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Belgian police kill two in raid on suspected Islamists

Belgian police inspect an apartment in central Verviers, a town between Liege and the German border, in the east of Belgium January 15, 2015. 
15 Jan 2015
Belgian police killed two men who opened fire on them during one of about a dozen raids on Thursday against an Islamist group that federal prosecutors said was about to launch "terrorist attacks on a grand scale". Coming a week...

Jihadists wage high-tech war to win Western recruits

French soldier patrols near the Eiffel Tower in Paris as part of the highest level of "Vigipirate" security plan after a shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo January 7, 2015. 
14 Jan 2015
Jihadist groups tied to the men who attacked France's Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Paris kosher supermarket are waging an increasingly sophisticated propaganda campaign targeting Western recruits, experts say. Organisations ranging...

Paper: Pope calls for more market regulation, denies he is Marxist

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives to lead his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, November 26, 2014.
11 Jan 2015
Pope Francis has called for more regulation of financial markets and rejected suggestions that his criticisms of unbridled capitalism smack of Marxism. "Markets and financial speculation cannot enjoy absolute autonomy," he said...

German anti-Islamic rallies may grow on terror fears

© DPA/AFP/File / by Yannick Pasquet | Supporters of the right-wing populist group PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) march during a rally in Dresden, eastern Germany, on January 5, 2015
10 Jan 2015
Germany's new anti-Islamic PEGIDA movement plans to rally again on Monday, when analysts expect its ranks to swell by thousands following this week's bloody jihadist violence in France. Leaders of the so-called "Patriotic...

Foreigners fighting Islamic State in Syria: who and why?

Foreign fighters (R) join members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in the southern countryside of Ras al-Ain, where clashes bewteen the YPG and Islamic State fighters are taking place November 9, 2014.
05 Jan 2015
While illegally crossing the Iraqi-Syrian border, Canadian Peter Douglas was adamant that his incursion was for humanitarian reasons - to help the people of Syria. Douglas is one of a growing band of foreigners to dodge authorities and...

Shi'ite militias expand influence, redraw map in central Iraq

Mehdi Army fighters loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr march during a military-style training in the holy city of Najaf, 16 June 2014.
31 Dec 2014
Behind black gates and high walls, Iraqi national security agents watch 200 women and children. Boys and girls play in the yard and then dart inside their trailers, located in a former U.S. military camp and onetime headquarters for Saddam...

Anti-Arab group poses legal, political dilemma for Israel

An ultra-Orthodox youth stands in front of the vehicle of a Palestinian motorist who rammed into pedestrians at the scene of an attack in Jerusalem, 5 November 2014.
28 Dec 2014
A far-right Israeli group that agitates against Arabs in the name of religion and national security is forcing the Jewish state into a legal and political balancing act as it tries to contain sectarian violence.   Among their...

10 years on, lessons of Asian tsunami hit by 'disaster amnesia'

A girl offers prayers for victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami at a seaside which was damaged by the disaster in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture March 11, 2012, to mark the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis.
24 Dec 2014
Ten years after the deadliest tsunami on record wrought destruction across the Indian Ocean, creeping complacency is undermining a hi-tech warning system designed to prevent another disaster of such shocking magnitude. In the morning of...

Amnesty: Sex slavery pushes Iraq IS victims to suicide

AFP/File | Displaced Iraqi families from the Yazidi community cross the Iraqi-Syrian border at the Fishkhabur crossing, in northern Iraq, on August 13, 2014
23 Dec 2014
Women and girls from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State jihadist group have committed suicide or tried to, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. IS militants have overrun swathes of Iraq...

Paris climate summit faces tougher job after modest Lima deal

© AFP / by Mariette Le Roux, Richard Ingham | Members of representative commissions of the countries participating in the climate change conferences attend the seventh plenary meeting of the COP20 on December 13, 2014 in Lima
15 Dec 2014
A Paris summit in 2015 will face a tougher task to agree a U.N. deal to slow climate change after the hopes of many that cooperation between Washington and Beijing would be a magic key to end global gridlock dissolved in chaotic...