Terrorism

EU nations reject Commission money laundering blacklist

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union member states have unanimously rejected a proposal by the EU executive Commission to blacklist 23 countries and territories it believes pose a high risk of money laundering or terrorist financing. In a rebuke for the EU Commission, the member states said in a statement Thursday that the proposal “was not … Continue reading EU nations reject Commission money laundering blacklist

The Latest: Death toll in Afghanistan attack rises to 16

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local): 11:55 a.m. An Afghan provincial spokesman says the death toll from a militant attack on a construction company near a main airport in the country’s east has risen to 16. Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor in eastern Nangarhar province, says that … Continue reading The Latest: Death toll in Afghanistan attack rises to 16

Germany charges Russian man over alleged extremist bomb plot

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Tuesday they have charged a Russian national with plotting an Islamic extremist bombing in Germany with an alleged accomplice arrested in France for involvement in a separate planned attack there. The pair were associates for a time of Anis Amri, a Tunisian who carried out an attack on a … Continue reading Germany charges Russian man over alleged extremist bomb plot

The Latest: India says it struck ‘terror camps’ in Kashmir

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on India-Pakistan tensions after New Delhi launches airstrike in Kashmir (all times local): 11:20 a.m. A junior minister in India says the country launched an airstrike in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir targeting “terror camps,” an apparent response to a suicide attack earlier this month that killed 40 Indian troops in the disputed … Continue reading The Latest: India says it struck ‘terror camps’ in Kashmir

WASHINGTON | Lawmakers, first responders sound alarm on 9/11 fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 17 years after the 9/11 attacks, lawmakers and first responders are urging Congress to ensure that a victims’ compensation fund does not run out of money. Members of the New York delegation, surrounded by first responders, survivors and family members, said it is unconscionable that the September 11th Victim Compensation … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Lawmakers, first responders sound alarm on 9/11 fund

KARACHI, Pakistan | The Latest: Pakistan’s death toll from market bombing now 35

KARACHI, Pakistan — The Latest on the attack on the Chinese Consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Pakistani police say the death toll from a bombing at an open-air market in the country’s northwest has risen further and is now at 35. The attack came just a couple of … Continue reading KARACHI, Pakistan | The Latest: Pakistan’s death toll from market bombing now 35

SYDNEY | The Latest: Australian police: stabbing linked to terrorism

SYDNEY — The Latest on a knife attack in Melbourne (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Australian police say they believe an attack by a knife-wielding man who stabbed two people, one fatally, in the country’s second-largest city is linked to terrorism. The attack during the Friday afternoon rush hour brought central Melbourne to a standstill. … Continue reading SYDNEY | The Latest: Australian police: stabbing linked to terrorism

WASHINGTON | US restores Iran sanctions lifted under Obama nuclear deal

WASHINGTON  — The Trump administration on Friday announced the reimposition of all U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, ramping up economic pressure on the Islamic Republic as President Donald Trump completed the unraveling of what had been one of his predecessor’s signature foreign policy achievements. The sanctions, which … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US restores Iran sanctions lifted under Obama nuclear deal

BRIGHTON, Colo. Shooter in Colorado Walmart slayings of 3 faces sentencing

BRIGHTON, Colo.  — The man who pleaded guilty to gunning down three people in a suburban Denver Walmart last year will be sentenced Friday, but more than 11 months after the crime, his motive remains a mystery. A judge is expected to send 48-year-old Scott Ostrem to prison for the rest of life without parole, … Continue reading BRIGHTON, Colo. Shooter in Colorado Walmart slayings of 3 faces sentencing

UNITED NATIONS | Syria FM: Victory over ‘terrorism’ is near, US must leave

UNITED NATIONS — Declaring that victory over “terrorism” is almost at hand after more than seven years of civil war, Syria’s foreign minister took to the world stage Saturday and demanded that “occupation” forces from the U.S., France and Turkey leave the country immediately. Walid al-Moallem told the General Assembly‘s high-level meeting that the situation … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | Syria FM: Victory over ‘terrorism’ is near, US must leave

The Latest: Trump cites ‘very good experiences’ with France

NEW YORK  — The Latest on President Donald Trump at the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): 7:15 p.m. President Donald Trump is meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Trump says the two men have had “some very good experiences” but acknowledges, “On occasion not so … Continue reading The Latest: Trump cites ‘very good experiences’ with France

United States | Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan A. Sales on the Release of the Country Reports on Terrorism 2017

United States – MR PALLADINO: Thank you. Hello, everyone. This is Robert Palladino. Thank you so much for joining us for today’s call. Today’s call is on the record. And I also want to note that both the call and the report are embargoed until the end of the call. Today the State Department is … Continue reading United States | Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan A. Sales on the Release of the Country Reports on Terrorism 2017

THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Dutch police question suspect in stabbings of 2 Americans

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The U.S. State Department offered help Sunday to investigators in the Netherlands who are treating the stabbings of two American tourists at Amsterdam’s main railway station as a possible extremist attack. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the U.S. was “ready to assist Dutch authorities in their investigations as appropriate.” “Dutch … Continue reading THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Dutch police question suspect in stabbings of 2 Americans

MADRID | Spanish police find no weapons in knife attacker’s home

MADRID  — Police haven’t found any guns or explosives in the house of a man who allegedly attacked police officers with a knife in Barcelona before being shot dead, a senior official in Spain’s Catalonia region said Tuesday. Authorities are investigating whether the suspect in Monday’s attack at the police station on the outskirts of … Continue reading MADRID | Spanish police find no weapons in knife attacker’s home

LONDON | Suspect in UK Parliament crash charged with attempted murder

LONDON— A driver whose car collided with several people before crashing outside Britain’s Parliament has been charged with attempted murder. Police say 29-year-old Salih Khater was charged Saturday with trying to kill police officers and members of the public. Three people were injured when Khater — a British citizen originally from Sudan — hit a … Continue reading LONDON | Suspect in UK Parliament crash charged with attempted murder

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: US says Turkey risks more sanctions over pastor

ANKARA, Turkey  — The Latest on Turkey’s currency crisis (all times local): 11:00 p.m. The Trump administration says Turkey could face additional sanctions if an American pastor detained on espionage and terrorism-related charges isn’t quickly released. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) says the sanctions would be in addition to penalties recently imposed on two Turkish … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: US says Turkey risks more sanctions over pastor

LONDON | Scottish neo-Nazi jailed for 12 years for bomb-making bid

LONDON  — A Scottish man with far-right views has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempting to build a bomb that prosecutors say could have caused carnage. A search of Peter Morgan’s home found explosive substances, propellants, fireworks and a bottle with ball bearings and nail-gun cartridges attached, as well as neo-Nazi paraphernalia. … Continue reading LONDON | Scottish neo-Nazi jailed for 12 years for bomb-making bid

LONDON | UK police treat Parliament crash as terrorism, seek motive

LONDON  — Police flooded central London streets and cordoned off the city’s government district Tuesday, after a speeding car plowed into cyclists and crashed outside Parliament in what authorities were treating as an act of terrorism. With the driver in custody, counterterror detectives were working to uncover the motive behind what they suspect is the … Continue reading LONDON | UK police treat Parliament crash as terrorism, seek motive

U.S. Department of State News: Remarks at the 20th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony of the Embassy Bombings in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State released the following statement: DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN:   It’s a great honor for me to stand here today, and it’s a solemn day on which we gather. I have had the honor of speaking at events like this.  I speak at our embassies when I travel around the world, and … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Remarks at the 20th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony of the Embassy Bombings in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

U.S. Department of State News: Anniversary of the Bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State released the following statement: Today, on the twentieth anniversary of the bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, we remember the victims of these terrorist attacks.  These bombings, carried out by al-Qaida, resulted in more than 250 deaths and nearly 5,000 injuries.  We … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Anniversary of the Bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

U.S. Department of State News: ASEAN Day 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State released the following statement: On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am honored to congratulate the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Secretariat on the organization’s 51st anniversary on August 8th.  For over 40 years, U.S.-ASEAN … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: ASEAN Day 2018

ISLAMABAD  | Pakistan: Killing of Pakistan Taliban chief ‘significant’

ISLAMABAD  —Pakistan’s caretaker Prime Minister Nasir-ul-Mulk described the killing of Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan as a “significant development in the fight against terrorism.” Mulk made the comment in a telephone conversation Friday night with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and thanked him for sharing information about Fazlullah’s killing, … Continue reading ISLAMABAD  | Pakistan: Killing of Pakistan Taliban chief ‘significant’

Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100

BEIRUT/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Government forces bombed the northeastern suburbs of the Syrian capital for a second straight day on Tuesday, killing more than 100 people and raising the specter of a full-scale offensive that could spell catastrophe for the nearly 400,000 residents trapped under siege. Rescuers raced to reach survivors in the devastated … Continue reading Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100

West Africa’s extremism spreading as thousands flee homes

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso /February 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — West Africa’s extremist threat has moved into a new part of the vast Sahel region, with a previously calm area of Burkina Faso facing the kinds of assaults that have forced thousands elsewhere to flee over the past year. Last week a police station was attacked by … Continue reading West Africa’s extremism spreading as thousands flee homes

VP Pence in Egypt for talks on security, counterterrorism

CAIRO/January 20, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Vice President Mike Pence is in Cairo for meetings with Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (AHB’-del fat-AH’ el-SEE’-see) on security and counterterrorism issues. Pence arrived in Egypt’s capital hours after a budget impasse in Washington led to a U.S. government shutdown. He’s going ahead with his four-day trip to the Middle East, citing … Continue reading VP Pence in Egypt for talks on security, counterterrorism

Trump says Iran people acting against ‘brutal’ regime

WASHINGTON/January 02, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— President Donald Trump has returned from an end-of-year holiday to face fresh legislative challenges, midterm elections and threats abroad. The president opened the second year of his presidency with confrontational tweets targeting Iran and Pakistan. He tweeted Tuesday: “The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. … Continue reading Trump says Iran people acting against ‘brutal’ regime

Survivors recall attack on mosque in Egypt’s Sinai, 305 dead

ISMAILIA, Egypt/November 25, 2017 (AP)(STL.News)  –They arrived in five SUVs, took positions across from the mosque’s door and windows, and just as the imam was about to deliver his Friday sermon from atop the pulpit, they opened fire and tossed grenades at the estimated 500 worshippers inside. When the violence finally stopped, more than 300 people, … Continue reading Survivors recall attack on mosque in Egypt’s Sinai, 305 dead

Trump says US will declare NKorea a state sponsor of terror

WASHINGTON/November 20, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — President Donald Trump announced Monday that the U.S. will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror amid heightened nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula. Trump said the designation will impose further penalties on the country. He called it a long overdue step and part of the U.S. “maximum pressure … Continue reading Trump says US will declare NKorea a state sponsor of terror

Facebook deploys AI to fight terrorism on its network

SAN FRANCISCO/June 15, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Facebook has started deploying its artificial intelligence capabilities to help combat terrorists’ use of its service. Company officials said in a blog post Thursday that Facebook will use AI in conjunction with human reviewers to find and remove “terrorist content” immediately, before other users see it. Such technology is … Continue reading Facebook deploys AI to fight terrorism on its network