Jihadists waging high-tech war to attract Western recruits

Jan 16, 2015

Jihadists waging high-tech war to attract Western recruits

Jihadist groups tied to the men who attacked the offices of satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Paris kosher supermarket are waging an increasingly sophisticated propaganda campaign targeting Western recruits, experts say. Organizations ranging from the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria ...

Jan 16, 2015

U.K. publisher mocked for banning mention of pigs in books

British politicians on Thursday criticized publisher Oxford University Press over its advice to omit pigs and sausages from books for children sold abroad in order not to offend the Jewish or Muslim communities. The existence of the recommendations was revealed during a debate on ...

Jan 16, 2015

Algeria finds body of beheaded Frenchman

Algerian troops found the body of French tourist Herve Gourdel, security sources said Thursday, months after he was beheaded by jihadists demanding that France halt airstrikes against the Islamic State group. The body was found buried without its head in Akbil, where Gourdel was ...

'Timbuktu' Oscar nod a 'great sign' for Africa: director

Jan 16, 2015

'Timbuktu' Oscar nod a 'great sign' for Africa: director

The Oscar nomination for Mauritanian film “Timbuktu,” about daily life in the Islamist-occupied city, is a “great sign for Mauritania and Africa,” the film’s director said on Thursday. The film made history earlier in the day, when all the Academy Award nominees were announced, ...

Cartoons and tears at funerals of Charlie Hebdo victims

Jan 16, 2015

Cartoons and tears at funerals of Charlie Hebdo victims

Five victims of last week’s attack on France’s Charlie Hebdo magazine, including two cartoonists, were laid to rest Thursday after emotional final tributes in words, drawings and music. Georges Wolinski and Bernard Verlhac, two of France’s best-loved cartoonists, were buried in separate funerals attended ...

Judge rejects bid to delay Tsarnaev trial over Paris attacks

Jan 15, 2015

Judge rejects bid to delay Tsarnaev trial over Paris attacks

Jury selection will continue in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial after a federal judge on Wednesday rejected the Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s bid to suspend it because of the Paris terror attacks. Individual questioning of prospective jurors begins Thursday. Tsarnaev’s lawyers argued in a motion filed ...

Charlie Hebdo exposes satire risks

Jan 14, 2015

Charlie Hebdo exposes satire risks

These are dark days for those who want to believe that the pen is mightier than the sword. The attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has caused grief and soul-searching around the world, and exposed the risks humorists can run — risks intensified ...

As world watches Paris, Nigeria's killings go unnoticed

Jan 14, 2015

As world watches Paris, Nigeria's killings go unnoticed

Nigeria’s president was among leaders who condemned last week’s attack by Islamic extremists on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, yet his response to the slaughter of civilians by militants in his own country has been muted. Some commentators criticized President Goodluck Jonathan’s reticence ...