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Pakistan strikes kill 55 radicals

At least 55 radicals were killed in airstrikes and a gun battle with ground forces in Pakistan’s troubled northwest where the military launched a major offensive this year, officials said Saturday. The army intensified its offensive after the massacre of 150 people in a school in Peshawar this month, a[…]

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Egyptian writer to face trial for defaming Islam

Egyptian prosecutors have referred a writer to a criminal trial on charges of showing contempt for Islam in a tweet allegedly criticizing ritual slaughtering, state-run newspaper al-Ahram reported online Saturday. The referral comes in response to a lawsuit filed by a lawyer against Fatima Naoot, accusing her of defaming Islam[…]

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Swedish mosque set alight, five injured

arson attack on a Swedish mosque has left at least five people injured, in an incident that comes amid fierce debate over immigration in the once-welcoming Scandinavian country. “A witness saw somebody throw an object through the window of the building, which serves as a mosque, after which a violent[…]

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Pakistan kills school massacre ‘facilitator’

Pakistani security forces have killed a Taliban commander who allegedly facilitated the Peshawar school massacre, which left 150 people dead in the country’s worst ever attack. Officials on Friday said the fighter, named only as Saddam, was killed on Thursday night in a gunfight with security forces in the restive[…]

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Pope decries violence in God’s name

Pope Francis has condemned the “brutal persecution” of minorities by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and said the joy of Christmas was marred by the suffering of children in the Middle East and around the world. “I ask him, the saviour of the world, to look[…]

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Girl says father gave her to Boko Haram

A 13-year-old girl has accused her father of giving her to Nigeria’s Boko Haram group that ordered her to explode a suicide bomb in Kano city. The girl said she and two other females were sent to carry out an attack on a textile market but after the other detonated[…]

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Sony streams North Korea comedy online

Entertainment giant Sony on Wednesday released online “The Interview,” the movie that has outraged North Korea for lampooning dictator Kim Jong-Un, giving an early Christmas present to US viewers. The madcap, irreverent R-rated comedy was available for rent in the United States from 1800 GMT on several platforms, a day[…]

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Missouri tense after police kill black teen

Protesters have clashed with police in the US state of Missouri after a black teenager, reportedly brandishing a gun, was shot dead by a white officer. A crowd of around 300 people gathered near a petrol station in Berkeley on Wednesday, after the shooting death of 18-year-old Antonio Martin. Protesters[…]

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