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Iraqi army claims control of Beiji refinery

Iraqi security forces have entered the country’s largest refinery for the first time after months of battling fighters who had surrounded it, according to an Iraqi police colonel and state television. If confirmed, the recovery of the Beiji facility from ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,[…]

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Clashes after attack on Jerusalem synagogue

Fighting has broken out between Israeli police and Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem following an attack on a synagogue in the west of the city in which four Israelis were killed by two Palestinian men. The attackers, who police said were armed with a gun and axes, were shot dead by police after gaining[…]

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Palestinian death not suicide: expert

A medical expert says  a Palestinian who was found hanged on a bus near Jerusalem earlier Monday died by “hanging and strangulation,” and that preliminary tests suggest he was the victim of “an organized murder.” Earlier, bus driver Yousuf Hasan al-Ramouni, 32, was found hanged inside his bus at the[…]

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KSA sentences 3 to death over terror attacks

A Saudi court Monday passed death sentences on three men over deadly  attacks in 2003 and 2004 that targeted foreign residents of the kingdom, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. The three were convicted of involvement in a 2003 suicide bombing on a residential compound in the capital Riyadh and[…]

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Clashes as Palestinian bus driver found hanged

Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in an East Jerusalem neighbourhood on Monday after the body of a Palestinian bus driver was found hanged inside his vehicle in a city parking lot. Police suspect that 32-year-old Youssef al-Ramouni committed suicide, adding that no signs of a violent struggle were found[…]

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Colombia talks on hold after general snatched

Authorities in Colombia have launched a massive search and rescue mission for an army general who they suspect was taken captive by FARC rebels, prompting the government to suspend critical peace talks. General Ruben Dario Alzate and two civilians were abducted on Sunday afternoon while travelling by motor boat along[…]

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Is executed nearly 1, 500 in 5 months: Moniter

The radical Islamic State group (IS) has executed nearly 1,500 people in Syria in the five months since it declared the establishment of a “caliphate”, a monitoring group said Monday. “The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the execution of 1,429 people since the IS announced its ‘caliphate’ in[…]

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Kassig beheading condemned as ‘pure evil’

US President Barack Obama condemned as “pure evil” the Islamic State’s beheading of American aid worker Peter Kassig after the group released a video showing his body Sunday. Kassig’s parents said they were “heartbroken” by their loss after IS made public the recording in a warning to Washington as it[…]

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