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FBI adds U.S. ‘rapping jihadi’ to terror wanted list

The FBI said Wednesday it had added to its list of most wanted terrorists the American “rapping jihadi,” an operative for Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents who uses rap as a propaganda tool. Omar Shafik Hammami, who was born in Alabama but is now thought to live in Somalia, is…

Germany to sign new benefits accord for Nazi victims

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said a new agreement he will sign Thursday with the Jewish Claims Conference will help Holocaust survivors who had never received compensation. Schaeuble and JCC chief Julius Berman are to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Luxembourg Agreement in which West Germany…

Doctors Without Borders presses New Guinea government on rampant sexual violence

The president of Medecins Sans Frontieres pressed Papua New Guinea’s new government to address its epidemic levels of sexual and domestic violence Thursday, calling it a “humanitarian crisis”. Unni Karunakara was in the impoverished Pacific nation to visit MSF projects targeting family and sexual violence and met with officials from…

BP in ‘advanced discussions’ to settle Gulf spill

British energy giant BP said on Thursday it was in advanced discussions to settle open criminal and regulatory cases with US authorities over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster. “BP confirms that it is in advanced discussions with the United States Department of Justice and the Securities &…

Myanmar frees prisoners before Obama visit

Myanmar began releasing hundreds of prisoners Thursday under a mass amnesty that comes just days before a landmark visit by US President Barack Obama to the formerly military-ruled nation. Relatives of the scores of political detainees still languishing in jails were waiting anxiously to learn whether they would be among…

Cambodia accused of serious graft in malaria fight

A major international aid fund has accused Cambodia of “serious” corruption in the use of money intended to combat malaria and other life-threatening diseases. The UN-backed Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria said a probe into the use of grants “uncovered credible and substantive evidence of serious financial…

IQ research prompts warning over drinking alcohol during pregnancy

Research showing that children of women who drank as little as two glasses of wine a week during pregnancy had lower IQs has prompted calls for mothers-to-be to avoid alcohol. The study, by academics at Bristol and Oxford universities, found that offspring of women who consumed between one and six…

Alleged Colorado theater shooter ‘injures head’ in jail

LOS ANGELES — A judge agreed to delay a court hearing for alleged US cinema shooter James Holmes after the 24-year-old was hospitalized, having reportedly rammed his head into a wall, a spokesman said. Holmes, accused of gunning down 12 people and wounding 58 more at a screening of Batman…

FBI adds U.S.-born ‘rapping jihadi’ to terror wanted list

WASHINGTON — The FBI said Wednesday it had added to its list of most wanted terrorists the American “rapping jihadi,” an operative for Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents who uses rap as a propaganda tool. Omar Shafik Hammami, who was born in Alabama but is now thought to live in…

Hamas says ‘gates of hell opened’ as Israel kills military leader in Gaza

Israel launched a military operation to eliminate militants and weapon sites in the Gaza Strip , killing the commander of Hamas’s military wing, in a move with potentially serious repercussions beyond its borders. The assassination of Ahmed al-Jabari in a missile strike in Gaza City was the “start of a…

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