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Prime Minister David Cameron will announce plans on Wednesday to tighten the law to help stop charities being used as a front to raise funds for terrorist groups.  Several individuals convicted of terrorism offences in Britain had raised funds in public, purportedly for charitable purposes, the majority of which the charities never received, the government said.  Three British Islamists jailed last year for planning mass suicide attacks had tried to fund their plot by posing as street collectors for the Muslim Aid charity organization, raising 12,000 pounds.

The planned new powers include banning those who have criminal convictions, such as for terrorism offences or money laundering, from being a charity trustee.  The Charities Commission, a regulatory body which earlier this year asked the government for more funding and powers to tackle abuse in the sector, will be given the authority to disqualify trustees it considers unfit and to shut down a charity where there has been mismanagement.

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Al-Qaeda's deadly Yemen-based franchise on Friday urged Muslims worldwide to support Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq in the face of attacks by a U.S.-led military coalition.  Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, classified by the United States as the network's deadliest franchise, "prohibits taking part in the fight against" ISIS, which controls swathes of both Iraq and Syria, AQAP said in a statement posted on jihadist forums.  "We urge all mujahedeen [Muslim fighters] to set aside their differences and inter-factional fighting and move instead against the crusade targeting all" jihadists, it added.  "We also urge all Muslims to back their brethren, with their souls, money and tongues, against the crusaders."

AQAP urged "whoever can weaken the Americans to weaken them militarily, economically, and media-wise."  "This is a campaign against Islam" that has brought together "crusaders [Christians], majus [a pejorative term for Iranians], and traitor apostate leaders," it said.

Warplanes from four Arab states of the Gulf -- Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates -- have since last month taken part in U.S.-led air strikes on IS targets in Syria.

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The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is offering rewards totaling up to $45 million for information leading to the locations of eight key leaders of the Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorist organization. The Department has authorized rewards of up to $10 million for information leading to the location of Nasir al-Wahishi and up to $5 million each for information leading to the locations of Qasim al-Rimi, Othman al-Ghamdi, Ibrahim Hassan Tali al-Asiri, Shawki Ali Ahmed Al-Badani, Jalal Bala’idi, Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, and Ibrahim al-Banna.

AQAP was formed in January 2009 by Yemeni and Saudi terrorists under the leadership of Nasir al-Wahishi, who had headed AQAP’s predecessor group Al-Qa’ida in Yemen.

AQAP has launched numerous high-profile terrorist attacks against the Yemeni Government, and U.S. and other foreign interests. In March 2009, an AQAP suicide bomber killed four South Korean tourists and their Yemeni guide. A few months later, AQAP dispatched Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who attempted to detonate an explosive device aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 over the continental United States on December 25, 2009. In October 2010, AQAP claimed responsibility for a foiled plot to send explosive-laden packages to the United States via cargo plane. To spread its extremist propaganda, AQAP launched an English-language magazine called Inspire in 2010 and the Arabic-language al-Madad News Agency in 2011. AQAP, operating under the alias Ansar al-Sharia, carried out a May 2012 suicide bombing in Sana’a that killed more than 100 people. In 2013, more than 20 U.S. embassies were temporarily closed in response to a threat associated with AQAP.

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Tunisia said on Tuesday it broke up the media arm of Islamist militant group "Ansar al-Shariah," which is also active in the neighboring Libya and is suspected behind the 2012 killing of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi.  Tunisia's interior ministry said in a statement that the group's media arm is headed by a woman. 

The group’s fugitive leader is a former al-Qaeda member who previously fought in Afghanistan.  “Zawwaghi is a very dangerous woman who works in planning and cooperation between various terrorism parties,” according to Arwi.  “She communicates directly with Seif Allah bin Hussein, his brother Hafez Lutfi bin Hussein [both accused of terrorist activities] and Lukman abu Sakhr [an Algerian wanted by Tunisian authorities over terrorism activities].

“It is the first time a woman leader is revealed in the group, and there is another woman-leader actively operating inside the cell, named Hayat al-Omari,” Arwi said, without revealing further details about the nature of Omari’s role.  The interior spokesman said authorities detained 16 active members of the group, 12 of which were sent to jail and four were released.”

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Four men have been arrested in London on suspicion of terror offences as part of an investigation into Islamist-related terrorism, police have said.  Whitehall officials told the BBC the arrests "may have foiled the early stages" of planning an attack in the UK.  The men - two aged 21 and two aged 20 - were held by counter-terrorism police.  They were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, Scotland Yard said.

Officials said one individual had spent time in Syria.  There was no word on alleged targets or how far advanced the alleged plot was.  Those arrested were taken to police stations in central London and remain in custody.  A number of residential addresses and vehicles are continuing to be searched by specialist officers in west and central London as part of the investigation.

Firearms officers assisted in one of the arrests but no shots were fired.  A 21-year-old who was Tasered by officers was not injured and did not require medical treatment, police said.

Source: BBC News