Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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AMERICA'S BIGGEST publisher, the New York-based Doubleday, has provoked fierce controversy among families of the victims of the September 11 terror attacks by commissioning an anthology of writing by al-Qaeda terrorist leaders. The book will contain new translations of hate-filled polemics by Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, his al-Qaeda deputy, including material not previously seen outside the Arab world and which pre-dates the terror campaign. When news of the deal first broke in the American publishing press last week, the company said that it had not decided how to use the expected profits from the book. After angry protests that it stood to cash in on the 9/11 attacks, however, Doubleday announced that all the proceeds from the book, which has the working title Al Qaeda Reader, would be given to charity.

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Activists released eight Chinese hostages but announced they had captured a Brazilian as they pressed their"campaign of intimidation" ahead of Iraq's landmark January 30 elections, while expatriates were granted two more days in a late bid to boost turnout. The Chinese embassy confirmed that eight Chinese hostages captured four days ago and held by Iraqis had been released, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

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Al-Qaeda's frontman in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, on Sunday declared war on the elections which he said were aimed at bringing the country under Shiite control, in an audiotape posted on an Islamist website. It was the second taped message attributed to Zarqawi in three days, coinciding with an escalation of bombings and killings in Iraq claimed by insurgents fighting US-led forces and Iraqis who "collaborate" with them. In the tape the Sunni extremist, the most wanted man in Iraq, launched a bitter attack on the country's Shiite majority, which appears headed for victory in the January 30 polls amid boycott threats by minority Sunnis. "We have declared all-out war on this wicked course," said the voice on the 45-minute tape, whose authenticity could not be confirmed.

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 - Somewhere in the shadows of the White House and the Capitol this week, a small group of super-secret commandos stood ready with state-of-the-art weaponry to swing into action to protect the presidency, a task that has never been fully revealed before. As part of the extraordinary army of 13,000 troops, police officers and federal agents marshaled to secure the inauguration, these elite forces were poised to act under a 1997 program that was updated and enhanced after the Sept. 11 attacks, but nonetheless departs from how the military has historically been used on American soil.

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En utdelare av gratistidningen Stockholm City har gripits av länskriminalens spanings- och narkotikarotel, misstänkt för innehav och försäljning av narkotika. Vid gripandet, som skedde när personen delade ut tidningar till förbipasserande, påträffades två så kallade Gambia-bollar, förpackningar med ett gram rent heroin, värda cirka 2.000 kronor styck. I samband med gripandet av tidningsutdelaren beslagtogs på andra adresser i Stockholm cirka 3 kilo heroin, till ett värde av cirka 20 miljoner kronor. Enligt Leif Brunell, chef på spanings- och narkotikaroteln, har försäljningen av olika droger i dag delvis flyttat från traditionella mötesplatser som Sergels torg, Gullmarsplan och Rinkeby torg. Tid och plats bestäms i allt större utsträckning med hjälp av mobiltelefon och distributören kan, som i det aktuella fallet, vara en utdelare av gratistidningar.

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Text of report by Gerti Xhaja, "Police cipher clerk: AKSh member", Albanian newspaper Gazeta Shqiptare on 22 January A random police search of a house in Tirana used by a prostitute has uncovered a real AKSh [Albanian National Army] safe house. During the search of the apartment of Sulejman Bashi, a retired cipher clerk of the Ministry of Order, the anti-trafficking agents found a computer server used for the AKSh website and several lists containing the names of suspected members of the AKSh, which the United States regards as a terrorist organization. According to the police, the 68 year old has perverted sexual fantasies, which led to the discovery of compromising material in his apartment near Brryl in Tirana. Police sources told Gazeta Shqiptare that there was no specific information about the role that the arrested man played in the Albanian Army, as his past was still being verified. The police have arrested Bashi on other charges, which will give them time to establish his involvement with the AKSh. His arrest, which was carried out on Tuesday [18 January], has been kept secret up to now and he is being held in custody on charges of prostitution and pornography. He is being held at the detention premises of the 313 Prison in Tirana. Since then, he has been questioned by anti-terrorist police inspectors and the ShISh [Albanian Information Service].

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Viktor Yushchenko, to be sworn in as president Sunday, has pledged to steer Ukraine on a new course, fighting corruption and bringing the former Soviet republic closer to the European Union and NATO while maintaining good relations with Russia. But the reformer, who won a court-ordered election spurred by weeks of protests against his earlier defeat in a fraud-plagued election, could face substantial opposition in the country's largely Russian-speaking east, stronghold of his election foe Viktor Yanukovych. Many in the east fear a rise of Ukrainian nationalism under Yushchenko that could result in discrimination against them. On Saturday, Yushchenko participated in a traditional Ukrainian Cossack ceremony that could heighten those concerns.

FOREIGN mobsters are invading Britain, police chiefs warned yesterday. And they are recruiting an army of professionals like accountants and lawyers to make billions from UK crime. The bosses are exploiting weaker border controls after last year's EU expansion into the East for crimes like drugs, people smuggling and fake goods. And they are using asylum to get henchmen into this country. The shock warnings come from the EU police agency Europol -who revealed 40,000 criminals are now in organised European gangs.

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