Khorasan and leader Muhsin al-Fadhli: who are they?

Terrence McCoy The mission of the Khorasan, led by longtime al-Qaeda leader Muhsin al-Fadhli, appears to be different than other militant groups operating in Syria.

Beer pipeline to carry booze under Bruges

BRUSSELS, Sept 23 AFP - Tired of delivery trucks rumbling near its mythic canals, Belgium's medieval town of Bruges has approved the construction of a beer pipeline to link a five-century-old brewery...

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas prepares diplomatic clash at UN with Israel, US

Terry Atlas Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas readied a new diplomatic confrontation with Israel and the US with a plan to ask the United Nations to set a timetable for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank...

Ebola cases could reach 1.4 million in 4 months, CDC estimates

A woman suspected of being infected with Ebola is assisted by health workers to an ambulance for treatment in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Denise Grady Yet another set of ominous projections about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was released Tuesday, in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gave worst- and best-case...

New Islamic State jihadist threat makes policing harder

A paratrooper patrols under the Eiffel Tower: Islamic States on Muslims to kill citizens of countries taking part in the US-led coalition against the jihadists.

Elaine Ganley The Islamic State group's call on Muslims to go after the "filthy French" and other Westerners multiplies already deep security concerns in nations targeting the militant organisation.

World leaders urged to change course at UN climate summit as CO2 emissions climb

A woman takes part in a march against climate change in New York on Sunday.

Carole Landry The largest gathering of world leaders on climate change opens at the United Nations on Tuesday amid calls for action to put the planet on course toward reversing global warming.

'Imminent attack' in US prompted air strikes on Khorasan group in Syria

Muhsin al-Fadhli, who has a $US7 million price on his head, was a possible target for the air strikes on the Khorasan Group in Syria.

Elizabeth Wasserman and Tony Capaccio Airstrikes against the militant Khorasan Group in Syria were prompted by plans for an "imminent" terror attack on US soil, the Pentagon said.

Egyptian military raids human rights organisations


Mohannad Sabry, Jonathan Landay CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have raided the offices of 17 domestic and international human rights and democracy organisations, in a sharp intensification of the military's crackdown that recalled the...

Hitting terrorist organisations in the wallet

Louise Hall NITSANA DARSHAN-LEITNER has dedicated her life to fighting terrorism her way: using courts around the world to bankrupt terrorist organisations and disrupt the flow of funds from rogue states.

Karzai says goodbye with final gibe at US

Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has used his farewell speech to take a parting shot at the US, accusing Washington of waging a war against Taliban insurgents for its own ends.

Australia conspicuous by its absence in climate debate

Modest climate targets: Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at UN headquarters in New York.

Nick O'Malley The contrast could not be more stark. Even as he goes about building a coalition for war at this week’s United Nations General Assembly, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry has thrown his...

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China increasingly producing 'tools of torture' for export - Amnesty

Chinese weighted leg cuffs.

Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Dozens of Chinese firms are producing and exporting "tools of torture", from electric stun guns to metal spiked batons, to countries with bad human rights records, rights...

Islamic State: US and partners begin airstrikes in Syria

The crew of a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornet

Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt The US and partner nations have carried out airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, agencies have reported.

Hamas rejects Israeli demand to disarm ahead of truce talks

Robert Tuttle and Jonathan Ferziger Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal ruled out Israel's demand that the militant Islamist group disarm in comments ahead of indirect talks with Israel in Cairo to extend last month's ceasefire in the Gaza...

In tense woods, police shift from prey to hunters as they close in on suspected Pennsylvania sniper

A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks in a wooded area near Route 447 in Price Township as he searches for suspected killer Eric Frein.

Dan Barry The Pennsylvania State Police recommend that you remain in your homes. That you not go into the surrounding woods.

Bank worker Kuntal Patel used Breaking Bad ricin plot to poison 'meddling' mother

Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad

Tom Whitehead A bank worker in Canary Wharf tried to kill her "manipulative and controlling" magistrate mother with a deadly poison bought over the internet, in a plot inspired by Breaking Bad, the hit television...

Islamic State-linked group threatens to kill French hostage

An image grab taken from a video released by Jund al-Khilifa group video, allegedly shows French tourist, Herve Pierre Gourdel, sitting between two armed jihadists at an undisclosed location.

Zaid Sabah An Islamist group posted a video purportedly showing a French citizen that it kidnapped in Algeria, and threatened to execute him if the French government doesn't halt attacks on Islamic State in...

Girl, 14, was raped in school after being used as 'bait'

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Rosa Prince An American teenager with special needs was raped after being used as "bait" by her teachers to entrap a schoolboy sex predator.

Thousands of Syrian refugees flood Turkey after fleeing Islamic State

Exodus ... Syrian refugees wait to cross into Turkey at the border near the south-eastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, Turkey.

Patrick J. McDonnell The number of Syrians fleeing from Islamist militants and entering into Turkey in recent days has exceeded 130,000, making the flight one of the largest refugee flows to date during the Syrian...