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Drone attack kills 30 'Qaeda' suspects in Yemen

A drone strike in south Yemen killed at least 30 suspected Al-Qaeda militants on Sunday, the latest in an intensified aerial campaign in the impoverished country, a tribal chief said. The reported attack comes less than a week after Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) chief Nasser al-Wuhayshi pledged in a rare video appearance to fight Western "crusaders" everywhere. An earlier toll said five militants had died in Sunday's attack which also wounded many others when it targeted a gathering of militants in the town of Al-Mahfad in Abyan province.

Drone strike in Yemen kills 5 'Qaeda' militants

A drone strike in south Yemen killed at least five Al-Qaeda militants on Sunday, the latest in an intensified aerial campaign in the impoverished country, a tribal chief said. The unmanned plane targeted a gathering of militants in the town of al-Mahfad, in the Abyan province, where Al-Qaeda remains active despite being driven out from main cities in a 2012 army offensive, the source said. The United States is the only country that operates drones in Yemen, but officials rarely discuss the covert programme.

Drone kills 15 'Qaeda', 3 civilians in Yemen

A drone strike Saturday killed 15 Al-Qaeda suspects and three civilians in Yemen's central Baida province, a stronghold of the extremist group, a security official said. The jihadists were travelling in a vehicle towards the southern Shabwa province, witnesses said. The three civilians were passing by in another car. The United States is the only country that operates drones in Yemen, but officials rarely discuss the covert programme.

Drone kills 15 'Qaeda', 3 civilians in Yemen

A drone strike Saturday killed 15 Al-Qaeda suspects and three civilians in Yemen's central Baida province, a stronghold of the extremist group, a security official said. The jihadists were travelling in a vehicle towards the southern Shabwa province, witnesses said. The three civilians were passing by in another car. The United States is the only country that operates drones in Yemen, but officials rarely discuss the covert programme.

Rival group accuses Qaeda of betraying jihadist cause

A powerful rival organisation has accused Al-Qaeda leaders of betraying the jihadist cause, in the latest widening of divisions rooted in Syria's civil war. "Al-Qaeda today is no longer a base of jihad (holy war)," Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani said in a statement posted on jihadist forums. "Its leadership has become a hammer to break the project of the Islamic State," Adnani said, adding that "the leaders of Al-Qaeda have deviated from the correct path."

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.
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