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Sunni hardliner declared winner in Pakistan election dispute

The head of a group banned by the Pakistani government as a terrorist organisation has won a seat in parliament following an election tribunal's decision, officials said Thursday. Maulana Ahmad Ludhianvi, who leads the sectarian Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), won an appeal after losing the seat at Jhang in Punjab, Pakistan's most populous province, during last May's general election.

Kenya deports Somalis, arrests hundreds in crackdown after attacks

By Humphrey Malalo NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya said on Wednesday it had deported 82 Somalis and rounded up hundreds of others without proper documents, part of a security crackdown launched after repeated attacks claimed by militants from neighboring Somalia. Police had detained 472 people in the past few days, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku told reporters at a stadium where other people were being screened to establish their identity.

US puts Egyptian extremist group on terrorism blacklist

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is imposing sanctions on an Egypt-based group that has claimed responsibility for attacks against Egyptian officials, Israeli interests and foreign tourists in Cairo and the Sinai peninsula. The State Department said Wednesday it has designated Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis a "foreign terrorist organization." That means any assets it may have in U.S. jurisdictions are frozen and Americans are barred from providing the group with any material resources. The department said the group is sympathetic to al-Qaida but is not a formal affiliate.

Bomb kills 17, wounds 50 in Islamabad market

A bomb tore through a bustling Islamabad market on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people, police and hospital officials said, the latest violence to hit government peace talks with the Taliban. The blast took place at a wholesale fruit and vegetable market in the busy morning period when grocers and sellers gather to trade. It is the deadliest attack to hit the Pakistani capital since the Marriott Hotel bombing in 2008 and comes as the government tries to negotiate an end to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's seven-year insurgency.

Bombing in Pakistan fruit market kills 20

A bomb tore through a bustling fruit and vegetable market in Islamabad Wednesday, killing at least 20 people, police said, the latest violence to hit government peace talks with the Taliban. The blast took place around 8:00 am (0300 GMT) at the wholesale market close to the Pakistani capital's twin city Rawalpindi, as hundreds of grocers and sellers gathered to trade.

Bomb kills 17, wounds 50 in Islamabad market

A bomb tore through a bustling Islamabad market on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people, police and hospital officials said, the latest violence to hit government peace talks with the Taliban. The blast took place around 8:00 am (0300 GMT) at a wholesale fruit and vegetable market close to the capital's twin city Rawalpindi, as hundreds of grocers and sellers gathered to trade.

Developer moves to demolish 'Ground Zero mosque'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City real estate developer has filed plans to raze the "Ground Zero mosque," a structure housing an Islamic community center just two blocks from the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks, city officials said Tuesday. The Islamic center and prayer space opened in 2011 amid protests that it could become a shrine to the Islamic extremists responsible for the deadly attacks on the World Trade Center.

'Qaeda' militants kill four Yemen soldiers

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants in police uniforms killed four soldiers Tuesday in an attack on a special forces' checkpoint in southeastern Yemen, a security official said. The attack is the latest in a series of deadly operations against security forces blamed on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), perceived by Washington as the jihadist network's most dangerous affiliate. The gunmen "suspected of belonging to Al-Qaeda" opened fire on the checkpoint at the western entrance to the port city of Mukalla, the provincial capital of Hadramawt, the official said.

'Qaeda' militants kill four Yemen soldiers

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants in police uniforms killed four soldiers Tuesday in an attack on a special forces' checkpoint in southeastern Yemen, a security official said. The attack is the latest in a series of deadly operations against security forces blamed on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), perceived by Washington as the jihadist network's most dangerous affiliate. The gunmen "suspected of belonging to Al-Qaeda" opened fire on the checkpoint at the western entrance to the port city of Mukalla, the provincial capital of Hadramawt, the official said.

Egypt arrests Islamist close to Qaeda's Zawahiri

Egyptian police have arrested a senior Islamist militant close to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, security officials said on Monday. Thirwat Salah Shehata was arrested in a Cairo suburb, the sources said, adding he had been sentenced to death in absentia in the 1990s for an attempted assassination of a minister. Shehata is believed to have been a deputy to Zawahiri when he ran the Egyptian Islamic Jihad before joining forces with former Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, killed by US special forces in 2011.
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