Islamic State group's influence spreads to African jihadis

| Dec 16, 2014

Islamic State group's influence spreads to African jihadis

Its main battlegrounds are far away and its true influence hard to judge, but the Islamic State’s black banner is attracting the attention of jihadis in Africa, particularly in Nigeria. Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s so-called caliphate is based in Syria and Iraq ...

Can identifying mental illness stop lone-wolf terrorist attacks?

Dec 16, 2014

Can identifying mental illness stop lone-wolf terrorist attacks?

A radical Muslim killed a soldier outside Canada’s Parliament. A right-wing extremist opened fire on buildings in Texas’ capital and tried to burn down the Mexican Consulate. An al-Qaida-inspired assailant hacked an off-duty soldier to death in London. Police said all three were terrorists ...

Iranian takes hostages in Sydney cafe; five escape

Dec 16, 2014

Iranian takes hostages in Sydney cafe; five escape

An Iranian refugee convicted of sexual assault and known for sending hate letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed overseas is the armed man holding an unknown number of hostages in a Sydney cafe, a police source said on Tuesday. On Monday, the ...

Britain to seek out CIA torture report

Dec 15, 2014

Britain to seek out CIA torture report

A U.K. parliamentary panel wants access to information not made public in a U.S. Senate report that may pertain to Britain’s role in the interrogation and rendition of terror suspects following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Malcolm Rifkind, chairman of the Intelligence and Security ...

Dec 14, 2014

Nigerian troops win back cities from extremists

The emir of Mubi was reinstalled Friday in his palace, where until recently flew the black-and-white flag of Nigeria’s Islamic extremists, Boko Haram. Residents are returning from the mountain hideouts where they hid while their city was held for more than a month by ...

Dec 12, 2014

Man jailed for attack on British firebrand politician

A man who attacked British pro-Palestinian lawmaker George Galloway in a London street while calling him “anti-Semitic” was jailed for 16 months on Thursday. Neil Masterson, 39, admitted to attacking Galloway in August in a frenzied assault while wearing a pink T-shirt with a ...

Dec 12, 2014

Catholic Church in Australia links celibacy to abuse

The Catholic Church in Australia on Friday conceded that obligatory celibacy may have contributed to priests abusing children and said clergy should be given “psychosexual” training. In a landmark report, an Australian Catholic Church body dealing with the legacy of child sex abuse added ...

Four years on, hoped for Arab Spring's aims elude

Dec 9, 2014

Four years on, hoped for Arab Spring's aims elude

It began with a spark, four years ago: An itinerant fruit seller, despairing of life in authoritarian Tunisia, set himself on fire and burned to death. It provoked a revolution, and the flames caught swiftly across a region that had known little but despotism ...