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The Department of State has designated the Egyptian Ajnad Misr group, and Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, an al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) senior leader, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. The consequences of these designations include a prohibition against U.S. persons engaging in transactions with Ajnad Misr or al-Rubaysh, and the freezing of all property and interests of Ajnad Misr and al-Rubaysh that are in the United States, or come within the United States or the possession or control of U.S. persons.

Ajnad Misr is an Egyptian violent extremist group that splintered from Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM), a designated foreign terrorist organization (FTO) and Specially Designated Global entity. Ajnad Misr officially announced its formation in January 2014, and has since claimed numerous attacks on Egyptian security forces at government buildings, public spaces and universities, often injuring or killing innocent bystanders.

Ibrahim al-Rubaysh is a senior leader of AQAP, a designated FTO and Specially Designated Global entity. He serves as a senior advisor for AQAP operational planning and is involved in the planning of attacks. He has served as a senior AQAP sharia official since 2013, and as a senior AQAP sharia official, al-Rubaysh provides the justification for attacks conducted by AQAP. In addition, he has made public statements, including one in August 2014 where he called on Muslims to wage war against the United States. In addition, since October 14, 2014, Ibrahim al-Rubaysh has been subject to a five million dollar Reward for Justice.

Source: U.S. Department of State

Pakistan's government has fast-tracked warrants of execution for convicted terrorists, moving swiftly on its promise to crack down on militants after a Taliban massacre of 132 schoolchildren in the northern city of Peshawar.  Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had lifted a six-year moratorium on capital punishment on Wednesday, vowing to eliminate terrorists in Pakistan irrespective of whether they targeted it or neighbouring Afghanistan or India.

On Mr Sharif's orders on Thursday, the country's ceremonial president Mamnoon Hussain rejected 17 mercy petitions that convicted terrorists on death row had filed earlier. The army chief of staff, General Raheel Sharif also signed six so-called "black warrants" for the execution of soldiers convicted of terrorism offences by military courts.  Officials said those 23 terrorists would be executed within days, and they're likely to be followed by dozens more hangings at prisons around the country.

Read more: Sydney Morning Herald

News that the U.S. and Cuba want to normalize diplomatic relations could also open the door for federal officials to finally capture the first woman ever to be included on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. 

Joanne Chesimard was convicted in the shooting death of a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 but later escaped from prison and fled to Cuba. In a statement released Wednesday morning, the superintendent of the New Jersey State Police said any improvement in relations between the two countries should improve the chance of her being returned to prison in the U.S.

Read more:  Los Angeles Times

A federal terrorism insurance program that helped revive commercial development after 9/11 is about to shut down unless the Senate can find a way around the objections of retiring Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., in the next few days.  The Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism — a group of businesses ranging from the NFL and NASCAR to banks and builders — is pressing the Senate to renew the program or risk damaging the economy.

But Coburn is blocking the Senate from voting on a bill to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act unless states are allowed to opt out of the federal program.  Coburn has placed a hold on the bill, making it difficult for Senate leaders to force a vote before the chamber's expected adjournment Thursday.  "It's unclear where things are going to go from here," said Matt House, spokesman for the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center. "We're running out of time."

Lobbyists for the bill remained optimistic that the Senate would find a way to act this week. Supporters are continuing to negotiate with Coburn to seek a resolution.  "I remain convinced that this extension is going to get done," said Leigh Ann Pusey, president and CEO of the American Insurance Association. "I really don't want to think about what it's going to be like if it doesn't."

Read more: USA Today

A top court of the European Union has annulled the bloc's decision to keep the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on a list of terrorist groups.  The decision had been based not on an examination of Hamas' actions, but on "factual imputations derived from the press and the internet", judges found.  The court said the move was technical and was not a reassessment of Hamas' classification as a terrorist group.

It said a funding freeze on the group would continue for the time being.  Hamas dominates Gaza and fought a 50-day war with Israel earlier this year. Under its charter, the movement is committed to Israel's destruction.  Responding to the ruling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas was a "murderous terrorist organisation" which should be put back on the list immediately.  Israel, the United States and several other nations have designated Hamas a terrorist organisation due to its long record of attacks and its refusal to renounce violence.

Read more: BBC News