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Trump vows to eradicate 'radical Islamic terrorism'

Donald Trump went there in his inauguration speech.

With three words, Trump used his moment in the national spotlight to pledge an end to "radical Islamic terrorism" - a phrase President Barack Obama declined to say during his eight-year tenure.

Trump said his administration would eradicate the threat "from the face of the earth."

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Orlando shooter Omar Mateen's widow arrested in California

The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter, who was extensively questioned by federal agents in the days after the massacre, was arrested by the FBI on Monday in connection with the attack, a U.S. law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

The official said Noor Salman was taken into custody Monday morning in the San Francisco area and is facing charges in Florida including obstruction of justice. A Twitter post from the United States attorney's office in Orlando said Salman will make her initial appearance Tuesday morning in Oakland, California.

The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Trudeau gives your cash to Hamas-influenced group

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to prefer spending his time - and your money - overseas.

While Trudeau was glad-handing with the communist dictator of Cuba, his government announced funding to a UN organization with open ties to Islamist terrorists.

On Wednesday, the Trudeau government announced it would send $25 million taxpayer dollars to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), an organization that is supposed to provide relief and social services to Palestinian people.

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ISIS video shows killer kids being used as executioners

ISIS sickos are now using toddlers to carry out horrific executions in Syria.

In a nauseating video posted online by the death cult, a young boy appears to shoot a tied-up Kurdish prisoner in the head. It is the latest in a series of murder videos showing ISIS using increasingly despicable ways to kill their opponents.

The video shows the toddler walking into a derelict ball put in Syria, where he is handed a small, cocked handgun by a adult. With jihadi music playing, the child squints down the sights of the gun at the prisoner, who is tied by the wrists to a fence, before pulling the trigger.

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ISIL is using thousands of hostages, including children, as 'human shields' around Mosul, UN says

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant appears to be using tens of thousands of people as "human shields" in and around Mosul, where Iraqi forces are waging a large-scale offensive aimed at retaking the country's second largest city, the U.N. human rights office said Friday.

It has received reports of more than 200 people being killed for refusing to comply with ISIL orders or previously belonging to Iraqi security forces. It said "credible reports" suggest ISIL has been forcing tens of thousands from their homes in districts around Mosul.

"ISIL's depraved, cowardly strategy is to attempt to use the presence of civilian hostages to render certain points, areas or military forces immune from military operations, effectively using tens of thousands of women, men and children as human shields," spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said in Geneva.

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Police say 5 dead, 8 wounded in airport shooting

Authorities say a lone shooter opened fire at the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, international airport Friday, killing "multiple" people before he was taken into custody.

The airport suspended operations as law enforcement authorities rushed to the scene and emergency medical workers treated at least one bleeding victim on the tarmac.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office cited multiple deaths on its Twitter account, and Gov. Rick Scott's office also confirmed the shooting, but said authorities hadn't confirmed the number of fatalities, injuries or the motive. Scott was headed to the airport for a briefing by law enforcement.

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British 'sharia courts' under scrutiny

For more than 30 years, sharia courts enforcing Islamic law have been operating quietly across Britain. But two official inquiries have put them in the spotlight amid accusations that they discriminate against women.

Very little is known about them, even their number, which one study by the University of Reading puts at 30, while the British think tank Civitas estimates there are 85.

Sharia courts or councils, as they prefer to be called, mainly pronounce on Islamic divorces, which today constitute 90 percent of the cases they handle.

They range from groups of Muslim scholars attached to a mosque, to informal organisations or even a single imam.

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2 killed in car bombing in Turkish city; 2 attackers dead

Suspected Kurdish militants on Thursday opened fire at police who stopped them at a checkpoint in the western city of Izmir before detonating their explosives-laden vehicle and escaping, the province's governor said. A policeman and a courthouse employee were killed in the attack while two assailants were shot dead.

Gov. Erol Ayyildiz said preliminary indications pointed to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which has carried out a string of attacks in the past year and a half, mainly targeting Turkey's security forces. Islamic State militants have also carried several deadly attacks in the country.

"The information so far suggests it is the PKK. Such a conclusion was reached after we assessed the attack and ID'd the people," Ayyildiz said.

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Thousands of people being used as 'human shields' in Mosul

For three months, as Islamic State militants ranged across farms and villages south of Mosul, they took Sayid Naheer, his wife and eight children with them. The family was among tens of thousands of people that the U.N. says have been rounded up to be used as human shields.

Their forced march covered more than 12 miles (20 kilometres), stopping in villages for days or weeks. When Naheer's family finally escaped this week after an air raid and made it to a government checkpoint near the front lines, the children's faces were caked with dust and their feet had been rubbed raw by their plastic sandals.

The U.N. human rights office said Friday that the tens of thousands of civilians were in the town of Hamam al-Alil, south of Mosul, doubling its population to an estimated 60,000.

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Berlin Christmas market reopens as hunt for attacker goes on

The Berlin Christmas market that was ripped apart by a deadly truck attack reopened Thursday in a signal of the German capital's resilience, while authorities across Europe kept up the hunt for a Tunisian suspect whose fingerprints were reportedly on the truck.

Police placed concrete blocks at the roadside to provide extra security for the market outside the city's landmark Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. In a solemn tribute to the 12 people killed and 48 injured in Monday evening's mayhem, organizers decided to do without party music and bright lighting, and Berliners and visitors laid candles and flowers at the site.

German authorities issued a wanted notice for Anis Amri on Wednesday and offered a reward of up to 100,000 euros ($104,000) for information leading to the 24-year-old's arrest, warning that he could be "violent and armed."

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Criminals becoming terrorists creating a 'gangster jihad'

The lines between terrorism and criminality are becoming blurred as an increasing number of former criminals join the Islamic State group and create a "gangster jihad," according to a British report released Tuesday.

Nearly 60 per cent of European jihadists studied by researchers had been jailed previously, in essence creating a "super-gang," said the report from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King's College London.

Once recruited by IS, these people easily transition to committing violence for a different cause, making the group different from other Islamist organizations such as al-Qaida, which often radicalized students, intellectuals or other previously non-violent individuals to carry out its violent aims, the report said.

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Driver arrested after truck plows through Christmas market in Germany, killing at least 9

German police say driver of truck that rammed Christmas market in Berlin arrested near the scene.

German police say they've arrested a suspect believed to be the driver of a truck that rammed into a crowded Christmas market in the centre of Berlin, killing at least nine and causing multiple injuries.

Police spokesman Winfried Wenzel told ZDF public television that the man was arrested near the scene.

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NY, NJ bombings: Suspect charged with attempted murder of officers

The man suspected in Saturday's bombings in New York and New Jersey was captured on Monday after a frantic manhunt and shootout.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer after a shootout Monday with police in Linden, New Jersey, Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park said. He is also charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

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'Allahu akbar'; Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara

A gunman in a suit and tie shouted slogans about Syria's civil war after he killed Russia's ambassador to Turkey in front of stunned onlookers at a photo exhibition in the Turkish capital on Monday, according to an Associated Press photographer who witnessed the shooting. Police later killed the assailant.

Ambassador Andrei Karlov, 62, was several minutes into a speech at the embassy-sponsored exhibition in Ankara when a man fired at least eight shots, according to the AP photographer in the audience.

"Don't forget Aleppo, don't forget Syria!" the gunman shouted in Turkish, referring to the Syrian city where Russian bombardments have helped drive rebels from areas they had occupied for years during the war.

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Mayor Says Chelsea Explosion Appears 'Intentional,' But No Terror Link Suspected At This Point

A noise that sounded like an explosion just occurred in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood around 8:30 p.m., on West 23rd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was no known connection to terror, but said that so far, it appears it was "an intentional act."

UPDATE 11:20 p.m.: During a press conference, the Mayor said there were a "significant" number of injuries-29, including one that could be called serious. He stressed that based on the preliminary investigation, it did not seem that the blast was related to terrorism, adding, "There is no specific and credible threat against NYC."

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12-year-old suspected of nail bomb attempt in Germany

German prosecutors are investigating a 12-year-old boy who allegedly attempted to set off a nail bomb at a Christmas market in the southern city of Ludwigshafen, officials said Friday.

The German-born son of Iraqi parents is alleged to have tried to set off the device at the Christmas market on Nov. 26, and again outside city hall on Dec. 5, Focus magazine reported, citing security sources.

In the second failed attempt, a passer-by spotted the backpack containing the device and reported it to authorities. Inside they found a glass jar packed with firecrackers with nails taped to it, Focus reported.

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Kevin Garratt back home in Canada following release by China

Kevin Garratt, the Canadian who was detained in China in 2014 and indicted on charges of spying and stealing state secrets, is back home in Canada following his release.

According to an emailed statement from the Garratt family, a Chinese court ruled on his case on Tuesday and he was deported from the country and "has returned to Canada to be with his family and friends."

"The Garratt family thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers, and also thanks the many individuals who worked to secure Kevin's release," the statement said. "Please respect the family's privacy in this time of transition. We will be releasing more information in the coming weeks."

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ISIL making weapons on industrial scale with parts purchased from Turkey, report says

The Islamic State group was manufacturing weapons in and around Mosul on an industrial scale with products largely purchased in bulk from Turkey, according to a report published by an arms research group Wednesday.

The findings show that ISIL maintained a "robust and reliable" supply chain between Turkey and Iraq that allowed the fighters to produce tens of thousands of weapons, the London-based Conflict Armaments Research said. The group's researchers studied ISIL weapons found at manufacturing facilities and on the battlefield during the Iraqi operation to retake Mosul that is underway.

As Iraqi forces advance, the extremists are losing the physical capacity to manufacture weapons on an industrial scale, but the research group's executive director James Bevan warned that highly trained fighters will take their expertise with them as they retreat.

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Trudeau visits mosque with terror connections

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited a gender-segregated mosque Monday morning whose imam is a member of a group considered a terrorist organization abroad.

Samy Metwally, the lead imam at the Ottawa Muslim Association, is a "a member of the International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS)", according to the mosque's website. In 2014 the United Arab Emirates placed the group on its list of designated terrorist organizations.

"IUMS was founded by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood's leading ideologue and a notorious figure who, among other accomplishments, was for many years banned from entering France and endorsed the murder of Israelis," Daniel Pipes, an author and Islamic studies scholar who has taught at Harvard and University of Chicago, explained via e-mail.

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Investigators believe Ohio State attacker was inspired by ISIS and Al-Awlaki

Authorities believe Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who attacked pedestrians Monday at the Ohio State University, was inspired by terrorist propaganda from ISIS and deceased Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, two law enforcement sources said.

The sources point to Facebook postings Artan made Monday, which referenced Awlaki, who was a leader of al Qaeda in Yemen, as well as the style of the attack encouraged by ISIS in a recent online magazine. There is no indication so far the assailant communicated with any terror group and evidence points to a lone wolf attack. Investigators are inspecting his computer and cell phone and talking to family and associates, as they try to determine what led him to act.

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China promises humane treatment of Canadian Kevin Garratt accused of espionage

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang promised on Wednesday that a Canadian man held in China for two years on suspicion of spying would be treated humanely and lawfully, but the man's family expressed frustration and called for his release.

China indicted Canadian citizen Kevin Garratt in January on charges of spying and stealing state secrets. He was detained in August 2014 near China's sensitive border with reclusive North Korea.

Asked about Garratt, Li told a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Beijing that China and Canada would continue to communicate on the issue.

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