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Gangland Jihadists...
Suspected ISIS killer Jihadi John is linked to a gang that carried out violent street robberies in London to pay for terrorists to travel abroad — including ...
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This morning I am in Copenhagen where they are trying to understand another attack in a European city.

In the Atlantic magazine a new article on ISIS is being widely talked about http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/ it says Islamic State sees itself as an 'agent of the apocalypse'.

While the Mayor of Copenhagen told me those threatened by violent jihadism are not just people who gather in a cafe to talk about free speech or the Jewish communities of Europe but all of us.

And it's important to remember that 'all of us' includes the Muslim communities around the world who count more victims of this violence than any other group...
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Europe is being threatened by Islamist extremists with "crazy" ideology, the mayor of Copenhagen told NBC News in the wake of...
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Reporting from an air base in Jordan...
Jordan continued airstrikes against ISIS targets and said it will go after the group "with everything we have."
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“With so many powerful people in Davos, you can't help but feel important. You overhear conversations that you don't understand but sound significant.

"Everybody here talks like they have a profound understanding of the way the world works. It's difficult to tell whether they really do, or whether they're just good at seeming convincing."

Read more about my close encounters during #Davos2015 here: http://nbcnews.to/1yR4lcX
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While the debate continues over the Guantanamo Bay detention camp our story shows there are questions about others held in other parts of the world... The issue here is not whether this man is guilty but whether he is being given access to the justice system we are all proud of ...
An American father of three detained in Yemen since 2010 is being held in an unknown location and hasn't been seen in court for almost a year, according to h...
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Thousands attended a rally in Copenhagen last night, beside the cafe where the first attack took place on Saturday. It was an extraordinary event. Quietly the Danish people sent a powerful message...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for European Jews to emigrate to Israel in the wake of a series of anti-Semitic attacks.
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JORDAN: FEB 2015

It is 5 a.m. at the Muwaffaq Al-Salti Air Base, the launch pad for the renewed air campaign against ISIS. From here Jordan's fighter jets set off to bomb targets in Syria and Iraq.

It is day five, and four young Jordanian pilots arrive for a briefing. Their call signs are “Lion,” “Tiger,” “Wolf” and “Killer.” At a 5:15 a.m. gathering they’re told their mission is simple: Destroy ISIS targets and ultimately “wipe them from the face of the earth.”

In Amman, the weather is good, and the wind not a factor. Still, they’re waiting for news of the weather over Monday’s target area over Syria.

By 5:30 a.m. they head for a breakfast of coffee and cigarettes. Then they prepare their gear, and don parachutes and Glock 9mm pistols.

At 5:45 a.m., the group gathers for prayers. This is the same room where their comrade Lt. Muath al-Kasasbeh prayed before he took off from this very base for the last time. He ejected over Syria on Dec. 24, and fell into the hands of ISIS. His horrific murder – burnt alive on video – has galvanized opposition to ISIS in the region.

By 6 a.m., the Jordanians learn they won't be flying. It is a momentary hiatus in a bombing campaign that has seen Jordan's pilots flying 20 missions per day, according to their commanders. They didn’t say exactly why they’re not flying but two U.S. F-16s do take off at dawn for an unknown destination. There will be no respite for ISIS.

“When you fly you have to put all your problems out of your head,” one pilot tells me. “When I take off I put my wallet in my car and my keys in my desk. Everyone knows when you take off from this base you may never come back.”

“But we are happy,” he says. “We are willing to do it every day.”
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Long list of problems awaits rich and powerful at Davos...

For some it is an elitist gathering where the rich come to network with the powerful. For others it is an opportunity to improve the state of the world by tapping into those same folks’ resources and influence. This morning I am travelling to Davos to attend its famous summit for the first time.
There is a lot for world leaders to worry about. The U.S. is locked in a political stalemate. Europe faces a dangerous economic slowdown. The fall in the oil price risks increased tensions as countries like Russia and Iran lose money. Across the Middle East and North Africa violent Islamic militancy seems virulent. West Africa still struggles to tackle Ebola with the world response to the threat of a global epidemic frighteningly slow.

What a perfect time to go and sip champagne in a Swiss ski resort.

Everyone whose anyone is here, Secretary of State Kerry, France’s President Hollande, Germany’s Chancellor Merkel, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Mary Barra of General Motors, Eric Schmidt of Google, philanthropist George Soros. The complete list of attendees is long and prestigious, and including 2,500 participants from 140 countries.

Oh, and Will.i.am is coming too, but not to perform. This is no place to have fun.
All it takes is for one world leader to collide with a fabulously rich banker on the ski slopes, begin a conversation and one of the world's many problems may be solved. The hope of this year's gathering is “nothing short of further harmonizing human relations,” according to a colleague here at CNBC.
Gosh.

Then again perhaps even in this hyperconnected world where a cyber-meeting can be held through people's iPhones there is still value in the face-to-face conversation, in getting up close and personal with each other. Goodness knows we have to do something to sort out the mess we're all in.


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The latest in our ongoing project to document the lives of Syrian refugees... It's not just the young who are suffering:
Fouzia is so sick she is bedridden. She lies in an unheated room in a cold, damp house in Sanliurfa, Turkey, just across the border from Syria. Since the civ...
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The latest in our series following the lives of Syrian refugees. After we left this young woman and her family we had a long conversation among the team about her life. I'd like to hear what you think, there are no easy answers when a family faces poverty... Perhaps Fatimas' husband is a good man and that's all that matters. Perhaps the fact that she was only 12 when she got married is simply wrong, especially when you know the age of her husband. There are many many ways to view her situation... One thing is for certain though: this is another Syrian family suffering through no fault of their own. 
Inside a two-room tent pitched on a muddy field in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, Abu Mustafa's wife is cooking supper — a watery stew made with pieces of chicken a...
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