Australian police stormed a cafe in Sydney where a lone gunman had held several hostages for hours, ending the siege with heavy gunfire. Two hostages were killed, in addition to the suspect. Judy Woodruff learns more from Sydney-based journalist Stuart Cohen, and chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner offers a read on how U.S. intelligence officials are interpreting the attack. Continue reading
Shortly after Man Haron Monisa — a Muslim man — was identified as the suspect who held more than a dozen people hostage in a Sydney cafe Monday, the hashtag #illridewithyou started trending in Australia, and soon elsewhere, in solidarity with Muslims.
An intercepted phone call between an Australian Islamic State militant and a 22-year-old suspect launched an operation by authorities in order to crack a terror plot to behead a random civilian. Judy Woodruff talks to freelance journalist Stuart Cohen from Sydney about how Australians are reacting and how the government is keeping an eye on Islamic State supporters. Continue reading
Australian police officers raided at least a dozen homes and held six suspects in Sydney after learning of a plot to behead a random person in public. The prime minister said that an Australian who is a senior member of the Islamic State had instructed supporters “to conduct demonstration killings.” Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
On Monday, a detailed study released on the website PLOS One revealed that many TSA agents and international airport security officers have trouble with facial recognition when processing photo identification. Continue reading
A photo of a 7-year-old boy holding up the severed head of a slain Syrian soldier has caused uproar in Australia, home to a convicted terrorist who fled to Syria last year to join the Islamic State terrorist group. Continue reading
Australian immigration officials are weighing the case of Grammy, who was born via surrogacy in Thailand and was rejected by his biological parents. Grammy has down syndrome and a congenital heart defect, and is living with his 21 year-old surrogate mother in Thailand. His twin sister, born in good health, was brought back to Australia. Continue reading