Islamic State group raising funds via SNS: anti-terror report

Feb 28, 2015

Islamic State group raising funds via SNS: anti-terror report

The Islamic State militant group uses crowd-funding techniques and social networking services including Twitter to raise funds from around the world, an international body that combats terrorist financing said Friday. The online technique adds a new source of income to the extremist group’s illicit ...

Sydney siege report signals tighter immigration curbs

Feb 22, 2015

Sydney siege report signals tighter immigration curbs

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott foreshadowed tighter immigration controls on Sunday when he released the first report into a siege last December in Sydney’s Lindt cafe, in which two hostages and the gunman were killed. The legal system “had let the country down,” Abbott ...

Qatar tried to help free Japanese hostages

Feb 22, 2015

Qatar tried to help free Japanese hostages

Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah said Saturday during a visit to Japan that Qatar’s government tried to mediate the release of Japanese hostages before they were killed by the Islamic State group. In an interview with Kyodo News, al-Attiyah said, “The Japanese ...

Trial starts for rabbi who allegedly ran divorce kidnap team

Feb 19, 2015

Trial starts for rabbi who allegedly ran divorce kidnap team

An Orthodox rabbi went on trial Wednesday for allegedly employing a kidnap team to force Jewish men to divorce their wives. Orthodox Rabbi Mendel Epstein and his three co-defendants — son David Epstein, Jay Goldstein and Binyamin Stimler — face kidnapping charges stemming from ...

French boy is kidnapped in Madagascar

Feb 19, 2015

French boy is kidnapped in Madagascar

A French boy was abducted from outside his school in southwest Madagascar, authorities said Wednesday. “There were four guys who grabbed him as he was leaving school,” Hajatiana Ralaikoto, a police official in the town of Toliara, said in a telephone interview. The motive ...

Feb 12, 2015

Obama asks Congress to authorize war on Islamic State

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday sent Congress his long-awaited formal request to authorize military force against Islamic State, meeting swift resistance from Republicans as well as his fellow Democrats wary of another war in the Middle East. Republicans, who control Congress and say ...