China Anti-Terror Law May Restrict Media Reporting on Attacks

BEIJING, Dec 22 – China may further restrict the right of media to report on details of terror attacks, state media reported on Tuesday, under a tough new law that could be passed before the end of the month. The draft anti-terrorism law has already attracted concern in Western capitals as it could require technology

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Djibouti Opposition Claims At Least 19 Dead in Violence

DJIBOUTI, Dec 22 – A Djibouti opposition group said at least 19 people were killed in clashes with police that began when people were marking a religious celebration, while the government said just nine people were wounded when police fought armed individuals. The rival accounts made it difficult to determine what was precisely the cause

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Bill Cosby Sues Model Beverly Johnson for Defamation

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES, Dec 21 – Comedian Bill Cosby sued model Beverly Johnson on Monday, saying she defamed him by accusing him of drugging her, and making her the eighth accuser he has filed suit against this month. Johnson is among more than 50 women who have come forward in the past year

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U.N. Mulls ‘Light’ Options to Monitor Possible Syria Truce

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Dec 22 – The United Nations is mulling “light touch” options for monitoring a possible ceasefire in Syria that would keep its risks to a minimum by relying largely on Syrians already on the ground, diplomatic sources said. The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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Swiss Muslim Group Denies Wrongdoing Over Jihadist Documentary

ZURICH, Dec 21 – An executive at a Swiss Muslim organisation said on Monday that a documentary he had made about jihadists in Syria was intended to shed a harsh light on their activities rather than glorify them as prosecutors have alleged. A criminal investigation against Naim Cherni, head of the Islamic Central Council of

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Daesh Radio Show Seeks New Recruits in Afghanistan

By Rafiq Sherzad JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Dec 21 – Daesh militants in eastern Afghanistan have taken to the airwaves to win recruits as they try to build strength and replace the Taliban as the leading force in the Islamist insurgency. Officials have been increasingly concerned by the broadcasts, which encourage young people to find a sense

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Suicide Attack on Bagram Air Base Kills Five; Six Wounded

KABUL, Dec 21 – A suicide bomber on a motorbike attacked a joint U.S.-Afghan patrol near Bagram air base in Afghanistan on Monday, killing five soldiers and wounding six, Bagram District Governor Abdul Shukur Qudusi said. In a tweet, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility and said 19 U.S. soldiers had been killed and a

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Iran Sees Israeli Lobby Behind U.S. Visa Waiver Changes

By Sam Wilkin DUBAI, Dec 21 – Iran’s foreign ministry said on Monday that Israeli lobbying was behind a new measure passed by the U.S. Congress that will prevent visa-free travel to the United States for people who have visited Iran or hold Iranian nationality. The measure, which President Barack Obama signed into law on

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