Pakistani teachers take up arms in wake of Taliban school massacre
PESHAWAR, Pakistan – When Pakistani Taliban militants stormed a Peshawar school and massacred 150 children and teachers, nobody could fight back. Shabnam Tabinda and some of her fellow teachers want to change that -- and are practicing how to shoot terrorists.
Taliban says agent infiltrated Afghan's security forces for attack that killed 3 Americans
Just days after an Obama administration official went to great pains to explain that the Taliban is not considered a terrorist group, the Afghan-based organization on Friday to credit for an attack that killed three American contractors and said it was carried out by a fighter who had infiltrated Afghanistan's security forces.
54 hurt in Mexico blast
A maternity hospital south of Mexico City is on the verge of collapsing after a gas delivery truck hit a building and exploded, emergency officials said. At least 54 people are injured, including 22 children, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said. An unconfirmed number of people are trapped.
Libyan ISIS group claims responsibility for Tripoli hotel attack
A Libyan affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility Wednesday for an attack on a Tripoli luxury hotel that killed 10 people, including an American and four Europeans.
The group, calling itself "Islamic State in Tripoli Province," said it launched the attack Tuesday to avenge the death of Abu Anas al-Libi, who was snatched off a Tripoli street by U.S. special forces in 2013 and died in U.S. custody earlier this month due to complications from liver surgery. Al-Libi had been indicted in U.S. federal court over his alleged role in the 1998 Al Qaeda bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
The group identified the attackers as Abu Ibrahim al-Tunsi and Abu Suleiman al-Sudani, noms de guerre that suggest the attackers were Tunisian and Sudanese. The claim of responsibility was dated Tuesday but first appeared on jihadi forums Wednesday.
2 police officers shot, suspect dead at Minn. city hall
Two police officers were struck by gunfire and a suspect was shot and killed at New Hope City Hall on Monday night.
Authorities say the shooting happened as a City Council meeting was wrapping up in the Minneapolis suburb. They say two new officers had just been sworn in when they left the council chambers around 7:15 p.m. CT. That's when they were confronted by a man with a gun who started firing at them.
Other officers returned fire and killed the suspect, who has not been identified.
Chief Deputy Mike Carlson with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department said the two officers were in good condition and were expected to survive. Their names have not been released.
Authorities escorted several dozen people from City Hall to the fire station after the shooting. Police said they are not looking for any additional suspects.
'Historic' storm prepares to slam Northeast; airlines cancel flights
Someday you may tell your grandchildren about the Blizzard of 2015.
The National Weather Service, which isn't prone to exaggeration, is using terms like "life-threatening" and "historic" to describe the weather system taking aim at the Northeast -- with the worst to expected hit Monday night into Tuesday.
The first big storm of the year may drop up to 3 feet of snow on Boston and New York before it ends Tuesday, with freezing rain and strong wind gusts possibly reaching 55 to 65 mph. Blizzard and winter storm warnings have been issued from Maryland through Maine and into Canada. Up to 58 million people could be put into the deep freeze.
"I want everyone to understand that we are facing -- most likely -- one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city," said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Fear on Rise, Jews in France Weigh an Exit
French Jews, already feeling under siege by anti-Semitism, say the trauma of the terrorist attacks last week has left them scared, angry, unsure of their future in France and increasingly willing to consider conflict-torn Israel as a safer refuge.
“It is a war here,” said Jacqueline Cohen, owner of an art store on Rue des Rosiers in a Jewish neighborhood lined with falafel and Judaica shops where many businesses were closed Monday morning. “After what happened, we feel safer in the center of Tel Aviv than we do here in the heart of Paris.”
“In Israel, there is an Iron Dome to protect us,” she added, referring to Israel’s antimissile defense system. “Here we feel vulnerable and exposed. We are afraid to send our children to school.”
Toxic mix that makes Belgium fertile ground for terrorism
"It's a nightmare," says Zaki Chairi.
Chairi, a 27-year old Belgian comedian who performs with a humorous theatrical group that calls itself the "Muslim Raiders," was speaking several days after a deadly gun battle erupted last week between suspected jihadists and police in the eastern Belgian town of Verviers.
News of the suspected Belgian terror cell immediately sent ripples of fear through this small European country's Muslim community.
"I was freaking out. Really scared," said Chairi, who fears young Belgian-born Muslims could become victims of a backlash after the raid.
PM Valls sets out sweeping measures to safeguard France from terror
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced "exceptional measures" on Wednesday to respond to the "change of scale" of the terrorist threat in the wake of deadly attacks two weeks ago in Paris.
Valls, speaking in Paris, said close to 3,000 people in France with jihadist ties needed to be under surveillance -- and that the number of people with links to networks in Iraq and Syria had increased by 130% in the past year.
In response to the threat, 2,680 new jobs will be created, of which intelligence services alone will account for 1,100, he said. Many of the new jobs will be dedicated to tackling the threat from online jihadism.
France will allocate 425 million euros ($490 million) over the next three years to boost the fight against extremism, Valls said.
Belgium hunts ringleader of suspected terror cell
The hunt is still on for the ringleader behind a terrorist cell targeted in raids last week.
The suspected key link between senior ISIS operatives in Syria and the Belgian terrorist cell, Belgian-Moroccan ISIS fighter Abdelhamid Abaaoud, is still at large, a senior Belgian counterterrorism official said.
Abaaoud's last known location was believed to be Greece, the official said.
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