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PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 7, 2018 (News Wires) — A Pakistani police official says a roadside bomb killed a local police chief and his driver in the northwest, near the Afghan border.

Nosher Khan says Thursday’s blast in the Dir district also wounded some passers-by. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Previous attacks in the area have been claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.

Pakistan has carried out a number of large military operations in the rugged northwest in recent years aimed at rooting out the Pakistani Taliban, al-Qaida and other militant groups. Islamic militants still carry out near-daily attacks, mainly targeting security forces and minority Shiites.

Unbrotherly act

By Ramadan A. Kader

Giza police arrested a wallpainter on suspicion of stealing money from his brother and killing his wife, private newspaper Youm7 has reported.

The crime came to the police’s attention when they received a report that a 28-year-old housewife was found dead inside her house with her hands tied and mouth scotch-taped.

The victim’s husband said LE50,000 (2,799 dollars) had been stolen from the house.

The suspect confessed to the murder in investigations, naming two friends as his accomplices, according to the report. The two were later nabbed.

The trio said that their sole aim was to steal the money, and that they killed the woman after she found out about their attempt. They are being kept in remand pending further questioning.





PARIS, May 5, 2018 (News Wires) — Paris police are deploying in large numbers and activists are calling for calm as the French capital prepares for a mass protest on the anniversary of President Emmanuel Macron's inauguration.

Authorities are pledging to avoid a repeat of violence and damage that scarred May Day protests in Paris earlier this week.

A judicial official said Saturday that seven people were charged in that unrest, which saw protesters torch cars and vandalize a McDonald's restaurant and other stores. Authorities blamed masked anarchists who disrupted a peaceful workers march.

Paris authorities have ordered 2,000 police officers onto the streets Saturday.

Organizers of the march, the far left party Defiant France, warned troublemakers to stay away. The party is angry at Macron's reforms such as abolishing some worker protections and increasing police powers.

PARIS, April 27, 2018 (AP) — Police around Europe and North America have seized servers and data from Islamic State (IS) terrorist group propaganda outlets in a multi-country operation aimed at tracking down radicals and crimping the group's ability to spread its violent message.

The two-day operation was the culmination of efforts started in late 2015, after coordinated IS attacks that killed 130 people in Paris, according to a statement from European police agency Europol.

Police notably targeted the IS-branded Aamaq news agency, as well as al-Bayan radio, and Halumu and Nasher news sites. Aamaq spreads information online in at least nine languages and has been used to claim IS was behind attacks in multiple countries, from the 2016 nightclub attack in Florida to a deadly supermarket hostage-taking in southern France last month.

While Europol said the operation "punched a big hole in the capability of IS to spread propaganda online and radicalize young people in Europe," it didn't shut down the propaganda altogether.

For example, Nasher continued to share IS statements and Aamaq reports Friday through channels on encrypted messaging network Telegram.

The Islamic State group has used sophisticated and ever-changing communications tools to spread its apocalyptic message to disillusioned Muslims living in the West, to persuade them to reject Western ideals of pluralism and tolerance. High-quality videos, complete with thrumming beats and slick editing techniques, have unlimited reach thanks to social networks. Extremists with gentle American accents narrate radio broadcasts aimed at U.S. internet users.

European authorities involved in the operation Wednesday and Thursday said it showed the importance of international cooperation in fighting online radicalization, which has helped fuel deadly attacks in multiple countries in Europe and the U.S.

The operation was led by Belgian prosecutors and also involved authorities in the U.S., Canada, Britain, France, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Romania.

It aimed "to destabilize this apparatus by seizing and dismantling servers used to diffuse IS propaganda and to identify and arrest its administrators," the Belgian public prosecutor's office said.

Two prior international police operations, notably targeting Aamaq's mobile app and web infrastructure, paved the way for this week's raids. One led by Spain's Civil Guard that seized servers in Panama allowed authorities to identify radicals in 133 countries via their interaction with IS propaganda, according to Europol and a Civil Guard statement.

The operation came as more than 70 countries vowed to bolster efforts to stop financing for IS and al-Qaida. Participants at an international conference in Paris on Thursday promised to improve international coordination and transparency of money flows.

LONDON, April 7, 2018 (AP) — British police say they are deploying 300 more officers on the streets of London this weekend to confront a spike in stabbing and shootings that has sparked fears about rising crime.

There have been more than 50 homicides in London in 2018, with many of the victims young people caught up in gang-related violence.

The crime wave has drawn criticism of London's mayor, police tactics and government spending cuts.

Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick says violent crime is "a long-term problem which requires concerted long-term effort."

But former chief Ian Blair says budget cuts mean there are fewer officers on the beat. He told the BBC on Saturday that "if you take 20 percent of the Met's money away, something gives and the thing that has given is neighborhood policing."

CAIRO, March 31, 2018 - The Armed Forces and the police have beefed up security on Saturday to protect the country's churches and public places during the Easter and Sham el-Nessim celebrations, which will start next Sunday and Monday respectively.

In the meantime, the police have beefed up security, especially in tourist and religious areas, ahead of the celebrations. The police said yesterday that they would carry out a comprehensive plan to secure religious areas and public places.

 The Interior Ministry said that intense security efforts were under way to abort any potential threats, and attempts by law-breakers to revive their activities during the celebrations. A heavy police presence would be evident in the Greater Cairo Area, the nation's main cities, motor ways and tourist areas, the Ministry said.

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