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Date: Aug 11, 2016

Two bombs have exploded in the Thai resort of Hua Hin, killing one woman and injuring 10 people including foreign tourists, police say.  The bombs were hidden in plant pots spaced 50m (164 ft) apart, and detonated by mobile phones within half an hour of each other, they add.

Twin bombings are a regular occurrence in Thailand's three southern provinces, which are wracked by an insurgency.  But it is rare to find such attacks in Thailand's tourist areas.  Local reports say the woman who died was running a food stall in the area of the blasts.

Read more: BBC News

American security contractors Lloyd Fields and James Creach were working at a police training facility in Amman, Jordan, in November 2015 when a trainee shot and killed them with a smuggled assault rifle. The Islamic State quickly claimed responsibility for the attack. In a statement, the terror group’s media arm called the shooter a “lone wolf” for the aspiring caliphate, and warned that “time will turn thousands of supporters on Twitter and others into wolves.”

It’s no secret that the Islamic State relies heavily on Twitter to recruit fighters and spread propaganda. And for the families of the two slain contractors, the group’s statement was confirmation that the company should be held liable for the men’s deaths. The families sued Twitter earlier this year, claiming that the company provided material support to the Islamic State that paved the way for the deadly shooting. But a federal judge isn’t convinced.

In a ruling Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick of California dismissed the suit, saying a federal law known as the Communications Decency Act, or CDA, protects Twitter from liability but left the door open for the families to refile their case.

Read more: Washington Post

By the summer of 2012, two of the “freed” nations — Libya and Yemen — were sliding into anarchy and factionalism, while the struggle against the Bashar al-Assad government in Syria had descended into vicious civil war. In Egypt the following summer, the nation’s first democratically elected government was overthrown by the military, a coup cheered on by many of the same young activists who took to the streets to demand democracy two years earlier. The only truly bright spot among the Arab Spring nations was the place where it started, Tunisia, but even there, terrorist attacks and feuding politicians were a constant threat to a fragile government. Amid the chaos, the remnants of Osama bin Laden’s old outfit, Al Qaeda, gained a new lease on life, resurrected the war in Iraq and then spawned an even more severe and murderous offshoot: the Islamic State, or ISIS.

Why did it turn out this way? Why did a movement begun with such high promise go so terribly awry?

Read more: New York Times

Police have shot dead a suspect in an anti-terror operation in the Canadian province of Ontario, media reports say.

They named the suspect as Aaron Driver, 24, who was arrested last year for openly supporting so-called Islamic State on social media.

A senior police official told the Canadian Press news agency the suspect had allegedly planned to carry out a suicide bombing in a public area.

Read more: BBC News

Militants blew up another crude pipeline in Nigeria's Niger Delta, a youth and protest leader said on Thursday.

Protesters also continued to block the entrance to a Chevron oil depot in the restive southern region for a third day.

On Wednesday, a previously unknown group called Delta Greenland Justice Mandate said it had attacked a crude pipeline belonging to state oil firm NNPC and local firm Shoreline Natural Resources in Urhobo in Delta state.

Read more: Reuters