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  • PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb 13- President Barack Obama asked U.S. executives on Friday for closer cooperation in defending against hackers after high-profile attacks on companies like Sony that exposed weaknesses in America's cyber defenses. Speaking at Stanford University, Obama told Silicon Valley and financial services CEOs that they needed to share more...

  • AMSTERDAM, Feb 11- Cyber attackers crippled the Dutch government's main websites for most of Tuesday and back-up plans proved ineffective, exposing the vulnerability of critical infrastructure at a time of heightened concern about online security. The United States has beefed up cybersecurity laws and created an intelligence-gathering unit to...

  • Jordan moves thousands of troops to Iraq border Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 11:11 AM ET
    A Jordanian soldier on patrol in Amman, Jordan on Feb. 10, 2015. Jordan moves thousands of troops to Iraq border.

    Jordan deployed "thousands" of troops to the border with Iraq in a campaign against ISIS militants who set a pilot ablaze. NBC News reports.

  • *Thwarted love, disappointed soccer ambitions led youths to Syria. ANTWERP, Belgium, Feb 8- As Belgium braces for a verdict in Europe's biggest trial of those accused of fostering Islamist violence in Syria, much attention is on poor Muslim immigrant communities' struggle in a region blighted by youth unemployment. Local group Sharia4Belgium enticed his then...

  • Cartoon contest denying Holocaust launched in Iran Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 2:18 PM ET
    A view of the former Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland, January 19, 2015.

    An Iranian group launched a $12,000-prize cartoon contest for cartoons denying the Holocaust happened, NBC News reports.

  • HUSAYNAT, Egypt, Feb 4- At a remote spot in the Sinai desert last month, a commander of Egypt's most feared Islamist group outlined his hopes of toppling the country's government. "We will create an Islamic state in Egypt," he said. The militant said he was from the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group, which has killed hundreds of security forces since the military ousted...

  • Dead prosecutor wanted to charge Argentine prez Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 2:22 PM ET
    Argentine President Cristina Kirchner

    Alberto Nisman drafted a warrant for the arrest of Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. The New York Times reports.

  • *Was subject of al Qaeda assassination bid. RIYADH, Jan 23- Saudi Arabia's Interior Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a close friend of the United States and a scourge of Islamist militants, will be the country's first king from the third generation of its ruling dynasty. By sending an assassin to try to kill Prince Mohammed when he was Saudi security chief in...

  • *Was subject of al Qaeda assassination bid. RIYADH, Jan 23- Saudi Arabia's Interior Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a close friend of the United States and a scourge of Islamist militants, will be the country's first king from the third generation of its ruling dynasty. By sending an assassin to try to kill Prince Mohammed when he was Saudi security chief in...

  • OBAMA SAYS ANTI-SEMITISM THAT HAS RESURFACED IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE WORLD IS DEPLORABLE, REJECTS "OFFENSIVE" STEREOTYPES OF MUSLIMS- SPEECH TEXT.

  • Satire is 'kryptonite' for Islamists: AEI fellow  Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 7:47 AM ET

    Satire is a potent weapon and free speech is under assault, says Michael Rubin, AEI resident fellow, discussing the deadly shooting in Paris that left 12 dead and at least 17 wounded in a Paris shooting.

  • Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 6:50 AM ET

    Pope Francis is focusing his attention on refugees, hostages and all those suffering in conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine.

  • Vatican finds millions of euros 'tucked away' Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 2:26 AM ET
    The Vatican

    The Vatican has found hundreds of millions of euros were found "tucked away" in accounts of various Holy See departments.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Nov 23- For some British Muslims, the path to jihad and the path to peaceful aid work can traverse much of the same terrain. From an office in Britain's second largest city, Waseem Iqbal and a friend are planning a trip to the Middle East. "How do you save innocents in Syria?

  • AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 21- The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday approved nearly 100 textbooks despite criticism the books exaggerated the influence biblical figures had in forming the U.S. system of government. Once textbooks are approved in Texas, they are often sold nationally and used for years in...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 21- The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday plans to vote on whether to approve textbooks criticized for exaggerating the influence biblical figures had in forming the U.S. system of government. Once textbooks are approved in Texas, they are often marketed nationally and used for years in...

  • HANGZHOU, China, Nov 7- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off a visit to China on Friday facing criticism that the troubled diplomatic relationship between the two nations has hampered trade, but promptly raised concern about human rights during the mostly business portion of his trip. Harper, on his first visit to China in two years, announced the...

  • World's biggest Bible factory is in... China? Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 1:09 AM ET
    A machine pulls in the first page of 'The Bible of the Woman' into the production line.

    The world's biggest Bible factory has just published its 125 millionth copy – in officially atheist China. The Financial Times reports.

  • RIYADH, Oct 20- Saudi Arabia's biggest bank has responded to criticism of its operations from Islamic scholars by pledging to convert itself into a full-fledged Islamic bank within about five years. The decision, made as the bank launches a $6 billion initial public offer of its shares, the largest-ever equity sale in the Arab world, shows how Saudi Arabia's...

  • RIYADH, Oct 14- Plans by Saudi Arabia's biggest bank for a $6 billion initial public offer of shares, the largest-ever equity sale in the Arab world, have run into religious controversy with some clerics suggesting it violates Islamic principles. "The conflict between religion and the economy in the kingdom has been negative for a long time, but this will not stop...