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Obama says beheadings will not intimidate US

US President Barack Obama has condemned the beheading of Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist killed by the Islamic State group. Obama issued the statement on Wednesday, after the US National Security Council confirmed the authenticity of an online video showing the killing of Sotloff. “Whatever these murderers think they[…]

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Ukraine says ceasefire agreed with Russia

The office of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that he and his Russian counterpart have reached agreement on a “permanent ceasefire” in eastern Ukraine, however Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said the leaders had only discussed “steps” towards a truce. The separatists rejected the move, saying no ceasefire was possible without[…]

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Ebola crisis: ‘world is losing the battle’

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa will not be stopped unless wealthy nations intervene to contain the virus, the head of a leading a medical charity has said. Joanne Liu, of Doctors Without Borders, said on Tuesday that authorities were “losing the battle”, and that the world had ignored the[…]

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Obama arrives in Estonia for defence talks

US President Barack Obama has arrived in Estonia on a visit apparently aimed at showing Washington’s solidarity with the three Baltic states, one day before a NATO summit in Wales, where Russia’s involvement in Ukraine is expected to be the main topic. Obama will meet with the leaders of Estonia,[…]

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Outrage at second US journalist beheading

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday the world was “outraged” at the apparent beheading of a second US journalist in a video released by Islamic State (IS) rebels. “We are all outraged at reports from Iraq about the brutal killing of civilians by ISIL (IS), including yesterday’s reported brutal[…]

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France bans Muslim worker from nuclear sites

A French court has upheld a ban on a Muslim engineer from accessing nuclear sites, citing his links with what it termed as “jihadist networks”, but his lawyer called it a case of Islamophobia. Lawyer Sefen Guez Guez told AFP news agency on Monday that he was looking at launching[…]

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US kills six in attack on al-Shabab convoy

At least six people were killed in a US drone attack on a convoy believed to be carrying senior al-Shabab leaders in Somalia. Al Jazeera’s Mohamed Adow, reporting from Mogadishu on Tuesday, said details of the attack near the coastal town of Barawe on Monday night remained unclear but that[…]

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Russia to review military policy towards NATO

Russia has said it will adopt a beefed up military doctrine over NATO’s plans to establish a rapid-response force in the wake of the rebellion in Ukraine’s east, according a top Russian official. The Russian reaction came a day after the NATO chief said that the alliance would respond to[…]

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UN body to probe Islamic State crimes in Iraq

The UN Human Rights Council has unanimously agreed to send an emergency mission to Iraq to investigate Islamic State (IS) atrocities, as Baghdad warned the country was “facing a terrorist monster”. The 47 members of the United Nations’ top rights body reached their decision on Monday after spending the day[…]

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Britian to introduce new anti-terrorism laws

Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having traveled abroad to fight with rebel groups. Speaking to Parliament, Cameron said his government is also working on plans to block such suspected British radical fighters[…]

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