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  • PARIS— Hackers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group simultaneously blacked out 11 channels of a French global TV network and took over its website and social media accounts on Thursday, in what appeared to be the most ambitious media attack so far by the extremist group. France's interior minister, while counseling caution until investigators find...

  • WASHINGTON, April 8- The U.S. Marine Corps plans to carry out a tough, separate "inspection" before declaring the first squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets ready for initial combat use, the Marine Corps' top aviator said on Wednesday. The Marine Corps will be the first military service to certify an "initial operational capability" of the F-35, the...

  • Ex-Israeli PM to US: Give Iran 'or else' ultimatum Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 1:56 PM ET
    Ehud Barak

    The U.S. needs to take a harder line on Iran's military nuclear program, says former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

  • US judge upholds verdict against Arab Bank Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 12:56 PM ET

    The ruling in the closely watched legal offshoot of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict clears the way for a second trial later this year to determine whether Arab Bank must pay damages that could reach hundreds of millions of dollars or more. The decision "puts an exclamation mark on the jury's verdict last September, highlighting all the evidence that...

  • NEW YORK, April 8- A U.S. judge on Wednesday rejected Arab Bank Plc's bid to overturn a jury verdict finding it liable for knowingly supporting terrorism efforts related to a series of attacks in the Middle East. The plaintiffs were victims of 24 attacks in and around Israel that they said were carried out by Hamas. Gary Osen, a lawyer for some victims and their...

  • Islamic State radio targets English speakers Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 11:04 AM ET
    ISIS fighter, North American ISIS fighter, Islamic State

    The Islamic State has launched its first English language bulletins on its “al-Bayan” radio network, in a move to attract Muslims living in the West.

  • LONDON, April 8- The iron ore casualties are piling up as the price plumbs ever new depths. The price of benchmark 62 percent ore as assessed by The Steel Index is now trading below $50 per tonne, which is the lowest level since TSI started compiling spot market prices in 2008.. Just in the last week Canada's Labrador Iron Mines has initiated a court-supervised...

  • TAIPEI, Taiwan— Taiwan's president said Wednesday that relations with political rival China were moving forward despite widespread public opposition that crested with an occupation of parliament last year, and that he hopes to cooperate with Beijing on regional economic development. But Ma's engagement with China hit its strongest wave of resistance at...

  • Bad to worse: ISIS brings fight to Syrian capital Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 3:07 PM ET
    Syrian opposition forces use tunnels as shelter from air attacks in Damascus, Syria, April 5, 2015.

    The arrival of ISIS in Syria's capital threatens Syria's government and brings the group closer to some of the region's last stable countries.

  • *Kenya already receives intelligence support from U.S, UK. *Kenya drawing up list of radicalised youth. NAIROBI, April 7- Kenya needs more help from its U.S. and European allies with intelligence and security measures to help prevent further massacres by Somali militants, Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed told Reuters on Tuesday.

  • ISTANBUL, April 7- Two Turkish academics on Tuesday appealed a court order that allowed authorities to block access to Twitter and YouTube for several hours this week, a crackdown they say reflects Ankara's growing authoritarianism. Turkey has taken a tough stance on social media under President Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling AK Party he founded.

  • ADEN, April 6- Southern Yemeni militias backed by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition attacked Houthi fighters across several provinces in south Yemen on Monday, driving the Shi'ite rebel forces from some of their positions, witnesses and militia sources said. The fighting has killed hundreds of people, cut off water and electricity supplies and led the...

  • ANKARA/ ISTANBUL, April 6- Turkey blocked access to Twitter and YouTube on Monday over the publication of photographs of an Istanbul prosecutor held at gunpoint by far-left militants hours before he was killed in a shootout last week, officials said. Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said a prosecutor had sought the block on access to social media sites...

  • MAASAI MARA/MOMBASA, Kenya, April 6- Hoteliers from Kenya's Indian Ocean coast region and sprawling game park reserves said tourists have started cancelling trips to the east African nation after Islamist gunmen last week killed 148 people at a university campus. Since then, repeat al Shabaab attacks and travel warnings issued by the likes of Britain, United...

  • NAIROBI, April 6- The Kenyan air force has bombed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia, a defence force source said on Monday, in the first major military response to last week's attack by the militant group on a Kenyan university. Gunmen from the al Qaeda- aligned group killed 148 people on Thursday when they stormed the Garissa University College campus, some 200 km from...

  • NAIROBI, April 6- The Kenyan air force bombed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia on Sunday, a Kenya Defense Forces source said, in the first major military response to last week's attack by the militant group on a Kenyan university. Jets pounded the camps in Gondodowe and Ismail, both in the Gedo region bordering Kenya, the military source said on Monday.

  • NAIROBI, April 6- The Kenyan air force bombed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia on Sunday, a Kenya Defence Forces source said, in the first major military response to last week's attack by the militant group on a Kenyan university. Jets pounded the camps in Gondodowe and Ismail, both in the Gedo region bordering Kenya, the military source said on Monday.

  • TRIPOLI, April 5- Libya's Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni has said his government would run its own oil sales and deposit revenues abroad in a bid to divert proceeds away from a rival self-declared administration in Tripoli. On Sunday, a suicide bomber struck at a checkpoint near the Tripoli- allied town of Misrata, killing at least six people and wounding 40...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 5- "Furious 7" raced to the top of the domestic box office, picking up a massive $143.6 million in its opening weekend. Universal Pictures spared no expense in bringing the latest chapter in the fast cars and gravity-defying-stunts series to the big screen, shelling out $190 million on the production. It unspooled in 4,003 North American theaters,...

  • TRIPOLI, April 5- Libya's Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said his government would run its own oil sales and deposit revenues abroad in a bid to divert proceeds away from a rival, self-declared administration in Tripoli. On Sunday, a suicide bomber struck at a checkpoint near the Tripoli- allied town of Misrata, killing at least six people, including a woman and...