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Islamic State beheads second US reporter

The so-called "Islamic State" released a video on Tuesday showing a masked militant with a London accent apparently beheading an American journalist and threatening to kill a British captive.The foota...

Updated : 2014.09.03 09:31

Westerners executed by jihadist groups

Below is a list of previous executions of westerners by jihadist groups since 2002, after the reported death in Syria of American journalist Steven Sotloff whose beheading has been claimed by the ultra-radical Islamic State.A propaganda video apparently showing the ghastly execution was re...

Updated : 2014.09.03 09:19

Congress pressures Obama on IS after 2nd beheading claim

US lawmakers Tuesday called for Secretary of State John Kerry to present administration policy for "rolling back" the Islamic State's gains, after the rampaging group claimed it beheaded a second American.With members of the House and Senate warning that President Barack Obama has not done...

Updated : 2014.09.03 09:16

Americans detained in N.K. appeal for help

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― Three U.S. citizens held in North Korea pleaded for their freedom Monday, urging Washington to send an envoy to the isolated authoritarian state to negotiate their release.As gover...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:34

Iraq forces on offensive against jihadists

AMERLI, Iraq (AFP) ― Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militiamen backed by U.S. air strikes pressed a fightback against jihadist-led militants Monday, buoyed by breaking a weeks-long siege o...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:29

U.S. forces conduct operation in Somalia

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― U.S. military forces carried out an operation against al-Qaida-linked Shebab militants in Somalia on Monday, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said.“We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropr...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:28

Russia has ‘severed’ partnership with Europe, says German leader

GDANSK, Poland (AFP) ― Russia has “effectively severed its partnership” with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said Monday.“We want partnership and good nei...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:28

Anti-China group arrested for planned Manila attacks

MANILA (AP) ― Philippine authorities said Tuesday that they arrested three men linked to a group that was planning to set off firebombs at Manila’s international airport and a major mall in the city to protest the government’s alleged “soft” stance in its territorial dispute with Chin...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:28

Hong Kong police arrest at least 22 protesters

HONG KONG (AFP) ― Hong Kong police have arrested at least 22 people during a series of protests targeting a senior Chinese official visiting the city, authorities said Tuesday.The city has been plunged into political crisis after pro-democracy activists vowed to take over the streets of t...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:28

Lesotho P.M. heading home after ‘coup’

MASERU (AFP) ― Lesotho’s exiled prime minister is heading home, an aide said Monday, as regional mediators sought to reinstall him to power days after an apparent coup. “We are going home now, most probably we will be in Lesotho tomorrow,” Samonyane Ntsekele, an advisor to Prime Minist...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:27

Turkey summons U.S. envoy over Snowden spying claims

ISTANBUL (AFP) ― Turkey on Monday said it had summoned the U.S. charge d’affaires in Ankara to demand an explanation over a leak by Edward Snowden that Washington has spied intensively on Turkish leaders since 2006.Der Spiegel reported that as well as sharing intelligence with NATO partn...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:27

France, Saudis ‘finalizing’ $3b Lebanon arms deal

PARIS (AFP) ― France and Saudi Arabia are close to signing a $3 billion arms deal for Lebanon, the Elysee Palace said Monday following talks between President Francois Hollande and the Saudi crown prince.“It will not be signed Monday but it is being finalized,” an aide to the president ...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:27

9-foot Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ― Busloads of tourists line up every day in Philadelphia to take photos with a statue of Rocky Balboa, the fictional heavyweight fighter made famous by Sylvester Stallone.Will they ...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:03

Jennifer Lawrence requests nude pictures investigation

LOS ANGELES (AP) ― Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of her online, a publicist for the Oscar-winning actress said. Intimate images of Lawren...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:03

Parents of ill U.K. boy fight extradition

LONDON (AP) ― The parents say they want to give their 5-year-old-boy with a brain tumor the best chance to live with a revolutionary new treatment they learned about on the Internet. Their British ho...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:02