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ISIS publicly beheads its fighters for desertion: Report

Observers said the beheadings were made in a bid to terrorise ISIS members who may leave their posts in the war-torn region. (File photo)   ISIS has reportedly beheaded over 20 of its fighters in full public view for trying to flee a war zone in Iraq’s Mosul city, sending out a chilling warning to others in the terror group ...

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Bombs kill 45, wound 110 near Syria shrine: State Media

The Sayyida Zeinab mosque contains the grave of a granddaughter of the Prophet Mohammed and is particularly revered as a pilgrimage site by Shiite Muslims. Beirut, Lebanon:  At least 45 people were killed and 110 wounded today in three bomb blasts near a revered Shiite shrine south of the Syrian capital Damascus, state media reported. State news agency SANA had ...

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Obama to make first visit to US mosque next week

President Barack Obama will make his first visit as president to a U.S. mosque next week in a defense of religious freedom, the White House said, following a rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States. Obama will visit on Wednesday the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque, where he will hold a roundtable with the community and deliver remarks, a ...

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Afghan police officer drugs and kills 10 colleagues

An Afghan policeman, suspected of collaborating with insurgents, drugged and then shot dead 10 of his colleagues in the southern province of Uruzgan, officials say. He then stole their weapons and set their outpost on fire. Police are now hunting what they believe to be a Taliban infiltrator. Insider attacks on international and Afghan forces have been one of the ...

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China releases Swedish rights activist Peter Dahlin

A Swedish activist who was detained in China on charges of damaging national security has been released and deported. Peter Dahlin, 35, has been held since early January amid a crackdown on human rights lawyers and activists. Last week he appeared on state media apparently confessing to breaking the law through his organisation’s support of local Chinese rights lawyers. The ...

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Denmark to vote on controversial migrant assets bill

The Danish parliament will vote on Tuesday on a highly controversial proposal to confiscate asylum seekers’ valuables to pay for their upkeep. The proposal drew sharp criticism at home and abroad when it was announced earlier this month. Danish authorities insist the policy brings migrants in line with jobless Danes, who must sell assets above a certain level to claim ...

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Malaysia prosecutor clears PM Najib Razak of corruption

Malaysia’s top prosecutor has cleared Prime Minister Najib Razak of corruption in a long-running financial scandal that has gripped the nation. The attorney-general’s office said the $681m (£479m) that Mr Najib received in his bank account was a personal donation from the Saudi royal family. Critics had alleged the money came from state-owned investment fund 1MDB. Mr Najib has consistently ...

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Boat sinks off Malaysia killing 13 ‘Indonesian migrants’

Police are searching for survivors after a boat capsized off the coast of Malaysia, killing at least 13 people, officials say. Police say the bodies of nine women and four men were found washed up on a beach in Johor state early on Tuesday. Those on board were thought to be illegal migrants or workers from Indonesia, they added. Thousands ...

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Fatal stabbing at asylum centre shocks Sweden

Sweden’s prime minister has described as a “terrible crime” the stabbing of a 22-year-old female employee at a centre for young asylum seekers. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven visited the centre for unaccompanied migrants in Molndal, near Gothenburg, hours after the killing. An asylum seeker of 15 was arrested on suspicion of murder. The victim has been named locally as Alexandra ...

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Saskatchewan shootings: four dead in separate killings at school and house

Four people have been killed and at least two others injured in shootings at a school and a property in northern Canada that prime minister Justin Trudeau described as “every parent’s worst nightmare”. The gunman is suspected of first shooting his two brothers at home before opening fire at the remote community high school in La Loche, Saskatchewan, a family ...

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