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Islamic State militants behead captive Lebanese soldier

Reuters

2 days ago

Relatives of Lebanese soldier Ali al-Sayyed, who was beheaded by Islamic State militants, mourn in the town of Fnideq, northern Lebanon, on Aug. 29. Photo by Stringer/Reuters

Islamic State militants beheaded a Lebanese soldier who was one of 19 captured by hardline Syrian Islamists when they seized a Lebanese border town for few days this month, a video posted... read full article

  • U.N. says 43 Golan peacekeepers seized by Syria militants, 81 trapped

    by Louis Charbonneau, Reuters

    3 days ago

    Militants fighting the Syrian army have detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday.

    The affected peacekeepers are from the Philippines and...

  • Hollande calls for easing blockade, demilitarizing Gaza

    JTA

    3 days ago

    French President Francois Hollande called for the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip and the easing of Gaza’s blockade.

    Hollande’s speech Thursday to the French diplomatic corps was the latest sign that the international community plans to press for demilitarization after the...

  • After tensions with residents, Lev Tahor leave Guatemalan village

    JTA

    3 days ago

    Members of the controversial Haredi sect Lev Tahor left a Guatemalan village after religiously tainted disputes with its Roman Catholic Mayan residents.

    Over 200 members of the community began leaving Thursday after local leaders said they would cut services to Lev Tahor members....

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  • Islamic State’s appeal presents Jordan with new test

    by Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Reuters

    3 days ago

    He had a good job and a loving family, but it wasn't enough for a 25-year old Jordanian who abandoned his life of privilege in Amman to join the Islamic State group that has seized swathes of neighboring Iraq and Syria.

    Handsome, courteous and highly regarded in his profession as...

  • West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people, WHO says

    by Stephanie Nebehay and Tim Cocks, Reuters

    4 days ago

    The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the U.N. health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.

    The World Health Organisation...

  • British Jews, Muslims issue joint statement for peace and tolerance

    by JTA

    4 days ago

    Jewish and Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom issued a joint statement, calling for peace in the Middle East and “constructive dialogue” between the two groups in Britain.

    “In spite of the situation in the Middle East, we must continue to work hard for good community relations...

  • Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian soldiers back rebel thrust

    by Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk, Reuters

    4 days ago

    Ukraine's president said on Thursday that Russian troops had entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a five-month-old separatist war.

    Petro Poroshenko told a meeting of security chiefs that the situation was...

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