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  • Japan, U.S. condemn unverified video claiming IS hostage dead Jan 24, 2015 4:23 PM
    One militant on the Islamic State-affiliated website warned that Saturday’s new message was fake, while another said that the message was intended only to go to the Japanese journalist’s family.A third militant on the website noted that the video was not issued by al-Furqan, which is one of the media arms of the Islamic State group and has issued past videos involving hostages and beheadings.

     
  • Gitmo detainees call home for first time in nearly 10 years Jan 24, 2015 5:25 PM
    As the Pentagon moves to improve prisoner conditions, officials have allowed several “high-value” inmates to make Skype-like video calls and speak with their families for the first time since they were brought to Guantanamo Bay from secret CIA prisons overseas.

     
  • Police investigated in case of dead Argentine prosecutor Jan 23, 2015 7:19 PM
    The 51-year-old prosecutor was found Sunday night slumped in the bathroom of his apartment with a bullet wound in his head. His death came days after he gave a judge a report alleging President Cristina Fernandez secretly reached a deal to prevent prosecution of former Iranian officials accused of involvement in the 1994 bombing of Argentina’s largest Jewish center, the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association. The attack killed 85 people and injured more than 200.

     
  • Yemen arrests two Frenchmen, suspects al-Qaida links Jan 17, 2015 2:56 PM
    Security officials told The Associated Press that the arrests were made before the attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, with one saying dozens of westerners including French and other Europeans belonging to al-Qaida are present in several of Yemen’s rural provinces.

     
  • Greek police detain four terror suspects Jan 17, 2015 2:23 PM
    Greek police have detained four suspected terrorists, including one who could be the man wanted by Belgian authorities as an alleged ringleader of a jihadi cell, a police official told the Associated Press Saturday.

     
  • Hebdo cover continues to roil Muslim world Jan 17, 2015 2:21 PM
    Iranian judicial authorities on Saturday banned a daily newspaper for publishing a front-page headline that allegedly indicated support for Charlie Hebdo. Mohammad Ghoochani, chief editor of the daily Mardom-e-Emrooz, or Today’s People, told the semi-official Tasnim news agency that his paper had been ordered closed. The paper’s Tuesday edition featured a front-page article with a headline that quoted filmmaker and activist George Clooney as saying “I am Charlie Hebdo.”

     
  • Belgian army joins anti-terror fight amid high anxiety Jan 16, 2015 4:44 PM
    French, German, Belgian and Irish police had at least 30 suspects behind bars on Friday and in Brussels, authorities said a dozen searches led to the seizure of four Kalashnikov assault rifles, hand guns and explosives. Several police uniforms were also found, which Belgian authorities said suggested the plotters had intended to masquerade as police officers.

     
  • Obama decries new Iran sanctions Jan 16, 2015 4:40 PM
    “Congress should be aware that if this diplomatic solution fails, then the risks and likelihood that this ends up being at some point a military confrontation is heightened — and Congress will have to own that as well,” President Obama said in his most impassioned rebuke yet of the sanctions effort.

     
  • Mother of teen to Islamic State: ‘Leave our children alone!’ Jan 13, 2015 5:50 PM
    The Bolingbrook mother of a 19-year-old American facing a terrorist charge for trying to join the Islamic State militants accused the group on Tuesday of brainwashing youths into joining their ranks via social media. And she declared, “Leave our children alone!”

     
  • Sleeper terrorist cell awakens France’s worst fears Jan 10, 2015 5:48 PM
    Paris will never quite be the same after the carnage that started Wednesday. Never again will fears of homegrown terrorists coming back battled-hardened by extremist training, indoctrination and fighting in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere to commit mass murder be just theories. As Prime Minister Manuel Valls would later say: “There will be a before and an after.”

     
  • France hunts suspect, prepares for mass anti-terrorism rally Jan 10, 2015 6:01 PM
    The president held an emergency security meeting Saturday and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the government is maintaining its terror alert for the Paris region at the highest level while investigators determine whether the attackers were part of a larger extremist network. Five people are in custody in connection with the attacks, and family members of the attackers have been given preliminary charges.

     
  • French police seek slain terror suspect’s widow Jan 10, 2015 5:55 PM
    For Paris authorities, Coulibaly’s widow “is considered an important witness to whom we must ask questions,” added Crepin. “Since 2010, she has had a relationship with an individual whose ideology has been expressed in violence, and by the execution of poor people who were just doing their shopping in a supermarket.”

     
  • Twin brothers living in Ottawa face terrorism charges Jan 10, 2015 5:50 PM
    Twin brothers living in Ottawa have been arrested on terrorism-related charges, including one count of attempting to travel abroad to engage in terrorist activities. A Royal Canadian Mounted Police statement said that Carlos Larmond, 24, was arrested Friday at Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport on charges of intending to travel overseas for terrorist purposes.

     
  • Politics, shotgun marriage in government, war loom in 2015 Jan 1, 2015 6:00 AM
    Tumultuous 2014 is not even in the books, and already the shape of 2015 looms. The new year promises more war, when the plan was for less. It brings a new order in government, with an institutionally weakened president and strengthened opposition. A look at what's in store from Washington in 2015, from Associated Press writers who cover the White House, the Pentagon and politics.

     
  • After 9/11, a slow, steady decline at Secret Service Dec 28, 2014 1:01 AM
    Immediately after the attacks, temporary details were mobilized for Bush’s extended family, including his grown siblings. Later, with the country at war in Afghanistan, the agency provided details for Vice President Dick Cheney’s grandchildren in addition to those for his adult daughters, Liz and Mary.With that, the standard was set. By late 2003, Secret Service details were assigned to 29 people.

     
  • John Paul II gunman lays flowers at Vatican tomb Dec 27, 2014 7:30 PM
    The Turkish gunman who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 laid white flowers Saturday on the saint’s tomb in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican officials said.

     
  • North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hack Dec 20, 2014 1:43 PM
    Koh Yu-hwan, a professor at Seoul’s Dongguk University, called the North’s proposal a “typical” tactic the country has taken in similar disputes with rival countries. In 2010, North Korea proposed a joint investigation after a South Korean-led international team concluded that the North was behind a torpedo attack that killed 46 South Korean sailors.

     
  • U.S. sends four Afghans home from Gitmo Dec 20, 2014 2:03 PM
    The move is the latest in a series of transfers during the past two months. President Barack Obama has been pushing to reduce the number of detainees as he tries to make progress toward his goal of closing the globally condemned detention center for suspected terrorists.

     
  • Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude Dec 20, 2014 2:19 PM
    The torture of Janat Gul is a useful case study of how the CIA interrogations were overseen because it occurred two years into the program, after a report by the CIA inspector general had made clear that the harsh techniques were being employed far in excess of what had been envisioned in clinical Justice Department memos.

     
  • Tsarnaev lawyer says he plans to seek trial delay Dec 18, 2014 1:27 PM
    Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013. David Bruck, one of Tsarnaev’s lawyers, told the judge that the defense plans to file a motion to delay the trial, which is now scheduled to begin on Jan. 5 with jury selection.

     
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