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U.S. threatened massive fine to force Yahoo to release data

The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply with a broad demand to hand over user communications — a request the company believed was unconstitutional — according to court documents unsealed Thursday that illuminate how federal officials forced …

‘Lady al-Qaeda’: The American-educated PhD the Islamic State desperately wants freed

Amid the kidnappings, the demands for riches and the executions, a name of controversy and conspiracy has reemerged: Aafia Siddiqui. Once called the “most wanted woman in the world,” she is now more widely known as “Lady al-Qaeda.” And Islamic State leaders want their lady back.<p>They want her back …

What the Islamic State learned from the U.S. about fighting a war

We’re caught in a revenge cycle with a death cult, and it’s redefining modern warfare.<p>The horrific murder of journalist James Foley is case in point. Once, hitting targets of opportunity or instituting a propaganda campaign were peripheral to massed armies killing each other in trenches and cities …

Should we call ISIS 'evil'?

<b>STORY HIGHLIGHTS</b><p>James Dawes: Evil is the strongest word we have to prepare ourselves to kill others<br>• Dawes: But the flip side is that it's also a word that stops us from thinking<br>• He says even if we can destroy ISIS, there will be other groups waiting in the wings<br>• Dawes: If we want to prevent spread of …

Even the Islamists of ISIS are obsessing over Ferguson

You can understand if President Obama would rather talk about the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq, where he has scored some victories, than talk about the unholy mess in Ferguson, Mo. Surprisingly, though, ISIS militants are following developments in the St. Louis suburb, and some of …

Ferguson protesters: The peaceful, the elders, the looters, and the ‘militants’

FERGUSON, Mo. — On one corner of a battered stretch of West Florissant Avenue, the epicenter of ongoing protests, young men pull dark scarves up over their mouths and lob molotov cocktails at police from behind makeshift barricades built of bricks and wood planks. They call the gasoline-filled …

Hague court under western pressure not to open Gaza war crimes inquiry

The international criminal court has persistently avoided opening an investigation into alleged war crimes in Gaza as a result of US and other western pressure, former court officials and lawyers claim.<p>In recent days, a potential ICC investigation into the actions of both the Israel Defence Forces …

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Don’t set a double standard for Israel on norms of war

<i>Natan Sharansky is chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel and was deputy prime minister of Israel from 2001 to 2003.</i><p>The pictures of destruction and mourning in Gaza that have filled media around the world for the past several weeks have been very painful and sad to view. One …

U.S. firm helped the spyware industry build a potent digital weapon for sale overseas

CloudShield Technologies, a California defense contractor, dispatched a senior engineer to Munich in the early fall of 2009. His instructions were unusually opaque.<p>As he boarded the flight, the engineer told confidants later, he knew only that he should visit a German national who awaited him with …

Who wants a caliphate, anyway?

Sunni Muslim militants in Iraq and Syria proclaimed in June the re-establishment of an Islamic state, or caliphate. Their aim was to connect with a long and proud Muslim past.<p>The Muslim world was at its most powerful under caliphates centuries ago. But this latest version has sparked debate among …

ISIS Baffling U.S. Intelligence Agencies

It’s been two months since ISIS took over Iraq’s second-largest city. But U.S. analysts are still trying to figure out how big the group is and the …