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Religious parents ignite frantic search after snatching critically ill boy from UK hospital

Police in Great Britain are urgently searching for a 5-year-old boy suffering from a brain tumor, who was snatched from a Southampton hospital Thursday night by his parents. According to the Independent, Ashya King, 5, who underwent major brain surgery last week, is unable to speak and can only eat…

After Ferguson, UN says police brutality against US minorities ‘an ongoing issue of concern’

The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on…

UK terror threat raised to ‘severe’ for first time since 2001

British Home Secretary Theresa May said Friday the country’s terror threat risk level was being raised to “severe”, meaning an attack is “highly likely”. “The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West,” May said. The…

Report: Islamic State waterboarded James Foley and other captives in Syria

Washington (AFP) – At least four Western hostages held by the Islamic State in Syria, including murdered American journalist James Foley, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, The Washington Post said Thursday. Foley, whose recent execution at the hands of the extremists provoked revulsion, and the other…

Opposition party storms out as Turkish Premier Edrogan is sworn in as new president

Ankara (AFP) – Turkey’s outgoing premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as president on Thursday, extending his decade-long rule, as opponents who accuse him of authoritarianism stormed out of the ceremony. Erdogan, 60, took the oath in Ankara to begin a five-year mandate in which he has vowed to…

Israeli police find body in search for missing US student

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli police and volunteers found a body near a forest in Jerusalem on Thursday while searching for a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week, but said no formal identification had yet been made. Aaron Sofer, a Jewish seminary student from New Jersey, vanished on Friday…

Syria rebels support US air strikes against Islamic State jihadists

In Syria’s Aleppo, devastated by two years of fighting and regime attacks, rebels and activists are eager for US strikes against jihadists they say have stolen their anti-government uprising. The United States has yet to decide on whether it will carry out air strikes in Syria against jihadists from the…

United Nations increases food shipments to Iraqis fleeing extremist attacks

Geneva (AFP) – The UN food aid agency said Wednesday that a convoy of supplies had reached 2,000 desperate families, crammed into the Iraqi city of Karbala after fleeing jihadist attacks. It said the delivery brings to 700,000 the total number of Iraqis receiving World Food Programme assistance since June,…

US ship fires warning shot at Iranian fishing boat in the Persian gulf

A US Coast Guard vessel had a tense encounter with an Iranian fishing boat in the Gulf on Tuesday and fired a warning shot, the Pentagon said. The Coast Guard cutter Monomoy sent a small, inflatable boat to approach the Iranian dhow and when it got close, the Americans spotted…

North Korea calls US the ‘graveyard of human rights’ over Ferguson unrest

North Korea has joined the ranks of America’s foes who have seized on riots in Missouri, saying the nation is the “graveyard of human rights” and should mind its own business rather than criticise others. The police shooting of an unarmed black teenager and subsequent crackdown on protesters in the…

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