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Mumbai blasts death toll rises to 19

MUMBAI — Indian detectives trawled for leads on Saturday to the triple blasts which rocked the country’s financial hub, Mumbai, as the death toll from the coordinated explosions rose to 19. Two men who sustained serious injuries in Wednesday’s rush-hour bombings died in hospital, a home ministry statement said. Twenty…

Multiple blasts kill 20 in Mumbai ‘terror’ strikes

Three simultaneous blasts killed 20 people and injured dozens more in Mumbai on Wednesday, in the deadliest attack on India’s commercial capital since the traumatic 2008 assault by Islamist militants. The bombs exploded in busy districts in the south of the city, the same area targeted two and half years…

U.S. links Pakistan’s ISI to journalist killing: report

WASHINGTON — US officials believe Pakistan’s spy agency was behind the killing of a Pakistani journalist who reported that Islamist militants had infiltrated the military, the New York Times reported. The newspaper quoted two senior officials as saying that intelligence showed that senior members of Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)…

Tunisian police arrest 30 at anti-secularism protest

TUNIS — Tunisian police arrested about 30 people on Tuesday at a rally by Salafist Muslims demanding the release of comrades who ransacked a cinema that showed a film on secularism, witnesses said. On Sunday, six members of the Salafist movement were arrested after they stormed a cinema and broke…

Israel arrests 4 Hamas MPs in northern West Bank

Israeli troops on Tuesday arrested four Hamas MPs in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security sources and officials from the Islamist group said. Three of them were arrested in the early hours in the northern city of Nablus, while a fourth was picked up in Salfit, a town some 15…

Islamist militant leads prayers for bin Laden in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The founder of one of Pakistan’s most violent Islamist militant groups has told Muslims to be heartened by the death of Osama bin Laden, as his “martyrdom” would not go in vain, a spokesman for the group said on Tuesday. The media are often barred from gatherings of Lashkar-e-Taiba (Let), the militant…

Israeli strikes kill six as Gaza seethes

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip killed three militants from the Islamist group Hamas and three Palestinian civilians on Friday, in a second day of a fresh upsurge in the conflict. At least 29 Palestinians have been killed since the latest spasm of violence erupted on…

New York airport bomb plotter handed life sentence

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday sentenced an Islamist militant to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of participating in a plot to bomb New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Russel Defreitas, 67, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Guyana, was found guilty in…

Islamists reject offer to join new Jordan govt

AMMAN (AFP) – Jordan’s Islamist opposition said on Sunday it has rejected an offer to join a new government headed by Prime Minister Marruf Bakhit and tasked with enhancing reforms. “We have received an offer to join to the government of Marruf Bakhit, but we refused,” Hamzah Mansur, leader of…

British PM Cameron urges ‘muscular liberalism’ to combat Islamic extremism

British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned his country’s long-standing policy of multiculturalism as a failure Saturday, saying it was partly to blame for fostering Islamist extremism. In a speech to the Munich Security Conference, Cameron said many young British Muslims were drawn to violent ideology because they found no strong…

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