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Yemen says Qaeda plotted to take hostages at oil port
Yemen says Qaeda plotted to take hostages at oil port

Yemen said Wednesday it had foiled an Al-Qaeda plot to storm a Western-run oil terminal and seize a port city, as a terror alert kept US Middle East missions closed.

Yemen says Qaeda plotted to take hostages at oil port
Intercepts from Qaeda chief sparked US missions closures: reports
Intercepts from Qaeda chief sparked US missions closures: reports

Intercepts between Al-Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri and the leader of the group's Yemen affiliate sparked Washington's closure of US missions overseas and global travel alert.

Intercepts from Qaeda chief sparked US missions closures: reports
US accuses Iran of surge in 'terrorism'
US accuses Iran of surge in 'terrorism'

The United States on Thursday accused Iran of sponsoring "terrorism" at a level unseen in decades and said that the separate threat from Al-Qaeda has been significantly degraded.

US accuses Iran of surge in 'terrorism'
Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing. ©REUTERS/Intelwire.com
US formally takes responsibility for killing Awlaki

The United States formally said for the first time on Wednesday that it had killed radical Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and three other US citizens in anti-terror strikes abroad.

US formally takes responsibility for killing Awlaki
Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a militant who appeared in videos as a spokesman for al Qaeda. ©REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg
Attorney for Bin Laden kin girds for 'good fight'

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law has hired a new lawyer to defend him in the trial he faces in the United States, and the appointment stirred some controversy in the court on Wednesday.

Attorney for Bin Laden kin girds for 'good fight'
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Canada nabs two in alleged Qaeda-backed train plot

Two foreign nationals have been arrested in Canada in connection with what federal police said Monday was a plot backed by Al-Qaeda to derail a passenger train in the Toronto area.

Canada nabs two in alleged Qaeda-backed train plot
Who shot Bin Laden? Media feud among Navy SEALs
Who shot Bin Laden? Media feud among Navy SEALs

A new version of the events surrounding the killing of Osama bin Laden was unveiled Wednesday sharply contradicting earlier claims by a Navy SEAL who said he pulled the trigger.

Who shot Bin Laden? Media feud among Navy SEALs
Al-Qaeda's top leader in Mali killed in fighting
Al-Qaeda's top leader in Mali killed in fighting

Al-Qaeda's top commander in Mali has been killed, Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno said Friday, in what would be one of the most significant blows to the rebels in the seven-week French-led intervention against Islamist insurgents.

Al-Qaeda's top leader in Mali killed in fighting
Al-Qaeda offshoot claims Baghdad bombings
Al-Qaeda offshoot claims Baghdad bombings

Al-Qaeda's front group in Iraq has claimed a wave of bombings targeting Shiite areas of Baghdad that killed at least 21 people Sunday.

Al-Qaeda offshoot claims Baghdad bombings
Obama says public deserves to know more on drones
Obama says public deserves to know more on drones

President Barack Obama said Thursday that Americans needed more than just his word to be assured he was not misusing his powers in waging a secret drone war overseas.

Obama says public deserves to know more on drones
Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague. ©REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain seeks ethical counter-terrorism strategy

Foreign Secretary William Hague will set out on Thursday how Britain intends to work more closely with other countries to tackle terrorism without compromising its own commitment to human rights.

Britain seeks ethical counter-terrorism strategy
Qaeda urges jihad against France in Mali: SITE
Qaeda urges jihad against France in Mali: SITE

Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has called for jihad, or holy war, to thwart France's military intervention in Mali against Islamist rebels.

Qaeda urges jihad against France in Mali: SITE
Obama's choice to run CIA defends US drone war
Obama's choice to run CIA defends US drone war

President Barack Obama's choice to run the CIA defended drone strikes as a vital "last resort" against Al-Qaeda militants, despite criticism from senators about the veil of secrecy surrounding the raids.

Obama's choice to run CIA defends US drone war
Obama to hand secret drone war guidelines to lawmakers
Obama to hand secret drone war guidelines to lawmakers

In a reversal, President Barack Obama will allow lawmakers access to secret documents outlining the legal justification for drone strikes that kill US citizens abroad who conspire with Al-Qaeda.

Obama to hand secret drone war guidelines to lawmakers
US needs to keep up drone war against Qaeda: Panetta
US needs to keep up drone war against Qaeda: Panetta

The United States will have to keep up an open-ended drone war against Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan and elsewhere to prevent another terror attack on America.

US needs to keep up drone war against Qaeda: Panetta
French planes destroy Islamist bases in Mali
French planes destroy Islamist bases in Mali

French warplanes have destroyed two Islamist bases in northern Mali as an Al-Qaeda-linked group there split, with the splinter group calling for talks to end the offensive against the militants.

French planes destroy Islamist bases in Mali
Clinton says will use social media to fight Qaeda
Clinton says will use social media to fight Qaeda

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised Wednesday that the United States would use the Internet and social media in its fight against Al-Qaeda and other extremist Islamist groups.

Clinton says will use social media to fight Qaeda
Islamists behind Algeria attack vow more strikes
Islamists behind Algeria attack vow more strikes

An Al-Qaeda linked group which shocked the world with its audacious hostage attack in Algeria threatened on Sunday to stage strikes on nations involved in chasing out Islamists from neighbouring Mali.

Islamists behind Algeria attack vow more strikes
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Pakistani Al-Qaeda suspect extradited from Britain to US

An alleged Pakistani Al-Qaeda operative accused of planning attacks in the United States, Britain and Norway was on Thursday extradited to America.

Pakistani Al-Qaeda suspect extradited from Britain to US
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Awlaqi may have bought hijackers pre-9/11 tickets: report

The FBI suspected that US-born Al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi, killed in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen, could have bought air tickets for three of the 9/11 hijackers before the attacks.

Awlaqi may have bought hijackers pre-9/11 tickets: report