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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...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news briefing at the White House, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Only verified intelligence? A look at presidents' briefings

Jul. 3, 2020 5:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump was never briefed on intelligence that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because there wasn’t corroborating evidence. But former intelligence officials say presidents are routinely informed about intelligence even...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news briefing at the White House, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Only verified intelligence? A look at presidents' briefings

Jul. 2, 2020 11:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump was never briefed on intelligence that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because there wasn’t corroborating evidence. But former intelligence officials say presidents are routinely informed about intelligence even...

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, is welcomed by Mauritania President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, right, upon arrival at Nouakchott Oumtounsy International Airport Tuesday June 30, 2020, in Nouakchott, to attend a G5 Sahel summit. Leaders from the five countries of West Africa's Sahel region, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Mauritania's capital Nouakchott on Tuesday to discuss military operations against Islamic extremists in the region, as jihadist attacks mount. The five African countries, known as the G5, have formed a joint military force that is working with France, which has thousands of troops to battle the extremists in the Sahel, the region south of the Sahara Desert. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)

French, Spanish and African leaders meet to combat extremism

Jun. 30, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Leaders from the five countries of West Africa’s Sahel region — Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger — on Tuesday called for intensifying counter-terrorism operations supported by the French military that have already seen successes in the recent months...

A police forensic officer works near the scene of a fatal multiple stabbing attack in Forbury Gardens park, Reading, England, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The English town of Reading is mourning for three people stabbed to death on Saturday in what is being treated as a terror attack. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK police charge suspect with murder of 3 in Reading park

Jun. 27, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — U.K. counter-terrorism police have charged a 25-year-old man with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder for a stabbing attack in an English park that killed three men a week ago. British prosecutors authorized the charges filed Saturday against Khairi Saadallah, of...

Motorists pass by a Popular Mobilization poster in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, June 26, 2020. Iraqi security forces arrested over a dozen men suspected of a spate of rocket attacks against the U.S. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraqi forces arrest men suspected of attacks targeting US

Jun. 26, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces arrested over a dozen men suspected of a spate of rocket attacks against the U.S. presence in Iraq, the Iraqi military said Friday — the strongest action to date by the new government in Baghdad against perpetrators suspected of ties to Iran. The arrests marked...

In this photo provided by the Philippine National Police (NCRPO), police inspect a hideout where four suspected Islamic State group-linked militants were killed during a gunbattle in metropolitan Manila, Philippines, Friday June 26, 2020. Police and intelligence agents were to serve a search a warrant at a house in a village in suburban Paranaque city after months of surveillance when the suspected militants opened fire, metropolitan Manila police chief Debold Sinas said. (Philippine National Police NCRPO via AP)

Philippine police kill 4 suspected militants in Manila raid

Jun. 26, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police killed four suspected Islamic State group-linked militants during a raid on a hideout in metropolitan Manila early Friday, security officials said. Metropolitan Manila Police Chief Debold Sinas said police and intelligence agents planned to serve a search...

FILE - In this March 1, 2020 file photo, supporters of Pakistani religious group rally to celebrate the signing agreement between United States and Taliban, in Quetta, Pakistan. Washington's annual terrorism report says Pakistan is doing too little to counter terrorist groups particularly those taking aim at enemy India as well as the dreaded Haqqani network operating in Afghanistan. Islamabad bristled at the criticism saying it has been relentless in its assistance to Washington as it be negotiated for more than a year with the Taliban for a peace deal signed on Feb. 29. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt,file)

US report: Pakistan doing too little to counter terrorism

Jun. 26, 2020 7:33 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Washington’s annual terrorism report said Pakistan was doing too little to counter terrorist groups, particularly those taking aim at rival India and the dreaded Haqqani network operating in Afghanistan. Islamabad bristled at the criticism in the U.S. State Department report,...

Albania arrests man over social media calls to kill Israelis

Jun. 25, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian man has been arrested for allegedly using social media to call for the killing of Israelis, police said Thursday. The 39-year-old man was arrested at his home in the village of Koxhaj, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of the capital, Tirana, following an investigation...

FILE - In this July 14, 2016 file photo, authorities investigate a truck after it plowed through Bastille Day revellers in the French resort city of Nice, southern France. France's counter-terrorism prosecutors have requested nine suspects to be send to trial in connection with the 2016 Bastille Day truck attack in Nice that left 86 people dead. (Sasha Goldsmith via AP, File)

Trial requested for 9 suspects in France's 2016 truck attack

Jun. 23, 2020 5:42 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's counter-terrorism prosecutors made a formal request Tuesday for nine suspects to face trial in connection with the 2016 Bastille Day truck attack in Nice that left 86 people dead. In a statement following the end of a judicial investigation, the Paris-based prosecutors' office did not...