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A decade on, Spain remembers Tuesday as the day Al-Qaeda-inspired bombers ripped asunder four packed commuter trains, killing 191 people, as its security forces now grapple with new and emerging jihadist threats. The Spanish royal family led by King Juan Carlos, as well as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, will join a mass for victims in Madrid's Almudena Cathedral, a solemn ceremony for a nation still wary of extremist Islamists and "lone wolves" lured to their cause. The shrapnel-filled bombs detonated at 7:40 am on March 11, 2004, in packed commuter trains headed to Madrid's main Atocha railway station, massacring 191 people and wounding about 2,000. Antonio Gomez, a married 48-year-old bank computer designer with daughters now aged 10 and 15, was in a train at Atocha when a bomb detonated.
Posted on 11 March 2014 | 2:17 am
(This March 6 story has been corrected to fix spelling of test to verifi from Verify in paragraph 33) By Julie Steenhuysen LA JOLLA, California (Reuters) – When President Bill Clinton announced in 2000 that Craig Venter and Dr. Francis Collins of the National Human Genome Research Institute had succeeded in mapping the human genome, he solemnly declared that the discovery would "revolutionize" the treatment of virtually all human disease. The expectation was that this single reference map of the 3 billion base pairs of DNA — the human genetic code — would quickly unlock the secrets of Alzheimer's, diabetes, cancer and other scourges of human health. As it turns out, Clinton's forecast was not unlike President George Bush's "mission accomplished" speech in the early days of the Iraq war, said Dr. Eric Topol of Scripps Translational Science Institute, which is running a meeting On the Future of Genomic Medicine here March 6-7.
Posted on 11 March 2014 | 1:20 am
His fellow panelists were Ben Wizner and Chris Sogohian of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), but Mr. Snowden, sitting in front of a screen with the US Constitution emblazoned across it, was the star of the show. What did Mr. Snowden, currently residing in Russia to avoid arrest at home, have to say? Snowden said the US needs some new kind of “public oversight” of its intelligence community. He attacked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court that provides secret warrants for surveillance inside the country as a “rubber stamp” for US intelligence and law enforcement (never mind that just today the court denied an NSA request to hold on to telephone metadata indefinitely).
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 9:56 pm
A Saudi court sentenced a man to 10 years in jail and a 100,000 riyal ($26,700) fine for joining protests against the kingdom’s rulers and using Twitter to urge people to do the same, state news agency SPA said on Monday. SPA quoted Justice Ministry spokesman Fahd al-Bakran as saying the unidentified defendant had also retweeted messages against the monarchy, Muslim scholars and security services. “(He was) convicted of entering an Internet site hostile to the state that encourages fighting and promotes deviant thought,” Bakran said, referring to al Qaeda ideology. The verdict was announced two days after Saudi Arabia designated the Muslim Brotherhood, the Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant as terrorist organizations.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 9:08 pm
EILAT, Israel (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Monday triumphantly toured a display of dozens of rockets that navy commandos intercepted in the Red Sea last week, alleged to be on their way from Iran to the Gaza Strip, and accused the international community of ignoring Iranian support for militant groups and falling victim to a charm offensive by the new leadership in Tehran.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 8:59 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — With the release of 13 Greek Orthodox nuns held hostage by the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front in Syria for over three months, here's a list of some other prominent people, including clerics, journalists and activists still missing in Syria and believed in the captivity of rebels. Many are thought to have taken by radical factions, in particular the al-Qaida breakaway group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 8:27 pm
Hilla (Iraq) (AFP) – A suicide bombing at a crowded checkpoint south of the Iraqi capital killed 50 people and wounded more than 150, police and a doctor said Monday, raising the toll from the day before. The bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle during rush hour on Sunday, the first day of the working week in Iraq, at a checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city of Hilla. Iraq has been hit by a year-long surge in violence that has reached levels not seen since 2008, driven principally by widespread discontent among its Sunni Arab minority and by the civil war in neighbouring Syria.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 6:21 pm
A decade after Al-Qaeda-inspired bombers blew apart four Madrid commuter trains, killing 191 people, Spain's government warned the country remains a target. On the eve of the 10th anniversary of Spain's worst terrorist attack, Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said Islamist extremists were still a threat. Al-Qaeda's leaders and its affiliates, including north African group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and armed fighters battling the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, referred frequently in their statements to "Al Andalus", or Spain, the minister told Onda Cero radio. We are not the only ones but we are in their sights obviously," Fernandez Diaz said.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 5:50 pm
Saudi Arabia on Monday slammed as "aggressive and irresponsible" accusations by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that the kingdom was supporting global terrorism. "The kingdom condemns the aggressive and irresponsible statements made by the Iraqi prime minister," an unidentified official told the SPA state news agency. In an interview aired on Saturday, Maliki charged that Saudi Arabia and neighbouring Qatar were supporting militant groups in Iraq and across the Middle East as well as terrorism worldwide. "Nuri al-Maliki knows very well, more than anyone else, the clear and categoric position of the kingdom against terrorism… and is aware of the kingdom's efforts to combat this phenomenon locally and globally," the official said.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 5:31 pm
Saudi Arabia on Monday rejected accusations by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that Riyadh and Qatar are funding Sunni Muslim insurgents his troops are battling in Iraq's western Anbar province. Maliki's remarks to France 24 television late on Saturday appeared to play to Iraqi fears of meddling by Sunni Arab states as he tries to burnish his image as a defender of Shi'ite-majority Iraq before elections next month. Iraqi forces have been fighting insurgents of the al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Anbar's two main cities since January 1.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 5:31 pm
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Protests Call Iraq's New Family Law 'Legalization of Pedophilia'
“The law deprives women of their dignity and human rights and deepens the sectarianism in Iraq,” says Hanaa Edwar, who heads the Al-Amal Association that strives to improve the socioeconomic situation of Iraqi people. The outrage against the draft …
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Posted on 11 March 2014 | 1:22 am
Pro-Iranian Shiites to Legalize Marrying 9-Year-Old Girls in Iraq
About two dozen Iraqi women demonstrated on Saturday in Baghdad against a draft law approved by the Iraqi cabinet that would permit the marriage of nine-year-old girls and automatically give child custody to fathers. “On this day of women, women of …
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Posted on 10 March 2014 | 10:50 pm
Iraq close to ungovernable
Eight thousand people died violently in Iraq in 2013 and with national elections scheduled for April… there are fears the country is spiralling out of control. In Baghdad roadside bombings are commonplace government troops are battling tribal …
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 10:12 pm
Iraqi women protest against proposed Islamic law in Iraq
The legislation goes to the heart of the divisions in Iraq since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, as Shi'ite Islamists have come to lead the government and look to impose their religious values on society at large. It describes girls as …
Iraq suicide bomb attack leaves dozens dead in HillaThe Guardian
Iraq bomb attack kills at least 32 at Hilla checkpointBBC News
Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 45 at Checkpoint in Southern IraqNew York Times
The Daily Star -Telegraph.co.uk
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Posted on 10 March 2014 | 4:32 pm
NCR-Iran.org (press release)
British peers urge UK to protect Iranians in Camp Liberty Iraq
NCR-Iran.org (press release)
NCRI -British members of the House of Lords have urged the UK to lead the drive to defend the Iranian residents of camp Liberty until they can be moved to the safety of a third countries. The Lords also accused Iraq of failing to protect the Iranian …
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Posted on 10 March 2014 | 12:19 pm
Was the Iraq War worth it? Veterans with ties to Wisconsin units weigh in – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Was the Iraq War worth it? Veterans with ties to Wisconsin units weigh in
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
And as lawlessness reigns over parts of Anbar province, where many of Smith's 1,200 Marines were stationed during one of the most violent periods of the Iraq War, Smith is asked: Was it worth it? "The easy political answer is to say, 'Of course it was …
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Posted on 10 March 2014 | 3:58 am
Suicide bomber kills 37 at Iraq checkpoint
A suicide bomber has killed 37 people including two state television employees at a checkpoint near Baghdad, shortly after Iraq's premier accused Riyadh and Doha of fuelling bloodshed in the country. Iraq has been hit by a yearlong surge in violence …
Posted on 9 March 2014 | 4:56 pm
PM Maliki says Saudi Arabia and Qatar 'destabilise' Iraq
Iraq has been going through a period of renewed violence in recent months, driven principally by widespread discontent among the country's Sunni minority and by the civil war in neighbouring Syria. Mr Maliki, who belongs to the Shia majority, said …
Maliki: Saudi and Qatar at war against IraqAljazeera.com
Saudi slams 'irresponsible' terror charges by Iraq PMYahoo News
Saudi slams 'irresponsible' terror accusations by Iraq PMDAWN.com
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Posted on 8 March 2014 | 9:55 pm
Saudi Arabia and Qatar in 'war on Iraq': Maliki
Baghdad (AFP) – Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supporting militant groups in Iraq and have effectively declared war on the country, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said as nationwide violence left 15 dead Saturday. The rare direct attack on the Sunni Gulf …
Posted on 8 March 2014 | 9:03 pm
Row as Iraq minister's son 'forces' flight turnaround
A passenger plane from Lebanon to Iraq was forced to turn around in mid-flight because the Iraqi transport minister's son was angry about missing it, Middle East Airlines (MEA) has said. The airline says the minister's son telephoned Baghdad to stop …
Plane refused entry to Iraq after minister's son misses boardingCNN
Iraq jet turns back to collect minister's sonAljazeera.com
Airline: Iraq Stops Landing Over Official's SonABC News
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Posted on 6 March 2014 | 4:44 pm