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Cops: Bangkok Bombing Was a 'Personal Feud'

Police don't elaborate, but a 28-year-old foreigner is in custody

(Newser) - A 28-year-old man believed to be one of possibly 10 or more people responsible for a deadly Aug. 17 bombing in Bangkok was arrested today, the BBC reports. According to the Guardian , 100 officers were involved in the arrest, which took place at a suburban apartment. CNN reports police found... More »

French Prosecutors Don't Buy Train Gunman's Story

Ayoub El-Khazzani claims he was homeless, but he used first-class ticket

(Newser) - French prosecutors apparently aren't buying the story that Ayoub El-Khazzani was just a hungry man who stumbled upon a bag of weapons in a park and planned to rob people for food money. The Paris prosecutor's office confirmed today that the Moroccan suspect in the foiled attack on... More »

France Train Gunman 'Dumbfounded' by Terrorist Claim

Ayoub el Khazzani wasn't out to kill people, lawyer says

(Newser) - The gunman accused of attempting mass-murder on a French train is apparently "dumbfounded" that people are taking him for an Islamic terrorist. His lawyer, Sophie David, describes 26-year-old Moroccan Ayoub el Khazzani as a hungry man planning to rob people for food money, Reuters reports. "(I saw) somebody... More »

Obama Personally Thanks Americans Who Foiled Train Attack

Spencer Stone, injured while stopping the shooter, is released from French hospital

(Newser) - The three Americans credited with stopping a terrorist attack on a high-speed train yesterday in Belgium received a phone call from President Obama today thanking them for their heroism, the AP reports. Obama also received a grateful phone call today, with French President Francois Hollande thanking him for the "... More »

Call Charleston Shooting What It Is: Terrorism

A Vox writer says it's offensive to do otherwise

(Newser) - If Dylann Roof is guilty of the massacre at a black church in Charleston, is the white 21-year-old a terrorist? Absolutely, argues Max Fisher at Vox . In fact, he makes the case that to avoid the terrorism label is offensive. This is about way more than semantics, writes Fisher, who... More »

3rd Man Arrested in Boston Beheading Plot

Rhode Island man linked to slain radical

(Newser) - A Rhode Island man was arrested yesterday in connection with the probe into a Massachusetts man who was fatally shot by terrorism investigators as they sought to question him about a possible plot to kill police officers . Nicholas Rovinski is expected to appear in federal court today, when the charges... More »

TSA Didn't Catch 73 Airport Workers on Terror Watchlist

DHS: Problem is TSA isn't allowed to receive every bit of terrorism-related data

(Newser) - The good news from the Department of Homeland's Security new report on the TSA's "multi-layered process to vet aviation workers for potential links to terrorism": That process is "generally effective." The bad news: There were still 73 individuals who should never have gotten jobs with... More »

7 Leaders Try to Solve World's Vexing Problems

Atop today's G7 agenda: terrorism, climate change

(Newser) - It's now past lunchtime in Germany, where seven world leaders are huddling for 26 hours in a bid to address an "ambitious agenda" of world issues. The latest from the G7:
  • Atop the agenda today: terrorism and climate change. Angela Merkel is pushing the G7 to come to
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US Removes Cuba From Terror List

Move paves way for reopening of embassies

(Newser) - President Obama's push to normalize relations with Cuba keeps steamrolling ahead: The State Department has officially removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, reports the BBC . The expected move will likely be followed by the reopening of embassies in the two countries. Obama notified Congress of... More »

Ex-Congressional Candidate Plotted to 'Destroy' Muslims

But Robert Doggart only pleaded guilty to minor charge

(Newser) - A former Congressional candidate in Tennessee has pleaded guilty after allegedly planning to assault a Muslim community known as "Islamaberg," court documents say. Robert Doggart, 63—who got just 6% of the vote as an Independent in 2014—was nabbed April 10 and hit with an array of... More »

ISIS 'a Devil' on Americans' Shoulders, Saying 'Kill': Feds

US warns about increased chatter, risk of attack on US soil

(Newser) - The US government is warning about potential terrorist attacks on home soil after the arrests of some 30 Americans who allegedly unsuccessfully planned to carry out "lone wolf" plots like this one , inspired by ISIS. The FBI arrested each of the individuals on terrorism-related charges this year, the Los ... More »

France: Man's Blunder Thwarted Church Attack

Cops found plans after suspect accidentally shot himself

(Newser) - A terrorist attack on one or more churches in Paris may only have been thwarted because the suspect couldn't handle a gun, according to French authorities. The country's interior minister says a 24-year-old Algerian national was arrested on Sunday after he apparently shot himself and called for an... More »

'We Have a Terror Recruiting Problem in Minnesota'

6 men from the state arrested following year-long investigation

(Newser) - A yearlong FBI investigation into alleged ISIS-related activities resulted in the arrest of six Somali-American men in Minnesota and California yesterday, officials tell CNN . KSTP reports all hail from Minnesota, and it has the US attorney for the state, Andrew Luger, putting the situation in blunt terms: "We have... More »

Feds: Ohio Man Planned Prison Terror Strike

He went to Syria weeks after getting US passport

(Newser) - An Ohio man who allegedly planned a terror strike on a US prison now faces spending decades in one. Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday on charges of supporting a terrorist organization and lying to the FBI, reports the Columbus Dispatch . According to the indictment,... More »

Suspect in Mumbai Attacks Sprung From Pakistan Jail

Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi freed from Islamabad-area prison pending his trial

(Newser) - Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the suspected Pakistani mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks , was freed from a jail near Islamabad today, following a court order that he be set free pending trial. Lakhvi was said to be the operations chief for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the organization blamed for the 2008 attacks. It's unclear... More »

Policewoman Among 4 Held in Paris Terror Attacks

At least 1 reportedly linked to gunman Amedy Coulibaly

(Newser) - Four people are in custody in connection with the Paris terror attacks in January, the AP reports via unnamed officials. At least one man held is reportedly linked to Amedy Coulibaly, who was killed by security forces after he killed a policewoman and four people at a kosher supermarket. Another... More »

Obama: They're Not 'Islamic' Terrorists

Saying so gives them credibility they don't deserve, says president

(Newser) - President Obama today elaborated on why you'll never catch him referring to "Islamic terrorists." Doing so would give them too much credit, said the president at a White House summit on violent extremism. "No religion is responsible for terrorism—people are responsible for violence and terrorism,... More »

4 Standout Points From Obama's Terror Op-Ed

We must address terror at its roots, president writes

(Newser) - As Washington prepares to host a global summit against terrorism, President Obama is outlining his own strategy in a Los Angeles Times op-ed. In the piece, Obama calls not only for ridding the world of extremists but of addressing the forces that lead young people toward extremism in the first... More »

Japanese Journalist Apparently Beheaded in New ISIS Video

Militant with British accent shown killing hostage Kenji Goto

(Newser) - An online video released today purported to show an Islamic State militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto , ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man. The video, released on militant websites and highlighted by militant sympathizers on social media sites, bore the symbol of the Islamic State group'... More »

Greece Holds 4 Terror Suspects, Including Possible Belgium Ringleader

Investigators still looking for one man: reports

(Newser) - Greek police have detained four suspected terrorists, including one who could be the man wanted by Belgian authorities as an alleged ringleader of a jihadi cell, a police official told the AP today. The four were arrested today, including one who "matches the description" of Abdelhamid Abaaoud—the man... More »

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