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  • Counterterrorism officials reviewing threat information for clues on Boston attack

    April 16, 2013 12:00 PM 160

    Counterterrorism officials are poring over information on possible threats from the past 30 days in the wake of the Boston Marathon attack, to see if there are any clues to what happened while authorities continue to investigate. According to multiple U.S. officials, there was no heightened "chatter" on major jihadist websites in the initial hours after

  • In Boston attack, a reminder of the difficulty in foiling terrorist plots

    April 16, 2013 10:34 AM 160

    Boston Marathon bomb blasts killat least three, leave scores injured But the success of the strike on the Boston Marathon, an international symbol of a city’s pride, highlights the enduring difficulty that U.S. officials face in impeding a determined attacker. In remarks Monday evening, President Obama did not label the bombings as terrorism. But a White

  • French SUD-rail’s Muslim fears: Banned black and North African staff from seeing Shimon Peres at Gare du Nord, says union

    April 16, 2013 8:14 AM 157

    The SUD-Rail transport union has now launched an official complaint over the visit by the Israeli president, stating ‘everything was done to ensure there were no Muslim employees to welcome the Head of the State.’ A French rail firm stopped its black and North African staff working during a visit from the President of Israel over fears they might be mistaken

  • All-cloaking Afghan burqa faces challenge on two fronts: Western dress codes, Chinese imports

    April 16, 2013 6:54 AM 183

    KABUL, Afghanistan – The homespun Afghan burqa is under siege from east and west these days — cut-price competition from China, and Western influences that are leading many urban women to exchange the full-body cloak for a simple headscarf. The decline is most noticeable in Kabul, the capital, where women began joining the work force and adopting Western

  • Kerry Rules Out ‘Artificial Talks’ With North Korea

    April 16, 2013 4:10 AM 170

    Demands North Korea Unilaterally Move Toward Denuclearization Just one day after insisting that the US was open to diplomacy and it was only North Korea keeping the row going, Secretary of State John Kerry has ruled out a new round of talks with the nation, saying it would be “artificial.” Kerry insisted the US would no long “continue this charade” and insisted

  • Boston marathon blasts draw condemnation and dread in Muslim world

    April 15, 2013 11:28 PM 153

    Posted by Max Fisher on April 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm On Sept. 12, the day after Islamist militants attacked a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, killing ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, local Libyans gathered for a public demonstration. Libyan families waved signs in Arabic and English reading “Benghazi is against Terrorism

  • A detainee writes from day 65 of his hunger strike

    April 15, 2013 3:43 PM 193

    Posted by Max Fisher on April 15, 2013 at 10:21 am In early February, more than 11 years into his detention at Guantanamo Bay, a Yemeni man named Samir Naji al-Hasan Moqbel went on a hunger strike. He had company: By mid-March, The Washington Post reported 14 detainees on hunger strike; by mid-April, it was up to 43. The camp’s military guards have responded

  • Man executed and crucified for male rape, murder and theft in Saudi Arabia

    April 15, 2013 12:05 PM 193

    A religious court in Saudi Arabia has executed and crucified a Yemeni man who robbed, raped and killed a Pakistani male migrant worker. Saudi Arabia’s ministry of interior released a statement saying Mohammed Rashad Hussein, a Yemeni national, has been executed and crucified. The statement, released two weeks ago, was reported in some Arabic media but wasn't

  • Kuwaiti politician jailed for insulting emir: lawyer

    April 15, 2013 8:55 AM 182

    KUWAIT (Reuters) - A prominent Kuwaiti opposition politician was sentenced to five years in jail on Monday for insulting the country's ruler, his lawyer said. The court found Musallam al-Barrak, an outspoken former member of parliament, guilty of insulting Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah in a speech in October last year in which he appealed to the emir to avoid

  • Kuwait Opposition Leader Lands in Jail for Insulting Emir

    April 15, 2013 7:29 AM 190

    A Kuwaiti court on Monday sentenced main opposition leader and former MP Mussallam al-Barrak to five years in prison after he was convicted of insulting the emir. "The court has sentenced the defendant Mussallam al-Barrak to five years in prison with immediate effect," said judge Wael al-Atiqi. Barrak was detained for four days in late October and released