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New anti-terror bill will give Canadian spies police-like powers to disrupt terrorist plots

Sweeping new anti-terrorism powers introduced by the Conservative government Friday include giving Canadian spies police-like powers to disrupt terrorist operations, allow authorities to remove terrorist propaganda from the internet and make it a crime to promote or to advocate others to engage in terrorism.

Many of the measures will affect the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service.

The plan to boost CSIS's ability to counter terrorist threats flows from a federal review of fatal attacks on two Canadian soldiers last October.

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"Christianophobia,"

 "Christianophobia,"   shows up in every Islamic society in the world today.  

The situation for Syrian Christians has only grown more dire since a 2013 report by Global Catholic Network.

The British think tank Civitas, in a December 2012 report titled "Christianophobia," warned there is "a serious risk that Christianity will disappear from its biblical heartlands" in the Middle East and north Africa due largely to violence and intimidation from members of the Islamic faith. READ MORE

Syrian Jihadists Shoot Woman in Town Square for 'Adultery'

It released a video showing fighters from Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, tying up a woman and shooting her in a square in the town of Maaret Masirin in the province of Idlib. READ MORE

CSIS to be given more powers to disrupt terror attacks

Canada's main spy agency will get new powers aimed at disrupting potential terror attacks under security legislation to be unveiled on Friday, sources said on Thursday.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), which currently only gathers information and then hands it over to police for action, will be given powers to act itself to prevent potential attacks, Canadian media said.

Under the new law, which will be presented in Parliament, CSIS will be able to block financial transactions, stop people from travelling abroad to join extremist groups and intercept material that can be used in an attack. It would need to obtain a judicial warrant first.

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Breaking News. Lord Chief Justice disciplines Christian Magistrate for belief about family

The Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice have now told Richard that his Christian beliefs about family life are discriminatory against same-sex couples. He has been publicly reprimanded and barred from sitting as a Magistrate until he has received 'equality training' for his views.Read More

Deadly attacks at luxury hotel in Tripoli

At least eight people, including five foreigners, were killed when gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Tuesday, a local security official said.

It was not immediately clear who staged the attack, but the SITE monitoring service said a militant group claiming affiliation with Islamic State had claimed responsibility. Islamic State has seized swathes of Syrian and Iraqi territory.

Gunfire could be heard inside the Corinthia Hotel, Tripoli's most prominent hotel where government officials and foreign delegations often stay. There were conflicting reports about the exact number and the identity of those killed as the gunmen battled security forces.

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School District To Stop Interrogating Christian Homeschool Kids

A Virginia school district has decided to scrap a policy that allowed it to interrogate Christian homeschool teenagers and their parents about their religious beliefs.

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ISIS spokesman calls for more Ottawa-style attacks in Canada, warning 'what lies ahead will be worse'

The ISIS spokesman renewed his calls for terrorist attacks in Canada on Monday in a fiery speech that referred to the Oct. 22 attack on Parliament Hill and warned that "what lies ahead will be worse - with Allah's permission."

The 9-minute audio address, recorded within the past three days, is the latest from Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, who had similarly tried to incite terrorist violence against Canada and other Western countries last September.

He urged his followers to "target the crusaders in their own lands and wherever they are found," according to a translation by the SITE Intelligence Group. The speech refers to Friday’s death of Saudi King Abdullah, indicating it is recent.

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ISIS releases 200 sick, elderly Yazidi prisoners, likely because they were slowing jihadists down, Kurds say

The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham released about 200 Yazidis held for five months in Iraq, mostly elderly, infirm captives who likely slowed the jihadists down, Kurdish military officials said Sunday.

Almost all of the freed prisoners are in poor health and bore signs of abuse and neglect. Three were young children. The former captives were being questioned and receiving medical treatment on Sunday in the town of Alton Kupri.

Gen. Shirko Fatih, commander of Kurdish peshmerga forces in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, said it appears the militants released the prisoners because they were too much of a burden.

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Kenji Goto delivers his ISIS captors' new demands while holding photo of his beheaded cellmate

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he was "speechless" after a video uploaded Saturday appeared to show the decapitated body of Haruna Yukawa, one of two Japanese hostages held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham.

The group also appears to have changed its demand, dropping its $200 million ransom requirement and instead seeking to swap the other hostage, Kenji Goto, for an Iraqi woman linked to al-Qaida in Iraq who is imprisoned in Jordan.

The video, which could not immediately be verified, featured a still image of Goto in an orange jumpsuit and with chained hands, holding a grisly composite photo showing Yukawa kneeling, then beheaded.

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Franklin Graham on TV tells Muslims: Convert to Christianity - 'Christ will forgive'

The Rev. Franklin Graham told Muslims during a nationally televised interview on Fox News that they should convert to Christianity - that Jesus Christ will forgive and save them.

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Two Montreal women left to join ISIS: Police

Two Montreal women, ages 18 and 19, were reported missing by their families in November and Canadian authorities believe they have joined Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.

Police fear the women have become "slaves" of jihadist fighters, said Insp. Andre-Guy Lamothe of the Montreal police anti-terrorism unit.

"There were signs of radicalization," he said. "Unfortunately, we lost them, they've already arrived there. They'll be used as slaves for the people there."

Lamothe wouldn't say exactly where he believes they went.

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Photographer shot in Pakistan as hundreds rally against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo

An Agence-France Presse photographer was shot and injured as Pakistani police dispersed demonstrators who were protesting Charlie Hebdo's publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

Student members of Jamaat-e-Islami, a religious political party, tried to march toward the French Consulate in Karachi today. Scuffles broke out between participants and the police when officials tried to block their way. About 200 protesters gathered at the site, according to police. The party claimed 2,500 people attended.

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France admits soldiers have deserted to ISIS, including ex-elite special forces and French foreign legionnaires

Several French former soldiers have joined the ranks of jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq, the country's government confirmed on Wednesday, as it outlined a series of new anti-terrorism measures following the Islamist attacks in Paris.

Most of the ex-soldiers, reportedly numbering around 10 and including former paratroopers and French foreign legionnaires, are said to be fighting on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Most worrying is the reported presence of an ex-member of France's elite First Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment, considered one of Europe's most experienced special forces units and which shares the "Who Dares Wins" motto of the SAS.

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Belgium arrests 15 over foiled plot to 'kill police'

Belgian investigators said a plot to murder police officers across the country had been foiled "within hours or days" of being launched by raids in which two Islamist gunmen were killed.

Fifteen suspects were in custody on Friday, they said, after a dozen raids around Brussels and in Verviers, the eastern town where two men believed to have fought in Syria were shot dead on Thursday after opening fire on police with assault weapons.

Two of those under arrest were seized in France, but state prosecutors said they still had no evidence of a link between the Belgians and Islamists who killed 17 people in Paris last week at a Jewish store and satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

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Breaking news 12 Israelis wounded in stabbing attack on Tel Aviv bus

 

Three in serious condition; assailant, West Bank male who entered Israel illegally, was shot in the leg; Hamas official hails 'bold, heroic act READ MORE

More counterterrorism raids reportedly underway in Belgium after police thwart 'Belgian Charlie Hebdo' attack

More counterterrorism operations were reportedly underway in Belgium late Thursday, hours after police killed at least two in raids aimed at jihadists returning from Syria who were planning to launch a "Belgian Charlie Hebdo" attack, authorities said.

Belgian news site L'Avenir, as well as Le Soir and France24, reported that the government prosecutor's office said a dozen operations have been launched against suspects across Belgium, in Verviers, Brussels and Hal-Vilvoorde. Some of those targeted in the raids are known to have returned recently from Syria.

The Belgian news site reported that, based on phone intercepts in the homes and cars of the three individuals involved in a shootout in Verviers, authorities believed the three were in the process of carrying out imminent attacks inside Belgium. A shootout between the three and police has left two of the suspected terrorists dead and another wounded.

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The threat behind our bars

As France mourns the recent attacks, another conversation is taking place. We now know one of the brothers involved in the terrorist attack spent some time in a French prison for a terrorism-related crime. Media reports suggest incarceration contributed to his further radicalization. Many Muslims are incarcerated in France. It is a fact of life that this population is at risk of being radicalized while incarcerated.

In Canada we also have men incarcerated for terrorism-related offences. In addition, there are a significant number of inmates, Muslim or otherwise, who could potentially be radicalized. What is the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) doing about it? Well, according to a recent CBC story by reporter Kathleen Harris, the spokeswomen suggests CSC is hard at work.

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Two reported dead in Belgium counter-terror raids

The Belgian public television channel RTBF said on its website that the public prosecutor's office had confirmed the deaths after a police operation against an alleged terrorist group at around 6pm local time on Thursday. READ MORE

Islamic State threatens two Japanese captives in video

The militant group Islamic State released an online video on Tuesday purporting to show two Japanese captives and threatening to kill them unless it received $200 million in ransom.

A black-clad figure with a knife, standing in a barren landscape along with two kneeling men wearing orange clothing, said the Japanese public had 72 hours to pressure their government to stop its "foolish" support for the U.S.-led coalition waging a military campaign against Islamic State.

The militant, who spoke in English, demanded "200 million" without specifying a currency, but an Arabic subtitle identified it as U.S. dollars.

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Local government demolishes homes of 13 Pakistani Christian families

Village officials in Chak No. 216 GB, Samundri, in the Punjab province of Pakistan, demolished the homes of 13 Christian families in early December after they refused to serve as bonded labourers at a brick kiln. READ MORE