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Twitter Says It's Suspended 125K Accounts for Terrorism

'We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism'

(Newser) - Twitter announced Friday that it has booted more than 125,000 terror-related accounts from its social-media platform since the middle of last year, CNBC reports. The accounts were suspended for supporting terrorist attacks or for threatening to carry out attacks. "Like most people around the world, we are horrified... More »

The KKK Began Wearing Hoods for an Odd Reason

You can thank Hollywood, according to a new book

(Newser) - See someone in a white robe and hood, and what do you think? Klansman, of course, but apparently they didn't always dress that way. A new book titled Hood (Object Lessons) by Alison Kinney looks at the garment's history, from torturers to medieval clerics to Red Riding Hood—... More »

At Least 23 Dead in Burkina Faso Hotel Attack

Officials say attackers dead, hostages freed

(Newser) - Burkina Faso and French forces killed a fourth extremist Saturday after freeing 126 people and killing three other attackers to end the seizure of a luxury hotel by al-Qaeda-linked militants, officials said. In addition to the extremists, at least 23 people were killed in the attack at the Splendid Hotel... More »

3 Tourists Stabbed in Egypt Attack

Red Sea resort attack was 2nd incident in 2 days

(Newser) - Two suspected militants stabbed and wounded three foreign tourists—two Austrians and a Swede—at a hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Hurghada on Friday, the Interior Ministry said. Security forces opened fire at the two assailants, killing one and seriously wounding the other, according to a... More »

Feds Make Terror Arrests in 2 States

Iraqi suspect came to US as refugee

(Newser) - Authorities said Thursday that two people with ties to ISIS have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in California and Texas, including an Iraqi refugee who's charged with lying to federal investigators about his travels to Syria. A criminal complaint unsealed Thursday accuses Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, of Sacramento,... More »

Cops, Soldiers May Have Had Orgy During Hunt for Terrorists

The alleged sex party took place while Brussels was locked down on high alert

(Newser) - Soldiers and police officers in Belgium may have held an orgy in the midst of the hunt for terror suspects in the weeks following the Paris attacks, the BBC reports. According to the New York Times , the orgy was allegedly held sometime between Nov. 21 and Nov. 26—when the... More »

State Department Boasts of 'Bringing Peace' to Syria

Blog post also praises United States for 'winning fight against violent extremists'

(Newser) - Everyone's entitled to a bit of boasting now and again, but a year-in-review State Department blog post appears to have veered into overstatement territory on Syria, Politico reports. Authored by spokesman John Kirby, the DipNote post , entitled "Pivotal Foreign Policy Moments of 2015," combines the recently trending... More »

Farook's Friend Arrested

Enrique Marquez hit with terrorism-related charges

(Newser) - The man who bought the assault rifles used by his friend in the San Bernardino massacre was charged Thursday with terrorism-related counts. The FBI arrested Enrique Marquez, 24, on charges of conspiring with Syed Rizwan Farook to commit terrorist attacks in 2011 and 2012 that they never carried out. Marquez... More »

Major Theme Parks Around US Are Beefing Up Security

You'll have to pass a metal detector to enter the happiest place on Earth

(Newser) - With the Department of Homeland Security publicly worrying about potential attacks on crowded places, the three major theme parks in Orlando—Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Orlando—added metal detectors on Thursday, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The security devices are also being installed at Disneyland and Universal Studios in Los... More »

Malala Responds to Trump's Muslim Comments

She says his comments 'full of hatred' will just 'radicalize more terrorists'

(Newser) - Donald Trump's call for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims" coming into the US has prompted heated reaction from the Muslim community , the media , and politicians from both sides of the fence . Now a prominent teen is adding her own two cents, and plenty of people are... More »

Congressman: LA School Terror Threat Was a Hoax

The threat sent nearly 700K students home for the day

(Newser) - The emailed threat that closed hundreds of schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday is now being called a hoax, the Los Angeles Times reports. "The preliminary assessment is that it was a hoax or something designed to disrupt school districts in large cities," Rep.... More »

Saudis Lead New Islamic Counterterrorism Alliance

34 nations have agreed to join new coalition

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that 34 nations have agreed to form a new "Islamic military alliance" to fight terrorism with a joint operations center based in the kingdom's capital, Riyadh. The announcement published by the state-run Saudi Press Agency said the alliance will be Saudi-led and is being... More »

Swiss Arrest 2 Syrians on Terror Charges

They're accused of transporting explosives and having jihadist ties

(Newser) - Two people from Syria were arrested on terror charges Friday in Geneva and traces of explosives were found in their vehicle, AFP reports. The arrests come after Swiss authorities received a tip from US intelligence that indicated an ISIS cell was active in Geneva, according to the BBC . ABC News... More »

Stolen Propane Tanks Put FBI on Edge

Missouri authorities probe tank thefts, cellphone purchases

(Newser) - The FBI is investigating reports in Missouri of stolen propane tanks and prepaid cellphones purchased en masse—developments that sparked concerns of a possible terrorist plot, KFOR reports. An estimated 65-70 tanks were grabbed from outside cages in three separate heists, two at Lee's Summit on the same day... More »

Trump's Muslim Ban Is a Joke. Let's Treat It That Way

Charles Krauthammer weighs in on this 'sheer absurdity'

(Newser) - As other critics of Donald Trump's idea to ban Muslims from entering the United States decry it as "offensive and un-American," Charles Krauthammer thinks those people are taking the whole thing too seriously. The plan's "sheer absurdity" reveals it as what it really is—a... More »

House Tightens Controls on Visa-Free Travel to US

The legislation was supported by Republicans and Democrats alike

(Newser) - Driven by the Paris terror attacks, the House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to tighten controls on travel to the US and require visas for anyone who's been in Iraq or Syria in the previous five years. The legislation takes aim at the "visa waiver" program that allows citizens of... More »

We're Getting a New Terror Alert System

It's the 3rd so far

(Newser) - The Obama administration will announce a new terror alert system "in the coming days," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday. Johnson said the new alert system will better inform the public about threats to the United States, but he did not provide specific details. This will be... More »

Obama Made an Error in Oval Office Speech

He misspoke on how San Bernardino shooting suspect entered the US

(Newser) - In his Sunday night Oval Office address , President Obama may not have covered much new ground on overcoming terrorism, but he did note that he's seeking answers about how San Bernardino shooting suspect Tashfeen Malik ended up in the US. "I've ordered the departments of State and... More »

Jerry Falwell, Jr: Armed Students Can 'End Those Muslims'

Liberty University president has advice at school convocation

(Newser) - "Is it illegal to pull it out?" said Jerry Falwell Jr with a chuckle. "I don’t know." The president of Liberty University was speaking at a school convocation Friday about the apparent gun in his back pocket and the idea that students carry concealed weapons on... More »

Trump: No End to Terror til Obama 'Gets the Hell Out'

'Until he admits that this is a problem, we're never gonna solve the problem'

(Newser) - The world is stuck with terrorism at least for another year, says Donald Trump, who lays the blame for attacks like those in San Bernardino and Paris at the door of President Obama, who he blames for not even using the term "radical Islamic terrorism." "Until he... More »

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