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Iran says Australia ignored warnings about gunman

Tehran - Iran repeatedly warned Australia about the criminal past of the perpetrator of the Sydney cafe siege and called for him to be kept under surveillance, top officials in Tehran said.

Security stepped up as Australia orders siege probe

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday ordered an urgent enquiry into why a deranged Islamic gunman was not under surveillance and how he obtained citizenship, as security was stepped up after a fatal cafe siege.

Malware infects hundreds of thousands of WordPress sites

Hundreds of thousands of websites and blogs powered by content management platform WordPress have been infected by malicious malware via a plugin.

Kenya shuts 510 NGOs, some for 'terrorism financing'

Nairobi - Kenya on Tuesday closed over 500 non-governmental organisations, including 15 for alleged fundraising for terrorism, as part of a security crackdown following repeated attacks.

Solidarity for Australian Muslims after Sydney siege

Sydney - One of the bouquets left on Tuesday in a sea of flowers at the site of the Sydney siege read "I will ride with you." It was as much a wholehearted message to Australia's Muslim community as to the incident's victims.

Australia vows to unearth why 'sick' extremist was at large

Sydney - Australia's government pledged Tuesday to determine why an Iranian-born Islamist with a history of extremism and violence was able to play out a "sick fantasy" by seizing hostages in a day-long siege.

Extremist gunman, two hostages dead in Sydney siege cafe

Sydney - Two hostages and an extremist Iranian-born gunman were killed in a siege that ended when armed police stormed a central Sydney cafe Tuesday, as a shocked Australia struggled to come to terms with the tragedy.

Two killed as Australian police storm siege cafe

Sydney - At least two people were killed as heavily armed Australian police early Tuesday dramatically stormed a central Sydney cafe to end a day-long siege sparked when an Iranian-born Islamist took several people hostage.

Police search for bomb on plane in Stockholm

Stockholm - Police were searching for a possible bomb on a plane at Stockholm's main airport Tuesday after a threat which led to the evacuation of part of the international terminal.

Woman with handgun arrested at White House: Secret Service

Washington - A 23-year-old woman armed with a handgun was arrested outside the White House late Thursday, US Secret Service officials said.In a statement released Friday, the Secret Service identified the woman as April Lenhart of Mount Morris, Michigan.

White House intruder review reveals string of blunders

Washington - An internal review of the security lapses that allowed an intruder to scale a fence and enter the White House has revealed a string of Secret Service blunders, reports said.

Britain to seize jihadists' passports, stop them returning home

Canberra - Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday outlined plans to seize passports from British jihadists and stop them returning from fighting overseas, while proposing landing bans on airlines that fail to comply with London's no-fly lists.

Social networks 'in denial' on extremist use: GCHQ chief

London - Social media sites have become "the command-and-control networks of choice for terrorists", a senior British spy said Tuesday, warning that some US technology companies are "in denial" over the issue.

Social networks 'in denial' on extremist use: GCHQ chief

London - Social media sites have become "the command-and-control networks of choice for terrorists", the new head of Britain's electronic spying agency GCHQ wrote in a Financial Times article published Tuesday.

Women, children caught in deadly firefight near Tunis

Tunis - Women and children were caught up in a police siege near the Tunisian capital Friday, with "terrorists" killing one officer in a firefight, ahead of elections that have sparked fears of jihadist attacks.

White House fence climber charged

Washington - An unarmed man arrested for climbing over the White House fence has been charged with assaulting a Secret Service officer after he attacked police dogs.

'Anonabox' Tor router pulled from Kickstarter

The anonymising "Anonabox" broadband router has had its successful crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter pulled within just days of it starting amid complaints about the device's legitimacy.

Dropbox breached, 6 million usernames and passwords stolen

Four hundred usernames and passwords for Dropbox accounts gathered from users have been posted online in plain text format with an assurance that over 6 million more have also been collected.

Unpatchable USB-stick infecting malware now in the wild

An unpatchable malware infecting the firmware powering USB drives is now available in the wild, giving hackers undetectable abilities to use the sticks as hosts to malicious software that is automatically loaded when connected to a new computer.

Elite U.S. Secret Service now a punching bag and a punchline

Washington - The Secret Service lost more than its boss over the cascade of security lapses which cast doubt on its capacity to fulfill its prime mission: protecting President Barack Obama.

US Secret Service chief quits over security breaches

Washington - The US Secret Service director resigned Wednesday, paying the price for a string of security lapses by the elite presidential protection branch, including one in which an armed intruder ran into the White House.

White House breach 'unacceptable': Secret Service chief

Washington - The head of the US Secret Service pledged to revamp her elite agency Tuesday as she was subjected to withering criticism from angry lawmakers outraged over White House security breaches.

Ebola and the threat to world security

Geneva - The United Nations (U.N.) Security Council has declared the Ebola crisis in West Africa a “threat to international peace and security.” The U.N. calls for greater resources to fight the spread of the Ebola virus.

Man returning from Mideast 'combat zones' held at French airport

Nice - A young man was detained Friday at an airport in southern France as he returned from Iraqi or Syrian "combat zones" via Turkey, a source close to the case said.

French minister presses Turkey to avoid repeat of jihadi bungle

Ankara - The French interior minister on Friday held talks with his Turkish counterpart aimed at improving intelligence and security communications after an embarrassing bungle allowed three suspected jihadists who fought in Syria to walk free.

France to probe 'jihadist' bungle

Paris - France's interior minister on Wednesday announced a probe into a series of blunders that saw three suspected jihadists waltz out of a French airport after being transferred from Turkish custody.

Merah's 'jihadi' brother-in-law walks free after flight bungle

Paris - Confusion reigned Tuesday over the whereabouts of three suspected French jihadists arrested in Turkey who include the brother-in-law of Toulouse killer Mohammed Merah after an apparent bungle by authorities.

Big ammo stash found in White House intruder's car

Washington - A homeless US army veteran who jumped a fence and ran into the White House with a knife had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car, a court heard on Monday.

New 'secure' social network Lassoh empowers users' privacy

A new social-networking app seeking funding on Indiegogo right now aims to hand total control over security and privacy to its users, creating a much safer site than the heavyweights like Facebook and Twitter. Here we take a quick look at their campaign.

White House fence jumper had knife

Washington - A man who jumped over a White House fence and entered the presidential mansion was carrying a folding knife and claimed to be an Iraq war veteran, triggering a security review.
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Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27  2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concre...
Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27, 2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concrete fences around a "hot zone" in the downtown core to keep protesters out.
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Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27  2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concre...
Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27, 2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concrete fences around a "hot zone" in the downtown core to keep protesters out.
Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27  2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concre...
Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27, 2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concrete fences around a "hot zone" in the downtown core to keep protesters out.
Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27  2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concre...
Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27, 2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concrete fences around a "hot zone" in the downtown core to keep protesters out.
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