NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. - The federal government is adding an additional $8 million to a fund to combat terrorism.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird made the announcement in New York at a United Nations meeting.

Countries are gathered there to review the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

The new funds will go to an existing program that supports training, equipment and technical assistance to help other countries prevent and respond to terrorists.

Baird called terrorism the great struggle of this generation and a phenomenon that knows no borders.

He says global threats require global action and Canada will continue to work with its allies to counter terrorism and promote democracy and human rights.

Baird applauded the UN for its definitive stance against terrorism.

He noted that many problems placed before the UN are often solved with the "pragmatic vagueness" that is the language of democracy, but the approach to counter-terrorism is crystal-clear.

He had less kind words for the press.

"Far too often, the international news media refuse to the use the word 'terrorist,' in the naive and mistaken belief that to report violence as a terrorist act is to cast judgement on the perpetrators' cause," Baird said in a prepared text of remarks.

"By pretending that everything is relative, these news media deny the very existence of terrorism."

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  • Al Qaeda Attacks Timeline

    Feb. 26, 1993 - A bomb explodes in the garage of the World Trade Center.

  • Aug. 7, 1998

    Truck bombs hit the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

  • Oct. 12, 2000

    The U.S.S. Cole came under attack in the Yemeni city of Aden.

  • Sept. 11, 2001

    Planes fly into the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon. Another plane crashes in Pennsylvania.

  • April 11, 2002

    Explosion in the El Grhiba synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia.

  • Oct. 12, 2002

    Bombs explode in a nightclub in Bali, killing 202 people.

  • Nov. 28, 2002

    Suicide car bombers hit a hotel in Mombasa, Kenya.

  • May 12, 2003

    Al Qaeda bombers hit Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

  • May 16, 2003

    Coordinated explosions hit Casablanca, Morocco.

  • Aug. 19, 2003

    The U.N. headquarters in Baghdad are hit by a truck filled with explosives.

  • Nov. 9, 2003

    Al Qaeda suicide bombers target a residential compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

  • March 11, 2004

    More than 130 people are killed by bombs in four trains in Madrid.

  • July 7, 2005

    Bombs explode in the London subway, killing 52 people.

  • Nov. 9, 2005

    Attacks on hotels in Amman, the Jordanian capital, are claimed by Al Qaeda in Iraq.

  • April 11, 2007

    Suicide bombs explode in the Algerian capital Algiers.

  • Dec. 11, 2007

    Al Qaeda claims responsibilities for attacks on U.N. offices in Algiers.

  • Dec. 25, 2009

    Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is accused of attempting to bomb a U.S.-bound plane.

  • Jan. 25, 2010

    Suicide bombers hit hotels in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

  • July 2010

    A French tourist is killed by al Qaeda in Morocco after being kidnapped in Niger.

  • Oct. 31, 2010

    Gunmen attack a church in Baghdad during Sunday mass.

  • Nov. 5, 2010

    Parcel bombs on their way to the United States are intercepted on planes in Britain and Dubai.

  • Jan. 2011

    Two Frenchmen were found dead in Niger after being abducted by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

  • April 28, 2011

    A bomb explodes in Morocco's tourist hub Marrakesh.