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'ISIS Executioner'
Admits He Made It All Up

'ISIS Executioner' Admits He Made It All Up

Shehroze Chaudhry featured in key episodes of the hit 'NYT ' podcast series 'Caliphate'

(Newser) - Update: The Canadian man who pulled the wool over the eyes of the New York Times, among others, by weaving tales of time spent as an ISIS executioner, admitted to his lies in a Canadian court on Friday. In doing so, Shehroze Chaudhry, now 26, saw the charges against him—...

Hotel Rwanda Hero Just Got Convicted

Paul Rusesabagina called terrorism trial a sham orchestrated by Rwandan President Paul Kagame

(Newser) - The man whose actions were acclaimed in the movie Hotel Rwanda has been convicted of terrorism. But Paul Rusesabagina and outside observers call the trial a sham orchestrated by President Paul Kagame to silence dissent. More:
  • Conviction: On Monday, a court in Rwanda convicted Rusesabagina and fellow defendants of forming

Judge Sentences Extremist to Read Better Literature

A 21-year-old in England was sentenced to start with Pride and Prejudice

(Newser) - It’s probably not the first time someone told Ben John to read a book already. John, 21, was recently sentenced to read something more enriching than white supremacist literature or a recipe for making a bomb, Vice reports. He was found guilty of possession of information useful for preparing...

Teens Rank 9 Biggest Threats to Their Generation
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9 Biggest Threats
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Teens Rank the 9 Biggest Threats They Are Facing

Climate change fails to make the top 5

(Newser) - Teenagers are perhaps less concerned with climate change than you might think, ranking it sixth in a list of the nine greatest threats to their generation, according to a new Washington Post -Ipsos poll. The national survey of 1,349 teens aged 14 to 18, conducted online in May and...

Terrorism Alert Warns About Eased Restrictions

Homeland Security says new conditions could provide opportunities

(Newser) - A national terrorism alert issued Friday warns that violent extremists may take advantage of the easing of pandemic restrictions to attack. The alert does not cite any specific threats, the AP reports. But it warns of potential danger from an increasingly complex and volatile mix that includes domestic terrorists inspired...

Nation's Ex-President Arrested: 'Political Persecution Has Begun'

Jeanine Anez denies she replaced Evo Morales in Bolivian 'coup,' calling it a 'constitutional succession'

(Newser) - Bolivian President Evo Morales served for nearly 14 years before he was forced to resign in 2019 amid allegations of electoral fraud after his reelection victory. Now, the lawmaker who took over for him has been arrested. Jeanine Anez, the country's former interim president, posted a link Friday on...

Canada Declares Proud Boys a Terrorist Entity

Lawmakers unanimously supported the move

(Newser) - Five years after Canadian citizen Gavin McInnes founded the Proud Boys, Canada has become the first country to designate the far-right group as a terrorist organization. The group was officially added to Canada's list of terrorist entities Wednesday, along with other far-right groups including the Atomwaffen SS and several...

New National Terrorism Bulletin Warns of Lingering Violence

Alert warns of potential for politically motivated violence in wake of Biden inauguration

(Newser) - The Department of Homeland Security issued a national terrorism bulletin Wednesday warning of the potential for lingering violence from people motivated by anti-government sentiment after President Biden's election. The department did not cite a specific threat, but pointed to "a heightened threat environment across the United States" that...

Couple Killed in Apparently Random 'Terrorism Incident'

Australian couple found dead in their home

(Newser) - Australian detectives suspect the deaths of an elderly couple in their Brisbane home is a “terrorism incident” perpetrated by a knife-wielding man who was shot dead by police, officials said on Friday. Raghe Abdi, 22, threatened police with a knife before he was shot dead on a highway on...

Feds: Man Trained as Pilot, Planned 9/11-Style Attack

Kenyan man researched hijacking methods

(Newser) - A Kenyan man has been indicted in a case that "eerily draws parallels" to the 9/11 attacks, the Department of Justice says. Cholo Abdi Abdullah "obtained pilot training in the Philippines in preparation for seeking to hijack a commercial aircraft and crash it into a building in the...

After 27 Years, Sudan Is Off US Terror List

Country is now a 'peaceful nation supporting global stability'

(Newser) - A new era is dawning in Sudan, which has been taken off the US list of state sponsors of terrorism after 27 years. The US embassy in the capital, Khartoum, said Monday that 45 days had elapsed since President Trump gave Congress notice of the move, making delisting official, NPR...

Whitmer Kidnapping Plot Was Actually Plan C

Plan A was to televise executions of public officials at Capitol: authorities

(Newser) - The 14 men who allegedly plotted to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had initially planned to take over the state capitol building and execute public officials on TV, according to state officials. Allegations of the group's "Plan A" were contained in an October court filing obtained by the...

Man Gunned Down in Iran Was No 'History Prof': NYT

Abu Muhammad al-Masri was shot while driving in Tehran this summer, officials say

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda's second-in-command was apparently gunned down in August—but where it happened, and what that means, might be as big as the killing itself. Intelligence officials tell the New York Times that Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, also known as Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was shot by Israeli agents on Aug. 7...

Macron: 'We Will Give In to Nothing'

France raises alert, puts more troops on the street after terrorist attack

(Newser) - At the site of the latest terrorist attack in France, President Emmanuel Macron insisted the nation will stand its ground. Three people were killed Thursday in knife attacks that began in a Catholic church in Nice. Police said the suspect, a 21-year-old Tunisian national, was shot by officers but survived....

Whitmer: 'It Is Wrong'
Whitmer: 'It's Got to End'
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Whitmer: 'It's Got to End'

Michigan's governor responds to chants of 'lock her up' at Trump rally

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Sunday that President Trump is inciting "domestic terrorism" following "lock her up" chants at his rally in the state the night before, the AP reports. Whitmer told NBC's Meet the Press that the rhetoric is "incredibly disturbing" a little more than...

Teacher Slain Outside School in Crime Echoing Charlie Hebdo Attack

Macron calls him 'the victim of an Islamist terrorist attack'

(Newser) - A teacher was brutally slain Friday outside his school in a Paris suburb after showing his class cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad that Muslims find blasphemous. "He was teaching pupils about freedom of expression," French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters at the school, Reuters reports. Macron, who met...

Banks Are Laundering Trillions for the Bad Guys
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Damning Bank
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BuzzFeed Has Dug Up Damning Bank Documents

The 'FinCEN files' show how criminals, terrorists, and corrupt leaders use Western banks

(Newser) - The new Panama Papers are out, and they're just as ugly—if not worse. Leaked government documents show that big banks are laundering untold trillions of dollars for shady operators around the world and getting away with it, BuzzFeed reports. JPMorgan Chase and HSBC appear to be among the...

Charlie Hebdo Reprints Caricatures That Sparked Attack

To not do so amid trial would be 'cowardice,' editorial claims

(Newser) - The French satirical paper whose staff was decimated in a violent attack by Islamic extremists in 2015 is reprinting caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed cited by the killers, declaring "history cannot be rewritten nor erased." The announcement on Tuesday came on the eve of the first trial for...

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Faces Terror Charges

Paul Rusesabagina, depicted as hero in 'Hotel Rwanda,' is in custody in Kigali

(Newser) - In the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina was depicted as a hero who saved more than 1,200 lives during the 1994 Rwandan genocide at the hotel he managed in Kigali. George W. Bush even presented him with the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 for his humanitarian...

Sudan: a State Sponsor of Terror No More?

US proposal would free country from sanctions—at a price

(Newser) - The Trump administration has offered to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism—if the poverty-stricken country will fork over $330 million. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the proposal during a meeting with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in Khartoum on Tuesday, per the BBC , though...

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