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Islamic State Group Claims Responsibility for Libya Bombings

Libya bombingThe Islamic State group's offshoot in Libya has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly suicide bombings Friday that killed at least 45 and rocked an eastern town under the control of the country's elected government.

The group said the attacks were in retaliation for the killing of Muslims in the Islamic militant stronghold of Darna. Egyptian warplanes conducted multiple airstrikes in Darna after militants linked to the Islamic State group beheaded 21 Egyptian Christian hostages.


Montana oil spill response stalled by weather

Montana oil spillCrews working to respond to an oil spill in the Yellowstone River in Montana said they haven't been able to work for a week because of frigid weather.

Much of the eastern half of the United States is in a deep freeze. Snow is forecast by the National Weather Service for parts of Montana, with highs below freezing for Friday. Weekend highs will struggle to break 15 degrees Fahrenheit.


Suicide bombings at Somalia hotel kill at least 10 people

Somalia hotel bombingGovernment officials were meeting at the Central Hotel in Somalia's capital when an Islamic extremist rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the hotel gate, and another went in and blew himself up, killing at least 10 people on Friday, officials said.

Mogadishu's deputy mayor and a legislator were killed in the attack, a lawmaker said, and the country's deputy prime minister was among the wounded, said a police official.


Alleged victim in Illinois imam sex abuse case speaks out

Imam charged with sex abuseFollowing the arrest earlier this week of a prominent Illinois imam accused of sexual abuse, one of his alleged victims is speaking out about the ordeal she says was suffered at the hands of Mohammad Abdullah Saleem.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, the alleged victim told of how she was at first honored to meet the respected imam, but ended up “terrified” to be in his presence.


US trial over attacks could hurt Palestinian war crimes push

2002 IntefadaPalestinian officials are nervously watching a landmark terrorism trial in the United States, brought by victims of Palestinian suicide bombings and shootings aimed at civilians. They fear a negative verdict could hurt their international image at a time when they are preparing to press war crimes charges against Israel.

The $1 billion lawsuit was filed over a series of deadly attacks in or near Jerusalem that killed 33 people and wounded hundreds more during the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, a decade ago. The plaintiffs have turned to the U.S. court because some of the victims were American citizens.


Al-Jazeera reporter in Egypt cites employer's 'negligence'

Mohamed FahmyAl-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who is out awaiting retrial after more than a year behind bars in Egypt on terrorism-related charges, said his Qatar-funded employer is partially to blame for his grinding ordeal.

Fahmy said it would be "naive" and "misleading" to see the case purely as a crackdown on press freedom, because it was complicated by Al-Jazeera's "negligence" and Qatar's use of the outlet to "wage a media war" against Cairo.


D.C. rabbi pleads guilty to secretly videotaping women

Rabbi pleads guilty to photographing nude womenThursday that he had secretly videotaped dozens of nude women as they prepared for a ritual bath.

In a hearing in D.C. Superior Court, Freundel pleaded guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism.

Prior to the hearing, D.C. prosecutors sent a note to victims saying that they wanted to “assure everyone that if this plea goes through, as victims of crime, you will have the right to submit a written as well as an oral victim impact statement at a sentencing hearing, expressing how this crime has impacted you.” Freundel’s sentencing hearing is set for May 15.


Texas Blocks Future Same-Sex Weddings

Texas blocks same sex marriageThe Texas Supreme Court has issued an emergency order blocking gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses after a lesbian couple wed in Austin.

Thursday's ruling doesn't invalidate the marriage of the two women who were allowed to marry hours earlier based on a one-time court order issued for health reasons. One of the women has cancer.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says he is seeking to void the marriage license through other means, though he didn't provide details.


Spies Hacked Virtually Every Cell Phone

All cel phones spied onAmerican and Brithish spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The hack was perpetrated by a joint unit consisting of operatives from the NSA and its British counterpart Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. The breach, detailed in a secret 2010 GCHQ document, gave the surveillance agencies the potential to secretly monitor a large portion of the world’s cellular communications, including both voice and data.


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