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Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions

Islamic State plot to conduct beheadings in Australia raises questions about group's reach
Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia - The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror campaign so far from the Middle East.

Police said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by Islamic State group supporters when they raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney on Thursday.

Man accused of trying to aid Islamic State group

New York man faces new charges of attempting to provide support to Islamic State group
The Associated Press

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - An upstate New York man accused of plotting to kill members of the U.S. military and others faces new charges that he tried to aid the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, was indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to the group that has been designated by the U.S. as a foreign terrorist organization, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Snowden: NSA collects mass data on New Zealanders

Edward Snowden says the NSA is collecting mass surveillance data on New Zealanders
Nick Perry, The Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Former National Security Agency systems analyst turned leaker Edward Snowden said Monday that the NSA is collecting mass surveillance data on New Zealanders through its XKeyscore program and has set up a facility in the South Pacific nation's largest city to tap into vast amounts of data.

Snowden talked via video link from Russia to hundreds of people at Auckland's Town Hall.

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