Moslems are beginning to change their attitudes towards Islamic terrorism. That’s a major step forward in the war against terror.
Jailed Palestinian uprising leader Marwan Barghouti dropped out of the race to replace Yasser Arafat on Friday, agreeing to support the candidacy of interim leader Mahmoud Abbas in a move intended to head off a split in the ruling Fatah movement.Barghouti Backs Abbas in Palestinian Race
Barghouti's decision not to run in the Palestinians' presidential election Jan. 9 was a big boost for Abbas, a pragmatist who opposes violence and appears to have the tacit support of Israel and the United States.
After the announcement, Barghouti's daughter Ruba, 15, began weeping. "He is putting his confidence in the sellouts," she cried.
Geert Wilders is on the run.Islamic radicalism touches nerve in easygoing Dutch
He can't go home. He doesn't show his face in public. Six police officers track his every step.
Wilders is not a fugitive but a prominent Dutch legislator. The threat of assassination by Islamic extremists has forced him and several other politicians into hiding, while about 150 men identified by police as hard-core jihadists remain free.
"I have stayed in five different safe houses," Wilders said recently. "It's a life you don't wish on your worst enemy. Meanwhile, they are still walking the streets of the Netherlands because the police can't arrest them. There is not enough evidence.
Police wiretaps in Europe have recorded terrorist suspects scoffing that local laws are lax, according to investigators and court documents. Critics say Islamic networks grew in the Netherlands as other countries got tougher after the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States.
Dutch anti-terrorist prosecutions, however, have foundered because judges threw out evidence collected by intelligence agents.
Every country in the world must come up with a plan urgently to deal with an inevitable influenza pandemic likely to be triggered by the bird flu virus that hit Asia this year, a top global health expert says.
"I believe we are closer now to a pandemic than at any time in recent years," said Shigeru Omi, regional director for the Western Region of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Two years after the Worshipers Path ambush terror attack, the murderers have been killed in a battle with IDF soldiers - marking the liquidation of a major Hamas terror cell in Hevron.
The attack two years ago claimed the lives of 12 men: IDF Commander of the Judea Region, Col. Dror Weinberg, as well as other soldiers, Kiryat Arba emergency team members, and local residents. It occurred on Friday night, November 15, 2002, between Hevron and Kiryat Arba.
Britain, Germany, and France are demanding that UN nuclear inspectors in Iran be allowed to go wherever they see fit in their efforts to investigate Tehran's nuclear programme.I don't really think the Euros suddenly grew a spine and started upping the ante. I think US pressure is behind this. More details later in the story hint at this, but the story doesn't explicitly confirm what I'm saying, it just hints at it...call this a speculation, based on a strong hunch.
The unprecedented demand comes in a resolution drafted by the Europeans for a board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency taking place this week in Vienna. If adopted by the board, the resolution will give inspectors the kind of access rights they have enjoyed only in Iraq.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana had secret talks with the Palestinian militant group Hamas even though it is on the European Union's list of banned organizations, he said in an interview broadcast Thursday.Even Jack Straw is on the right side of this one. Solana is scum, pure and simple. How can he give a murderous organization like Hamas any cloak of legitimacy? Having met them secretly, allegedly "to pass a clear message of where the internation community stood", how could he then admit it on the radio, and legitimize a deadly terror group as a political player to be reckoned with? Even though his own EU has declared it banned?
"I have had direct contact with Hamas but not in the last few days," Solana told BBC Radio. "Those meetings were not long. They were just to pass a clear message of where the international community was."
He declined to say who he met or where the meetings took place. Asked how long ago they took place, he said: "months."
British Foreign Minister Jack Straw, talking to the BBC from Jerusalem, declined to comment directly and repeated British policy on Hamas, which is committed to Israel's destruction.
"Our position is very clear. We do not have contact with Hamas," Straw said.
"We do not believe in contacts with Hamas or other proscribed organizations. What these organizations have to do if they want to take part in discussions is to renounce violence."
My family — I’m 12 years old — is at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport, eager to board the El Al plane, the sole flight leaving Iran. The airport terminal is a slab of concrete that resembles a bunker. Inside is a crowd of hopeful passengers whose expressions range from anxious to weary.A child’s exodus from Iran remembered 25 years later
The incidence of hate crimes in the United States may not be rising, but religion-based hate crimes overwhelmingly are directed against Jews and Jewish institutions.For Jews, FBI hate crime report has some good news, some bad
The 166-page report documented more than 1,300 religion-based hate incidents in 2003. Jews were by far the most frequent targets of such attacks, with anti-Muslim incidents trailing far behind at 149.
In a meeting that left her trembling with emotion, Hanna Morawiecka was reunited with the Jewish boy whose family she helped rescue from extermination in Poland during World War II.
A beaming Andre Nowacki, now 68, greeted the Polish woman at Kennedy International Airport.
"Hanna Morawiecka, my little sister," he said Wednesday after hugging her and presenting her with a bouquet of carnations.
"You haven't changed since you were 9," she told him in Polish.