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Terrorism

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Reuters  By David Brunnstrom | WASHINGTONThe United States wants China to become more involved in supporting the global fight against terrorism and efforts to defeat Islamic State, including in Iraq, a senior U.S. official said on Monday ahead of high-level security talks with Beijing.Susan Thornton, the U.S. acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said that China has taken only a limited role in counter-terrorism efforts, although it appeared to be becoming more interested."We would like to see them step up and take more responsibility," Thornton told reporters as Washington and China's diplomatic and defense chiefs prepared for a meeting in the U.S. capital on Wednesday."They have a lot of interests, for example in Iraq, and we think they should be doing to more to contribute to the efforts of the international coalition to defeat ISIS (Islamic State)," she said.Thornton said Beijing, which is not a member of the...
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CBS News By Peter Martinez CBS/AP BRUSSELS -- Soldiers shot a suspect after a small explosion at the central Brussels train station, a spokeswoman for the city prosecutor's office said on Tuesday evening. Noboy else seemed to be injured and the damage was limited, Ine Van Wymersch told VRT network. It was not clear if the suspect survived. Photos posted on social media showed a small fire in the station. National newspaper La Libre Belgique quoted the Brussels prosecutor's office as saying the suspect was wearing a backpack and an explosive belt. Brussels police said via Twitter that there was "an incident with an individual at the station. The situation is under control." Grand Place, a major tourist site in the Belgian capital, was evacuated along with the station about 200 meters -- 656 feet away -- the AP reports. They asked the public to follow police instructions. Belgium's Crisis Center,...
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Evening Standard by Jonathan Mitchell Counter-terror police have launched an investigation after a man was Tasered outside Parliament when he allegedly reached for a knife.Armed officers arrested a 30-year-old man outside the gates to the Palace of Westminster on Friday morning, after passers-by spotted the man and began shouting "knife, knife, knife".Although the Met Police has not declared the arrest as a terrorist incident, the force said it was "open minded as to whether terrorism was a motive".The bearded suspect, aged in his 30s, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife after being approached by armed officers. The arrest happened just yards from the spot where PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death in the Westminster terror attack in March.Security has been heightened across the capital after string of terrorist attacks this year.Earlier this month, three terrorists killed eight people when they mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge...

Facebook using AI to combat terrorism

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Sky News Australia Artificial intelligence is being deployed by Facebook in an effort to stop terrorists from using its website.The social media company said in a blog post that it will use AI to find and remove terrorist content before other users see it.The technology is the same as that used to block child pornography on the website but, as AI and algorithms are not yet as good as people at understanding the nuances of content and language, the website still needs human reviewers as well.One of the techniques used is image matching - comparing photos and videos uploaded by users with known terrorist images or videos.Facebook is also working on 'text-based signals' from material that has already been removed. These signals will be fed into a machine-learning system and that machine will, over time, be able to detect similar posts.The move comes after repeated calls from authorities for social...
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Evening Standard by Tess de la Mare, Alexander Britton, Jason Collie One man was killed and 10 others injured after a van was driven into worshippers near Finsbury Park mosque in a suspected terrorist attack.Dozens of people had just finished prayers at the mosque when the vehicle crashed into pedestrians in Seven Sisters Road at about 12.15am on Monday.One man has been arrested and the Metropolitan Police has confirmed that one man has died and that Counter Terrorism officers are investigating the attack.Witnesses said people were also attacked by a knife-wielding man but the Met said there had been no reports of anyone suffering stab wounds.Prime Minister Theresa May said it was being treated as "a potential terrorist attack" and that she would hold a Cobra committee emergency meeting later on Monday.The nature of the attack drew immediate parallels with the London Bridge atrocity two weeks ago, in which eight...