'Terrorist attack' involving axes, knives kills 21 in China
A confrontation involving axes, knives, at least one gun that ended with the burning down of a house left 21 people dead in China's troubled far-west region of Xinjiang, a government spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
It was the deadliest violence in the region since July 2009, when Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi, was rocked by clashes between majority Han Chinese and minority Uighurs that killed nearly 200 people.
German police foil Islamist terror plot to use remote controlled aircraft filled with explosives as guided missiles
Police in Germany have raided dozens of addresses to foil an Islamist terror plot intending to use remote controlled model aircraft filled with explosives to be flown into targets.
Armed officers of the specialist G9G units raided homes in Stuttgart, Munich and Dachau after receiving information that at least one assassination attempt was being planned using the model planes as guided missiles.
Technical materials and paperwork were seized at several addresses while prosecutors spoke of plans for a 'seditious outrage'.
How the Syria conflict is spreading deadly violence to Lebanon
An armored personnel-carrier rolls through the city center, its 50-caliber machine gun at the ready as sniper fire cracks in the distance.
“I had to move out of my home last night because of the fighting,” says resident Mida Mohammad, her 3-year-old daughter Youmma clutching a teddy bear by her side. “Young guys with guns told me to leave my home so they could use it as a firing position.”
It could be a scene from war-ravaged Syria. But this is actually in Lebanon, whose second-largest city, Tripoli, has become a simmering reflection of the ethnic and religious divisions in the neighboring civil war.
Flooding hits Alberta province, forces 75,000 people from their homes in Calgary
Rain-swollen rivers burst from their banks in southern Alberta, Canada, ripping out roads, cutting off communities and forcing about 75,000 people out of their homes in Calgary alone.
"In my lifetime, I have never seen flooding like this," Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi told CNN on Friday.
Authorities said they had completed a challenging overnight evacuation of 25 neighborhoods without any injuries or deaths.
Indian monsoon flooding 'leaves 1000 dead'
Helicopters and close to 10,000 soldiers have been deployed to rescue tourists and pilgrims stranded after floods caused by torrential monsoon rains hit the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand at the weekend.
More than 22,400 people have so far been rescued, as the military takes advantage of clearer weather, but another 62,000 are still stranded, the Home Ministry said in a statement.
Tony Blair demands Western intervention to overthrow Assad
The consequences of refusing to intervene are likely to be more costly for the West than participating in the drive to oust the regime.
Speaking in Israel, the former prime minister acknowledged the "predominant emotion" in the West was to stay out of Syria, where rebels are battling to oust Bashar Assad and his regime, and avoid becoming embroiled in the politics of the region. "Undoubtedly the predominant emotion in the West today is to stay out of Syria; indeed to stay out of the region's politics," he said. "But as every day that passes shows, the cost of staying out may be paid in a higher price later."
'Day of honor': Afghans take over national security from US-led forces
U.S.-led international troops handed control of Afghanistan’s national security to local forces Tuesday -- a historic day marred by a suicide attack in another part of Kabul.
The formal transfer of responsibility is a major milestone in the process of withdrawal from the country, 12 years after the NATO-led mission began its mission to end Taliban rule.
Most foreign combat troops will leave the country by the end of 2014, but international funding and humanitarian aid will continue - prolonging the political headache for President Barack Obama over America's involvement in the conflict.
Analyst: Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria now best-equipped of the group
Al Qaeda's affiliate inside Syria is now the best-equipped arm of the terror group in existence today, according to informal assessments by U.S. and Middle East intelligence agencies, a private sector analyst directly familiar with the information told CNN.
Concern about the Syrian al Qaeda-affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, also known as the al-Nusra Front, is at an all-time high, according to the analyst, with as many as 10,000 fighters and supporters inside Syria. The United States has designated al-Nusra Front as a terrorist group with links to al Qaeda in Iraq.
Syria, Russia push back over U.S. chemical weapons claims
Claims and counterclaims came thick and fast Friday in response to the White House's declaration hours earlier that it believes the Syrian government has crossed a "red line" in using chemical weapons against rebels.
That conclusion -- declared for the first time Thursday -- is prompting the United States to increase the "scale and scope" of its support for the opposition, the White House said, although officials stopped short of saying it will put weapons in the hands of rebels.
NSA director: 'Dozens' of terrorist plots foiled by surveillance programs
The expansive government surveillance programs made public last week have helped prevent "dozens" of terrorist attacks, National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander told a Senate committee Wednesday.
It is unclear, however, what specific surveillance practices helped thwart the alleged plots.
And Alexander, an Army general, was quick to clarify that in most cases multiple programs have successfully been used together to stop attacks both in the United States and abroad.
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