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Victims of 2 African embassy bombings await US court case

By JESSICA GRESKO | February 23, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doreen Oport was pulled from the rubble of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1998 covered in blood. Her hair was burned from the bombing. Pieces of metal and glass were embedded in her skin.The two decades since the bombing have...

US leads training exercises in Africa amid focus on Sahel

By CARLEY PETESCH | February 22, 2020

THIES, Senegal (AP) — Crouching in the sparse brush, maneuvering into formations through a divide, and then shooting at a target, about 10 soldiers from Burkina Faso are among a select group of African soldiers being trained to battle West Africa's...

US, Taliban truce takes effect, setting stage for peace deal

By KATHY GANNON and MATTHEW LEE | February 21, 2020

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A temporary truce between the United States and the Taliban took effect on Friday, setting the stage for the two sides to sign a peace deal next week aimed at ending 18 years of war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home.If successfully...

Watchdog toughens global financial scrutiny of Iran

By ANGELA CHARLTON | February 21, 2020

PARIS (AP) — An international agency monitoring terrorism funding announced tough new financial scrutiny of Iran on Friday and added seven countries to a watch list.Pakistan, meanwhile, won a reprieve from the Financial Action Task Force at its meetings...

Trump looks for permanent national intelligence director

By BEN FOX | February 21, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell is the new acting national intelligence director, but he's expected to be a short-timer overseeing the nation's 17 spy agencies.President Donald Trump named Grenell the acting director, but...

Putin hails US for helping prevent terror attack in Russia

February 20, 2020

Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday hailed the FBI for sharing information that helped thwart a terror attack by adherents of the Islamic State group in St. Petersburg during the New Year holidays.Speaking at a meeting with senior officials...

Turkey probes judges who acquitted businessman, activists

By SUZAN FRASER and ROBERT BADENBIECK | February 19, 2020

ISTANBUL (AP) — The body overseeing Turkish judges and prosecutors has launched an investigation into three judges who acquitted philanthropist businessman Osman Kavala and eight other activists of terrorism charges, Turkey's state media reported on...

Turkish philanthropist detained in new case after acquittal

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY | February 18, 2020

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish prosecutors detained a prominent philanthropist for alleged ties to a 2016 coup attempt Tuesday night, just hours after a court acquitted him on terrorism-related charges and ordered his release from jail after 840 days.The Istanbul...

China’s ‘War on Terror’ uproots families, leaked data shows

By DAKE KANG | February 17, 2020

Beijing (AP) — For decades, the Uighur imam was a bedrock of his farming community in China’s far west. On Fridays, he preached Islam as a religion of peace. On Sundays, he treated the sick with free herbal medicine. In the winter, he bought coal...

Suicide bomber in SW Pakistan kills 8 at Islamist rally

February 17, 2020

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful suicide bombing killed eight people and wounded 16 others in Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province on Monday, local police said, when it struck an Islamist rally in the regional capital.Police said the blast went...

US secretary of state visits Senegal to start Africa tour

February 16, 2020

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration is working to determine what level of American military forces is needed in West Africa to counter the rise of extremist violence in the region.Speaking at the end...

Suspected far-right extremist on Germany’s radar for months

February 16, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — German media reported Sunday that the main suspect detained last week as part of police raids on alleged far-right extremists had been on authorities' radar for several months.Der Spiegel reported that 53-year-old Werner S. from the Augsburg...