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Other Groups in Pakistan Have Adopted the al Qaeda Ideology

The Democracy Forum hosted a seminar at the Commonwealth Club in London on March 25th. The subject was ‘Home Grown Terrorism; Threats from Within and Abroad’ and several leading experts attended and spoke on this aspect of the war on international terrorism. Dr Paul Gill of University College London, discussed the result of a study conducted at Pennsylvania State University which revealed that in 64% of cases, members of the perpetrator’s family knew about the planned violent attacks in advance.

Italy’s Bersani struggles to overcome election stalemate

Italian centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani was left with only a slim hope of forming a government after last month’s deadlocked election as talks with rival party leaders ended with a further rejection from Beppe Grillo’s 5-Star Movement.

The impasse inItalyhas been closely watched by investors mindful of the turmoil which brought down Silvio Berlusconi’s government in 2011 and was reflected in rising borrowing costs at a closely watched bond auction on March 27.

Swedish scientist to head UN Syria chemical weapons probe

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom to head the UN investigation into allegations that chemical weapons were used in Syria.

‘He is an accomplished scientist with a solid background in disarmament and international security,’ UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

It was not immediately clear who else would be on his team.Russiasaid recently that Russian and Chinese experts should be part of the investigation, butMoscow’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Russia would ‘most likely not’ be represented.

Egypt prosecutor orders activists arrested

Egypt’s prosecutor general has ordered the arrest of five prominent political activists pending an investigation into claims they had incited the recent violence near the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters, a statement from the prosecutor said.

Those ordered arrested included Alaa Abd El-Fattah, a leading blogger who played a role in the protests that led to the overthrow of president Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The five were also banned from travel.