Brennan defends US drones at hearing

2013-02-08 08:32

CIA Director-designate John Brennan has strongly defended anti-terror attacks by unmanned drones under close questioning at a protest-disrupted confirmation hearing.

Underpants bomber sought martyrdom

2011-10-11 19:19

A young Nigerian man who hid explosives in his underwear aimed to kill nearly 300 people aboard a US-bound airliner on Christmas 2009 so he could achieve martyrdom.

Yemen oil pipe blast, bomb suspect hunt

2010-11-02 18:56

Yemen has launched a major operation to arrest a Saudi bomb maker accused of being behind a foiled bomb plot and as a result an oil pipeline was attacked.

US expecting al-Qaeda attack

2010-02-15 21:09

US officials believe al-Qaeda is sure to mount an attack on the US in the next three to six months.

Aus to introduce body scanners

2010-02-09 11:22

Australia will introduce full body scans for airline passengers as it strengthens aviation security in response to an attempt to bring down a US-bound plane.

Bomb suspect flips on cleric

2010-02-05 10:17

A US law enforcement official says the Nigerian suspect in the failed airliner attack has given up intelligence about a radical Muslim cleric hiding in Yemen.

Heathrow: No scan, no fly

2010-02-01 16:19

Britain has introduced body scanners at Heathrow airport as a measure rushed in after a failed attempt to bomb a passenger plane in December.

'New phase in Qaeda operations'

2010-01-24 14:35

The bid to blow up a US plane marks a "new phase" in al-Qaeda's campaign against the West, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband says.

Flight diverted by prayer ritual

2010-01-21 18:33

A misunderstanding about a Jewish prayer ritual led to the diversion of a US Airways flight to Philadelphia.

US boosts security amid threat

2010-01-15 08:10

The US has stepped up airport security as intelligence warned al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen was planning more attacks to follow a failed Christmas Day bombing.

Anti-Qaeda drive to target youth

2010-01-14 20:01

Jailed Libyan Islamist guerrillas who reject indiscriminate violence should be freed to promote their views in person to dangerous young "grassroots jihadists", a former associate of Osama bin Laden has said.

Dad of briefs bomber to testify

2010-01-11 21:37

The banker father of the young Nigerian suspected of trying to blow up a US bound jet has been asked to testify before the US Congress.

Ex Gitmo inmates back in war

2010-01-10 23:03

Dozens of released Guantanamo detainees have returned to the battlefield more determined than ever to hit at the US.

Christmas terror suspect pleads

2010-01-09 08:33

A Nigerian man accused of trying to ignite an explosive on a US airliner on Christmas has appeared before a judge for the first time.

US: First terror probe shock

2010-01-07 22:24

The White House warned Americans to brace for a "certain shock" when it releases a first probe into intelligence failures in the Christmas attack.

Bomb suspect flagged for check

2010-01-07 21:08

Homeland Security say they had flagged the Christmas Day suspect as someone who should go through additional security when he landed.

Nigerian suspect faces life

2010-01-07 10:27

The US officials have charged a Nigerian man with attempted murder and attempted use of weapon of mass destruction after a botched attempt to bomb a passenger jet on Christmas day.

US to release terror probe

2010-01-07 08:25

The White House will release unclassified findings of a first probe into an al-Qaeda attack on a US jet.

Obama berates US intel chiefs

2010-01-06 21:05

Bruised by a stinging rebuke from President Barack Obama, the top US intelligence chief has pledged to repair flaws in the security services.

Canada to get full-body scanners

2010-01-06 11:23

Full-body scanners will be introduced in Canada in the wake of the failed Christmas Day bombing attempt of a US airliner, Canada's transport minister says.

Obama slams US 'screw-up'

2010-01-06 09:28

An angry President Barack Obama has rebuked US spy chiefs on an intelligence "screw-up" that left a US plane open to a barely-averted al-Qaeda attack.

US overhauls terror watchlists

2010-01-05 20:06

President Barack Obama will unveil new security reforms after a bomb plot prompted a review of intelligence gaps and an overhaul of terror watchlists.

Suspect spent weeks in Ghana

2010-01-04 14:55

A Ghanaian official says the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a US plane spent weeks in Ghana before starting his journey, but did nothing to arouse suspicion.

Embassies remain closed in Yemen

2010-01-04 09:39

The US and Britain are keeping their embassies in Yemen closed for a second day, over concerns about possible militant attacks after the failed bombing of a US-bound plane.

Yemen focus on remote areas

2010-01-02 21:23

Yemen has deployed several hundred extra troops to two mountainous eastern provinces that are al-Qaeda's main strongholds.


US thwarts new al-Qaeda plane bomb plot

2012-05-07 23:34

The CIA has thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a US-bound airliner.

Underpants bomber gets day in court

2011-01-25 20:24

A Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a Detroit-bound aircraft has been summoned to court for a hearing to set a trial date.

US to profile air passengers

2010-04-02 13:06

The US is set to announce new airline security measures for US-bound passengers that scraps screening for specific countries to focus on profiles of potential terrorists.

Waterboarding 'must be option'

2010-02-14 22:01

Former US vice-president Dick Cheney has said that waterboarding should have been an option for interrogating the man accused of trying to blow up a jet.

Obama advisor tired of critics

2010-02-07 18:04

The top US counter terrorism advisor says he's tired of others criticizing the administration's actions concerning the Christmas airliner bomb plot.

Britain allays scanner fears

2010-02-02 19:12

Britain has sought to reassure air passengers over privacy concerns after full body scanners were introduced at two major airports.

Obama slammed over terror

2010-01-30 20:31

Republicans have criticised the Obama administration's handling of a Nigerian student who allegedly attempted to blow up a Detroit-bound.

Bin Laden vows more attacks

2010-01-24 11:46

Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has issued a new audio message claiming responsibility for the Christmas day bombing attempt in Detroit and vowed further attacks.

EU: Body scanners possible

2010-01-17 21:12

A tightening of security at European airports, including the possible use of body scanners, is possible.

US anti-terror too lax: poll

2010-01-14 22:17

Americans find US anti-terror policies too lax, and believe that the government should err toward increasing security over individual privacy.

US air marshals for Nigeria

2010-01-13 21:09

Nigeria says it will allow armed US air marshals on flights between the West African nation and the US after the failed Christmas Day airliner bombing.

Senators want accountability

2010-01-10 23:03

Officials who failed to prevent the botched Christmas Day attack must be held accountable and disciplined according to two senators.

US lawmakers to take up airport security

2010-01-10 07:51

Boosted airport security measures are set to be at the top of US lawmakers' agenda when they return to Congress, amid intelligence failures exposed by the botched Christmas Day attack.

Buck stops with me - Obama

2010-01-08 07:11

President Barack Obama has declared "the buck stops with me" over intelligence flaws exposed by an al-Qaeda attack and ordered a sweeping security overhaul.

Plane bomb suspect was screened

2010-01-07 21:11

Nigeria's attorney general says the man accused of trying to bring down a US-bound airliner did go through a proper security screening at the country's busiest airport.

Nigerian 'met al-Qaeda cleric'

2010-01-07 20:06

Yemen says the Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a US passenger jet on Christmas may have met with a radical American-Yemeni cleric linked to al-Qaeda.

Plane attack suspect charged

2010-01-07 08:25

A Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet has been indicted on charges including attempted murder and trying to use a weapon of mass destruction.

US air rule upsets Nigeria

2010-01-06 22:10

Bilateral relations between Nigeria and the United States could be at risk if Washington keeps its requirement for tighter security for Nigerian travellers.

Algeria slams US security policy

2010-01-06 21:03

Algeria's ambassador has complained that new US security measures for airline passengers from some countries are discriminatory.

Nigeria wants off US watchlist

2010-01-06 10:10

Nigeria is to appeal to the US to remove it from a terrorism flight watchlist drawn up in the wake of a failed plot to blow up a US airliner, saying it is "not a terrorist country".

US, EU boost aviation security

2010-01-05 22:11

Senior US security officials have held talks in Brussels with EU representatives on measures to improve safety at airports.

UK scanners: child porn fears

2010-01-05 18:08

The British government sought to allay fears that body scanners at airports would break laws against creating indecent images of children.

No scanners for SA airports

2010-01-04 14:35

Acsa says its 10 airports in South Africa will not be equipped with full body scanners in the near future, but it has a comprehensive security plan in place.

Nigeria 'not into terrorism'

2010-01-02 22:43

Nigeria, a country long synonymous with graft and coups, now has to defend itself over claims that it is a breeding ground for Islamist fundamentalists

Obama blames al-Qaeda

2010-01-02 10:43

US President Barack Obama has for the first time accused an al-Qaeda affiliate of arming and training a young Nigerian man for a thwarted suicide mission to blow up a US airliner.

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