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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2019 file photo, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the talks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  A former top Saudi counterterrorism official has filed a federal lawsuit, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020,  in the United States against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, alleging the royal tried to find, trap and kill him on U.S. and Canadian soil. The lawsuit filed by former intelligence official Saad Aljabri is his latest effort to try and bring about international and public pressure on the young crown prince.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, File)

Federal suit filed against Saudi crown prince by ex-official

Aug. 7, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A former top Saudi counterterrorism official has filed a federal lawsuit in the United States against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, alleging the royal tried to trap and kill him in the U.S. and Canada. The lawsuit, filed on Thursday, by Saad Aljabri is the...

UN reports sharp increase in cybercrime during pandemic

Aug. 7, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year, many targeting hospitals and health care systems and hindering their work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.N. counterterrorism chief said Thursday. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N. Security...

Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....

Pakistan police kill 5 separatists, say they foiled attacks

Jul. 31, 2020 5:17 AM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Counterterrorism police acting on intelligence raided a suspected militant hideout in a remote town in eastern Pakistan early Friday, triggering a shootout that killed five members of a separatist group, a spokesman said. Kaleem Qureshi, spokesman for the country's Counter-Terrorism...

Police: 5 Pakistani commandos killed in early morning raid

Jul. 28, 2020 4:42 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A raid on a suspected militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan early on Tuesday morning killed five anti-terrorism commandos and two militants, the police said. According to police spokesman Imtiaz Khan, a blistering firefight erupted when the commandos tried to raid a house in...

In this handout photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center, delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA) while Senate President Vicente Sotto III, left, and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano applauds at the House of Representative in Metro Manila, Philippines, Monday, July 27, 2020. (Simeon Celi Jr./Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP)

Duterte threatens criminals, seeks death penalty for drugs

Jul. 27, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned would-be criminals on Monday that “bodies will pile up" if they turn to robberies and other crimes during the coronavirus pandemic and urged that the death penalty be restored for illegal drugs. Duterte touched on a wide range of...

27 Islamic State suspects held in Turkey as attacks planned

Jul. 19, 2020 6:42 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish police have detained 27 people in Istanbul over suspected links to the Islamic State group Sunday, state-run media said Sunday. The Anadolu news agency reported that the suspects were held in simultaneous early morning raids by anti-terrorist police in 15 districts across...

FILE - In this April 19, 2020 photo file photo, shows a large refugee camp on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey, near the town of Atma, in Idlib province, Syria. Over the last two days, members of the UN Security Council have been haggling over cross-border aid delivery to Syria, with Russia, a major ally of the Syria government, working to reduce the delivery of U.N. humanitarian aid to Syria's last rebel-held northwest down from two crossings to just one. A final vote is expected Friday, July 10, 2020 as western countries push on a new resolution to keep the two crossings open for six months, instead of a year. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed, File)

UN official: 700 people died in Syrian camps for IS families

Jul. 10, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. counterterrorism chief said his office received information that 700 people died recently in two camps in northeast Syria, where more than 70,000 mainly women and children connected to Islamic State fighters are detained in “very dire conditions.” Vladimir...

UN chief warns COVID-19 provides opportunity for terrorists

Jul. 6, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic provides new opportunities for the Islamic State extremist group, al-Qaida and their affiliates as well as neo-Nazis, white supremacists and hate groups. The U.N. chief said it’s too early to fully...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, talks during his speech at the  presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. Duterte on Friday, July 3,2020, has signed a widely opposed anti-terror law which critics fear could be used against human rights defenders. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Anti-Terrorism Act after weighing the concerns of different groups, his spokesman said. (Ace Morandante/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP, File)

Philippine president signs widely opposed anti-terror law

Jul. 3, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president on Friday signed a widely opposed anti-terror law which critics fear could be used against human rights defenders and to muzzle dissent. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Anti-Terrorism Act after weighing the concerns of different groups, demonstrating...