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New Zealander, Australian killed in Yemen drone strike

A New Zealander with terrorism links was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen last year, Prime Minister John Key said Wednesday, with Canberra confirming that an Australian was also killed in the attack. The man who called himself "Muslim bin John" was born in New Zealand and had been attending "some sort of terrorist training camp" in Yemen, Key said. "I was advised it was highly likely he was killed in the latter part of 2013 but it took some time to confirm that through DNA," he told reporters.

Turkey ordered to pay damages 20 years after military disappearances

The European Court of Human Rights ordered Turkey Tuesday to pay 65,000 euros ($90,000) each to four families whose relatives disappeared after a battle with security forces more than 20 years ago. The court ruled the families of those who went missing after a night of fighting between the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Turkish security forces should be compensated because Turkey violated the "right to life", guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Suspected Qaeda gunmen kill Yemen official

Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen shot dead Tuesday the vice governor in the Yemeni province of Baida, a stronghold of the global jihadist network, an official said. The masked gunmen opened fire at Hussein Dayan outside his house in the provincial capital of Baida, the official said, requesting anonymity. "The attack bore the hallmarks of Al-Qaeda," he said. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula uses the mountainous terrain of the central province as hideouts from which they launch regular attacks on security forces.

Nigerian arrested for tweeting attack pictures

Amnesty International urged the Nigerian security forces Friday to disclose the whereabouts of a man who was arrested after tweeting pictures of an attempted jail break at the headquarters of the intelligence agency. "Nigerian security forces should immediately disclose the whereabouts and legal status of Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi," said the rights group's Netsanet Belay in a statement. "If he is in detention, the Nigerian authorities must either charge him with a recognisable criminal offence or release him immediately," Amnesty said.

Car bomb explodes outside Greek central bank building, no one hurt

By Karolina Tagaris and Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded outside a central bank building in Athens early on Thursday, smashing windows but causing no injuries, just hours before Greece was due to make its first foray into the international bond markets in four years. The dawn blast, which police believe was carried out by leftist or anarchist guerrilla groups, also came a day before a planned visit to Athens by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

23 Dead in wave of attacks in Iraq on anniversary of Saddam's fall

Baghdad, Apr 9 (EFE).- At least 23 people died Wednesday, including a journalist, and 113 were wounded in a series of attacks carried out in different parts of Iraq, police and medical sources told Efe. The incidents came on the 11th anniversary of the entry of U.S. troops into the Iraqi capital and the fall of the regime of dictator Saddam Hussein. The deadliest attack killed nine people, including the reporter, when several neighborhoods in the city of Fallujah, located 50 kilometers (31 miles) west of Baghdad, were bombarded with mortar rounds.

'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.

Al Qaeda chief mourns slain Syria fighter, says infighting must end

By Alexander Dziadosz BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for Islamist fighters in Syria to end the infighting that killed a one-time companion of Osama bin Laden earlier this year, according to an audio tape posted online. In the message, Zawahiri mourned the death of Abu Khaled al-Soury, who was killed by an al Qaeda splinter group in a suicide attack in February, and lamented the "strife of the blind that has befallen the blessed land of the Levant."

Jihadist infighting in Syria is 'sedition'

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has told rival jihadists in Syria to accept independent Islamic arbitration to end three months of infighting, saying in an audio message Friday the violence is "sedition". Powerful rebel groups in Syria, including the Islamic Front and Al-Qaeda's affiliate Al-Nusra Front, have been locked in fierce fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) since January.
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