Malaysia PM Defends Strict Counterterrorism Laws
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said his country's new anti-terrorism laws are a necessary weapon against what he said are "very real" threats by the Islamic State group.
Najib offered the defense Monday in Kuala Lumpur at the start of a two-day international conference on violent extremism.
The new laws have come under fire from human rights activists over the return of a decades-old practice that allows police to detain suspects without trial.
Najib said he understood the need to maintain civil liberties, but pointed out that "there are no civil liberties under Daesh," using an alternative name for IS. "The best way to uphold civil liberties is to ensure the safety of the nation."
Islamic State Releases Video Apparently Showing Paris Attackers
The Islamic State group has released a video that apparently shows nine militants who took part in the terror attacks in Paris beheading and killing prisoners in Iraq and Syria.
It features shots from the November attacks, calling the men "lions" who brought France to its knees. All nine militants died during the attack or police raids shortly after.
The extremists, most from Belgium or France, killed 130 people with bombs and guns at multiple sites in Paris.
The video also features images of British Prime Minister David Cameron and a warning that non-believers "will be a target for our swords."
Britain is part of the U.S.-led coalition bombing Islamic State targets.
British forces initially only operated over Iraq, but last month began airstrikes in Syria as well.