Extremists see global chaos from coronavirus as an opportunity

World Apr 3, 2020

Extremists see global chaos from coronavirus as an opportunity

Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida see the coronavirus as a threat, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval from the pandemic as an opportunity to win over more supporters and strike harder than before. Messages from the Islamic extremist groups show ...

Kurdish forces end riots by Islamic State prisoners in Syria

World Mar 31, 2020

Kurdish forces end riots by Islamic State prisoners in Syria

Kurdish-led forces have successfully put down riots by Islamic State militants in a prison in northeast Syria with none of the prisoners escaping the facility, the top commander of the U.S.-backed forces said. Mazloum Abdi of the Syrian Democratic Forces tweeted shortly before midnight on ...

U.S. extends Iran nuclear cooperation sanctions waivers

World / Politics Mar 31, 2020

U.S. extends Iran nuclear cooperation sanctions waivers

The Trump administration on Monday renewed several waivers on U.S. sanctions against Iran, allowing Russian, European and Chinese companies to continue to work on Iran's civilian nuclear facilities without drawing American penalties. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed off on the waiver extensions but couched ...

Ex-Venezuelan spy chief Hugo Carvajal may surrender to U.S.

World / Crime & Legal Mar 29, 2020

Ex-Venezuelan spy chief Hugo Carvajal may surrender to U.S.

The former head of Venezuela's military intelligence unit, Hugo Carvajal, is discussing his possible surrender with U.S. authorities, three people familiar with the matter said on Saturday, after prosecutors charged him earlier in the week with drug trafficking, alongside Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Carvajal, a ...

World / Politics Mar 27, 2020

U.S. indicts Venezuela's Maduro on narcoterrorism charges

Nicolas Maduro effectively converted Venezuela into a criminal enterprise at the service of drug traffickers and terrorist groups as he and his allies stole billions from the South American country, the Justice Department charged in several indictments made public Thursday against the embattled socialist ...

German court sentences Tunisian for ricin bomb plot

World / Crime & Legal Mar 27, 2020

German court sentences Tunisian for ricin bomb plot

A German court sentenced a 31-year-old Tunisian to 10 years in prison Thursday for planning a biological bomb attack with the deadly poison ricin. Islamic State sympathizer Sief Allah H., 31, had ordered castor seeds, explosives and metal ball bearings on the internet in order ...

World Mar 26, 2020

Boko Haram kills 139 Chadian and Nigerian troops

Boko Haram Islamist militants operating in Africa's Lake Chad region killed 92 Chadian soldiers and 47 Nigerian troops in separate attacks on the same day, dealing a blow to a multinational effort to defeat their 11-year-old insurgency. At least 92 soldiers were killed and 47 ...

Gunmen in Afghanistan kill 25 in raid on Sikh complex

Asia Pacific Mar 25, 2020

Gunmen in Afghanistan kill 25 in raid on Sikh complex

Unidentified gunmen and suicide bombers raided a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, killing 25 people before security forces killed all of the attackers, the government said. Sikhs have been the target of attack by Islamist militants before in South ...