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Islamic State in Afghanistan could have capacity to strike US next year
Pentagon says Afghan-based group and al-Qaida have intention to attack US and Taliban's ability to fight them is 'to be determined'The US intelligence community has assessed that Islamic State
in Afghanistan could have the capability of attacking the United States in as little as six months - and has the intention to do so, a senior Pentagon official has told Congress."The intelligence community currently assesses that both Isis-K [Islamic State Khorasan Province, the Afghanistan-based group] and al-Qaida have the intent to conduct external operations, including against the United States, but neither currently has the capability to do so. We could see Isis-K generate that capability in somewhere between six or 12 months," said Colin Kahl, under secretary of defense for policy. Continue reading...
Queen to miss Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow
Monarch, 95, was due to attend evening reception but will send video message instead The Queen has pulled out of hosting a major reception for world leaders at the Cop26 climate change summit, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.The 95-year-old monarch was due to travel to Scotland for the high-profile engagement on Monday 1 November. Continue reading...
Sister of UK Bataclan victim tells accused: 'We don't hate you'
Zoe Alexander, whose brother Nick died in 13 November 2015 attacks, testifies at trial of alleged terroristsThe sister of the only Briton killed in the Paris terror attacks
has told 14 people on trial in Paris over the bloodshed that while she and other victims' families "deplore what you did, we don't hate you".Nick Alexander was killed when gunmen stormed the Bataclan theatre in Paris during a rock concert as part of a series of coordinated attacks across the French capital ordered by the Islamic State group. Continue reading...
Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin describes sexual assault by US senator
Revelation of incident 'buried' by Abedin contained in new memoir Both/And, to be published next week
Huma Abedin, a longtime close aide to Hillary Clinton
, has written in a new book that she was sexually assaulted by a US senator, an incident she "buried" until allegations against the supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh triggered her memory years later.Abedin makes the shocking claim in a memoir, Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds, which will be published next week. The Guardian obtained a copy. Abedin does not name the senator or his party or give any other clues as to his identity.Information and support for anyone affected by rape or sexual abuse issues is available from the following organisations. In the US, Rainn offers support on 800-656-4673. In the UK, Rape Crisis offers support on 0808 802 9999. In Australia, support is available at 1800Respect (1800 737 732). Other international helplines can be found at ibiblio.org/rcip/internl.html Continue reading...
|Opinion: Guns can be safely used on a film set -- but only if you follow the rules
I don't love guns. But as a firearms safety specialist, they are the tools of my profession. I respect them, and I teach others to respect them too. After 30 years of working with firearms in the film industry, I've learned one very important lesson: When handled responsibly, firearms are as safe as any other prop on a film set.
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