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Kosovo police official released from Serbian jail

Serbian authorities have released from detention a senior Kosovo police official who was jailed on suspicion of terrorism over a month ago.<p>The state Serbian TV says that Nehat Thaci was released on Tuesday after prosecutors dropped the investigation against him.<p>Thaci was jailed after crossing from …

North Africa
North Africa

2 more detained in Kosovo over alleged work for terror group

Kosovo police say they have arrested two more people for alleged involvement in terror activities on behalf of the Islamic State group.<p>Seven others were arrested over the weekend in Kosovo and four in neighboring Albania as part of the same investigation.<p>Authorities say the suspects all were …

Kosovo

Brussels embraces open borders for Turks

The European Commission will recommend visa-free travel for Turkish citizens in Europe Wednesday, setting the stage for an acrimonious debate over …

North Africa

Open borders allow Isil sleeper cells into Europe and UK capable of carrying out Paris-style attacks, warns US intelligence chief

Border Security campaign banner<p>Open borders across Europe have allowed Isil to plant sleeper cells across the continent and in the UK, poised to launch Paris or Brussels-style massacres, America’s intelligence chief has warned.<p>James Clapper, the US Director of National Intelligence, warned the free …

Saudi-led coalition claims recapture of key Yemen oil terminal from Al-Qaeda

Yemeni forces backed by Arab coalition air strikes have reportedly led to their recapturing of the country’s largest oil port, Mina Al-Dhaba, from …

Iran and Russia move closer but their alliance has limits | Reuters

DUBAI/MOSCOW (Reuters) - When Iran took delivery of the first parts of an advanced Russian air defense system this month, it paraded the anti-aircraft missile launchers sent by Moscow to mark Army Day.<p>Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L), who arrived to attend the Gas Exporting Countries Forum …

South Asia
Middle East

Al-Qaeda forced out of largest Yemeni stronghold

Troops loyal to the western-backed and internationally recognised government of Yemen have retaken the biggest city held by al-Qaeda in the country.<p>Under air cover from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who have backed the government in a separate civil war in the country, troops moved …

Middle East

“Iraq all over again”: Al-Qaeda is winner of U.S.-backed Saudi war in Yemen, says renowned journalist

Al-Qaeda now controls 340 miles of Yemen, reports Patrick Cockburn, as the War on Terror makes extremism even worse<p>"They have done it again. The U.S., Britain and regional allies led by Saudi Arabia have come together to intervene in another country with calamitous results," writes renowned Middle …

Middle East
Middle East
Middle East

Saudi coalition claims it killed 800 al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen

Yemeni troops backed by Arab coalition air strikes killed more than 800 members of al-Qaeda in an attack on a southeastern provincial capital held by the group for the past year, the coalition said Monday.<p>Pro-government forces recaptured an oil terminal as well as the city of Mukalla, which was …

In Germany, Obama appeals for continued European unity

HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Evoking history and appealing for solidarity, President Barack Obama on Monday cast his decision to send 250 more troops to Syria as a bid to keep up "momentum" in the campaign to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He pressed European allies to match the U.S. with new …

Middle East

Top U.S. intelligence official: ISIS has cells in UK, Germany, and Italy

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> America's top intelligence official, James Clapper, said Monday that ISIS has clandestine cells in the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, comments that come as President Barack Obama concludes an overseas visit where he asked Europe to contribute more to the fight against …

North Africa

U.S. sends F-22 fighters to reassure NATO allies facing Russia | Reuters

MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU AIR BASE, Romania (Reuters) - Two highly advanced U.S. fighters flew to the Black Sea on Monday for the first time since Washington beefed up military support for NATO’s eastern European allies who say they face aggression from Russia.<p>President Barack Obama promised in 2014 to …

Russia

In relegating the UK to 'the back of the queue', Obama has belittled Britain's military sacrifices

Picture the following scenario - the opening premise of which should not require too much imagination. The year is 2020, and America is once again embroiled in a messy war in the Middle East. As usual, it is not particularly of its own making, but controversial nonetheless, and the White House is …

United Kingdom
Barack Obama

German minister: The EU-US trade deal 'will fail' if the US refuses concessions

"The Americans want to hold fast to their 'Buy American' idea. We can't accept that. They don't want to open their public tenders to European companies. For me, that goes against free trade," Gabriel, who is also Germany's deputy chancellor, told business newspaper Handelsblatt.<p>"If the Americans …

Europe
Middle East

Yemen troops, Saudi-led coalition attack Al Qaeda in south

Yemeni security officials say hundreds of troops loyal to the internationally recognized president have launched an operation to drive Al Qaeda and Islamic State fighters out of southern coastal areas the extremists have seized amid the country's complex civil war.<p>The officials say troops loyal to …

Middle East

Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them 'state property'

GETTYThe Turkish government has seized six Christian churches<p>President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken control of six churches in the war-torn …

Middle East

U.S. split deepens over Putin's intentions in Syria civil war | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia’s latest military moves in Syria have sharpened divisions within the U.S. administration over whether Russian President Vladimir Putin genuinely backs a U.N.-led initiative to end the civil war or is using the negotiations to mask renewed military support for Syrian …

Middle East

Isis executes 250 women in Mosul after they refused 'sexual jihad', claim Kurdish officials

The Islamic State (Isis) has executed 250 women in Mosul after they refused sexual slavery to jihadi fighters, say Kurdish officials. Daesh (Isis) …

Spies have used intelligence databases to 'Google' themselves

A whole heap of serious spying information has just landed after an ongoing court case by the UK’s Privacy International (PI) digital rights organization filed back in 2015 has finally borne redacted, PDF-based fruit.<p>Although the previously confidential documents published today outline the UK …

Surveillance

Poor EU border controls put Britain in danger

Yesterday, former police chiefs and security experts warned that recent terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris were a “wake-up call” for UK border protection.<p>They are right. But, it’s no good willing the ends without the means: we can’t deliver the change required while inside the EU.<p>Their clarion …

North Africa
United Kingdom

Special Report: Yemen's guerrilla war tests military ambitions of big-spending Saudis | Reuters

RIYADH/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six years ago, Saudi and American officials agreed on a record $60 billion arms deal. The United States would sell scores of F-15 fighters, Apache attack helicopters and other advanced weaponry to the oil-rich kingdom.<p>A Saudi air force jet flies in formation during a …

Middle East
Europe