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Islamic State jihadists demanded $132 mn ransom for James Foley`s release

Islamic State jihadists demanded $132 mn ransom for James Foley`s release

Last Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014, 00:19

Islamist militants earlier asked a ransom of over USD 132 million from US journalist James Foley`s family and employer.

Apologise for Spain civil war role, Germany told

Apologise for Spain civil war role, Germany told

Last Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014, 06:27

Spanish campaigners said on Thursday they have written to German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanding she apologise for her country helping the ex-dictator Franco in Spain`s civil war.

ISIS must be defeated in Syria as well as Iraq: US

ISIS must be defeated in Syria as well as Iraq: US

Last Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014, 06:26

Jihadist group the Islamic State can be contained and eventually defeated, the top US general said Thursday, but only if it is engaged in Syria and not just in Iraq.

National Guard ordered out of US riot town

National Guard ordered out of US riot town

Last Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014, 06:25

National Guard troops withdrew Thursday from a US town gripped by nearly two weeks of protests over the fatal police shooting of a black teenager, as new details emerged about the white officer who pulled the trigger.

Water crisis threatens thirsty Sao Paulo

Water crisis threatens thirsty Sao Paulo

Last Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014, 06:25

Sao Paulo is thirsty. A severe drought is hitting Brazil`s largest city and thriving economic capital with no end in sight, threatening the municipal water supply to millions of people.

`Crucial` to protect victims in mass rape trial of DRC officer

`Crucial` to protect victims in mass rape trial of DRC officer

Last Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014, 06:12

Kinshasa: It is "crucial" that hundreds of witnesses and victims are protected in the trial of a senior army officer accused of crimes against humanity in the Democratic Republic of Congo, legal activists said on Thursday.

Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap for Taliban leaders: US

Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap for Taliban leaders: US

Last Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014, 06:12

The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said on Thursday.

British terror suspect Jermaine Grant no `monster`: Lawyer

British terror suspect Jermaine Grant no `monster`: Lawyer

Last Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014, 06:11

Mombasa: A British terrorism suspect in Kenya is no "monster" and has been falsely linked with a fugitive jihadist from the UK dubbed the "White Widow", his lawyer told a court on Thursday.

US slaps sanctions on Taliban figures, financing arm

US slaps sanctions on Taliban figures, financing arm

Last Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014, 06:10

The United States imposed sanctions today on a Taliban financing company and two key Taliban men, labeling them global terrorists as it continued to crack down on the militant group.

Islamic State `beyond anything we`ve seen`: US

Islamic State `beyond anything we`ve seen`: US

Last Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014, 06:09

The Islamic State poses a greater danger than a conventional "terrorist group" and is: pursuing a vision that could radically alter the face of the Middle East, US defense leaders said Thursday.

Iran denies linking Iraq role to Western sanctions

Iran denies linking Iraq role to Western sanctions

Last Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014, 06:08

Iran on Thursday denied linking any future cooperation with the international community against jihadists in Iraq to the lifting of crippling Western sanctions.