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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 Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. The U.N. human rights office called on the Philippines government in a new report Thursday, June 4, to end all violence targeting suspected drug offenders and to disband private and state-backed paramilitary groups which have caused serious human rights violations in the country.(Ace Morandante/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP, File)

UN rights official: Philippine anti-terror bill worrying

Jun. 4, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — New anti-terrorism legislation passed by the Philippine Congress that allows the detention of suspects for up to 24 days without warrants and relaxes human rights safeguards is “very worrying,” a U.N. rights official said Thursday. The House of Representatives...

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader shake hands after signing a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar. An Afghan official said Thursday, May 14, 2020, that a suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan targeted a military compound but was detonated before it reached the compound killing several civilians and wounding tens of others. The Taliban took responsibility for the bombing calling it retaliation for statements Tuesday by President Ashraf Ghani blaming Taliban for a brutal attack on a maternity hospital that killed tens of people, an attack that the Taliban were quick to condemn. (AP Photo/Hussein Sayed, File)

UN report: Afghan Taliban still maintain ties with al-Qaida

Jun. 2, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban in Afghanistan still maintain close ties with the al-Qaida terror network, despite signing a peace deal with the United States in which they committed to fight militant groups, a U.N. report released on Tuesday said. The insurgents promptly slammed the report as...

Members of the Shiloh Christian Center pray, sing and speak in tounges on the

Officials see extremist groups, disinformation in protests

Jun. 1, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials are seeking to determine whether extremist groups had infiltrated police brutality protests across the country and deliberately tipped largely peaceful demonstrations toward violence — and if foreign adversaries were behind a burgeoning disinformation campaign on...

Members of the Shiloh Christian Center pray, sing and speak in tounges on the

Officials see extremist groups, disinformation in protests

May. 31, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials sought to determine Sunday whether extremist groups had infiltrated police brutality protests across the country and deliberately tipped largely peaceful demonstrations toward violence — and if foreign adversaries were behind a burgeoning disinformation campaign on...

UK government to unveil legislation tightening terror laws

May. 20, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government is to unveil legislation Wednesday that could potentially see indefinite curbs on the movements of suspected terrorists, a move that's prompted concerns over civil liberties. The Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill, which is being labelled as the largest overhaul of...

This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Mohammed Alshamrani. The Saudi student opened fire inside a classroom at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday before one of the deputies killed him. The FBI has found a link between the gunman in a deadly attack at a military base last December and an al-Qaida operative. That's according to a U.S. official who spoke to The Associated Press on Monday. (FBI via AP)

FBI: Shooter at Pensacola base coordinated with al-Qaida

May. 18, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The gunman who killed three U.S. sailors at a military base in Florida last year communicated with al-Qaida operatives about planning and tactics in the months leading up to the attack, U.S. officials said Monday, as they lashed out at Apple for failing to help them open the shooter's...

Pakistan kills 4 Islamic State-linked militants in shootout

May. 17, 2020 3:45 AM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police acting on intelligence raided a militant hideout in a wooded area in the country's east killing four members of an Islamic State-linked group, the country's counter-terrorism agency said Sunday. In a statement, the agency said the overnight raid was carried out in...

12 extremist suspects dead after arrests in Burkina Faso

May. 14, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Twelve people who had been arrested in Burkina Faso as suspected extremists were found dead in the cells where they were held overnight, a local prosecutor said Wednesday. Judicael Kadeba, the prosecutor of Faso in the Eastern region, said 25 people were arrested Monday on...

EU official warns of extremists exploiting virus outbreak

May. 13, 2020 7:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union’s counterterrorism official is warning that the coronavirus pandemic is being used by extremists as an opportunity to spread their message and could be exploited to carry out attacks. In a confidential briefing to member nations obtained Wednesday by The Associated...

Anti-government protesters burn tires in front of barriers set up by security forces to close the Jumhuriyah Bridge leading to the Green Zone government area, during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, May 10, 2020. Protesters were back on the streets three days after Mustafa al-Kadhimi was appointed as Iraq's new prime minister. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

New Iraq PM releases protesters, promotes respected general

May. 10, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's judiciary ordered courts on Sunday to release anti-government protesters, carrying out one of the first decisions of the recently inaugurated prime minister just as dozens of demonstrators burned tires in renewed protests against the new leadership. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi...