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IS video places hostage in Kobane

The Islamic State group released a video Monday showing a British hostage apparently in Kobane, in a bid to disprove that it was losing the battle for the disputed Syrian border town. The video, the latest in a series featuring 43-year-old kidnapped reporter John Cantlie, shows him in a war-damaged town,[…]

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UN expert concerned over Iran executions

A surge in the number of executions in Iran over the past year signals a concerning trend in the country where the human rights situation has continued to deteriorate, a UN rights expert said Monday. Ahmed Shaheed, special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, said that Iran executed at least[…]

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News groups demand Gitmo force-feeding videos

Force-feeding videos from Guantanamo should immediately be prepared for release, media organizations said Monday, but the US government argued doing so would compromise national security. In early October, a federal judge in Washington ordered President Barack Obama’s administration to make public 28 videos showing inmates being fed by tubes inserted[…]

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Dozens more girls kidnapped in Nigeria

Dozens of girls and young women are being abducted by rebels in northeast Nigeria, raising doubts about an announced cease-fire and the hoped-for release of 219 schoolgirls held captive since April. Thirty teenage girls and boys have been kidnapped since Wednesday from villages around Mafa town, 40 kilometers (25 miles)[…]

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Iran orders probe into acid attacks on women

Iran’s judiciary chief has tasked his deputy with leading a probe into several acid attacks on women that have sown fear across the Islamic republic and provoked rare protests in cities. At least four women had acid hurled at them earlier this month. According to reports on social media, the[…]

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Israel plans 1,000 settler homes in Jerusalem

The Israeli government has said that it is advancing construction plans to build about 1,000 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem that Palestinians want to be part of their future state. A government official said on Monday that plans include building infrastructure in the occupied West Bank that will be[…]

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US envoy hits out at global response to Ebola

The US ambassador to the United Nations has criticised the level of international support for nations hit by Ebola as she begins a tour of west African nations at the epicentre of the deadly outbreak. Samantha Power said before arriving in Guinea on Sunday that too many leaders were praising[…]

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Saudi women’s driving campaign gathers pace

Activists pushing for women’s right-to-drive in Saudi Arabia have declared their online campaign a success, in the world’s only country where women are not allowed to operate cars. The campaign that began last year and revved up again since the beginning of the month encouraged women to post online images[…]

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Rousseff re-elected Brazil president

Brazil’s incumbent president Dilma Rousseff has won a second term, defeating her opposition rival Aecio Neves with a narrow margin in a nearly complete count of votes after a presidential run-off election. An official tally of 99.66 percent of ballots showed Rousseff with 51.60 percent of valid votes and Neves[…]

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