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Putin signs controversial anti-terror measures into law

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a package of controversial anti-terror amendments dubbed "Big Brother" measures by critics that may cost internet companies billions.

Brazil has 'total confidence' in Rio Olympics security

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil has "total confidence" that it can ensure security for more than half a million tourists and athletes attending the Rio Olympics this August, a senior official said Wednesday.

Russian MPs approve anti-terror 'Big Brother' measures

Moscow - Russia's lower house of parliament on Friday approved a raft of anti-terror measures that the opposition called the "Big Brother" law, which may also cost Internet companies billions to store mandated users' data.

Most Americans appear to support torture against terror suspects

According to a recent poll, nearly two-thirds of Americans believe torture is an acceptable way of extracting information from suspected terrorists -- a level of support similar to that of Nigeria, where attacks are more common.

Op-Ed: Anti-Israel RFE/RL Facebook message may inspire terrorists

U.S. taxpayer-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) posted an anti-Israel Facebook message which may inspire terrorists to violence against innocent civilians.

Op-Ed: How terrorism brings the worst out of political discourse

Brussels - There are many tragedies tied to acts of terror. Innocent people lose their lives, and the entire world is put on edge. After Brussels another tired symptom was exposed; the fight between the right and left as to who can sound more foolish.

Op-Ed: Our sphere of sympathy has borders

The Brussels bombing highlighted a symptom of our own conceit much like the Paris attacks before it. It proved that our ability to sympathize for victims of terrorism has geographical limits. The multiple attacks in Turkey last week are all but forgotten.

Australian schoolgirl faces charge of financing IS

Sydney - A 16-year-old schoolgirl was set to be charged Tuesday with raising money to support the Islamic State group, Australian police said, warning of a "trend of teenage children" involved in such activities.

French students encouraged to smoke in school to stop terrorism

A few weeks ago, schools in France started to allow students to smoke on their grounds to prevent themselves from becoming targets of terrorist attacks.

ISIS inspired Faisal Mohammad's stabbing spree on campus

Sacramento - The FBI has concluded Faisal Mohammad, who stabbed four people on the campus last November, was probably self-radicalized. The 18-year-old was shot dead by campus police shortly after the attacks.

Black-list threat helps fight terror finance, task force tells AFP

Paris - A threat to add countries who are slow to combat terrorism financing to a public black list has proved effective in pushing them into action, a top executive at an international task force said ahead of G20 talks on the topic opening Friday.

San Francisco man accused of seeking 'dirty' bomb pleads guilty

San Francisco - A San Francisco man who allegedly sought to build a "dirty" bomb in his apartment near Fisherman's Wharf pleaded guilty Tuesday to multiple felony charges.

Spanish artists held over ETA word-play

Madrid - Two puppeteers detailed for allegedly "glorifying terrorism" with a play on words on ETA during a show asked to be freed Monday, as controversy over the case mounted.

Australia raids homes of 'doctor in Islamic State video': reports

Sydney - Police have raided two Melbourne homes in counter-terrorism operations, with reports Friday linking them to an Australian man who appeared in a slick Islamic State propaganda video last year.

UK terror law contradicts human rights legislation: Judge

London - British judges ruled Tuesday that the country's anti-terror law is "incompatible" with European human rights legislation, in a case brought by the partner of the journalist at the centre of the Edward Snowden revelations.

Pakistan executed 332 after reinstating death penalty: Report

Islamabad - Pakistan announced this week that authorities have executed 332 criminals and militants since lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in 2014, the first time an official tally has been released.

Security experts fear 'European 9/11' in the coming year

Paris - Just a week into the year, France has already been rattled by an attempted attack on a police station, but counter-terrorism officials have far graver fears for Europe in 2016.

Op-Ed: The decline of religion and the rise of terror

New York City - With all the advances of science and the increasing availability of knowledge, why can we not dissolve or at least lessen the growth of terror and conflict?

Dark melody: The jihadist soundtrack of hate and violence

New York - The jihadi nasheed has long been the soundtrack of jihad for militant groups. However, this obscure form of song has recently garnered increased mainstream attention as it features prominently in the propaganda efforts of the Islamic State.

Op-Ed: Fighting terrorism with terrorism won't work

Is there really a great deal of difference between the terrorism of ISIS and the terrorism of the Western and Russian bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq?

China adopts first counter-terrorism law

Bejing - China adopted its first counter-terrorism law on Sunday after early drafts of the bill attracted strong criticism for provisions that may tighten media controls and threaten the intellectual property of foreign firms.

Pittsburgh Islamic Center and police form alliance Special

Pittsburgh - At a news conference Saturday night, Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay and Islamic Center Executive Director Wasi Mohamed announced a new collaborative agreement to address racially motivated violence.

Op-Ed: Toddlers shoot more Americans than Muslim terrorists

San Francisco - The recent Islamist terror attacks in Paris, France have rekindled long-simmering Islamophobia and xenophobia among many Americans, including political leaders from both major parties who now want to shut the door on Syrian refugees fleeing civil war.

Paris attackers may have planned their acts using PlayStation 4

Authorities are concerned that the terrorists responsible for Friday night's attacks in Paris may have used Sony's PlayStation 4 games console to plan the massacre. The company's PlayStation Network uses even stronger encryption than famed WhatsApp.

VR communities divided by controversial '9/11 simulator'

A virtual reality game that simulates the tragic events of 9/11 from the perspective of the victims is dividing VR enthusiasts and creating both hype and deep controversy. The simulation has led people to question what's acceptable as a VR experience.

Russian police foil 'terror attack' planned on Moscow

Moscow - Russian police have arrested a group of people they said were planning a terror attack on Moscow, the country's anti-terrorism committee said, without giving details about the group's motives.

Op-Ed: Russia in Syria — Good or bad news for the West?

Sydney - The Russian buildup in Syria has led to the first new tactical development in the Assad regime’s military posture. The move from a defensive continuous fire approach to an actual attack has taken years. The question is whether it’ll work.

Call of Duty tweeted fake terroist attack to promote game

In an attempt to promote Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Activsion temporary changed the official Twitter account and began posting tweets about a fake terrorist attack.

Call of Duty tweeted fake terroist attack to promote game

In an attempt to promote Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Activsion temporary changed the official Twitter account and began posting tweets about a fake terrorist attack.

Op-Ed: Refugees, Totalitarians and the West

The solution to the migrant crises in Europe is not open borders or donations to refugee camps. Instead, oppressors must be removed and there must be a concerted effort help to create tolerant, pluralist societies.
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Zahid Iqbal, Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, Umar Arshad and Syed Farhan Hussain, so-called terrorists who talked about blowing up a barracks with a toy car.
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An Federal Bureau of Investigation Enhanced Special Weapons And Tactics team moves in to surround a C-130 during an exercise Keesler Air Force Base. The FBI's Enhanced SWAT teams are not as highly trained or equipped to take on the missions that are often assigned to the Hostage Rescue Team but they have more advanced training and equipement than the regular FBI SWAT teams.
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An image from a cartoon produced by the al-Qaida organization. Al-Qaida is suspected by U.S. officials of trafficking heroin to European cities from Afghanistan to fund it's terrorist activities.
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Pasukan Gerakan Khas or PGK is a national law enforcement counter-terrorism team in Malaysia. In this image two operatives of Pasukan Gerakan Khas Detachment A including one female operator arms with Heckler & Koch MP5-N submachineguns. The MP5-N used by the team is equipped with an Aimpoint CompM2 Red-Dot optical sight and Insight Technology tactical flashlight.
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On the morning of March 11, 2004, Muslim extremists targeted rush hour commuters in a mass bombing spree aboard several trains and railway stations that resulted in 191 deaths and 1,800 wounded or maimed.
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A man looks at a damaged vehicle at the site of an explosion, near former President Ali Abdullah Saleh's house which is also within close proximity to the French embassy, in Sanaa February 3, 2014
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A bomb blast ripped a trolleybus apart in Volgograd on Monday, killing 14 people in the second deadly attack in the southern city in two days and raising fears of further violence as Russia prepares to host the Winter Olympics
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Assaulters or tactical operators of Groupe'd Intervention Gendarmerie Nationale (GIGN), France's counter-terrorism police unit conduct training to keep skills razor sharp.
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Emergency vehicles in Russell Square after the London bombings of July 2005
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The Korps Commandotroepen is a military counter-terrorism team of the Netherlands Army. In this image the members of the team are being trained in Counter-Terrorism tactics. The team's motto is "Now or Never."
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AFTERMATH: Spectators flee the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon after two bombs exploding, killing three and injuring more than 200.
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Showcase of the Winter Olympics Games, Sochi 2014
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PASukan Khas Laut or PASKL is a military counter-terrorism of the Malaysian Navy. In this image Navy Special Operations Force PASKAL operatives practice a hostage rescue drill aboard a merchant vessel. The team is 1,000 strong and it's signature color is purple. It's motto is "Dari Jasamu Kami Abadikan" which when translated from the Malaysian language to English reads "From Your Kindness We Eternize."
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Victims of the bombing are expected to pass 100 injured or dead from terrorist related bombings during the World Cup final being viewed by fans in Kampala, Uganda.
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Visual documenting injuries and fatalities in the Oklahoma City bombing disaster.
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The ruins of the Murrah Building are demolished more than a month after the Oklahoma City bombing. The bombing had occurred with a Ryder truck similar to the one in the lower left of the picture. The Oklahoma City Bombing National Memorial would later be built on the site.
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