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Clashes in Egypt kills teen

An Egyptian teenager was killed in clashes between supporters of the ousted president and security forces Friday, a security official said, raising to two the total number of deaths during two days of violent protests on the anniversary of Mohammad Morsi’s ouster. The street clashes culminated a week of violence[…]

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Iraq launches air raids on rebel positions

The Iraqi military has launched air raids against armed groups trying to capture the country’s largest oil refinery, killing as many as 30 fighters, authorities said. News of the latest attack on Friday came as government forces claimed to have recaptured the village of the late dictator Saddam Hussein, and[…]

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Villagers plead for UN protection

Villagers from a northeast Nigerian town where Boko Haram rebels abducted more than 200 schoolgirls on Friday appealed to the United Nations to intervene because of worsening violence in the region. The community, which originates from the Chibok district of restive Borno state, claimed rebels were running amok in their[…]

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Thousands attend Palestinian funeral

Thousands of people have gathered in occupied East Jerusalem for the emotionally charged funeral of a Palestinian teenager killed in an apparent revenge attack for the abduction and murder of three Israeli settlers last month. The funeral procession carrying the body of Mohammed Abu Khdair, 17, on Friday afternoon moved[…]

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US Imam faces daily death threats

Even after receiving constant physical threats and being mistreated by government officials, American imam Abdul Alim Musa says he and his movement have only become stronger as a result of the hardships they have faced. Musa is the founder and director of As-Sabiqun as well as the Islamic Institute of[…]

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Rebels, Scholars Reject ISIL Caliphate

The declaration of a new Islamic “Caliphate” by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been criticized by wide circles of Syrian and Iraqi Sunni scholars and Islamic groups, saying the terms of a true Islamic Caliphate have been realized at present time. “Those who announced it[…]

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30% increase in Afghan child casualties

The year 2013 saw a 30-per-cent increase in the number of children killed or injured in fighting in Afghanistan compared with 2012, UNICEF reported Thursday. UNICEF officials in Afghanistan expressed concern with the sharp spike, initially reported by the United Nations Security Council in May. At least 545 children were[…]

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Saudi troops deployed to Iraq border

Saudi Arabia has sent 30,000 soldiers to its border with Iraq after Iraqi soldiers withdrew from the area, Al Arabiya television says. The country aims to guard its 800km border with Iraq, where Islamic State fighters and other Sunni Muslim rebel groups seized towns and cities in a lightning advance[…]

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Israel moves troops to Gaza border

Israel has started moving troop reinforcements to its border with the Gaza Strip, its military says, raising the possibility of an expanded operation in the Palestinian territory in response to intensifying rocket fire. Thursday’s movement of tanks and artillery forces came after 11 Palestinians were wounded in Israeli air raids[…]

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Mumbai mourners killed in stampede

At least 18 people have died in Mumbai in a stampede as thousands gathered to mourn the death of the 102-year-old spiritual leader of a Muslim sect. The stampede took place early on Saturday outside the home of Syedna Mohamed Burhanuddin, the spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community.[…]

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