BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. government expressed deep concerns to the U.N. about a reported trip by the U.N. counterterrorism chief to the restive Xinjiang region in China's far west.
Report warns of Dutch vulnerability to cyberattacks
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch counterterrorism and security coordinator is warning that the country is vulnerable to cyberespionage and sabotage from countries including China, Russia...
MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say six people have been arrested for allegedly collecting funds for two outlawed militant organizations.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has more than 850 open investigations into domestic terrorism across the country, and the threat continues to grow, top counterterrorism officials said...
NEW YORK (AP) — A man who plotted to bomb New York City's subways, then switched sides after his arrest and spent nearly a decade helping the U.S. identify and prosecute terrorists, was rewarded...
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of the ringleader of a thwarted plot to bomb the New York City subway system (all times local):
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the FBI arrested an Army veteran in a plot to bomb a white supremacist rally in Southern California, it was the work of a confidential informant that helped snare...
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The white supremacist suspected in the mosque shootings that left at least 50 people dead in New Zealand had traveled to the Balkans in the past three years, where he...
LONDON (AP) — Three small explosive devices in plastic mailing bags arrived at offices for two London airports and at a train station Tuesday, and Irish police said they were helping British...
Carson named chairman of House counterterrorism panel
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Andre Carson of Indianapolis has been named the chairman of the subcommittee on counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and counterproliferation on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The subcommittee oversees the intelligence community's ability to provide timely information on terrorists, proliferators of weapons of mass destruction, and hard targets.
Israeli forces arrest Palestinian suspected in deadly attack
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say their counterterrorism forces have arrested a Palestinian behind the deadly shooting of two Israeli soldiers.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Tuesday the troops apprehended Aasem Barghoutti with an automatic weapon in his possession. Israeli troops had been conducting a massive manhunt for him since the Dec. 13 shooting attack on a West Bank bus stop that killed two Israeli soldiers stationed there.
Ring in the new: NYPD drone to oversee Times Square revelry
NEW YORK (AP) — It's an Auld Lang Syne of the times: For the first time, a police drone will be keeping watch over the New Year's Eve celebration in New York's Times Square.
The unmanned eye-in-the-sky is the latest wrinkle in the New York City Police Department's ever-evolving plan to keep revelers — and "Rockin' Eve" host Ryan Seacrest — safe.
Swiss-Spanish man arrested in attack on tourists in Morocco
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities have detained a Swiss-Spanish man for suspected links to Islamic extremists who allegedly killed two Scandinavian hikers.
The Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations said in a statement the man was detained Saturday in Marrakech. Moroccan counterterrorism forces allege he taught social media skills and archery to some suspects in the deaths, Morocco's first terrorist attack in years.
Massachusetts police chief cancels Israel training trip
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts city has decided against sending its police chief to Israel for anti-terrorism training.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper and Mayor David Narkewicz made the decision jointly. The mayor said it was best for the city, but his decision wasn't meant to be pro- or anti-Israel.
UK police arrest man on suspicion of encouraging terrorism
LONDON (AP) — British police say a man has been arrested in the capital on suspicion of encouraging terrorism.
Counterterrorism officers arrested the 18-year-old man in south London on Wednesday, and he was taken to a police station where he remains in custody.
Police also searched two addresses in south and southeast London in connection with the investigation.
UK police arrest man in connection to explosive devices
LONDON (AP) — British counterterrorism police have arrested a 48-year-old man in connection to the discovery of two apparent explosive devices found in northwest London.
Police said the man was arrested Thursday morning in north London on suspicion of violating the Explosive Substances Act.
Police say detectives do not believe the suspect has links to any terrorist organizations and say there is no ongoing threat to public safety posed by the incident.
London counter-terrorism unit involved after 2 devices found
LONDON (AP) — British counterterrorism police are investigating after two devices were found in an unoccupied apartment in northwest London.
Police said Wednesday the "initial assessment" is that the items were improvised explosive devices.
Police said the devices were made safe and neighboring apartments that had been evacuated as a precaution have been re-opened to occupants.
US cutting counterterror forces in Africa
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is reducing its counterterrorism forces in Africa and studying whether to make similar moves elsewhere in the world as part of a broad effort to shift American military focus toward what it calls threats from Russia and China.
Democrat, ex-CIA officer unseats GOP congressman in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Democrat and political newcomer who unseated a two-term Republican congressman in a Virginia GOP stronghold spent nearly a decade as a CIA operations officer working on counterterrorism and nuclear proliferation cases.
Abigail Spanberger, 39, also worked as a federal postal inspector, handling narcotics and money-laundering cases.
Macron seeks new start in French govt reshuffle in TV speech
PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron made a rare televised address Tuesday to reassure the French public that all was under control after a limited government reshuffle that followed a difficult summer.
"The government is on the right track and has gotten down to the root of the problems," Macron said during the 12-minute speech from the Elysee Palace.
White House outlines counterterrorism strategy, slams Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser on Thursday unveiled the administration's long-awaited counterterrorism strategy, delivering it with harsh words for Iran.
Calling Iran the "world's central banker of international terrorism," Bolton said the strategy will rely on traditional military action to fight terrorists, but also seek increased emphasis on non-military means to battle not only Islamic State militants but those backed by Iran and other groups.
Ex-NYPD cop gets 4 years in prison for narcotics trafficking
NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York Police Department counterterrorism officer accused of trying to bring three kilograms of heroin into New York from New Jersey has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Reynaldo Lopez was sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty to narcotics trafficking, credit card fraud and other charges.
Kavanaugh’s support for surveilling Americans raises concern
CINCINNATI (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has frequently supported giving the U.S. government wide latitude in the name of national security, including the secret collection of personal data from Americans.
US strike kills Islamic State commander in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. strike over the weekend killed a senior Islamic State commander in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan and U.S. officials said Monday.
The strike in Nangarhar province killed Abu Sayeed Orakzai, a senior leader in the extremist group, according to Shah Hussain Martazawi, deputy spokesman for the Afghan presidency. He said the operation showed the government's "determination to fight terrorism."
UK police treat Parliament crash as terrorism, seek motive
LONDON (AP) — Police flooded central London streets and cordoned off the city's government district Tuesday, after a speeding car plowed into cyclists and crashed outside Parliament in what authorities were treating as an act of terrorism.
With the driver in custody, counterterror detectives were working to uncover the motive behind what they suspect is the fourth vehicle attack in Britain — and the second on Parliament — in 18 months.
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia lawmaker is the latest public figure caught with his pants down on provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen's new cable TV series, this time literally, as the state legislator exposes his bottom, speaks with a mock Asian accent and yells a racial slur all in the name of fighting terrorism.
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group is accusing Egyptian authorities of using counterterrorism and state-of-emergency laws and courts "to unjustly prosecute journalists, activists, and critics for their peaceful criticism."
A statement from Human Rights Watch on Sunday says Egyptian police have carried out arrests of critics of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi both in the period before and after the March presidential election.
PARIS (AP) — France is beefing up its counterterrorism powers and creating new bodies to track radicalized inmates and better identify extremists at risk of turning to violence.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced 32 new measures Friday, the latest government effort to head off extremist violence after three years that have seen multiple deadly attacks.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States designated a Shiite militant group in Bahrain as a foreign terrorist organization Tuesday to ramp up pressure on Iran.
The al-Ashtar Brigades are "yet another in a long line of Iranian-sponsored terrorists who kill on behalf of a corrupt regime," Nathan Sales, the coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department, said in a statement detailing the designation.
AMESBURY, England (AP) — For the second time in four months, two people lie critically ill in England's Salisbury District Hospital after being exposed to a military-grade nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, British police confirmed late Wednesday.
‘Unknown Substance’ Sickens Two in UK
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — African heads of state have pledged to coordinate efforts to improve the continent's security and defeat jihadist organizations, particularly in Nigeria and the Sahel region, during talks Monday at the 31st African Union summit held in Mauritania's capital.
French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Nouakchott Monday to discuss the battle against Islamic extremism and ways to finance counterterrorism and peacekeeping operations.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department has deployed counterterrorism teams to media organizations in response to the shooting at a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.
Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism and Intelligence John Miller says the deployments are not based on any specific threat information, but out of an abundance of caution. He says the NYPD is monitoring the shooting.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The United Nations mission in Mali says soldiers who are part of a regional counterterrorism force "summarily and/or arbitrarily" executed 12 civilians in retaliation for the death of a fellow soldier.
The U.N. mission said Tuesday that unknown attackers shot a Malian soldier on May 19 at the weekly Boulkessy cattle market. It said fellow soldiers from the Malian battalion of the G5 Sahel Joint Force retaliated, and civilians were killed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is nominating a Navy special operations veteran to be the nation's top counterterrorism official.
Trump announced Friday that he's picked Joseph Maguire to lead the National Counterterrorism Center.
NEW YORK (AP) — Graduation season is going to the dogs.
Twelve counterterrorism dogs and their human partners have graduated from the New York Police Department's academy.
The dogs were in training for months, and will now go to work using their sense of smell to look out for explosive material at various venues.
UK police probing leaked secrets to China arrest man
LONDON (AP) — British counterterrorism police investigating an alleged plot to pass classified military information to China have arrested a man in his 70s on suspicion of leaking official secrets.
The Metropolitan Police force says the man was arrested Tuesday in Derbyshire, central England, over an alleged breach of the Official Secrets Act.
The man was taken to a police station before being released under investigation.
BEIJING (AP) — China's top anti-terrorism official has called for closer international cooperation to "destroy the breeding ground of terrorism," along with a ramping-up of already overwhelming counterterrorism measures at home.
State media quoted State Councilor Zhao Kezhi telling officials at a national teleconference on Friday that more needs to be done to improve intelligence gathering and anti-infiltration measures.
PARIS (AP) — The parents of a 20-year-old man who was fatally shot by police after he stabbed five people in Paris have been let go after more than two days in custody while counterterrorism investigators still are questioning a friend of the dead suspect.
Khamzat Azimov killed one person and wounded four others in Saturday night's attack near the French capital's old opera house. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.
PARIS (AP) — A knife-wielding assailant killed a 29-year-old man and injured four others in a lively neighborhood near Paris' famed Opera Garnier before he was killed by police Saturday night. The Islamic State group claimed the attacker as one of its "soldiers."
Counterterrorism authorities took charge of the investigation, and President Emmanuel Macron vowed that France would not bow to extremists despite being the target of multiple deadly attacks in recent years.
NEW YORK (AP) — A California man hacked and defaced websites for a West Point counterterrorism research center and a New York City government agency during a campaign of vandalism, federal prosecutors said on Thursday.
A criminal complaint accuses Billy Ribeiro Anderson with hacking the two sites using the online pseudonym "Alfabeto Virtual." It says he modified them to display "Hacked by Alfabeto Virtual."
Iraq’s IS trials bring swift verdicts, almost all guilty
TEL KEIF, Iraq (AP) — The entire trial lasted just over half an hour. A grey-haired man was led into the defendant's booth. He fidgeted as the judge read the charges against him: Swearing allegiance to the Islamic State group and working for the militants as an employee at a water station.
Drone base in Niger ramps up a US war
AIR BASE 201, Niger — Rising from a barren stretch of African scrubland, a half-finished drone base represents the newest front line in the United States’ global shadow war.
NIAMEY, Niger — More than six months ago, a group of U.S. soldiers rushed to reach a spot in the scrubland of Niger after intelligence officials intercepted a signal from the cellphone of a terrorist known as Doundoun Cheffou. He wasn’t there, but hours later four of the Americans were killed in an ambush that remains under investigation.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A black former Minnesota FBI counterterrorism agent pleaded guilty Tuesday to leaking classified documents to a reporter, saying in a statement that he knew it was illegal but felt he had to act against a culture in the bureau that often treats minority communities with suspicion and disrespect.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says it has deployed counterterrorism officers around the city after the United States and its allies launched military strikes in Syria.
Department spokesman Phillip Walzak said Friday there are no credible threats to New York City but the counterterrorism officers have been deployed "out of an abundance of caution."
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a shooting and hostage-taking in southern France (all times local):
Some 80,000 soccer fans have observed a minute of silence at France's national stadium outside Paris to honor three people who were killed by a gunman in southern France.
Before the French national team's home soccer match Friday night against Colombia, players from both sides stood near the center circle, some with their heads lowered in respect.
After truck attack, NYC circles the wagons around marathon
NEW YORK (AP) — In a city shaken by its deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11, police are promising an unprecedented security effort to try to secure a soft target spanning five boroughs and 26.2 miles: the New York City Marathon.
City officials have sought to calm the nerves of more than 50,000 runners and huge crowds of onlookers expected to line the marathon route by insisting it will go off Sunday without a hitch only days after a truck attack killed eight people in lower Manhattan.