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Video shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley

A video released by ISIS shows the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and threatens the life of another American if President Barack Obama doesn’t end military operations in Iraq. In the video posted Tuesday on YouTube, Foley is seen kneeling next to a man dressed in black. Foley reads a message, presumably scripted by his captors, that his “real killer” is America. “I ...

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Anonymous Hackers Claim to Identify the Cop Who killed Mike Brown in Ferguson

Members of the international hacker collective Anonymous have claimed they have identified theFerguson, Missouri law enforcement officer involved in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager killed on Saturday, which sparked days of protest and raised racial tensions. The hacktivist collective said Wednesday in a tweet that it was holding back the name of police officer until it confirmed the name ...

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US National Guard called to quell unrest in Ferguson

The US state of Missouri is sending the National Guard to the town of Ferguson as protests escalate over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Governor Jay Nixon signed an order to “help restore peace and order and to protect the citizens of Ferguson”. The decision was made as police clashed with angry crowds shortly before a second ...

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Obama says Iraq took ‘promising step’ nominating new PM

US President Barack Obama has said the nomination of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq’s prime minister-designate is a “promising step forward”. He acknowledged that Iraq had been through “difficult days”, and urged its political leaders to work together. Earlier on Monday, Iraq’s president asked Mr Abadi to form a new government, snubbing the incumbent Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. Mr Maliki said ...

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China earthquake kills hundreds in Yunnan province

At least 367 people have been killed and some 1,300 injured by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in south-west China, state news agency Xinhua says. The US Geological Survey said the quake struck about 11km (seven miles) north-west of Wenping in Yunnan province at 16:30 local time (08:30 GMT). A major rescue and relief operation is under way. State broadcaster CCTV said ...

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Gaza crisis: Rafah school strike ‘criminal’ – UN chief

An attack that killed 10 people at a UN-run Gaza school was a “moral outrage and a criminal act”, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said. It constituted a “gross violation of international law”, Mr Ban said. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US was appalled by the “disgraceful” shelling. The blast hit the entrance of the school, which ...

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Gaza 72-hour humanitarian truce by Israel and Hamas begins

Israel and Hamas have put into effect an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. However, hours after the truce began, Palestinians said four people had been killed by Israeli fire, apparently in response to a rocket attack. Israel says it will continue to destroy tunnels built by Hamas into Israel. Some 1,460 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died in the conflict, ...

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Hamas fires rockets amid Israeli air strikes on Gaza

Palestinian militants have fired more rockets at Israeli cities and Israel carried out dozens of air raids on Gaza overnight, as hostilities intensified. Israel said four rockets hit southern Israel overnight and that rocket fire continued on Wednesday, with two more shot down over Tel Aviv. Israel said there were 160 air strikes on Gaza overnight in response. The health ...

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Iraq conflict: US considers talks with Iran

Washington is considering direct talks with Iran on the security situation in Iraq, a US official has told the BBC. The move comes as US President Barack Obama weighs up options on action to take in Iraq. Meanwhile, the US condemned as “horrifying” photos posted online by Sunni militants that appear to show fighters massacring Iraqi soldiers. In the scenes, ...

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Iraq militants seize Mosul, causing thousands to flee

Iraq’s prime minister has asked parliament to declare a state of emergency after Islamist militants effectively took control of Mosul and much of its province of Nineveh. Nouri Maliki said “vital areas” of the city had been seized; some 150,000 people are believed to have fled. Troops fled Mosul as hundreds of jihadists from the Islamic State in Iraq and ...

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