James B. Comey warned that eventual victory over the Islamic State could lead to an uptick of terrorist attacks in Europe and possibly the United States. Source: Defeat of ISIS Could Send ‘Terrorist Diaspora’ to West, F.B.I. Chief Says
The United States is poring over 4.5 terabytes of digital data of new intelligence about Islamic State fighters who have flowed into Syria and Iraq and some who then returned to their home countries, information that American officials say could help fight militants on the battlefield and prevent potential plotters
Pro-opposition gunmen locked in a protracted standoff with police in the Armenian capital Yerevan have taken four medical staff hostage, officials said, after a shootout left five people wounded. Two doctors and two nurses were held after entering a police compound seized by the assailants 10 days ago to treat two
Pope Francis warns that a recent wave of jihadist attacks in Europe is proof that the world is “at war”, but stresses that religion is not the cause. Source: Pope Francis warns world ‘is at war’ after Europe attacks – BBC News
Investigators in France believe they are close to identifying the second of two men who murdered a priest in a church on Tuesday, reports say. They believe he could be the same person as a man they have been hunting since last week after a tip-off. Source: France church attack: Authorities
Government-allied youth in Burundi have gang-raped women and girls whose male relatives are suspected to be opposition activists, campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. HRW blamed most of the rapes on Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the ruling party, and the security forces. Source: Burundi’s Imbonerakure youth wing accused
Health officials in Florida investigate four cases of Zika that do not appear related to travel, raising fears US mosquitoes may be carrying the virus. So far cases outside of Latin America and the Caribbean, where the virus is prevalent, have been spread by travel to that region or sexual transmission.
The U.S. State Department confirmed on Wednesday that U.S. citizen James Wang has been imprisoned in China and that American diplomats have been denied permission to meet with him since he was arrested nearly 14 months ago. Source: China denies access to Hong Kong magazine founder, a U.S. citizen: U.S.
Malta has denied visa extensions for North Korean workers, effectively expelling them, due to a diplomatic campaign by South Korea and human rights groups, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday. Source: Malta denies visas for North Korea workers, sending them home: Yonhap
Chinese firms guilty of exceeding emissions limits or building plants without environmental permits will face tougher punishments including credit bans and land use restrictions, the country’s environmental ministry said late on Wednesday. Source: Chinese polluters to face more business, financing restrictions