An Egyptian court has freed two detained Al Jazeera journalists on bail after a retrial overturned a previous verdict that had found them guilty of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, a banned Islamic group. Continue reading
There are over 6,000 languages spoken around the world today. But by the end of this century, fewer than half of them will remain. That’s the driving concern of the new documentary “Language Matters,” from poet Bob Holman and filmmaker David Grubin. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Australia called Wednesday for a broader international coalition, led by the U.S., to combat the “terrifying challenge” of jihadist groups that are challenging governments and aiming to establish an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East.
On May 14, 2014, scientists at Swinburne University in Australia caught a huge high-energy burst of radio waves on CSIRO’s Parkes Radio Telescope in eastern Australia. Called a “fast radio burst”, the signal lasted a few milliseconds, but it gave off as much energy as the sun does in a day, said Daniele Malesani, astrophysicist at the Dark Cosmology Center, University of Copenhagen. Continue reading
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