A Terrorist Attack at an Indonesian Church Has Killed a Toddler and Wounded Three Others — TIME

A man formerly convicted of terrorist offenses has been arrested for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail at a church in Samarinda, in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province, on Sunday morning, killing a toddler and wounding three other children. The children were playing in the front yard of the Oikumene Church when the suspect, Juhanda, a.k.a. Jo…

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Suicide Bombing Kills 10 In Syria — ATW News

At least 10 people have been killed, and a further 20 wounded, following a suicide bombing, claimed by Islamic State, in northern Syria.

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South Korea reveals it has a plan to assassinate Kim Jong Un

Source: CNN

South Korea has elite troops on standby ready to assassinate Kim Jong Un if the country feels threatened by North Korean nuclear weapons, the country’s defense minister revealed this week.

Asked in parliament Wednesday if there was a special forces unit already assembled that could eliminate North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, Han Min-koo said: “Yes, we do have such a plan. ”

“South Korea has a general idea and plan to use precision missile capabilities to target the enemy’s facilities in major areas as well as eliminating the enemy’s leadership,” he added.

It has long been suspected that such a plan was in place but the minister’s candid answer surprised some.

“A president would want to have the option,” says Daniel Pinkston of Troy University. “… Not presenting that to the president, not training for it and having that capability would be a mistake.”

South Korea has intensified its rhetoric against the leadership of North Korea since Pyongyang claimed a successful test of a nuclear warhead on September 9.

This week it tested a new type of high powered rocket engine of the type that could be used for an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Pulse Owner Calls Orlando Nightclub Where Shooter Killed 50 a ‘Place of Love and Acceptance’ — TIME

The owner of Pulse—the nightclub in Orlando, Fla., where a gunman killed 50 people and injured at least 53 early Sunday morning—said late Sunday that the club’s employees have been her family for nearly 15 years. “Like everyone in the country, I am devastated about the horrific events that have taken place today,” Barbara Poma…

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Microsoft to crack down on ‘terrorist content’ across Xbox, Outlook

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With the world growing more concerned about attacks by militant groups on civilians, Microsoft Corp has outlined new policies to crack down what it called “terrorist content” on some of its consumer services.

In a blog post, the company said it would focus on services such as gaming tool Xbox Live, the consumer version of its Outlook email service, and its consumer documents-sharing service.

Initially, Microsoft will rely on consumers to report objectionable content. The company also said it would fund research of a tool that scans content and flags images, audio and video.

“We will consider terrorist content to be material posted by or in support of organizations included on the Consolidated United Nations Security Council Sanctions List that depicts graphic violence, encourages violent action, endorses a terrorist organization or its acts, or encourages people to join such groups,” the blog post said.

The issue came to the fore after Apple and the US Government clashed over whether federal authorities could force Apple to create software to unlock a phone used by a shooter in the San Bernardino attacks last year.

Ultimately, the Government paid a third party to unlock the phone.

“The events of the past few months are a strong reminder that the Internet can be used for the worst reasons imaginable,” Microsoft said in its post.

It said it would provide information on how to counter negative content, a policy also adopted by Facebook.

The social-media service this year announced a tool it calls “counter speech,” encouraging activists to counter extremist views with posts promoting tolerance.

Last year, Facebook updated its guidelines to prohibit advocacy of “terrorist activity, organized criminal activity or promoting hate”.

Between mid-2015 and early 2016 Twitter suspended 125,000 accounts, most of which it believed were linked to the militant Islamic State group.

ABC Australia

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