guilty, the soft-spoken Aswat said he had suffered from symptoms of schizophrenia for the last 20 years and was currently being treated for the disorder. More »

  • Terror Briton could face 20 years
    Terror Briton could face 20 years 11 hours ago

    A British terror suspect has pleaded guilty in New York to charges of plotting to set up a terrorist training camp in the US with hook-handed extremist Abu Hamza . More »

  • Nuclear deal with Iran may spur proxy wars, says EU official 12 hours ago

    A nuclear deal with Iran may spur proxy wars in the Middle East as Sunni Muslims try to counter an increasingly wealthy and powerful Shi'ite Iran, the European Union’s counter-terrorism coordinator said on Monday. Gilles de Kerchove told the European Parliament one important cause of terrorism was "this war by proxy from the Sunni world which feels a bit on the defensive because of the rise of Iran". Asked if a deal to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions being negotiated in Switzerland would have an impact, he said: "Yes, of course, because Iran will have even more money. "It is a sophisticated country, with a vision, more and more powerful in the Middle East, and therefore on the Sunni side there might be a temptation for some to support extremist groups to fight against Iran by proxy," he said. More »

  • Maryland: 1 dead as 2 men 'dressed as women' are involved in shootout …
    Maryland: 1 dead as 2 men 'dressed as women' are involved in shootout … 13 hours ago

    One person was killed and another injured after two gunmen reportedly disguised as women attempted to storm the gates of the National Security Agency headquarters. The FBI has confirmed the shooting in Fort Meade, Maryland, was not terrorism-related. An NSA police officer intervened and killed one of the suspects and seriously injured the second man, according to reports from the Associated Press. "FBI Baltimore is investigating a shooting incident which occurred this morning at a gate at the National Security Agency at Fort Meade just off I-295 in Anne Arundel County, MD. More »

  • Tunisia After the Museum Attack
    Tunisia After the Museum Attack 13 hours ago

    On Sunday, as thousands marched through the streets of Tunis to denounce violent extremism, Tunisian officials announced that security forces had killed the commander of the terrorist group believed to be behind the massacre of more than 20 people at the Bardo Museum earlier this month. Terrorism experts had been skeptical of early Islamic State claims of responsibility for the attack, which killed several foreign tourists and a police officer. Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid alleged Sunday that the attack had been perpetrated by members of the Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade, a group that has claimed responsibility for numerous deadly attacks in Tunisia since 2012. As AFP reported, Essid said Tunisian forces managed on Saturday "to kill the most important members of the Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade including its head Lokmane Abou Sakhr." Sakhr, an Algerian man who was also known as Khaled Chaieb, was reportedly shot at a checkpoint near the border with Algeria, along with eight other alleged members of his group. More »

  • FBI says shooting at NSA gate at Fort Meade not believed to be related to t … 15 hours ago

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — FBI says shooting at NSA gate at Fort Meade not believed to be related to terrorism. More »

  • Kenya announces plans to reopen Nairobi mall after attack
    Kenya announces plans to reopen Nairobi mall after attack 16 hours ago

    Kenya's Westgate mall, the scene of a four-day siege in late 2013 that left dozens dead, will reopen to the public in July for the first time since the attack, officials said on Monday. The announcement came after officials toured the Westgate site, once a symbol of Kenya's growing wealth and cosmopolitan flair, and later of the security threat posed by the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab. "Terrorism could have maimed and killed our loved ones but they did not succeed in killing our spirit and resolve to rebuild," Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero said in a statement. More »

  • Malaysia proposes anti-terror laws to curb Islamic militants 18 hours ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government Monday proposed two new laws that would reintroduce indefinite detention without trial and allow the seizure of passports of anyone suspected of supporting terror acts in an attempt to curb militant activities. More »

  • Police arrest 26 in crackdown on anarchist group 20 hours ago

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested 12 people suspected of belonging to an anarchist group with terrorist aims. More »

  • Jack Lew to discuss China technology policy, urges market reforms
    Jack Lew to discuss China technology policy, urges market reforms 20 hours ago

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Monday he would discuss with the Chinese government recent technology policy moves that Washington has complained constitute unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms. China said earlier this month work was ongoing on a draft anti-terrorism law that would require foreign companies to hand over encryption keys and otherwise facilitate Beijing's ability to bypass security measures, despite U.S. protests. "We have already made clear our concerns regarding forced technology transfer and other attempts to bar technological competition, most recently in the banking sector, and I look forward to further discussion today," Lew said, in remarks made during a meeting with Vice Premier Wang Yang in Beijing. President Barack Obama said he had raised the issue directly with China's President Xi Jinping, but Beijing denied U.S. statements that the law had then been put on hold. More »

  • Assad: Turkey Helping IS Fighters Enter Syria
    Assad: Turkey Helping IS Fighters Enter Syria 21 hours ago

    Jihadists who travel to Syria to join Islamic State are being "logistically and militarily" supported by Turkey on a daily basis, according to Bashar al Assad. The Syrian president has accused his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of ignoring would-be terrorists as they attempt to cross the border between the two nations. As many as 500 Britons are thought to have made their way to Syria to join the ranks of Islamic State – including three teenage girls from east London, who are now believed to be in the city of Raqqa, an IS stronghold. Despite this, several terror suspects have been successfully captured in Turkey before they have managed to cross the border, including three teenage boys, who have since been arrested by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of terrorism offences. More »

  • Egypt lists top Brotherhood leader, 17 others as terrorists: state media
    Egypt lists top Brotherhood leader, 17 others as terrorists: state media 21 hours ago

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's public prosecutor has listed the Muslim Brotherhood's leader and 17 other top members of the group as terrorists, state media said on Sunday, part of a sustained crackdown by the authorities on Islamists.     Egypt has already listed the Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation and jailed thousands of its supporters since the army removed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi from power in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. ... More »

  • Egypt prosecutor names Brotherhood leaders as terrorists
    Egypt prosecutor names Brotherhood leaders as terrorists Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top prosecutor on Sunday named 18 Muslim Brotherhood members, including the group's leader and his deputy, as terrorists in the first implementation of an anti-terror law passed earlier this year. More »

  • Top Suspect In Tunis Museum Attack 'Killed'
    Top Suspect In Tunis Museum Attack 'Killed' Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Prime Minister Habib Essid said that Khaled Chaieb, also known as Abou Sakhr Lokman, was killed overnight in an anti-terrorist operation. Chaieb, who Tunis suspects of masterminding the assault on the Bardo Museum in Tunis on 18 March, is believed to be a prominent member of al Qaeda's North African arm, al Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb (AQIM). Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack which left 21 foreign tourists and a policemen dead but several armed groups in north Africa are known to have pledged allegiance to the extremist group. It is not known if Chaieb was among nine suspected militants killed when security forces clashed with them in the southwest region of Sidi Aich, near the Algerian border. More »

  • Lead Tunisia attack suspect killed
    Lead Tunisia attack suspect killed Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    A leading suspect in the Tunisia museum attack in which 21 people died, including one British woman, has been killed in an anti-terrorist operation. More »

  • Tunisians to march against extremism after museum massacre
    Tunisians to march against extremism after museum massacre Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Thousands of Tunisians, led by their president and joined by several foreign dignitaries, are to march in the capital Sunday to denounce terrorism after the museum massacre of 21 tourists. More »

  • Explicit IS Exhibition Branded 'Grotesque'
    Explicit IS Exhibition Branded 'Grotesque' Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    A crime museum has opened with a graphic exhibition of the horrific crimes of the Islamic State terror group. The exhibition was installed this week in the private crime museum at the former jail at Littledean in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. Owner Andy Jones said: "I'm sure I will be criticised for showing such graphic images, but people have a right to see the true horror of what Islamic State is doing. More »

  • Nigerian elections: Boko Haram is one of many disruptions, but voters persi … Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    In the weeks and months leading up to Nigeria’s presidential elections, the Islamic militant group Boko Haram had vowed to disrupt the democratic process. “If we compare the six weeks before the crackdown to the six weeks following it, the number of Boko Haram attacks increased,” Matthew Henman, head of the IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre, an international research organization, said in a statement. More »

  • Arab leaders meet amid Saudi-led Yemen offensive
    Arab leaders meet amid Saudi-led Yemen offensive Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Arab leaders met in Egypt Saturday for a summit overshadowed by the Saudi-led offensive against Yemeni rebels to discuss a joint-Arab military force to confront "terrorist groups". More »

  • Nigeria Goes To The Polls Amid Boko Haram Threat
    Nigeria Goes To The Polls Amid Boko Haram Threat Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The earlier postponement, encouraged by the military, came after officials said they were worried about security concerns caused by the terror group Boko Haram. The presidential contest is a mainly two-horse race with the former military ruler General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive party (APC) attempting to unseat the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan from the People's Democratic Party. More »

  • Pakistan militants deny 30 killed in renewed Khyber fighting Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Pakistan security forces killed 30 militants in gunbattles in the mountainous northwestern Khyber region on Saturday, a senior official said, but a spokesman for the militants denied suffering any losses. The two sides have been making conflicting claims about their success in clashes in Tirah Valley, near the Afghan border, and there is no way to confirm casualties independently as the area is sealed off to journalists. "The security forces had started advancement towards the hilltops where the terrorists had established sanctuaries," a senior security official in Peshawar, who requested that he not be identified, said. The government said on Saturday 32,347 people had been arrested on charges "aimed at ridding the country of terrorism and extremism" since the launch of the National Action Plan in December, Pakistan's APP news agency reported. More »

  • Bangladesh central bank governor says banks to be investigated for militant … Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    By Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - The Bangladesh central bank governor said on Saturday all commercial banks would be investigated for links to Islamist militants and warned lenders would be shut down if found to be involved in funding such organisations. Bangladesh Bank's Atiur Rahman said the emergence of Islamic State (IS), the militant group active in Iraq and Syria that has spread to other countries in the region, had also increased the threat of violence and militancy in Bangladesh. "I have asked the intelligence unit of the Bangladesh Bank, the central bank to investigate thorough all banks to find any link with the financing in terror activities and militancy," Atiur told Reuters. More »

  • Canada government to dilute controversial anti-terror bill Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government will soften controversial draft anti-terror legislation after critics said it could be used to target people taking part in peaceful protests. The move, signalled on Friday, represents a significant concession by the governing right-of-centre Conservatives, who until now have refused to countenance changes to a bill they say will combat the threat of "jihadist terrorism". The Conservatives, facing a tough fight to retain power in October's election, portray the opposition as soft in the fight against terror. Ottawa will remove the word "lawful", said a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney. More »

  • Canada government to dilute controversial anti-terror bill: CBC Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    The Canadian government will water down controversial new anti-terror legislation after critics said it could be used to target people taking part in peaceful protests, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp said on Friday. CBC cited unnamed sources as saying the government would remove the word "lawful", broadly boosting the kinds of protests that could take place without being deemed to be a threat. The bill gives the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) spy agency more power to disrupt terror plots and allows information about possible threats to Canada's security to be shared among domestic security agencies. CBC said the government would make clear that CSIS, until now purely an intelligence agency, would not be given the power to arrest people. More »

  • Hamas denounces EU decision to keep it on terror list
    Hamas denounces EU decision to keep it on terror list Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Hamas on Friday denounced a European Union decision to keep the Palestinian Islamist group and de facto Gaza Strip ruler on its terrorism blacklist, despite a court ordering its removal. More »

  • Kenya detains 52 in latest roundup over suspected Islamist attack Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - Police detained 52 people on Friday in Kenya's main port city, a day after an officer was killed in a suspected Islamist revenge attack, heightening tensions in an area where the authorities say militant Islamist is spreading. After a recent spate of attacks, police detained dozens of youths from mosques in Mombasa which they say are used by radical preachers as recruitment centres. A senior officer with Kenya's counter-terrorism police unit was shot dead by gunmen on Thursday in Mombasa, in what police said could be revenge for the crackdown, prompting a new round of arrests that diplomats say will likely fuel more violence. Geoffrey Mayek, Mombasa county police chief, told Reuters that police had made the 52 arrests to try to track down the killers, who are believed to have taken the rifle of the slain police officer -- Ibrahim Mohammed. More »

  • Quotations in the News Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    "The victims realized just at the last moment. We can hear them screaming." — Marseille Prosecutor Brice Robin, describing passengers' cries of terror just before a co-pilot deliberately plowed Germanwings Flight 9525 into a French mountainside. More »

  • US: Chicago-area cousins planned US terrorist attack
    US: Chicago-area cousins planned US terrorist attack Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged he could kill up to 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing the men's arrests. Both are also accused of hatching a plot to attack a U.S. military facility. More »

  • Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why
    Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 ... More »

  • White House: no nexus to terrorism in Germanwings crash - CNN Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There does not appear to be a "nexus to terrorism" connected to the downed Germanwings flight in France, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told CNN on Thursday. Separately, the FBI said it had offered help to French investigators who are studying the crash. "We stand ready to fulfill any requests for information or assistance by crash investigators, as we work with partner nations whose citizens were impacted by this tragedy," the FBI said in a statement. (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu) More »