Israeli survivors remember Munich Olympic massacre, 50 years on

Israeli survivors remember Munich Olympic massacre, 50 years on

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Ankie Spitzer was 26 years old when her husband Andre, a coach of the Israeli fencing team, was killed by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics, 50 years ago this week, and the memories of that day have dominated her life ever since. The attack on the Israeli team by gunmen associated with the Palestinian militant group Black September shocked the world, playing out in large part on live television watched by millions of viewers. At the end, 11 members of the Israeli team were dead as well as one German police officer and five of…
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Militants kill at least 40 villagers in east Congo attacks

Militants kill at least 40 villagers in east Congo attacks

Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 40 civilians in a string of attacks on several villages in east Democratic Republic of Congo between Thursday and Monday, a local human rights group and a hospital worker said Tuesday. Assailants believed to be members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) first targeted a group of villagers from North-Kivu province that had crossed into neighbouring Ituri province to look for arable land near the Ituri River on Aug. 25. Christophe Munyanderu, coordinator of the local group Convention for the Respect of Human Rights (CRDH), said ADF fighters had executed more than 40 men,…
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Little-known modified Hellfire missiles likely killed al Qaeda’s Zawahiri

Little-known modified Hellfire missiles likely killed al Qaeda’s Zawahiri

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Two Hellfire missiles fired from a drone killed the leader of al Qaeda, causing surprisingly little damage beyond the target, suggesting they may be a version of the missile shrouded in secrecy and used by the United States to avoid non-combatant casualties. Officials said the missiles killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri while he stood on a balcony at his home in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan, over the weekend in the biggest blow to the militants since Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011.  A senior administration official told reporters two Hellfire missiles were fired from an unmanned aerial vehicle…
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UPDATED: Taliban says was not aware al Qaeda leader in Kabul, warns U.S.

UPDATED: Taliban says was not aware al Qaeda leader in Kabul, warns U.S.

ISLAMABAD/KABUL, Aug 4 (Reuters) - The Taliban on Thursday said the government had no information about al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri "entering and living" in capital city Kabul and warned the United States to never repeat an attack on Afghan soil. The United States killed Zawahiri with a missile fired from a drone while he stood on a balcony at his Kabul hideout on Sunday, U.S. officials said, in the biggest blow to the militants since U.S. Navy SEALS shot dead Osama bin Laden more than a decade ago.  "The government and the leadership wasn’t aware of what is being claimed, nor any trace there," Suhail…
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Al Qaeda leader’s killing risks greater anti-American violence, State Dept warns

Al Qaeda leader’s killing risks greater anti-American violence, State Dept warns

Aug 2 (Reuters) - The killing of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri by the United States may prompt al Qaeda supporters to target U.S. facilities or citizens with the potential for more anti-American violence, the State Department warned. "Following al-Zawahiri’s death, supporters of al- Qa’ida, or its affiliated terrorist organizations, may seek to attack U.S. facilities, personnel, or citizens," the State Department said in a Worldwide Caution Update. "The Department of State believes there is a higher potential for anti-American violence given the death of Ayman al-Zawahiri on July 31, 2022." (Reporting by Caitlin Webber; writing by Costas Pitas; Editing by Leslie…
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Main suspect handed life sentence for 2015 Islamist attacks on Paris

Main suspect handed life sentence for 2015 Islamist attacks on Paris

A French court on Wednesday handed a life sentence to the lone survivor of the Islamist squad that killed 130 people in a night of carnage across Paris, bringing some closure to survivors and a country whose psyche was left scarred. Salah Abdeslam was found guilty on terrorism and murder charges, with no possibility of early release, the most severe criminal sentence possible in France and one handed out only four times previously. Nineteen other men judged for helping organise the Nov. 13, 2015 attacks that targeted the Bataclan music hall, six bars and restaurants and the Stade de France…
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UK terrorism threat level reduced from severe to substantial

UK terrorism threat level reduced from severe to substantial

Britain's national terrorism threat level has been reduced from severe to substantial, interior minister Priti Patel said in a written statement to parliament. The change means an attack is considered likely rather than highly likely. The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) had classified the risk as severe following two terrorist attacks in quick succession, in October and November 2021. On Wednesday, Patel said: "JTAC judges that, despite these two attacks, the current nature and scale of the UK terrorist threat is consistent with the level of threat seen prior to the attacks." "The attacks in October and November 2021 reflect…
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Haitian prime minister survived weekend assassination attempt -PM’s office

Haitian prime minister survived weekend assassination attempt -PM’s office

Gunmen unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry during an event on Saturday commemorating the Caribbean country's independence, his office said in a statement. Henry's office said on Monday that "bandits and terrorists" had tried to shoot the prime minister at a church in the northern city of Gonaives where the ceremony marking the 218th anniversary of independence was taking place. Local media said one person was killed and two were injured in the shooting. National police were unable to immediately confirm the casualties. The prime minister's office said arrest warrants had been issued for the suspects who fired…
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French police avert Christmas stabbing attack

French police avert Christmas stabbing attack

French police have arrested two people suspected of planning a stabbing spree over the Christmas holiday period, French media reported. In a tweet confirming the report, France's Interior Minister Gerard Darmanin said the "terroristic threat remains on a high level." Islamist literature and Islamic State propaganda was found during the arrests, which were made close to Paris, news channel BFM TV and newspaper Le Parisien reported. Photo - Pedestrians wearing protective face masks walk around the Christmas Market in the Tuileries in Paris, France. EPA-EFE/IAN LANGSDON
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UK police name Liverpool taxi blast suspect

UK police name Liverpool taxi blast suspect

British police have identified the suspect behind an explosion which engulfed a taxi in flames outside a hospital in Liverpool on Sunday, a blast the authorities have declared a terrorist incident. Police say 32-year-old Emad Al Swealmeen, who was killed in the blast, boarded the taxi in the northern English city and asked to be driven to the hospital, which was about 10 minutes away. The blast took place within the car as it approached the drop-off point in front of Liverpool Women's Hospital. The taxi driver was treated for injuries and released after medical attention. The country has raised its national threat…
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Policeman survives knife attack in Cannes

Policeman survives knife attack in Cannes

A policeman survived a knife attack in the French Riviera city of Cannes on Monday, with media quoting a police source as saying the assailant had said he was acting "in the name of the Prophet". The policeman emerged from the attack unscathed, saved from serious injury or worse by his bulletproof vest, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said. The assailant suffered life-threatening injuries after he was shot by other officers. The Algerian national held an Italian residency permit, was in France legally and was not on a French watchlist of individuals thought to have Islamist sympathies, the minister said. "I think that…
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Five youths suspected of planning Islamic State-inspired attack in Germany

Five youths suspected of planning Islamic State-inspired attack in Germany

German anti-terrorism forces on Thursday raided the homes of five young people west of the city of Bonn who were suspected of planning an attack inspired by the Islamic State militant group, prosecutors said. None of the five suspects - aged 16 to 22 - was arrested as judges only granted investigators search warrants given most of the suspects are minors. Two of the suspects are German citizens, another two are dual Russian-German nationals and one is Turkish. "The suspects are accused of preparing for a terrorist attack inspired by propaganda material of the Islamic State group," the Public Prosecutor's…
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Suspect in Sir David Amess murder detained under Terrorism Act

Suspect in Sir David Amess murder detained under Terrorism Act

A man detained after MP Sir David Amess was stabbed to death on Friday is 25-year-old Ali Harbi Ali, Whitehall officials have confirmed to the BBC. Police said the British man was being held at a London police station under the Terrorism Act 2000 and officers had until 22 October to question him. The BBC understands Mr Ali was referred to the UK's counter-terrorist Prevent scheme some years ago. But he was never a formal subject of interest to the security service, MI5. Officials do not believe anyone else was involved in the attack. It is thought Mr Ali, who…
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German police arrest four over threat to synagogue

German police arrest four over threat to synagogue

DUESSELDORF, Germany, Sept 16 (Reuters) - German police said on Thursday they had arrested four people, including a 16-year-old boy, after they received information about a possible threat to a synagogue. Late on Wednesday, police stepped up their protection of a synagogue in Hagen, a town of some 200,000 on the fringes of the Ruhr industrial region in the west of the country. The threat coincided with the Jewish festival of Yom Kippur, when observant Jews hold overnight vigils in synagogues. On Thursday, police in Hagen said they had arrested four people as a result of their investigation into the…
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UPDATED: Macron says French forces killed Islamic State leader in Sahara

UPDATED: Macron says French forces killed Islamic State leader in Sahara

French military forces have killed the leader of a West African affiliate of Islamic State in an air strike, President Emmanuel Macron and other officials said on Thursday. Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi was head of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), a jihadist group that broke away from other militants in Mali in 2015 when it pledged allegiance to Islamic State. Since then, ISGS militants have spread into neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger, carried out hundreds of deadly attacks on civilians and armed forces, and rendered large areas of West Africa's arid Sahel region ungovernable. The French government estimates…
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UK PM Johnson: 9/11 attacks failed to divide us

UK PM Johnson: 9/11 attacks failed to divide us

LONDON (Reuters) - The Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks in the United States failed to divide those who believe in freedom and democracy, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a video message marking the 20th anniversary of that day. Nearly 3,000 people were killed, including more than 2,600 at the World Trade Center in New York, after hijackers seized control of airplanes and used them to attack the World Trade Center's twin towers and the Pentagon just outside Washington. Sixty-seven British nationals were among the dead. "While the terrorists imposed their burden of grief and suffering, and while…
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UK has foiled 31 terror plots in the last four years – MI5 chief

UK has foiled 31 terror plots in the last four years – MI5 chief

Police and intelligence services have disrupted 31 plots to attack Britain in the last four years, Ken McCallum, director general of the MI5 domestic intelligence agency, said on Friday. The majority of plots were from Islamist extremists, but a growing number are organised far-right groups, he said. "Even during the pandemic period, we have all been enduring for most of the last two years, we have had to disrupt six late-stage attack plots," McCallum told the BBC. "So the terrorist threat to the UK, I am sorry to say, is a real and enduring thing." Photo: EPA-EFE/STR
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Paris Nov. 2015 attacks: key facts about the trial

Paris Nov. 2015 attacks: key facts about the trial

Twenty people go on trial in Paris on Wednesday suspected of involvement in a jihadist assault on Nov. 13, 2015, the most deadly attack ever seen in peacetime France, in which 130 were killed and hundreds injured. A specially-built courtroom and additional rooms where the hearings will be broadcast are ready to admit 2,000 people daily at a tribunal in central Paris for a trial of unprecedented proportions that is set to last nine months. Here are the key facts: THE ATTACKS On the evening of Nov. 13, 2015, Paris was hit by multiple gun-and-bomb attacks on the Bataclan music…
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UPDATED: Security high in Paris as 2015 jihadist attacks trial begins

UPDATED: Security high in Paris as 2015 jihadist attacks trial begins

A trial of unprecedented scale starts under high security on Wednesday to judge 20 men suspected of involvement in a jihadist rampage across Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, the deadliest attack in peacetime France. Salah Abdeslam, the 31-year old French-Moroccan believed to be the only surviving member of the group suspected of carrying out the attacks, was among 20 men on trial. The attacks took place during the evening of November 13, 2015, and have left deep scars on the French national psyche. Abdeslam, told a French court that he was a "soldier of Islamic State". Islamic State claimed responsibility…
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New Zealand’s Ardern promises new counter-terrorism laws by end of month

New Zealand’s Ardern promises new counter-terrorism laws by end of month

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday a legal loophole that allowed an Islamic State-inspired militant who carried out a supermarket attack to remain free would be closed off with new laws by the end of the month. Police shot dead hamed Aathil Mohamed Samsudeen, 32-year-old Sri Lankan Ahamed Aathil Mohamed Samsudeen moments after he launched his stabbing spree at an Auckland supermarket on Friday. Samsudeen was known to authorities for about five years and had spent the equivalent of three years in jail over that period for offences including possession of objectionale materials, possession of dangerous weapons…
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Former UK PM Blair warns West should prepare for bio-terrorism threat

Former UK PM Blair warns West should prepare for bio-terrorism threat

Islamism remains a "first order" security threat and the West should prepare for potential use of biological weapons by extremist groups, former British prime minister Tony Blair said on Monday. The Taliban swept to power in Afghanistan last month as the United States withdrew its troops after a 20-year war, and Britain fears the group's return and the vacuum left by the West's chaotic withdrawal will allow militants from al Qaeda and Islamic State to gain a foothold there. "Islamism, both the ideology and the violence, is a first order security threat and, unchecked, it will come to us, even…
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New Europol assessment of IS and Al-Qaeda published

New Europol assessment of IS and Al-Qaeda published

Published today, the third edition of Europol’s annual report on Online Jihadist Propaganda provides a comprehensive analysis of the major trends and developments in online propaganda of the most prominent jihadist organisations for the year 2020.  Focusing on the Islamic State and al-Qaeda as well as their offshoots, the report addresses the trajectories of these groups, and how they have responded to shifting dynamics and attempted to overcome setbacks.   Prepared by the European Counter Terrorism Centre’s European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU), this threat assessment is based on primary sources, including the groups’ publications, videos and audio speeches, which have been collected…
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U.S. State Department announces five additions to global terrorist list

U.S. State Department announces five additions to global terrorist list

WASHINGTON, Aug 6 (Reuters) - The State Department on Friday announced the addition of five alleged Islamist militants to its Specially Designated Global Terrorist list, requiring the blocking of any ownership or interests in U.S. properties they hold. The designations also expose to possible U.S. sanctions individuals or foreign financial institutions who engage in certain transactions with the five. They include Bonomade Machude Omar, the senior military commander of Islamic State's affiliate in Mozambique, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement. Omar led a group of extremists who killed dozens of people in an attack on the…
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Terror threat to Britain will grow if West neglects Afghanistan, previous boss of MI6 warns

Terror threat to Britain will grow if West neglects Afghanistan, previous boss of MI6 warns

The threat to the UK from terrorist groups like al Qaeda will grow if allies turn their back on Afghanistan after troops withdraw, Sir Alex Younger, the previous head of MI6, has warned. The former spy chief said it would be an "enormous mistake" to neglect the country as happened back in 1989 when an earlier intervention by the then Soviet Union ended. Sir Alex, a veteran of the fight against terrorism following the 11 September attacks on America in 2001, predicted the most likely outcome for Afghanistan now is civil war between a resurgent Taliban and the US and…
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Italy arrests four suspected of sending funds to Islamic State

Italy arrests four suspected of sending funds to Islamic State

Italian police said on Monday they had arrested four men accused of sending funds to people across Europe and the Middle East who were collecting on behalf of Islamic State, in an investigation that led to a larger suspected terrorism-funding network. The four men were suspected of wiring 30,000 euros in total from a money transfer agency in the southeastern Italian town of Andria to 42 collectors of funds for militants, in countries including Serbia, Germany, Turkey, Jordan, Thailand and Russia. Subsequent investigations showed the same 42 collectors had received as much as 1 million euros in suspicious transfers from…
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Malta’s customs strengthens Anti-Money Laundering team and anti-terror efforts

Malta’s customs strengthens Anti-Money Laundering team and anti-terror efforts

Following an analysis of the current trend in infringements of the Cash Control Regulations (S.L. 233.07) and the inherent risks, the Customs Department, this week, has initiated the process intended to continue beefing up its Anti-Money Laundering Team by two additional Officials, that is, from 9 to 11 officials. The selection process will be followed by a programme of intense training. This Section was introduced, within the Department’s structure, in November 2018, commencing with a team of four Officials. It was, subsequently, enhanced by five additional Officials in 2019. The AMLT is now working in close cooperation with the newly…
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French PM says murder of police employee was an attack on France

French PM says murder of police employee was an attack on France

The murder on Friday of a police employee in a Paris commuter town was an attack on the French Republic, said Prime Minister Jean Castex. "Once again, the Republic has been attacked. Once again, the French state has been threatened. We will not let this go by," Castex said on Saturday, speaking to reporters from the southern city of Toulouse. The police administrative worker was stabbed on Friday by a man who walked into a police station in the Paris commuter town of Rambouillet. President Emmanuel Macron said in response that France had again been the victim of a terrorist…
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UPDATE: Attacker fatally stabs police employee near Paris, Macron calls it terrorism

UPDATE: Attacker fatally stabs police employee near Paris, Macron calls it terrorism

RAMBOUILLET, France (Reuters) -A man fatally stabbed a police administrative worker as she walked into a police station in a Paris commuter town on Friday, and President Emmanuel Macron said France had again been the victim of a terror attack. The attacker stabbed the woman in the throat, two security sources said. Macron identified the victim as Stephanie and said the nation stood by her family's side. "We will stop at nothing in our resolute fight against Islamist terrorism," Macron tweeted. The attacker was shot dead by police officers. France's anti-terror prosecutor said he was leading the investigation because the…
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Italian police arrest man suspected of helping 2016 Nice attacker

Italian police arrest man suspected of helping 2016 Nice attacker

Italian police said on Thursday they had arrested an Albanian man suspected of supplying weapons to Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who killed 86 people in July 2016 by driving a truck through a seafront crowd in the French city of Nice. Police said Endri Elezi, 28, was seized in the late hours of Wednesday in Sparanise, a town close to Caserta, in southern Italy. France had issued a European arrest warrant for him. Bouhlel, a Tunisian citizen, was shot dead by police after he carried out the attack at the Promenade des Anglais on July 14, 2016, France’s national Bastille day…
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Photo Story: Commemoration of 5th anniversary of Brussels terrorist attacks

Photo Story: Commemoration of 5th anniversary of Brussels terrorist attacks

A message for the victims at Brussels Airport on the fifth anniversary of the Brussels terrorist attacks, in Brussels, Belgium, 22 March 2021. On the same day in 2016 a total of 31 people were killed, and hundreds of others injured in terrorist attacks in the Brussels Airport and on the Maalbeek Metro station for which the so-called 'Islamic State' (IS) later had claimed responsibility. Maelbeek Metro Station during events held for the fifth anniversary of the Brussels terrorist attacks, in Brussels, Belgium, 22 March 2021. EPA-EFE/CHRISTOPHE LICOPPE / POOL Belgium's King Philippe (2-L) and Queen Mathilde (L), stand beside…
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Italian police arrest man suspected of helping Bataclan attackers

Italian police arrest man suspected of helping Bataclan attackers

An Algerian man has been arrested in the Italian town of Bari on suspicion of belonging to the Islamist militant group Islamic State and helping the perpetrators of a coordinated attack that killed 130 people in Paris in 2015, police said on Monday. A statement said that the man, 36, was believed to have provided counterfeit documents to the gunmen and bombers who attacked the Bataclan concert hall, restaurants and the vicinity of the Stade de France sports stadium. The attack, in which hundreds more were wounded, was France’s deadliest since World War Two. File photo: EPA/CESARE ABBATE Via Reuters/ANSA
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Developing Story : Eight people injured after suspected terrorist attack in Sweden

Developing Story : Eight people injured after suspected terrorist attack in Sweden

STOCKHOLM, March 3 (Reuters/Euronews/EPA) - Swedish police is investigating a knife attack in the southern town of Vetlanda earlier on Wednesday as a possible 'terror crime', the police said on its web page. Eight people are confirmed to have been injured in the incident, which took place around 190 kilometres from Gothenburg, Sweden's second-largest city. EPA-EFE/Mikael Fritzon Euronews reports that authorities first received reports shortly before 3.00 PM CET that several people had been attacked with an "axe" near Bangårdsgatan. The first police patrols arrived at the town's centre 10 minutes later. One suspect in his 20s was shot by…
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Late Maltese shopkeeper Gauci testimony central as  Scottish court upholds Libyan Lockerbie bomber’s conviction

Late Maltese shopkeeper Gauci testimony central as Scottish court upholds Libyan Lockerbie bomber’s conviction

A Scottish court rejected on Friday an appeal to overturn the conviction of a now-deceased Libyan man found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing which killed 270 people. Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, an intelligence officer who died in 2012, was jailed for life in 2001 for the murder of 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11 residents of the Scottish town in the deadliest militant attack in British history. "The bombing of Pan Am 103 is, to this day, the deadliest terrorist attack on UK soil and the largest homicide case Scotland's prosecutors have ever encountered in terms of scale and of complexity,"…
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Five years after Paris attacks, France back on maximum alert

Five years after Paris attacks, France back on maximum alert

Five years after a squad of Islamist killers waged the deadliest attack during peacetime in modern-day France, Prime Minister Jean Castex on Friday paid tribute to those killed, with the country once again on its highest security alert. The jihadist suicide bombers and gunmen killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more in a series of coordinated attacks on entertainment venues on Nov. 13, 2015, in a night of bloodletting that etched a deep scar in the nation’s psyche. Flowers put outside La Bonne Biere cafe bar in Paris, France, 13 November 2020, as part of commemorations across Paris marking the…
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MEPs unanimously condemn recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria

MEPs unanimously condemn recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria

MEPs call for unity and a robust response to terror attacks, in parallel with additional efforts promoting fundamental freedoms and integration. In a debate with Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson, who announced upcoming EU initiatives such as strengthening Europol’s mandate and an action plan on integration and inclusion, MEPs pointed to the need to further close the gaps and loopholes in existing counter-terrorism legislation and in its implementation. At the same time, measures promoting integration into our societies, education and non-discrimination should be further developed and supported. Several members referred to the need to urgently tackle online aspects of radicalisation…
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Spain to start trial of suspects linked to deadly 2017 van attack

Spain to start trial of suspects linked to deadly 2017 van attack

Spain's High Court will on Tuesday open the trial of three suspected Islamist militants linked to a 2017 attack in Barcelona which killed 14 people - Spain's deadliest in over a decade. A single attacker drove a rented van into crowds on Barcelona's central La Rambla boulevard, causing 14 deaths and injuring over a hundred people. Another man was killed during the attacker's getaway. On the eve of the attack, an accidental explosion destroyed a house in Alcanar, southwest of Barcelona, where explosives and gas canisters had been stored. The blast killed the group's suspected leader, an imam. Two of…
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Austria admits ‘intolerable mistakes’ in checks on Vienna attacker

Austria admits ‘intolerable mistakes’ in checks on Vienna attacker

Austria on Friday admitted "intolerable mistakes" in the handling of intelligence on the jihadist who killed four people in Vienna on Monday, saying it could have considered him a greater threat and monitored him more closely. The head of the main domestic intelligence agency for the city of Vienna, the Vienna Provincial Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Counter-Terrorism (LVT), was stepping down temporarily while an investigation was carried out, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told a news conference. "Obvious and from our point of view intolerable mistakes were made," Nehammer said.  Austria had already admitted fumbling intelligence from…
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Photo Story: Ceremony for the victims of knife attack in Nice

Photo Story: Ceremony for the victims of knife attack in Nice

Notre-Dame de l'Assomption Basilica's Priest Franklin Parmentier (R) carries a portrait of Vincent Loques during a ceremony on Saturday for the victims of the recent attack at Notre-Dame de Nice Basilica, in Nice, France. Three people were killed on 29 October when a man carried out a knife attack inside the basilica. Notre-Dame de l'Assomption Basilica's Priest Franklin Parmentier (R) pays a tribute in front of a portrait of Vincent Loques (C) during a ceremony for the victims of the recent attack at Notre-Dame de Nice Basilica, in Nice, France. Via EPA-EFE/VALERY HACHE / POOL
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Europe must strengthen its borders after attacks, says Macron

Europe must strengthen its borders after attacks, says Macron

Europe must rethink its open-border Schengen area, including a more robust protection of the zone's external frontiers, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, after a spate of Islamist attacks in France and Austria. The tighter controls were needed to curb clandestine immigration, said Macron, adding that the criminal gangs illegally trafficking migrants into Europe were often linked to terror networks. "I am in favour of a deep overhaul of Schengen to re-think its organisation and to strengthen our common border security with a proper border force," Macron said on a visit to the Franco-Spanish border. Macron said he would present…
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Maltese Editors’ Perspectives

Maltese Editors’ Perspectives

The Times of Malta looks at the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit's fine to Lombard Bank. The €340,058 fine comes after the bank breached five anti-money laundering provisions. It says Malta's financial services providers and anti-financial crime institutions need to be on the lookout to comply with anti-money laundering procedures. The Independent looks at the recent terrorist attack in Vienna. It says similar events have taken place in Europe over the past years. The editor asks whether Malta is equipped to handle such an attack. In-Nazzjon says Malta continues to remember All Saints' Day by showing respect to the dead. The…
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What is known about the man who killed four in Vienna shooting spree

What is known about the man who killed four in Vienna shooting spree

Dressed in a black shirt and cap, with an automatic rifle, a handgun and a machete in hand, 20-year-old Kujtim Fejzulai looked into the camera for the last photo he posted of himself on Instagram before setting off on a killing spree in Vienna. On Monday he killed four people and injured 22 in what was the deadliest attack in Austria’s capital for decades, moving through Vienna’s inner city and shooting at passers-by for nine minutes from about 8 p.m., until he was shot dead by police. According to witnesses, he at one point turned back to shoot one of…
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Vienna gunman acted alone

Vienna gunman acted alone

Large quantities of mobile phone footage have confirmed that the jihadist who killed four people in a rampage in Vienna on Monday was the only gunman, but Austria fumbled intelligence on him, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said on Wednesday. Austria arrested 14 people aged 18 to 28 on Tuesday in connection with the attack and is investigating them on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organisation, he said. But it would also have to investigate its own actions, he added. “Before the terror attack began, according to the information currently available, some things also went wrong,” Nehammer told a news…
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Britain raises terrorism threat to ‘severe’

Britain raises terrorism threat to ‘severe’

Britain's terrorism threat level has been raised to 'severe', interior minister Priti Patel said on Tuesday. "The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has changed the UK terror threat level from substantial to severe," Patel said on Twitter. "This is a precautionary measure and is not based on any specific threat. The public should continue to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police."
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French pupils return to school for first time since teacher’s beheading

French pupils return to school for first time since teacher’s beheading

Twelve million pupils returned to school in France on Monday for the first time since an Islamist militant beheaded teacher Samuel Paty, who had used cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression. Schools were holding a minute’s silence in honor of Paty at 11 a.m. and teachers reminded pupils of their rights and duties in a “free democracy”. Paty was murdered in a middle-class Paris suburb on the eve of a two-week holiday, which President Emmanuel Macron cast as an attack on French values and the Republic itself. French Prime Minister Jean Castex (R) addresses…
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Charlie Hebdo trial suspended after suspect tests positive for Covid

Charlie Hebdo trial suspended after suspect tests positive for Covid

The main suspect in a trial over the 2015 Charlie Hebdo massacre has tested positive for coronavirus, prompting the court to suspend hearings until Wednesday. Ali Riza Polat is accused of having helped the killers of 12 people in the 2015 attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, a female police officer a day later, and four hostages at a Jewish supermarket. The 10 accused accomplices must now be tested and “the resumption of the trial will depend on the results of these tests and the development of the health of the people concerned”, presiding judge Regis de Jorna said in…
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France’s Macron to Muslims: I hear your anger, but will not accept violence

France’s Macron to Muslims: I hear your anger, but will not accept violence

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he respected Muslims who were shocked by cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad but that was no excuse for violence, as his officials ramped up security after a knife attack in a French church that killed three people this week. An assailant shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in Nice on Thursday, in France's second deadly knife attack in two weeks with a suspected Islamist motive. The suspected assailant, a 21-year-old from Tunisia, was shot by police and is now in critical condition…
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Three in custody in France following Nice attack

Three in custody in France following Nice attack

A third person was taken into custody in France in connection with a knife attack which left three dead in Nice on Thursday, a police source said on Saturday, as the government ramps up security efforts against possible militant attacks. An assailant shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in Nice, in France's second deadly knife attack in two weeks. The third arrest took place on Friday and followed another that day and a previous one on Thursday, the police source said. At least two of the people in custody,…
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France strengthens up security at home, abroad

France strengthens up security at home, abroad

French ministers said on Friday that they were calling up gendarmerie reserves and boosting security at home and abroad, a day after three people were killed in what authorities say was an Islamist knife attack in a church in Nice. Interior Minister Gerard Darmanin said that 120 extra police were being sent to Nice right away and 3500 gendarmerie police reservists were being called up across the country. President Emmanuel Macron had already announced that 4000 extra troops would be assigned to domestic anti-terrorism patrols and guard duties, in addition to 3000 already serving on those missions. French embassies were…
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Nice residents mourn church attack dead

Nice residents mourn church attack dead

France's interior minister said on Friday more militant attacks on its soil were likely and the country was engaged in a war against Islamist ideology following the second deadly knife attack in its cities in two weeks. Minister Gerald Damarnin was speaking a day after an assailant shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in Nice. The man was shot by police and is now in critical condition in a hospital. "We are in a war against an enemy that is both inside and outside," Damarnin told RTL radio. "We…
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French Interior Minister warns “war against Islamist ideology” means more attacks in France

French Interior Minister warns “war against Islamist ideology” means more attacks in France

More attacks on French soil are likely as France is engaged in a "war against Islamist ideology", its interior minister said on Friday. A knife-wielding Tunisian man shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday before being shot and taken away by police. "We are in a war against an enemy that is both inside and outside," Gerald Darmanin told RTL radio. "We need to understand that there have been and there will be other events such as these terrible attacks."  A police…
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France raises security threat level to highest after Nice attack

France raises security threat level to highest after Nice attack

France has raised the security alert for French territory to the highest level after the knife attack in the city of Nice, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday. Castex also told French National Assembly that the government’s response to the attack would be firm and implacable. French President Emmanuel Macron said that he would be stepping up the deployment of soldiers to protect key French sites, such as places of worship and schools, following the fatal knife attack in Nice earlier in the day. French police officers secure the street near the entrance of the Notre Dame Basilica church…
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France increases security due to ‘very high’ terror risk

France increases security due to ‘very high’ terror risk

France is increasing security at religious sites as the interior minister said that the country faces a “very high” risk of terrorist threats, amid growing geopolitical tensions following the beheading of a teacher who showed his class caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. French diplomats are trying to quell anger in Turkey and Arab nations amid anti-France protests and calls for boycotts of French goods in response to President Emmanuel Macron’s firm stance against Islamism in the wake of the Oct. 16 beheading. European allies have supported Macron, while Muslim-majority countries are angered by his defense of prophet cartoons they consider sacrilegious.…
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France awards Legion of Honor to slain schoolteacher

France awards Legion of Honor to slain schoolteacher

President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute on Wednesday to a French history teacher beheaded by an Islamist radical as a “quiet hero” dedicated to instilling the democratic values of the French Republic in his pupils. Samuel Paty’s attacker, a teenager of Chechen origin, had wanted to avenge the teacher’s use of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression for 13-year-olds. Muslims see any depiction of the Prophet as blasphemous. In a nationally televised memorial service presided over by Macron, Paty’s coffin was carried into the courtyard of Sorbonne university in Paris to the soundtrack of the…
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France to pay respects to beheaded teacher with ceremony at Sorbonne

France to pay respects to beheaded teacher with ceremony at Sorbonne

France will pay tribute Wednesday to a history teacher beheaded in a quiet Paris suburb as President Emmanuel Macron promised to intensify a clampdown on Islamist extremism. Police have carried out dozens of raids, while the government has ordered the six-month closure of a mosque and plans to dissolve a group that supports Palestinian militant group Hamas. "Our fellow citizens expect actions," Macron said during a visit to a Paris suburb on Tuesday. "These actions will be stepped up." Flowers are layed in front of the middle school (college) during a vigil march, dubbed a 'Marche Blanche' (White March) to…
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French police conduct raids in crackdown after teacher beheading

French police conduct raids in crackdown after teacher beheading

French police on Monday raided Islamic associations and foreigners suspected of extremist religious beliefs, police sources said, three days after a suspected Islamist beheaded a school teacher. History teacher Samuel Paty, 47, was murdered on Friday in broad daylight outside his school in a middle-class Paris suburb by an 18-year-old of Chechen origin. Police shot the attacker dead. The teenage assassin sought to avenge his victim's use of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression to 13-year-olds. Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous. Public figures called the killing an attack on…
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Indications France to expel 231 suspected extremists after attack on teacher

Indications France to expel 231 suspected extremists after attack on teacher

France is preparing to expel 231 foreigners on a government watch list for suspected extremist religious beliefs, a police union source said, two days after a Russian-born Islamist beheaded a teacher. France’s interior ministry, responsible for expelling foreigners, was not available to confirm the information, which had been initially reported by Europe 1. France defines extremists as “people who, engaged in a process of radicalisation, are likely to want to go abroad to join terrorist groups or take part in terrorist activities”. President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist government has been under pressure from conservative and far-right parties to take a tougher…
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ISIS calls on its fighters to target westerners in Saudi Arabia

ISIS calls on its fighters to target westerners in Saudi Arabia

An ISIS spokesman called on the militant group’s supporters to target westerners, oil pipelines and economic infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. “Targets are plenty ... Start by hitting and destroying oil pipelines, factories and facilities which are the source (of income) of the tyrant government,” the spokesman, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, said in a recorded speech on the militant group’s official telegram channel. He said the kingdom had supported normalisation with Israel by opening its airspace for Israeli flights to neighbouring Gulf states. The threats surfaced as Bahrain has followed the United Arab Emirates in agreeing last month to normalise ties with…
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Suspect in teacher’s beheading in France identified as Chechen teen

Suspect in teacher’s beheading in France identified as Chechen teen

A suspect shot dead by police after the beheading of a history teacher near Paris was an 18-year-old Chechen refugee unknown to intelligence services who posted a grisly claim of responsibility on social media minutes after the attack, officials said Saturday. France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said authorities investigating the killing of Samuel Paty in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday arrested nine suspects, including the teen’s grandfather, parents and 17-year-old brother. Children and parents lay flowers in front of Bois d'Aulne middle school to pay their respect after a teacher was assassinated in Conflans Sainte-Honorine, outside Paris, France. EPA-EFE/YOAN VALAT Paty had discussed…
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