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Mogherini: EU ‘Exports’ Terrorism to War-Torn Countries

Mogherini: EU 'Exports' Terrorism to War-Torn Countries

The foreign-fighter phenomenon in war-torn countries like Iraq and Syria has turned the European Union into an exporter of terrorism, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Friday. The European diplomat stressed that it had been often EU citizens who "go off to wage violent jihad in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, and not the reverse."

"The reality is that our continent exports more than imports terrorism," Mogherini said in a keynote address at the European Union Institute for Security Studies' (EUISS) annual conference.

Mogherini said the need to tackle the "seemingly innumerable" crises required a unified strategy instead of "turning inwards" and building walls.

"Walls are of little use when there is no fine line separating the inside from the outside," she underscored, outlining key ideas in Europe’s anti-crises strategy.

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US to make ‘condolence payments’ to compensate Kunduz hospital bombing victims’ families – Pentagon

US to make ‘condolence payments’ to compensate Kunduz hospital bombing victims’ families – Pentagon

The US Department of Defense will work on compensating the families of the victims killed in a deadly American airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The strike “mistakenly” killed 22 people.

On Saturday, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement that it is “important to address the consequences of the tragic incident at the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.”

“US Forces-Afghanistan has the authority to make condolence payments and payments toward repair of the hospital. USFOR-A will work with those affected to determine appropriate payments. If necessary and appropriate, the administration will seek additional authority from the Congress,” Cook said.

Earlier on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama apologized for the October 3 bombing, saying that the MSF hospital had been “mistakenly struck.” Prior to that, Washington’s story confusingly changed four times in four days – from “not knowing for certain” that it had struck a hospital at the same time as the US forces were “taking fire in Kunduz” to laying the blame on the Afghan government for requesting the bombardment.

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‘Al-Quds Intifada’ has started and flames will not be quenched

‘Al-Quds Intifada’ has started and flames will not be quenched

A member of the Hamas political bureau said on Friday that “Al-Quds Intifada” has started and the flames will not be quenched. Izzat Al-Reshiq blamed the Israeli occupation authorities for this, Quds Press has reported.

“The cold-blooded murder of Israa Abed by Israeli troops on Friday will turn into flames that the occupation government will not be able to quench,” he warned. “Al-Quds Intifada was set off and when the issue is Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque, we do not fear death.”

The Hamas leader added that the Israelis have to recognise that Palestinians are one nation and one soul when those in Palestine occupied in 1948 move in solidarity with Jerusalem.

Israa Abed was a university student of genetic engineering who was shot by a number of Israeli troops in the central bus station in Afula, Israel. Although the Israelis claim that she planned to stab a guard, video evidence shows clearly that she had her hands in the air when she was gunned down in cold blood.

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15,000 Chicago protestors demand end to Israeli occupation

15,000 Chicago protestors demand end to Israeli occupation

Nearly 15,000 people protesting Israeli violence against Palestinian civilians and the failure of the news media to fairly cover the conflict marched through the heart of America’s second largest city in America, sending a loud and clear message that Palestine must be free.

Attendees came from all over the Chicagoland area and waved placards denouncing Israeli violence against Palestinian civilians. During the past several weeks, the media has emphasized that seven Israelis have been killed in attacks but downplayed that more than 45 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis. Additionally, Israel has beaten and injured nearly 1,000 Palestinian civilians in Occupied Jerusalem, in the Occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip where Israeli snipers have targeted protestors on the Gaza Side of the Israeli military obstructions.

Protestors also waved the green, red, white and black Palestinian flag including one that was huge and carried by two dozen people. The protest route started at Congress and Michigan Avenue all the way north to at Wacker Drive near the Israeli consulate, then down State Street back to Balboa Street then returning to  Michigan again Congress.

“Today, Chicago voiced it’s solidarity with Palestine. All ages including educators, professionals, doctors, lawyers and busyness people, including the normal hard-working at Chicago area responded to the outcry of the Palestinians under the worst occupation that Humanity has ever known,” described Dr. Atiyeh Salem, a Palestinian originally from Bethlehem, Palestine and one of the protestors attending the march on Sunday afternoon.

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West Bank: Elderly Palestinian man confronts Israeli soldiers before collapsing

West Bank: Elderly Palestinian man confronts Israeli soldiers before collapsing

An elderly Palestinian man was filmed amid clashes between Israeli army and Palestinian youths in Hebron on 10 October, standing in front of the raised guns of the Israeli troops and confronting them before falling backwards to the ground.

The video footage was filmed by Bilal al Taweel, a Palestinian man who was at the scene, and obtained by Reuters. The elderly Palestinian, 65 years-old Ziyad Abu Haleel, is heard in the video telling the soldiers "you should be ashamed".

"I will not move. You should be ashamed of yourself. How do you fire your weapon on kids? That's not ok. Take your soldiers away from here. Do not fire your weapons. If they die you will die. Be careful, do not fire your weapons on kids. You should be ashamed of yourself. Do not raise your hand on me. You should be ashamed. You should be ashamed. Do not shoot. No, I will not move. I will not move. No, you cannot arrest me. I will not move back. Take them, imprison them but don't shoot them. You want to kill more? Two martyrs were buried today and you want to kill more? Are you not ashamed? Are you not a human being? A dog? A pig? Go to Ethiopia to kill. Do not shoot," Abu Haleel yelled at the soldiers.

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Thousands protest in Berlin against EU-US trade deal

Thousands protest in Berlin against EU-US trade deal

Tens of thousands of people have rallied in Berlin against a massive free-trade accord being negotiated by the European Union and the United States. Responding to a call by a group of political parties, trade unions and environmental and anti-globalisation groups, the demonstrators gathered at the city's main train station for a march through the German capital.

Organisers said 250,000 people showed up to the protest on Saturday, much more than the 50,000 to 100,000 expected to take part.

Police said about 100,000 participated in the protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) under negotiation between Washington and Brussels, as well as a similar deal with Canada.

"Never before have we seen so many people take to the streets for this issue," the German trade union confederation, the DGB, which helped organise the protest, said.

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FBI Director: ISIS Online Influence Growing in US

FBI Director: ISIS Online Influence Growing in US

FBI Director James Comey says Islamic State's influence is on the rise in the United States. His warning follows the dramatic Mohammed cartoon contest attack carried out earlier this week by two gunmen who drove all the way from Phoenix to Texas.

Federal agents estimate those two are among hundreds of ISIS followers in the United States who are now being bombarded on the Internet with calls to take deadly action.

Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi are the Phoenix roommates behind the Texas terror attack and the newest faces of homegrown terrorism.

Comey says young ISIS recruits like them are being drawn in by the group's slick, online messages of war.

The terrorists are using hip-hop music productions that mimic the popular Grand Theft Auto video game -- images of handsome fighters and promises of homes and security -- to sell a false version of life under ISIS rule.

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GCHQ can control your smartphone, Edward Snowden says

GCHQ can control your smartphone, Edward Snowden says

The US whistleblower said GCHQ can track the location, power management and conversations using 'Smurf' tools US whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed that UK intelligence agency GCHQ has the tools to hack into and control phones without the owners being aware they are being tracked.

He explained that authorities can implement tools - called Dreamy Smurf, Nosey Smurf, Paranoid Smurf and Tracker Smurf - by sending a smartphone an encrypted text message.

"Dreamy Smurf is the power management tool which means turning your phone on and off without you knowing," Snowden said."Nosey Smurf is the 'hot mic' tool. For example if it's in your pocket, [GCHQ] can turn the microphone on and listen to everything that's going on around you - even if your phone is switched off because they've got the other tools for turning it on."

He explained that Tracker Smurf is a geo-location tool that could potentially allow GCHQ to follow smartphone users better than using standard cellular location towers.

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Fearless Palestinian women rise against Israeli occupation

Fearless Palestinian women rise against Israeli occupation

More and more young Palestinian women are participating in protests against the Israeli regime as tensions keep soaring across the occupied territories following a surge of deadly atrocities against Palestinians during the past few days. Despite facing Israeli soldiers’ rubber bullets, tear gas, stun grenades and even live fire, young Palestinian women rid their fear of detention and abuse to join the front lines along with males and challenge the presence of the intruders.

They also suffer casualties in their efforts towards liberation of their motherland from occupiers. A young pregnant woman was killed along with her three-year-old daughter in Israeli airborne aggression on the besieged Gaza Strip on Saturday while Israeli man shot and seriously injured a Palestinian woman in al-Quds on Wednesday.

“We make up half of society. We also have the right to defend our country," said a Palestinian female student, wearing the traditional keffiyeh, during a face-off with the Israeli military at a checkpoint outside the West Bank city of Ramallah, AFP reported.

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