Mark has written for British and U.S. publications, covering international issues such as development, terrorism, security and technology.

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July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri urged his followers to murder Jews and non-Muslims, a London court heard Wednesday. The Egyptian-born preacher also called for a caliph (an Islamic leader regarded as a successor of the prophet Muhammed) to sit in the U.S. White House and said Hitler was sent into the world because Jews were blasphemous and dirty, according to prosecutor David Perry. Hamza , 47, denied 15 charges, including having a document "useful" to a terrorist and soliciting people to murder non-Muslims.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A prominent British Muslim says the radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, jailed this week for seven years for terror-related offenses, is "an embarrassment to the Muslim community."Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, leader of the Muslim Parliament and director of London's Muslim Institute, said the controversial preacher was an "arrogant, illiterate person, with no knowledge of Islam."He said Hamza "represented a very small fraction of Muslim community."
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - An American terrorist turned FBI informant testified against terror suspects in a British court Thursday, saying he had spent time in Pakistan with a group of Britons at a terrorist training camp.Mohammed Junaid Babar, 30, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, pleaded guilty to having links with al Qaeda and other terrorist offences at a New York federal court in 2004.Two of the charges against him related to what U.S. prosecutors described as a "British bombing plot," prosecutor David Waters QC told a jury at London's Old Bailey.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Following a bloodless coup overnight, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has fled to London from New York, where he was attending the United Nations General Assembly.Thaksin, a close ally of the U.S., cancelled a speech he was due to give at the U.N. on Tuesday evening, as news of the coup emerged.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Three people in London have checked into a medical clinic for radiological tests as a precaution, British press reports said on Monday. The three had contact with either the hotel or sushi bar that former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko visited earlier this month.).)London (CNSNews.com) - Relations between the United Kingdom and Russia, both key U.S. allies, have hit a rough patch, following the death by radiation poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - As many as five Moscow-London planes are being monitored by U.K. officials after traces of radiation turned up on at least two British Airways aircraft.U.K. Home Secretary John Reid told Parliament on Thursday that the search for polonium-210 contamination in London also has spread. "To date, around 24 venues have or are being monitored, and experts have confirmed traces of contamination at around 12 of these venues," John Reid said.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Kuala Lumpur (CNSNews.com) - International concerns are growing about Islamic separatist violence in Thailand's southern provinces after two separate incidents that left one person dead and five injured.Just hours after Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld personally appealed to the Thai government to clamp down on terror, a bomb blast on the Thai-Malaysia border seriously hurt three policemen and two bystanders.Separately, a man was found beheaded in Yala province. The body of Boonchan Saipeth, 59, also bore multiple bullet wounds. Separatists are suspected.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Bangkok (CNSNews.com) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has urged Thailand to pressure Burma's military junta to move toward greater openness and democracy. Her comments come amid signs that the U.S. is losing patience with Southeast Asian countries' apparent reluctance to tackle Burma's abuses.Burma's Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) partners have pleaded a policy of non-interference in member states' domestic affairs.Controversially, Burma is scheduled to assume chairmanship of the 10-nation grouping in 2006.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Phnom Penh (CNSNews.com) - Bowing to strong diplomatic pressure from the U.S. and European Union, Burma's military rulers have announced they will forgo the chair of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).Foreign Minister U. Nyan Win told his ASEAN counterparts at a meeting in Laos that his country decided to relinquish its turn to hold the rotating chair in order to pay "full attention to its national reconciliation and democratization process" a process that was "entering a critical phase in 2006."
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Thai state is on the verge of losing control of the troubled Southern provinces, according to a new report just published on the Oct. 25 anniversary of a massacre at Tak Bai, where 85 died. The damning report from the Thai National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) states that there are ominous indications of the state going into ''administrative bankruptcy'' -- when the government cannot assure the safety of the people. The report noted the worsening problem deep in the South, where state control was said to be ebbing away.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Relations between China and the West are again under the microscope this week, as President Hu Jintao visits Europe.Trade, human rights, and China's growing influence on issues such as the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea will be high on the agenda during the visit, European Union officials said.U.S. ally Britain is Hu's first stop on a trip that will also include Germany and Spain, as well as South Korea.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Talks between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and China's President Hu Jintao were overshadowed by diplomatic jabs and street protests.The two leaders met at 10 Downing Street and talked about what Blair's spokesman called the "big global issues of climate change, international security, trade, poverty reduction and immigration."Some large commercial deals were also announced.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
Kuala Lumpur (CNSNews.com) - Government officials in Malaysia have confirmed that they are discussing the possibility of allowing "hot pursuit" agreements that would allow regional navies to chase suspected terrorists and pirates across international maritime boundaries.The latest discussions between Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines are supported by the U.S., and are aimed at combating terrorism and piracy in the area, especially in the Malacca Strait waterway.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - An Anglo-American mercenary company has offered its services to the United Nations and the FBI to attempt to arrest ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor.Taylor sought exile in Nigeria earlier this month after rebel forces forced him to relinquish the presidency after six bloody years. The U.N. Special Court in Sierra Leone recently issued a war crimes indictment against the former leader.A spokesman from Northbridge Services Group Ltd. said that an offer to attempt to arrest Taylor was still on the table.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The first two ships in a fleet of former U.S. Navy vessels have set sail for the U.K. after weeks of legal protests over the potential environmental risk of their disposal.Auxiliary oil tankers Canisteo and Caloosahatchee began the three-week journey from Newport News, Va., on Monday night, while two more of the obsolete ships are free to leave at any time.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A deal to recycle a toxic 'ghost fleet' of ex-U.S. Navy ships in Britain has been blocked by the U.K. Environment Agency.The agency has withdrawn its approval for a UK company's contract with U.S. authorities to dismantle the 13 vessels at its yard in Hartlepool, in northeast England.According to the agency, the planning and environmental requirements for dry dock dismantling have not yet been met. Four of the ships already have set sail for the U.K., and they should arrive by mid-November.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The prosecution in the U.K. trial of Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri said Friday he preached that killing non-Muslims was justified, even if there was no reason for it."Killing an adulterer, even if he is a Muslim is okay. Killing a Kaffir (infidel) who is fighting you is okay. Killing a Kaffir for any reason you can say it is okay even if there is no reason for it," the jury heard Hamza say in a video of his September 1999 sermon, entitled "Adherence to Islam in the Western World."