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'Jihadi John' named as London man

'Jihadi John' named as London man

The masked Islamic State (IS) militant known as "Jihadi John", who has been pictured in the videos of the beheadings of Western hostages, has been named. He is Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British man in his mid-20s from west London, who was previously known to British security services. They chose not to disclose his name...

Amnesty calls on UN powers to lose veto on genocide votes

Amnesty calls on UN powers to lose veto on genocide votes

Amnesty International has urged the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to give up their power of veto in situations of mass atrocities. In its annual report, the rights group said the global response to an array of catastrophes in 2014 had been shameful. Richer countries were guilty of taking an "abhorrent" stance...

Islamic State 'abducts 90 Christians in Syria'

Islamic State 'abducts 90 Christians in Syria'

Islamic State (IS) has abducted dozens of Assyrian Christians from villages in north-eastern Syria, activists say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 90 men, women and children were seized in a series of dawn raids near the town of Tal Tamr. Some Assyrians managed to escape and made their way east...

Syria forces execute 10 children of rebels: monitor

Syria forces execute 10 children of rebels: monitor

Ten children were among at least 48 people killed in a Syrian village this week when regime forces executed six families of rebel fighters, a monitoring group said on Saturday. Tuesday's executions took place in the village of Rityan, north of second city Aleppo, after regime forces entered that day during an offensive aimed...

Come home, families urge Syria-bound girls

Come home, families urge Syria-bound girls

Relatives of the three missing London girls believed to be heading to Syria have pleaded for them to come home. Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, both 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, travelled to Turkey on Tuesday. It is feared they may be planning to join Islamic State extremists in Syria. Shamima's family said they understood...

2 Bangla speaking girls among 3 teens ‘on way to join IS’

2 Bangla speaking girls among 3 teens ‘on way to join IS’

Fears are growing for the safety of three east London schoolgirls who police believe are trying to cross the Turkish-Syrian border to join Islamic State (IS) extremists. Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16 and their unnamed 15-year-old friend flew from Gatwick to Turkey on Tuesday. Police have issued an urgent appeal for help in finding...

US at war with those perverting Islam: Obama

US at war with those perverting Islam: Obama

US President Barack Obama says the US is "not at war with Islam - we are at war with the people who have perverted Islam". He was speaking to representatives from 60 nations attending a three-day event on extremism that follows attacks in Denmark and France.

Syria 'informed on anti-IS strikes'

Syria 'informed on anti-IS strikes'

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad says his government is receiving messages from the US-led coalition battling the jihadist group, Islamic State. Assad told the BBC that there had been no direct co-operation since air strikes began in Syria in September. But third parties - among them Iraq - were conveying "information". He also denied that Syrian government...

Syria says it does not need Jordan's help against IS

Syria says it does not need Jordan's help against IS

Syria's foreign minister today criticised neighbouring Jordan, which recently stepped up air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, and said his country does not need outside help in battling IS militants. Walid al-Moallem also told reporters that Damascus will not accept Jordanian or other foreign ground troops crossing into Syria to fight the...

Tunisia arrests 32 militant Islamists planning 'spectacular' attacks

Tunisia arrests 32 militant Islamists planning 'spectacular' attacks

Tunisia arrested 32 militant Islamists, some of them returning from fighting in Syria, who planned "spectacular" attacks, officials said on Saturday. News of the arrests came one day after a secular-Islamist coalition cabinet headed by Prime Minister Habib Essid took office. The new cabinet faces many challenges, including Islamist groups that emerged after a...

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