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Police play cat and mouse with online jihadists

December 23, 2014 at 4:53 pm

By Gordon Corera Security correspondent, BBC News

Image grab taken from a propaganda video released on 17 March 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, ISIL) al-Furqan Media shows fighters (militants) raising their weapons in Anbar province.

A cat and mouse game is taking place every day on the internet. It is the online battle to deny space to extremist content.

US-Cuba deal: Latin America’s ‘Berlin Wall moment’

December 23, 2014 at 4:31 pm

By Thomas Sparrow BBC Mundo, Washington

US and Cuban flags.

The decision by the United States and Cuba to normalise their diplomatic relationship after five decades of animosity was long-awaited news for many Latin Americans, and one they have widely debated since it became a reality.

Mehbooba Mufti: The woman poised for power in Kashmir

December 23, 2014 at 4:24 pm

By Shujaat Bukhari Srinagar

Mehbooba Mufti Ms Mufti has been a dominant force in Kashmir politics

Mehbooba Mufti, president of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Indian-administered Kashmir, led her party to win most seats during state assembly elections.

The Afghan film where a Buzkashi game decides a woman’s future

December 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm

By Karim Haidari BBC Afghan, Kabul

film Three men play a game of Buzkashi to settle who will get to marry her

A Man’s Desire for a Fifth Wife, an Afghan film shot in a volatile northern province of Afghanistan, has recently been screened in Kabul.

Rare Islamic State visit reveals ‘brutal and strong’ force

December 23, 2014 at 4:12 pm

By Caroline Hawley and James Longman World Affairs Unit, BBC News

 Juergen Todenhoefer met fighters and filmed daily life: “I thought I would meet a brutal terrorist group and I met a brutal country”

A German author given rare access to territory run by Islamic State has told the BBC that the group is stronger, more brutal and harder to confront than he had expected.

The Interview: Sony’s North Korea film to be screened in US

December 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm


The Interview film poster Sony film The Interview has featured highly in hackers’ demands

Pakistan and Afghanistan vow anti-Taliban co-ordination

December 23, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Pakistani army chief Raheel Sharif (right) meets Afghan army chief General Sher Mohammad Karimi (left) and General John Campbell (centre),  Isaf commander, during a meeting at General Headquarters in Pakistan, 23 December 2014 Pakistani General Raheel Sharif, right. met Afghanistan’s General Sher Mohammad Karimi, left, and Nato commander John Campbell

Two double agents, a prison swap and the code from outer space: did this spy-v-spy duel save US-Cuban relations?

December 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm


Ana Montes was the Queen of Cuba. The geek who helped track her down unleashed ‘a treasure trove’ of data for the CIA, NSA and FBI. Guess which one the White House just called a hero
ana montes cuba spies illustration
“It’s like a time-lapse photo,” one US intelligence official says of Rolando Sarraff Trujillo’s guidance in helping multiple agencies unravel Cuban cryptography. Ana Montes will live behind bars until 2023. Illustration: Nate Kitch for Guardian US Opinion

TNA agrees to hijack Tamils for ‘unconditional’ support to Maithiri

December 23, 2014 at 2:27 am

[TamilNet, Monday, 22 December 2014, 18:50 GMT] At a so-called high-level meeting held Monday in Colombo between the main delegation of the Sri Lankan opposition and the constituent parties of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the national list parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran has promised TNA’s unconditional support to Maithiripala Sirisena, informed TNA sources told TamilNet. “The opposition was not prepared to provide any assurance to Tamils. Suresh Premachandran of the EPRLF raised certain questions that on what promises the opposition is expecting the support of the Tamils. There was none from the opposition. The discussion on the topic was knocked down by TNA’s national list parliamentarian in front of Chandrika Kumaratunga and Ranil Wickramasinghe,” the source further told TamilNet.

UN investigation will not derail Sri Lanka’s economy – business report

December 23, 2014 at 2:19 am

Tue, Dec 23, 2014, 08:37 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 23, Colombo: The successful passage of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) third resolution will neither hurt the political stability in Sri Lanka nor derail its economy, a recently released business report says.

The market report, “Sri Lanka Business Forecast Report Q1 2015” from Business Monitor International has therefore maintained the short-term political risk rating for the country at 77.1 out of 100.

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