Four dead in ambush of World Food Program convoy in Nigeria

Monday, 18 December 2017

Four people were killed when a United Nations World Food Program (WFP) aid convoy was ambushed in northeast Nigeria, a WFP spokeswoman said on Sunday, in the latest attack in the region as the conflict with Boko Haram nears its ninth year. “WFP can confirm that a convoy escorted by the Nigerian military including WFP-hired trucks was the subject of an attack by armed groups 35 km southwest of Ngala in Borno State on Saturday,” she said in an emailed statement. “Four people, ...

US tip-off helped Russia halt terrorist attack

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned US President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for information that allowed Russia to prevent a terrorist attack on its soil, Interfax news agency quoted the Kremlin as saying. Information provided by the Central Intelligence Agency allowed Russian law-enforcement agencies to prevent a planned attack on the Kazansky Cathedral in Russia’s second city of St Petersburg, and arrest the plotters, the Kremlin was quoted as saying. ...

Eight killed as suicide bombers attack Pakistan church

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Two suicide bombers attacked a church in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Sunday, killing eight people and wounding 42 others, officials said. The Islamic State group later claimed responsibility for the attack. Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister for the southwestern Baluchistan province, said hundreds of worshippers were attending services at the church ahead of Christmas. He said the attackers clashed with security forces, with one assailant killed at the entrance while the other made it inside. ...

UN Security Council weighs rejecting US Jerusalem decision

Sunday, 17 December 2017

  The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would affirm that any change to the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be rescinded, in response to the US decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital. Egypt circulated the draft text on Saturday and diplomats said the council could vote on the proposed measure as early as Monday. Breaking with the international consensus, US President Donald Trump this month announced that he would recognize ...

Rahul Gandhi takes over India’s opposition Congress party

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India’s most famous political dynasty, took over as president of the main opposition Congress party on Saturday while facing a stiff challenge from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Hindu nationalists. Gandhi, who took the mantle from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, at a party function, takes over the leadership of a party that has been losing power to Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party since 2014. Gandhi’s party has suffered humiliating defeats in ...

US woman charged with using Bitcoin to finance ISIS

Friday, 15 December 2017

US prosecutors have charged a New York woman with using Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies to send funds to the ISIS group.Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, was arrested at her Long Island home on Thursday for sending over $150,000 through shell accounts in China, Pakistan and Turkey to benefit ISIS extremists.Much of the money came from bank loans and credit cards, the Justice Department said. With that, she bought $62,000 worth of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, which can offer owners anonymity in ...

Man with knife at Amsterdam airport is not terror case

Friday, 15 December 2017

Dutch military police say a man with a knife walked into the police service’s office at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and threatened staff with a knife. Officers shot the man in the leg and arrested him before transporting him to a hospital. Spokesman Stan Verberkt says Friday’s incident is not being treated as an extremist attack. Verberkt tells The Associated Press that “the circumstances are telling us that it has nothing to do with terrorism.” The incident ...

Pakistani top court rejects bid to bar opposition leader Imran Khan

Friday, 15 December 2017

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a petition to disqualify cricket hero and opposition leader Imran Khan from parliament for not declaring assets, months after former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was removed by the court on a similar charge. The ruling was hailed as a vindication by Khan’s opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party but drew questions from Sharif’s ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, which had filed the case. The two ...

Putin, Trump discussed North Korea in phone call

Friday, 15 December 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear program with US counterpart Donald Trump in a phone call Thursday, the Kremlin said.The two heads of state discussed “the situation in several crisis zones, with a focus on solving the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula”, it said in a statement, without elaborating.Washington this week said it was ready to talk to North Korea -- which has launched several intercontinental ballistic missiles in ...

Indian tried to raise money using video of Muslim being killed

Thursday, 14 December 2017

A Hindu man in India tried to raise money for a campaign against minority Muslims by issuing an appeal for donations with a video he took and posted online showing him killing a Muslim, police said on Thursday. The killing last week is the latest to roil India’s minority Muslims who have faced attacks from mobs who accuse them of killing cows, which Hindus consider sacred. Hindu fringe groups also campaign against Muslim men marrying Hindus. The Hindu man, Shambu Lal Regar, has been ...

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