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Iran nuclear: ‘Terrorist act’ at underground Natanz facility

Iran nuclear: ‘Terrorist act’ at underground Natanz facility

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ReutersA nuclear facility in Iran was hit by a "terrorist act" a day after it unveiled new advanced uranium centrifuges, a top nuclear official says.He did not say who was to blame but urged the international community to deal with nuclear terrorism.Israeli media suggest the incident was a result of an Israeli cyber attack.Last year, a fire broke out at the Natanz underground facility, which the authorities alleged was the result of cyber sabotage.The latest incident comes as diplomatic efforts to revive a 2015 nuclear deal - abandoned by the US under the Trump administration in 2018 - have resumed. On Saturday, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated new centrifuges at the Natanz site, which is key to the country's uranium enrichment programme, in a ceremony broadcast live on televisi...
U.S. revokes terrorist designation for Yemen’s Houthi rebels

U.S. revokes terrorist designation for Yemen’s Houthi rebels

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Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Friday he's revoking the terrorist designation of Houthi rebels in Yemen one week after the Biden administration said it would no longer support military operations in the country. The Trump administration applied the Foreign Terrorist Organization designation just before President Joe Biden took office, describing the Houthi movement as "a deadly Iran-backed militia group." Advertisement The group, known officially as Ansarallah, has been locked in a civil war with the Saudi-backed government of President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi since 2014. The United States provided military support to a Saudi-led coalition fighting on behalf of the Hadi government, but Biden withdrew U.S. involvement Feb. 4. "This war has to end," Biden ...
Paris teacher beheaded in terrorist attack, French officials say

Paris teacher beheaded in terrorist attack, French officials say

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Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A Paris middle school teacher was killed and beheaded in an attack Friday after reportedly showing his classroom cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, said police, who shot and killed the attacker. The attack in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a suburban area in northwest Paris, is under investigation by France's anti-terror prosecutor for "murder in connection with a terrorist enterprise" and "criminal terrorist association," authorities said. Advertisement French President Emmanuel Macron visited the school and spoke with teachers. "One of our compatriots was murdered today because he taught ... the freedom to believe or not believe," Macron said. "We must stand all together as citizens." Police said parents had threatened the history teacher after the teacher showed students ca...
Venezuela: captured US spy charged in alleged terrorist plot

Venezuela: captured US spy charged in alleged terrorist plot

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Venezuela’s chief prosecutor says a U.S. citizen arrested as a suspected spy has been charged with plotting a terrorist attack to sabotage oil refineries and electrical serviceBy SCOTT SMITH Associated PressSeptember 14, 2020, 10:00 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela’s chief prosecutor on Monday said a U.S. citizen recently arrested in the country as a suspected spy has been charged in an alleged terrorist plot to sabotage oil refineries and electrical service in order to stir unrest.The man, alleged to have CIA ties, had help from three Venezuelan conspirators, who were arrested with him last week near a pair of oil refineries on the country's north Caribbean coast, Venezuela's Chief Prosecutor Tarek William Saab said on state ...
35 civilians killed in Burkina Faso terrorist attack

35 civilians killed in Burkina Faso terrorist attack

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Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Jihadists killed at least 35 civilians, mostly women, during an attack on a military base in northern Burkina Faso, authorities said. The attack on the Arbinda, Soum province, military base was carried out Tuesday morning by dozens of jihadists and lasted several hours before the attackers were driven back by the air force and armed forces, resulting in seven soldiers and 80 jihadists killed, the army said. "A large group of terrorists simultaneously attacked the military base and the civilian population in Arbinda," the army said in a statement. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. President Roch Kabore has declared 48 hours of national mourning "in memory of the civilian and military victims of this Tuesday's terrorist attack." "I salute the commitment a...