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Chinese Internet users slam US response to 'China's 9/11'

Chinese Internet users on Monday accused the US of double standards after Washington condemned a deadly knife attack in southwest China but refrained from calling it a terrorist incident. The US embassy in China said on social media that it condemned the "terrible and senseless act of violence in Kunming" and expressed condolences to those affected in what it said was a "tragedy". The attack on Saturday night saw masked assailants stab civilians at a train station, killing 29 and wounding more than 130.

ISIL jihadists retreat from parts of north Syria

The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has begun withdrawing from parts of northern Syria ahead of a deadline set by a rival group, a monitor said Thursday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the group was retreating east towards its stronghold in the city of Raqa. The withdrawal comes four days after the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front issued ISIL an ultimatum to go before an Islamic court for mediation or face being forced from Syria altogether. The deadline expires on Saturday.

Syrian al Qaeda group gives rival Islamists ultimatum

By Mariam Karouny and Dominic Evans BEIRUT (Reuters) - The head of al Qaeda's Syrian arm has given rival Islamist militants five days to accept mediation to end their infighting or face a war which will "eradicate" them, according to an audio recording posted on Tuesday. Abu Mohammed al-Golani, leader of the Nusra Front, called on the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to agree to arbitration by religious scholars to end more than a year of feuding which has turned violent.

Syrian al Qaeda group gives rival Islamists ultimatum

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The head of al Qaeda's wing in Syria has given rival Islamist militants five days to accept mediation to end their infighting or face a war which "will terminate them", according to an audio recording posted on Tuesday. Abu Mohammed al-Golani, leader of the Nusra Front, called on the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group to agree to arbitration by religious scholars to end more than a year of feuding which has turned violent in some areas in Syria.

Latest shoe bomb threat linked to al-Qaeda's Yemen affiliate

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The latest warning to airlines about shoe-bomb threats is a product of heightened U.S. concern about al-Qaeda's Yemen-based affiliate, whose leaders include a technically-savvy bombmaker, U.S. security sources said on Thursday.

Saudi at Guantanamo pleads guilty over French tanker attack

A Saudi detainee at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay pleaded guilty Thursday to terror charges in connection with the 2002 suicide bombing of a French oil tanker off Yemen. Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al-Darbi, 39, admitted to planning, aiding and supporting the attack on the MV Limburg, which killed a Bulgarian sailor, injured a dozen other men and caused a large oil spill in the Gulf of Aden.

NYC terror trial of bin Laden son-in-law delayed

A US judge on Wednesday delayed by one week until March 3 the New York terror trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and former Al-Qaeda spokesman, Suleiman Abu Ghaith. The delay is to allow the defense time to collect testimony from the self-declared mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is held at Guantanamo Bay. Abu Ghaith's lawyer Stanley Cohen requested a 45-day delay but federal judge Lewis Kaplan sided with government prosecutors who argued that an extra week would be enough.

Saudi accused in U.S. warship bombing to keep his lawyer

By Medina Roshan FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) - The Saudi man charged with masterminding the 2000 USS Cole suicide bombing that killed 17 U.S. sailors will keep his court-appointed lawyer despite reservations, he and his attorney told a U.S. military tribunal on Wednesday.

Suicide bombings target Iran cultural centre in Beirut

Two suicide car bombs targeted an Iranian cultural centre in Beirut Wednesday, killing six people in the latest attack linked to the conflict in neighbouring Syria. The attack was quickly claimed by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a jihadist group inspired by Al-Qaeda that previously claimed a double suicide bombing aimed at Iran's embassy in Beirut.

Suicide bombings target Iran cultural centre in Beirut

Two suicide car bombs targeted an Iranian cultural centre in Beirut Wednesday, killing six people in the latest attack linked to the conflict in neighbouring Syria. The attack was quickly claimed by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a jihadist group inspired by Al-Qaeda that previously claimed a double suicide bombing aimed at Iran's embassy in Beirut.
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