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The United States' 'outdated' terror list

Decades before email, electronic banking, and online social networks could facilitate the coordination of terrorist attacks on a global scale, the US Department of State created a list of countries it accused of supporting terrorism.<p>Established during the Cold War, the United States' list of State …

Report: Syria tortured and executed 11,000

The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has systematically killed and tortured about 11,000 people, according to a reported based on the evidence of a defector and produced by three former international prosecutors.<p>The report, commissioned by the government of Qatar and released on …

Syria to seek 'anti-terror' support in Geneva

<b>MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND -</b> The Syrian government will demand support from the international community for its "fight against terrorism" during upcoming peace talks, sources in Damascus told Al Jazeera.<p>Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem, in a speech he is scheduled to give during the peace conference in …

Iraq executes 26 men on 'terrorism' charges

<b>Iraq has executed 26 people convicted of "terrorism" offences, according to officials.</b><p>The deaths came despite international criticism of the country's increasing use of capital punishment.<p>The justice ministry said Adel al-Mashhadani - allegedly a leader of a local Sunni militia known as Sahwa - was …

Starved Syria civilians flee besieged Damascus suburb

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1023000/1023756_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524775974_6a09ab4cd30b8d3b1adb77ae228e4f70<p><b>Thousands of Syrian civilians have finally been allowed to leave the besieged Damascus suburb of Moadamiya.</b><p>The BBC's Lyse Doucet, who was at the …

FSA brigade 'joins al-Qaeda group' in Syria

Hundreds of fighters under the command of the opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) have reportedly switched allegiance to al-Qaeda-aligned groups, in a move described as a huge blow to moderate rebel forces.<p>Activists and military sources have told Al Jazeera that the 11th Division - one of the biggest …

Deaths reported in Nigeria shootout

At least seven people have been killed in the Nigerian capital Abuja in what security forces said was a shootout with Boko Haram, but witnesses at a hospital said it was an attack on unarmed squatters.<p>The incident happened in a building near a walled-off residential compound for legislators on …

Deadly explosions hit Iraq mosque

Two bombs hidden inside air conditioners have exploded in a Sunni mosque packed with worshippers killing at least 18 people.<p>The deputy head of the municipal council in the city of Samarra, where the explosions took place, said the blasts went off around midday, during Friday prayers.<p>The official, …

Pakistan frees Afghan Taliban commander

Pakistan has released Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the former Afghan Taliban second-in-command, from prison in an effort aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan.<p>"Yes Baradar has been released," Omar Hamid, a spokesman for interior ministry told AFP news agency on Saturday, without elaborating.<p>The US …

Syria opposition rejects Iran mediation offer

Syria's opposition National Coalition has rejected an Iranian offer to broker talks with the regime, saying the bid was "not serious" and calling Tehran "part of the problem."<p>"The Iranian initiative is not serious and lacks political credibility," the key opposition grouping said in a statement on …

Syria submits chemical arms data to watchdog

<b>UN resolution meeting</b><p>In New York, UN envoys were due to resume talks on a draft Security Council resolution that would enshrine the plan to neutralise the lethal weapons.<p>The OPCW said it had postponed a meeting on the issue scheduled for Sunday.<p>James Bays, Al Jazeera's diplomatic editor, said the …

Gunmen storm Nairobi mall in deadly attack

A gunbattle inside a shopping centre in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, has left at least 30 people dead and more than 50 injured, authorities said.<p>Gunfire has been exchanged for hours after Kenyan troops and elite units joined police fighting gunmen in Nairobi's upmarket Westgate shopping centre on …

Baghdad bombings target Shia funeral

At least 65 people have been killed in car bombings targeting a funeral in the Iraqi capital, officials said.<p>Police said a first car bomb went off near a funeral tent for a Shia man in the Baghdad neighbourhood of Sadr City on Saturday afternoon. A suicide bomber driving a car then blew himself up …

Mortar shell hits Russian embassy in Syria

A mortar shell has landed in the compound of the Russian embassy in central Damascus, injuring three people, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.<p>"On September 22 as a result of shelling by the rebels of the Damascus neighbourhood of Mazzeh, one of the shells exploded on the territory of the Russian …

Deadly blast at Baghdad funeral

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral inside a tent filled with mourners in a predominantly Sunni Muslim district of Baghdad, killing at least 16 people, police and medical sources said.<p>A further 35 people were wounded in the attack in Doura, which came a day after a triple bombing at a …

Scores die in twin Pakistan church bombings

At least 78 people have been killed in northwest Pakistan in a twin suicide bombing, police have said.<p>The two attackers struck at the end of a service at All Saints Church in Peshawar, the main town in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on Sunday.<p>A hospital spokesperson said that at least 120 people had …

Russia says West exploiting Syria deal

Russia has accused the West of trying to exploit a chemical weapons deal with Syria to push through a UN resolution threatening force against President Bashar al-Assad.<p>Assad's government handed over information about its chemical arsenal last week to a UN-backed weapons watchdog, meeting the first …

Israeli PM urged to rethink peace talks

A senior Israeli politician has told the government to rethink peace talks with the Palestinians after the recent deaths of two Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank.<p>In a letter to Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu on Monday, cabinet minister Naftali Bennett wrote, "there is no doubt …

Kenya forces mount assault to end mall siege

Heavy and sustained gunfire has been heard from the Nairobi mall where Somali group al-Shabab are holed up, holding an unknown number of civilians hostage.<p>Three al-Shabab fighters have been killed and ten soldiers wounded in the military operation to end the standoff and nearly all hostages have …

Assad says gunmen could hinder UN team's work

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told Chinese state TV that gunmen could hinder access of inspectors to sites where chemical weapons are stored and made.<p>"We know that these terrorists are obeying the orders of other countries and these countries do drive these terrorists to commit acts that …

Twin blasts kill mourners at Baghdad funeral

Two bombs planted inside a funeral tent in a mainly Sunni Muslim district of Baghdad have killed at least 16 people, police and medical sources said.<p>A further 30 people were wounded in the explosion in the northern Adhamiya district.<p>"Everyone was preparing for dinner before the first explosion …

Battle for control of Nairobi mall rages on

Gunfire and explosions have been heard throughout the day from the Nairobi mall where fighters from the Somali-based group al-Shabab are holed up, possibly holding a number of civilians hostage.<p>At least three al-Shabab fighters have been killed and ten soldiers wounded in the military operation to …

Kenya FM says al-Qaeda behind mall attack

The Kenyan foreign minister has told Al Jazeera that al-Qaeda is responsible for the ongoing siege of a mall in Nairobi that has killed at least 62 people.<p>In an exclusive interview on Monday, Amina Mohamed said al-Shabab was not acting alone and that it was part of an international terrorism …

Kenya forces say mall siege in final stages

Kenyan security forces have taken control of Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall attacked by al-Shabab rebels, and are currently carrying out a final sweep of the building after all remaining hostages had been freed.<p>Explosions and sporadic gunfire were heard coming from the shopping complex on Tuesday …

Israel cautious over Syria weapons deal

The Israeli prime minister has said he hoped the US-Russian brokered deal to remove Syria's chemical weapons would result in the "complete destruction" of the arsenal and push the world to stop Iran from nuclear weapons armament.<p>Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before a planned meeting with US Secretary of …

Damascus calls arms deal 'victory for Syria'

A US-Russian plan to remove Syria's chemical weapons is a "victory" that averts war, a Syrian minister said, as Washington warned that the threat of US force "remains real".<p>"On one hand, it helps the Syrians emerge from the crisis and on the other it has allowed for averting war against Syria...," …

France Will Wait For UN Inspectors' Syria Report Before Deciding On Strike, Hollande Says

ST. PETERSBURG, Sept 6 (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande said on Friday France would await the conclusions of U.N. inspectors investigating last month's chemical weapon attack in Syria before deciding on any action.<p>"We shall await the report of the inspectors just as we will await (U.S.) …