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EU parliament backs Palestinian state ‘in principle’ 17.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Israel PM accuses Europe of staggering hypocrisy after MEPs back compromise motion on Palestine by 498 votes to 88

Israel has been hammered by a series of diplomatic rebuffs across Europe after the European parliament voted overwhelmingly for qualified recognition of the Palestinian state.

The vote on Wednesday came on the same day as a meeting of signatories to the Geneva conventions warned that Israel must respect international humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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Terror — a creation of Pak politicians 17.12.2014 HBL: Home
Since the days of Zia-ul-Haq they have promoted Islamist outfits to keep the pot boiling in Afghanistan and India
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Peshawar massacre is a reminder that militant threat still potent in south Asia 17.12.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
The rise of Islamic State has seen western intelligence agencies switch their focus away from Afghanistan and Pakistan, but terrorist activity in the region has surged in recent months Continue reading...
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Dan Sterling, The Interview Writer: Sony 'Was Ballsy to Make This Movie' 17.12.2014 Esquire
Sterling talks to us about being at the center of the Sony hack controversy—and how he just wanted to make a funny Seth Rogen ...
Hamas taken off EU terror blacklist 17.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Move comes as draft resolution on Palestinian statehood expected to be tabled at UN security council in New York

The European Union’s second highest court has ordered the removal of the Islamist group Hamas from a terrorist blacklist, citing procedural problems with the listing. It added, however, that the group’s assets should remain frozen for three months pending an almost certain appeal.

The decision came at the beginning of day of what promised to be intense diplomacy around the Israeli-Palestinian issue, with a draft resolution on Palestinian statehood expected to be tabled at the UN security council in New York later in the day.

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Pakistan to pursue terrorists even outside its borders 17.12.2014 Washington Post: World
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed Wednesday to pursue terrorists even outside his borders and and lift a moratorium on the death penalty as Pakistanis staged mass funerals for the 141 people, mostly schoolchildren, killed the day before in a bloody siege at an elite army high school.Read full article ...
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66 journalists murdered, 119 kidnapped around the world in 2014 17.12.2014 CNN-IBN Top Stories
China is the country where most journalists were jailed, followed by Eritrea, Iran, Egypt and Syria, the report found.
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66 journalists murdered in Syria in 2014 17.12.2014 CNN-IBN: World
The beheading of journalists by Islamist terrorists in Syria in 2014 showed that reporters face a dangerous new threat, media freedom organization Reporters Without Borders said on Tuesday.
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Be careful what you say in Egypt today 17.12.2014 Hindustan Times: World
Six months after Abdel Fattah alSisi became Egypts president after crushing his opponents criticism of his regime is either whispered or left unspoken amid stifling curbs on freedom of ...
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The Sydney siege fits the new, confusing global norm: the 'lone actor' attack | Raffaello Pantucci 17.12.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
How do we know if ‘lone actors’ are unstable individuals, or acting under direction from a group? Counter-terrorist planning will increasingly grapple with this question Lone actor-style terrorism is becoming the new normal. Groups like al-Qaeda and Islamic State (Isis) have been pushing it most recently, but it has been a feature of terrorist narratives and strategic thinking for some time. Isolated individuals who launch attacks using rudimentary weapons are difficult for security forces to detect using their traditional methods. The same factors that make it hard to intercept such individuals make it equally hard to know for sure that what is being looked at is a genuine terrorist attack, or a deranged person who adopts the garb of a terrorist to publicly exorcise personal ...
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Cheney’s Tortured Facts 17.12.2014 FactCheck
The former vice president offers misleading spin in defending CIA interrogation tactics.
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The Guardian view on the school killings in Pakistan | Editorial 17.12.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
A massacre of the innocents which shows Islamist extremism at its most callous. But Pakistan’s own policies are also to blame There can be no worse or more barbaric stage in any conflict than when one side or the other deliberately kills the children of their enemies. The young students whose bloodied bodies, pathetically clad in their British-style school uniforms, were stretchered out of the army school in Peshawar on Tuesday, as their families stood by and wept, did not die as a result of “collateral damage”. That dismal euphemism often covers the deaths of innocents. But at least such deaths are not willed. The Taliban militants who infiltrated the school went there with the express purpose of killing children. They were not in the city to attack military installations, police barracks, or even the officers whose children attended the school. They did not even have the scrap of an excuse which the attackers did in Beslan in 2004 , that they were taking hostages in pursuit of supposedly just demands ...
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WorldViews: Why the Pakistani Taliban’s war on children keeps on going 17.12.2014 Washington Post
A horrific attack on a military-run high school in Peshawar, Pakistan, has killed at least 141 people, 132 of whom were children and teenagers attending the academy. The slaughter, carried out by six Taliban terrorists, is the single worst terror attack in the country's history and one of the most brutal assaults on a school anywhere. Even in conflict-ravaged Pakistan, it seems an unprecedented act.Read full article >>
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Pakistan Taliban: militant group behind school attack is under growing pressure 16.12.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan may be trying to prove its effectiveness after a series of splits and an army assault Continue reading...
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The Implications of the Torture Report 16.12.2014 Truthout.com
December, 2007: Hooded demonstrator stands outside of Capitol to protest the conditions of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. (Photo: Takomabibelot )After years of the Obama administration's foot-dragging, obfuscation and threats, the senate Intelligence Committee's "Study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program" has finally flopped onto the senate presiding officer's desk like a landed carp. The present writer will take as a given the veracity of its three main findings: that the United States engaged in practices both legally and commonly definable as torture; that the actionable intelligence these practices produced was negligible; and that the practices tainted the moral prestige of the United States government in a manner that damaged its foreign policy. These assertions may be taken as true both because of the abundant evidence presented in the report itself and because of the flailing and hysterical reaction by our country's national security elites. December, 2007: Hooded demonstrator ...
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Stop Mixing Up Islamic Flags: A Guide for Lazy Journalists 16.12.2014 Mother Jones
When an armed assailant seized control of a café in downtown Sydney on Monday morning and forced two hostages to hold a black flag with Arabic script up to the window, many observers were quick to claim that ISIS, the self-proclaimed Islamic State that now dominates about a third of Iraq and Syria, was involved. The flag proved it! It's not that simple. Islamic groups, terrorist and otherwise, have adopted many different flags with Arabic script on them over the years. In August, members of the Kurdish community mistook a Palestinian flag with Islamic declarations on it for the ISIS flag, resulting in a violent fight. Over the summer, a New Jersey resident was pressured to take down a black flag bearing the shahada, or Islamic declaration of faith ("There is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God") after someone reported it to the Department of Homeland Security. The Jersey man had flown the flag for 10 years, and insisted (correctly) that it had nothing to do with ISIS. The ISIS flag features ...
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'Lone wolf' Australian hostage-taker had violent, unsettled past 16.12.2014 CNN-IBN Top Stories
Women comfort each other at the site of a siege at a Sydney cafe after the siege ended.
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10 arrested in France for recruiting nationals for jihad 16.12.2014 New Kerala: World News
Paris, Dec 16 : French anti-terror police Monday dismantled a recruiting network for Syria jihad and arrested 10 people on allegations of sending nationals to fight alongside Islamist insurgents in the Arab-torn country, interior ministry said.
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US prosecutors seek to boost evidence against Libyan man with bin Laden letters 16.12.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
The Amorality Of Dick Cheney And The Right In Response To The Truth About C.I.A. Torture 16.12.2014 Outside the Beltway
Vice-President Cheney's amoral defense of torture has come to define how most conservatives view the issue, and that's a problem.
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