A top member of the Haqqani network was assassinated near Islamabad, in what Taliban sources are calling the biggest blow yet to the notorious terror network.
In what senior Afghan Taliban leaders are calling the biggest blow ever to the lethal and notorious Haqqani network, a top scion of the organization’s ailing and elderly founder, Jalaluddin Haqqani, has been assassinated by gunmen near his home on the outskirts of Islamabad. Nasiruddin Haqqani, the network’s top fund raiser, organizer and liaison man with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI), will be hard if not impossible to replace, say multiple Taliban sources.
Three men have pleaded guilty to charges related to confronting and threatening to kill non-believers in order to enforce sharia law in the capital.
A band of Islamic vigilantes has admitted to roaming the streets of East London, confronting and threatening to kill non-believers in an effort to enforce Sharia law. Three men have pleaded guilty to related charges after self-proclaimed “Muslim Patrols” attacked, intimidated and threatened to stab members of the public in an area of London that hosted the 2012 Olympic Games.Ricardo McFarlane, 26, a Muslim convert, pleaded guilty to affray—fighting in a public place—on Monday, while a 23-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, entered a guilty plea for two public order offenses.
It may be the strongest storm ever to hit land, and it’s killed 10,000 in the city of Tacloban alone. From floating bodies to fury at the government, a survivor details the destruction.
Only when Lynette Lim started to walk into Tacloban City, a few hours after Super Typhoon Haiyan wreaked unimaginable devastation across the Philippines, did she realize how lucky she had been to survive the storm.“Everything was just flattened,” said Miss Lim, the Asia communications manager for Save the Children, who arrived in Tacloban with a group of aid workers assessing the potential need for help just 24 hours before Haiyan smashed into the city on Friday.
Two al Qaeda franchises are gaining strength on the border of Syria and Iraq by exploiting the region’s chaos—and the threat they pose to global security is ever more frightening.
Al Qaeda is building its most dangerous stronghold ever in the borderlands between Syria and Iraq. Hundreds of new jihadist fighters are flocking to this battlefield in the heartland of the Middle East. And with the civil wars in both countries all but certain to endure for the foreseeable future, the danger from this stronghold is growing.Two al Qaeda franchises are both competing and collaborating today in the violence that is wracking Syria and Iraq.
The Dutch are refusing to shut down their annual Saint Nicholas parade, which features a minstrel character named Black Pete, claiming the figure is not racist—never mind the Afro.
Imro Ritfeld, a Dutchman of Surinamese descent, has gotten used to hearing the same old jokes whenever the festivities for Saint Nicholas Day approach. His friends tell him, “Hey, your family is arriving in the Netherlands again!”They’re referring to the controversial figure of Black Pete, or Zwarte Piet, a carnival character who sports dark skin, thick red lips, gold earrings and black curly hair. In the weeks leading up to the saint’s birthday on December 6, towns all across the Netherlands hold parades in which revelers dress up as Black Petes, in a ritual that calls to mind the uncomfortably racist traditions of blackface and minstrel shows.
After years of discussions, the world’s major powers had finally devised a promising deal to stop Iran’s worrisome nuclear program—until France’s petty bureaucrats thwarted the plan.
France blocked the first stage of a nuclear deal with Iran that had support from the United States, Britain, Germany, most of the rest of Europe, Russia, and China. The simple—too simple—explanation for the French obstruction? They just want to call attention to themselves. They are contrary. They are perverse. They want to reestablish their weight in international affairs—their grandeur, if you will—precisely because there’s not much of it left.
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After Ukraine’s president retreated from a historic trade deal with the E.U., pro-Western protesters took to the streets and now are violently demanding a move away from Moscow.
She is a true inspiration. Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai has released a video statement for the first time since being shot by the Taliban last October. 'God has given me this new life,' Malala says, and in return, she is launching the Malala Fund, created to help educate children all over the world.