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Pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying

Pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying

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An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina, is facing up to 35 years in prison on charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and "espionage." The trial begins Monday in western Izmir province. Brunson was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both an outlawed Kurdish insurgent group and the network of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who Turkey blames for a masterminding a failed military coup that year. The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, denies the claim. Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for 23 years, has denied all allegations, saying that he solely worked as ...
Paris terror suspect: 'I am not afraid of you'

Paris terror suspect: 'I am not afraid of you'

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The last surviving suspect of the Paris terror attacks has told a court he is "not afraid" as he refused to speak at the first day of his trial.Saleh Abdeslam is accused of driving three of the suicide bombers to the Stade de France as part of the November 2015 attacks, and is understood to have intended to carry out an attack himself before changing his mind.Image:Abdeslam is standing trial in Brussels charged with attempted murderHe is standing trial in Brussels' Palais de Justice charged with attempted murder in a terrorist context following a shootout with police that led to his capture four months later in March 2016.He fled the gun battle, and a man who covered for his getaway was killed with a spray of automatic gunfire. Abdeslam's escape was short-lived as he was captured days late...
Trump Putin call: CIA helped stop Russia terror attack

Trump Putin call: CIA helped stop Russia terror attack

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Information provided by the CIA helped Russian security services foil an attack on St Petersburg's Kazan cathedral, US and Russian leaders say.President Vladimir Putin phoned Donald Trump to thank him for the information, the White House and Kremlin confirmed.The attack was allegedly planned to take place on Saturday, Russia says.A White House statement said "terrorists" were captured prior to an attack "that could have killed large numbers of people".Russia's FSB security service said in a statement on Friday that it had detained seven members of a cell of Islamic State supporters and seized a significant amount of explosives, weapons and extremist literature.The cell was planning to carry out a suicide attack at a religious institution and kill citizens on Saturday, the FSB statement sai...
£100m fighting fund to tackle terror online

£100m fighting fund to tackle terror online

Technology
Tech companies have begun investing huge amounts of money to help in the fight against extremism.Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter are directly funding an increasing number of projects, not just online, but in local communities.Sky News has been told the investment, aimed at countering propaganda from terror groups like ISIS, currently tops more than £100m and is separate to the many millions already invested in policing and removing extremist content online.:: Amber Rudd plans tougher laws for terrorists using the internetIt comes at a time of fierce criticism from politicians that the tech sector is not doing enough to deal with extremist content online.Richard Allan - Facebook's Vice President of Policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa - said their investment in counter-extr
Guilty of terror offence for not unlocking iPhone

Guilty of terror offence for not unlocking iPhone

Technology
The international director of Cage has been found guilty of a terror offence for refusing to unlock his iPhone and laptop while being detained at Heathrow Airport.Muhammad Rabbani was found guilty of wilfully obstructing a police search under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.He was held under a "sweeping" power, his barrister argued, when he returned from Qatar after attending what he told police was a friend's wedding.After three hours of interrogation Rabbani was placed under arrest after refusing to provide the PIN and password for his devices.Rabbani told the court he had an obligation to protect confidential evidence on his iPhone and MacBook Air from a client of Cage's which regarded serious allegations of torture by "US agents"."It was a case involving the US against an individu...