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U.S. airstrike targets al-Shabaab in Somalia

International | Plus, reports from the Philippines, Mexico, Syria, and more
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/21/19, 01:43 pm

SOMALIA: The U.S. military on Saturday carried out its deadliest airstrike in Somalia, killing 52 jihadists at an al-Shabaab stronghold—following a deadly terrorist attack in Nairobi last week and the jihadist group’s attack on Ethiopian troops near the joint U.S.-Kenya-Somalia base.

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U.S. kills terrorist involved in USS Cole attack

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/07/19, 10:45 am

A U.S. airstrike in Yemen last week killed an al-Qaeda member suspected of helping plot the fatal bombing of the USS Cole nearly 20 years ago, the U.S. Central Command said Sunday. Navy spokesman Capt. William Urban said the military confirmed through “a deliberate assessment process” that Jamal al-Badawi died in the Jan. 1 strike east of Sanaa, the capital city. On Oct. 12, 2000, suicide bombers in an explosives-filled boat attacked the Cole as it was refueling at the Yemeni port of Aden, killing 17 U.S. sailors and injuring at least 30 others.

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European court upholds blasphemy standard

International | The ruling threatens free expression and aligns with laws in Islamic-led countries
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/26/18, 02:09 pm

EUROPE: The European Court of Human Rights upheld lower court decisions that defaming Islam’s Muhammad “could stir up prejudice” and thus exceeds the limits of free expression. The ruling—stemming from a nearly decade-old case in which an Austrian woman was accused of disparaging Muhammad’s marriage to 9-year-old Aisha—in effect sides with blasphemy laws in Islamic-led countries. Download and read the decision and case details.

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