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  • Authorities: Islamic State group an online threat 

    US Marshall's lead Mufid A. Elfgeeh, 30, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Yemen, out of Federal Court following a hearing Monday, June 1, 2014 in Rochester. The Rochester man was indicted Tuesday Sept. 16, 2014 on charges that he tried to provide material support to the Islamic State by helping three men who said they would travel to Syria to “engage in violent jihad” alongside the group’s militants, according to the Justice Department. (AP Photo/Democrat & Chronicle, Shawn Dowd)NEW YORK (AP) — The latest issue of the digital magazine "Dabiq" features glossy photos of smiling militants from the Islamic State group, mutilated bodies on the battlefield and articles with titles such as, "There is No Life Without Jihad" and "Foley's Blood is on Obama's Hands."


  • Bomb kills three policemen, including witness against Mursi 

    Forensic workers and policemen carry out investigations at the scene of a bomb blast in CairoBy Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - A bomb blast beside Egypt's foreign ministry killed three policemen on Sunday, including a key witness in a trial of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. The blast, the worst attack in Cairo for months, killed two police lieutenant colonels and a recruit, according to the foreign ministry. Ajnad Misr, the Islamist militant group that carried out the last significant attack in Cairo, claimed responsibility for the blast in a statement posted on their official Twitter account. ...


  • U.S. says other countries willing to launch air strikes in Syria By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States says other countries are willing to launch air strikes in Syria against Islamic State militants and its U.N. ambassador predicted on Sunday: "We will not do the air strikes alone." Washington is trying to build an international military, political and financial coalition to defeat the radical Sunni Muslim group that has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East. U.S. ...
  • Arab states lag in media war against extremists 

    This Screen grab from the U.S. Department of State's Twitter page "Think Again Turn Away," taken Sept. 20, 2014, criticizes the Islamic State group as part of a broad social media campaign. As the Islamic State group battles across Syria and Iraq, pushing back larger armies and ruling over entire cities, it is also waging an increasingly sophisticated media campaign that has rallied disenfranchised youth and outpaced the sluggish efforts of Arab governments to stem its appeal. The U.S. State Department launched a “Think Again Turn Away” campaign on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, with Arabic and English videos similar in style to those of al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, but none have gained the traction of the Islamic State’s videos. (AP Photo)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As the Islamic State group battles across Syria and Iraq, pushing back larger armies and ruling over entire cities, it is also waging an increasingly sophisticated media campaign that has rallied disenfranchised youth and outpaced the sluggish efforts of Arab governments to stem its appeal.


  • Hopes dim for return of Philippine troops to Golan 

    FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III delivers his speech during ceremonies for the turnover of the Draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines. Aquino says he's been told security threats on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights are not expected to ease soon, dimming hopes that U.N. peacekeepers can be deployed back to the region in the near future. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said he's been told security threats on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights are not expected to ease soon, dimming hopes that U.N. peacekeepers can be deployed back to the region in the near future.


  • Pope says religion cannot be used to justify violence 

    A baby touches Pope Francis as he arrives at the Catholic University in Tirana on September 21, 2014Tirana (AFP) - Pope Francis warned during a visit to Albania on Sunday that religion can never be used to justify violence, making apparent reference to the bloodshed wreaked by the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.


  • Kurds issue new call to arms against Islamic State in Syria 

    Syrian Kurds walk with their belongings after crossing into Turkey at the Turkish-Syrian border, near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa provinceBy Daren Butler SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - Kurdish militants in Turkey have issued a new call to arms to defend a border town in northern Syria from advancing Islamic State fighters, and the Turkish authorities and United Nations prepared on Sunday for a surge in refugees. About 70,000 Syrian Kurds have fled into Turkey since Friday as Islamic State fighters seized dozens of villages close to the border and advanced on the frontier town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish. ...


  • At Asian Games, rivalries not always about sports 

    In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, athletes from Syria march into the stadium during the opening ceremony for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. On the one hand, you have China and India, which account for about a quarter of the world’s population. On the other, the Maldives, population 345,000. There’s Bhutan, which has been described as the happiest place on Earth, and Syria, which certainly isn’t. And for good measure, why not throw in some of the most repressive regimes on the planet -North Korea, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan? Welcome to the Asian Games, where, as the organizers put it, "Diversity Shines." (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — On the one hand, you have China and India, which account for about a quarter of the world's population. On the other, the Maldives, population 345,000. There's Bhutan, which has been described as the happiest place on Earth, and Syria, which certainly isn't. And for good measure, why not throw in some of the most repressive regimes on the planet — North Korea, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan?


  • Black prevails in Syria jihadist stronghold 

    A grab from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 is said to show Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi addressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in MosulBeirut (AFP) - In the Syrian stronghold of the Islamic State jihadist group, everything is black, activists say, from men's turbans to women's veils. Even the passports.


  • AP Interview: El-Sissi, Egypt and the terror fight 

    Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaks to The Associated Press during an interview at the presidential palace in Cairo, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. In the background is a 1930s era carpet depicting a map of Egypt. In his first interview with foreign media since taking office in June, el-Sissi has told AP he is prepared to give whatever support is needed in the fight against the Islamic State group but says military action is not the only answer. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is feeling vindicated by the world's alarm over Islamic extremism that is fueling wars and bloodshed across the Middle East.


  • A transcript of AP interview with Egypt's el-Sissi CAIRO (AP) — A transcript of The Associated Press's interview with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
  • Argentine President said received Islamic State threats ROME (Reuters) - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said during a trip to the Vatican on Saturday she had received threats by the Islamic State due to her friendship with compatriot Pope Francis and for recognizing both Israel and Palestine. Fernandez said the Security Ministry and intelligence services were now dealing with the threat by Islamic State, a Sunni Muslim extremist group which has exploited the chaos of Syria and Iraq to seize swathes of territory in both countries. ...
  • About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey from Islamic State advance 

    Turkish soldier stands guard as Syrian Kurds cross the border fence into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa provinceBy Daren Butler SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Turkey in the space of 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said on Saturday, as Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border. Turkey opened a stretch of the frontier on Friday after Kurdish civilians fled their homes, fearing an imminent attack on the border town of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani. A Kurdish commander on the ground said Islamic State had advanced to within 15 km (9 miles) of the town. ...


  • 60,000 Syrian Kurds flood into Turkey 

    Syrian Kurd children carry their belongings after they crossed the border between Syria and Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, on September 20, 2014Dikmetas (Turkey) (AFP) - More than 60,000 Syrian Kurds fleeing advancing Islamic State jihadists have poured across the border into Turkey since Ankara opened up its southern frontier on Friday, the country's deputy prime minister said.


  • Tracing shift from everyday American to jihadi 

    In this Sept. 10, 2014 photo, Ana and John Conley, parents of defendant Shannon Conley, exit the U.S. Federal courthouse following their daughter's plea hearing, at the U.S. Federal Courthouse, in Denver. Shannon Conley, a 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who federal authorities say intended to wage jihad has pleaded guilty under a deal that requires her to give authorities information about others with the same intentions. With foreign fighters from dozens of nations pouring into the Middle East to join the Islamic State group and other terrorist organizations, U.S. officials are putting new energy into trying to understand what radicalizes people far removed from the fight and into prodding countries around the world to do a better job of keeping them from joining up. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)WASHINGTON (AP) — A college dropout from Florida. A nurse's aide from Denver. The owner of a pizza-and-wings joint from upstate New York.


  • North Korea's Om Yun Chol sets world record 

    Om Yun Chol of North Korea celebrates after winning the gold medal at the Men's 56kg weightlifting competition at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's Om Yun Chol beat his own world record in the men's 56-kilogram clean and jerk by 1 kilogram on Saturday to grab weightlifting gold on the first day of competition at the Asian Games.


  • Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed nearly 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class. The sharp demand for shares sent the market value of the e-commerce giant soaring well beyond that of Amazon, eBay and even Facebook. The initial public offering was on track to be the world's largest, with the possibility of raising as much as $25 billion.
  • Pope Albania visit showcases Muslim-Christian ties 

    Father Carmine Leuzzi talks of the upcoming Pope Francis visit in the church of Shen Koll (Saint Nicholas) in Derven village, 32 kilometers (20 miles) north of capital Tirana, Thursday Sept. 18, 2014. The one-room, stone church of St. Nicholas, is particularly poignant: 15 Muslim families chipped in to help rebuild it in a sign of the remarkable coexistence that exists in Albania between Christians and Muslims. Pope Francis will highlight this interfaith harmony when he makes a one-day trip to the Balkan nation on Sunday, holding it up as a model for the Middle East and other parts of the world where Christians are being targeted by Islamic militants. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)DERVEN, Albania (AP) — The one-room, stone church of St. Nicholas has sat on the top of a hill here since the 16th century, destroyed three times and rebuilt in a testament to the Catholic presence in this region that dates to St. Paul. Its latest incarnation, however, is particularly poignant: 15 Muslim families chipped in to help rebuild it in a sign of the remarkable coexistence that exists in Albania between Christians and Muslims.


  • Iraqi Christians fly to new life in France after escaping Islamic State By John Irish and Antony Paone ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) - On a warm evening at Arbil International Airport in Iraqi Kurdistan some 150 mostly Christian refugees anxiously waited to flee their homeland aboard a French government plane. The refugees, of all ages and from 25 different families, had one message as they prepared to fly to Paris to escape the threat of Islamic State militants: Christians and Muslims can no longer live together in Iraq. ...
  • G20 finance chiefs aim to 'change destiny of global economy' 

    Delegates prepare to hear the opening remarks at the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting in Cairns on September 20, 2014Cairns (Australia) (AFP) - Finance chiefs from G20 nations held talks Saturday, confident they can "change the destiny of the global economy" despite rising world political tensions and mounting fears of financial instability.


  • CIA stops spying on friendly nations in W. Europe 

    FILE -- In this April 21, 2010 file photo James Clapper is seen in McLean, Va., just outside of Washington. Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, said during a public event Thursday Sept. 18, 2014 that the U.S. is assuming more risk because it has stopped spying on "specific targets," though he didn't spell out details. The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by the backlash over a German caught selling secrets to the U.S. and the revelations of surveillance by the National Security Agency, the CIA has stopped spying on friendly governments in Western Europe, according to current and former U.S. officials.


  • Security upped at Vatican over attack fears Rome (AFP) - Security has been tightened in Saint Peter's Square after intelligence services intercepted a possible plan to attack the Vatican, Italian media reported Saturday, increasing fears Pope Francis could be in danger.
  • United States says role for Iran in tackling Islamic State By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Iran had a role to play in a global coalition to tackle Islamic State militants who have seized swaths of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East. "The coalition required to eliminate ISIL (Islamic State) is not only, or even primarily, military in nature," Kerry told a United Nations Security Council meeting on Iraq. "It must be comprehensive and include close collaboration across multiple lines of effort. ...
  • UN reaffirms support for force in Golan Heights UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday reaffirmed its unconditional support for maintaining the U.N. peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights that has been caught up in Syria's civil war.
  • U.S. aims to keep Iran atomic talks separate from Islamic State conflict 

    Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif attends a bilateral meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Kerry in ViennaBy Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials hope to prevent two diplomatic challenges with Iran from colliding next week: the Iranian nuclear program and the threat posed by the Islamic State militant group. Their basic dilemma is how to keep Iran from hardening its stance in the nuclear talks out of a belief, which U.S. officials say would be misguided, that Washington might make nuclear concessions in exchange for help against IS. ...


  • Two Iranians held in Kenya amid terror alert 

    Two men believed to be Iranian nationals were detained at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, but that it was not yet established if the pair should be treated as terrorism suspects or illegal migrantsNairobi (AFP) - Authorities in Kenya said Friday they have arrested two men believed to be Iranian nationals transiting through the east African nation on fake passports.


  • Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels 

    President Barack Obama signs H.J. Res 124 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, which includes appropriations to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State group, in the Oval Office of the White House on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law legislation authorizing the U.S. military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East.


  • At 80, Leonard Cohen meditates on spirituality and war 

    Canadian singer and poet Leonard Cohen in Paris on January 16, 2012. Cohen recently announced the release of a new album next month to coincide with his 80th birthdayNew York (AFP) - Releasing a new album near his 80th birthday, Leonard Cohen cheekily addresses his age in the very first song, intoning, "It's not because I'm old ... I always liked it slow."


  • Kurdish leader urges world to protect Syrian town from Islamic State 

    Turkish security forces stand guard as Syrians wait behind the border fences near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa provinceBy Seyhmus Cakan DIKMETAS Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani called on Friday for international intervention to protect a Kurdish town in neighboring Syria from Islamic State fighters who have forced many Syrian Kurds to flee across the border into Turkey. Thousands of Kurds crossed the frontier on Friday, fearing an imminent attack on the border town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish, as Islamic State (IS) fighters advanced after seizing dozens of nearby villages over the past two days. ...


  • France carries out first air strike in Iraq: Hollande 

    French President Francois Hollande Paris on September 19, 2014Paris (AFP) - French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq Friday, successfully destroying their target, President Francois Hollande announced, vowing that more operations would follow.


  • AP EXCLUSIVE: CIA halts spying in Europe WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials.
  • Asian Games opening ceremony closes Gangnam Style 

    South Korean rapper PSY performs during the opening ceremony for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea,Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — A lavish opening ceremony at the Asian Games included poetry, the standard fireworks, and a rousing finale of singer PSY belting his signature hit "Gangnam Style" through a sequined microphone on Friday.


  • Top Asian News at 11:30 a.m. GMT CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror campaign so far from the Middle East. Police said they thwarted such a plot by detaining suspects and raiding more than a dozen properties across Sydney on Thursday.
  • Video of UK hostage shows IS 'fears isolation and attack' 

    An image grab from a video released by the Islamic State (IS) group through Al-Furqan Media via YouTube on September 18, 2014, said to show British freelance photojournalist John Cantlie at an undisclosed locationWashington (AFP) - A dramatic change of tone in the latest hostage video released by the Islamic State has convinced experts that the jihadist group is isolated and fearful of a US assault.


  • From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant As war in Syria and Iraq attracts a growing number of Muslim extremists from Europe, intelligence officials in Germany believe a former gangsta rapper has joined the inner circle of Islamists fighting there.
  • Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror campaign so far from the Middle East.
  • Strong Senate vote for Obama on Syria rebel aid 

    Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., on Capitol HillThe Senate has approved a plan for the military to train and equip Syrian rebels, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama's signature.


  • Senate votes to support Obama on rebel aid 

    Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., on Capitol HillWASHINGTON (AP) — In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic state militants on Thursday, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago.


  • US Congress authorizes Obama plan to train Syria rebels 

    Rebel fighters take part in a training session in the northeastern city of Deir Ezzor, on March 25, 2014Washington (AFP) - Congress on Thursday passed US President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State jihadists, a key plank of his strategy to smash the militants.


  • Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds 

    FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 file photo, Syrian Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand guard at a refugee camp in Derike, Syria. Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly marched on in Syria, capturing 21 Kurdish villages even as the international community strains to assemble a coalition that might destroy them. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly advanced Thursday in Syria, capturing more than 20 Kurdish villages as the international community strains to assemble a coalition that might destroy them.


 

 

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