Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:53:27 GMT
A top National Guard general says most of the 1,000 troops heading to South Texas will take up observation positions along the border and detain people only if they interfere with their mission.More >>
Most of the 1,000 National Guard troops headed to the Texas-Mexico border will take up observational positions and detain people only if they interfere with their mission, a top general over the deployment said Tuesday.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:32:37 GMT
The owner of an allergy-testing laboratory near Atlanta has pleaded guilty to faking the results of blood tests for food and environmental allergies.More >>
The owner of a laboratory near Atlanta has pleaded guilty to faking the results of patients' blood tests for food and environmental allergies.More >>
By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder called on European nations Tuesday to deal more aggressively with the threat posed by the thousands of Westerners who have traveled to Syria to join the fighting there.
In a speech for Norwegian diplomats in Oslo, Holder encouraged European countries to pass laws that make it illegal to prepare for or plan an act of terrorism; to conduct undercover operations to identify individuals planning a trip to Syria; to better share information and data with the U.S. and other countries about foreign fighters; and to develop programs to counter radical extremism.
"This is a global crisis in need of a global solution. The Syrian conflict has turned that region into a cradle of violent extremism," Holder said in his speech, according to a copy of his prepared remarks. "But the world cannot simply sit back and let it become a training ground from which our nationals can return and launch attacks. And we will not."
The speech, at the U.S. ambassador's residence, comes amid growing concerns about citizens from the United States and Europe who are traveling to Syria to join the fight against the Syrian government. U.S. officials fear those individuals, who are able to travel without visas between the United States and Europe, could easily return home radicalized and apply terrorist training received while in Syria.
Intelligence officials believe there are roughly 7,000 foreign fighters in Syria, including dozens of Americans, the attorney general said.
In May, a 22-year-old man from Florida carried out a suicide bombing mission in Syria. A Colorado woman who authorities say was intent on waging jihad in the Middle East was arrested in April as she boarded a flight she hoped would ultimately get her to Syria, according to court documents unsealed last week.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recently ordered the Transportation Security Administration to call for extra security measures at some international airports with direct flights to the United States. American intelligence officials said earlier this week that they have picked up indications that bomb makers from Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula have traveled to Syria to link up with the al-Qaida affiliate there.
The speech reflects the belief among U.S. officials that the threat posed by the fighting in Syria is spread among the United States and Europe.
In his address, Holder urged European countries to adopt statutes similar to one in the United States - and, more recently, in France and Norway - that make it illegal to provide support for terrorists or to plan acts of terrorism.
He also said European law enforcement should follow the lead of the FBI in designing undercover operations to catch individuals before they depart for Syria. Those operations, Holder said, are "conducted with extraordinary care and precision" so that "suspects are neither entrapped nor denied legal protections."
And he encouraged European nations to do better in sharing information on foreign fighters, including through Interpol.
"In the face of a threat so grave, we cannot afford to be passive. Rather, we need the benefit of investigative and prosecutorial tools that allow us to be pre-emptive in our approach to confronting this problem," Holder said. "If we wait for our nations' citizens to travel to Syria or Iraq, to become radicalized, and to return home, it may be too late to adequately protect our national security."
Holder was discussing the situation in Syria in meetings this week with government officials in Norway, including Prime Minister Erna Solberg. He was also expected to talk about it during meetings in London later this week with attorneys general from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:21:33 GMT
The first of thousands of squatters who transformed a half-built skyscraper into a vertical slum were moved out by armed police and soldiers Tuesday, marking the beginning of the end for the Tower of David's...More >>
The beginning of the end came for the world's tallest slum Tuesday as officials began evicting thousands of squatters from a haphazard community inside the half-built Caracas skyscraper known as the Tower of David.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:13:05 GMT
The Obama administration said Tuesday it would present data from the U.S. intelligence community laying out what's known about the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down in Ukraine.More >>
Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian...More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:07:37 GMT
Israel bombed five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the late Hamas military chief across the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, a Gaza police official said, as the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state...More >>
A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on all flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot...More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:06:18 GMT
A train bearing the bodies of the people who died in the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Wednesday on their way to the Netherlands.More >>
A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner finally reached Ukrainian government-held territory Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the...More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:05:20 GMT
By The Associated Press Delta Air Lines is canceling all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.More >>
By The Associated Press When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots...More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:22:26 GMT
Traps have been set for a large exotic snake that animal control officers and a private reptile expert have been hunting for in New Jersey's Lake Hopatcong (hoh-PAHT'-cong).More >>
Reports of a 16-foot-long exotic snake - possibly an anaconda - slithering through New Jersey's largest lake have stoked fears among residents and led to searches and questions about what exactly is in the water.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:11:57 GMT
Someone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags.More >>
Two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge - one of New York City's most heavily secured landmarks - were replaced sometime during the night with white banners that were spotted Tuesday morning fluttering in the...More >>