Children are seen throwing stones at a group of children believed to be directed by the outlawed PKK as they throw stones at policemen.
An additional building has been opened at a prison in Diyarbakır to hold girls under 18 who receive prison sentences for throwing stones at policeofficers during illegal demonstrations in Turkey’s eastern and southeastern provinces. Continue reading →
BERLIN, Jan. 29 (UPI) — U.N. members gathered for a workshop in Berlin to discuss how terrorist groups and organized criminal enterprises take advantage of the Internet.
The U.N. Counter-terrorism Implementation Task Force organized a two-day workshop in the German capital to discuss laws in place aimed at examining the safety and use of the Internet for criminal activity.
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Countries across the continent have wrestled with the issue of the Muslim veil – in various forms such as the body-covering burka and the niqab, which covers the face apart from the eyes. The debate takes in religious freedom, female equality, secular traditions and even fears of terrorism.
Headscarves are allowed at French universities – but not schools
France has for years been debating whether to ban the “full veil”.
In early 2010 President Nicolas Sarkozy said it was “not welcome” in France.
This was followed by a French parliamentary committee recommending a partial ban, saying that veils covering the face were an affront to French values and proposing they be banned from inside public buildings – such as hospitals and schools – and public transport. Continue reading →
The CEO of the UK-based Islam Channel was moved from the hospital to police cells in Pretoria on Tuesday morning, the Media Review Network (MRN) said.
“He was there until this morning [Tuesday] when the doctors discharged him and he was taken back to his holding cell at the Moot police station in Pretoria. That is where is being held currently,” said MRN chairman Iqbal Jassat. Continue reading →
The Home Affairs Committee holds a one-off evidence session in which it examines the various new counter-terrorism measures to be adopted at British airports, including full body scanners, passenger profiling and ‘no fly’ lists. Watch live from 10.30am.
Video and Audio: Counter-Terrorism Measures evidence session
BERLIN -(Dow Jones)- Germany will increase its deployment in Afghanistan by 500 troops and nearly double aid for reconstruction in the northern regions where it operates, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday.
The larger deployment and more than EUR400 million in reconstruction aid are designed to help the Afghan government move toward greater ownership of the country‘s security by 2014, Merkel told reporters in Berlin
“We emphatically support President [Hamid] Karzai in his declaration that by 2014 we want to have a situation in which Afghanistan can guarantee its own security,” Merkel said.
The additional German soldiers will help train Afghan security forces that Merkel wants to see playing a much broader role in securing the country by the end of 2011.
President Obama has made it the policy of his administration to reduce troop deployments in the “bad war” in Iraq while increasing the number of boots on the ground to fight the “good war” in Afghanistan. The President has followed through on the latter, but he has done so in part by diverting troops readied for combat in Iraq to a new battlefield for which they lack the necessary training – and our troops have paid the price for this political sleight of hand. Continue reading →
TIMBUKTU, Mali – In early 2008, an official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sent a report to his superiors detailing what he called “the most significant development in the criminal exploitation of aircraft since 9/11.”
The document warned that a growing fleet of rogue jet aircraft was regularly crisscrossing the Atlantic Ocean. On one end of the air route, it said, are cocaine-producing areas in the Andes controlled by the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. On the other are some of West Africa‘s most unstable countries.
The report, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters, was ignored, and the problem has since escalated into what security officials in several countries describe as a global security threat.
The clandestine fleet has grown to include twin-engine turboprops, executive jets and retired Boeing 727s that are flying multi-ton loads of cocaine and possibly weapons to an area in Africa where factions of al-Qaida are believed to be facilitating the smuggling of drugs to Europe, the officials say. Continue reading →