Obama eases Sudan sanctions, citing ‘positive’ steps on fight against terror

Obama eases Sudan sanctions, citing ‘positive’ steps on fight against terror

US President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday easing but not eliminating sanctions against Sudan, in an eleventh-hour push to broaden talks with the long-estranged African government. Exactly two decades after the US imposed economic sanctions against Sudan and with barely a week to go before Obama leaves office, the US is starting to […]

From love life scandal to terror attacks: the defining moments of Hollande’s presidency

From love life scandal to terror attacks: the defining moments of Hollande’s presidency

Francois Hollande’s presidency has been overshadowed by an unprecedented wave of jihadist attacks, violent protests over labour reforms and revelations about his messy private life. Following are some of the defining moments of his mandate which began in 2012 and which he confirmed Thursday would be his last. Three major terror attacks Since January 2015, […]

US puts Paris, Brussels attack suspect on terror list

US puts Paris, Brussels attack suspect on terror list

The United States on Tuesday added three senior Islamic State (IS) group figures on its terror watch list, including a French national believed to have planned bloody attacks in Paris and Brussels. The US State Department named Abdelilah Himich, known under the nom de guerre Abu Suleiman Al-Faransi, as the founder of a 300-strong “European […]

French govt will not share names of terror suspects with mayors

French govt will not share names of terror suspects with mayors

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has ruled out sharing details of individuals on the intelligence services’ watch list with town mayors, he told weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche. Suspects on the so-called “Fiche S” watch list are “under surveillance but not under official investigation because they have not been proven to have committed any […]

Authorities take teen in for questioning over fake Paris terror alert

Authorities take teen in for questioning over fake Paris terror alert

French authorities took a teenager in for questioning on Monday over a false terror alert that mobilised dozens of police officers in Paris on Saturday. Two adolescents had been brazenly bragging about the hoax online. On Saturday, French police received a call from a certain “Father Mathis” claiming ten armed men had entered Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles church […]

Hollande meets pope, honours terror victims at Rome church

Hollande meets pope, honours terror victims at Rome church

French President François Hollande met Pope Francis on Wednesday to thank him for his solidarity with the French people after attacks by Islamist militants, including the killing of an elderly priest in July. A professed atheist, Hollande started his brief, private trip to Rome and the Vatican with a stop in San Luigi dei Francesi, […]

Germany mulls stripping citizenship in terror crackdown

Germany mulls stripping citizenship in terror crackdown

Germany’s interior minister has proposed tough new security measures including deporting foreigners and revoking citizenship after two attacks claimed by the Islamic state group. At a press conference on Thursday Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière outlined plans to beef up federal security forces, make the promotion of terrorism a crime and strip German citizenship from […]

Putin accuses Ukraine of Crimea ‘terror’ campaign

Putin accuses Ukraine of Crimea ‘terror’ campaign

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday accused Ukraine of waging “terror” over alleged attempted incursions into annexed Crimea that Kiev has fiercely denied. Russia’s security agency announced it had thwarted “terrorist attacks” in Crimea by Ukrainian military intelligence and beaten back an armed assault, claims that have ratcheted up tensions first sparked by Moscow’s 2014 […]

Erdogan accuses West of protecting coup plotters, ‘supporting terror’

Erdogan accuses West of protecting coup plotters, ‘supporting terror’

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday launched his most bitter attack yet on Turkey’s Western allies over the July 15 attempted putsch, accusing them of supporting both “terror” and the coup plotters who tried to unseat him. Erdogan, who blames the plot on the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, also described the coup as a “scenario […]