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Islamic State a media-savvy PR machine in battle for recruits

After a selection of tunes, the presenter with an American accent offers “a glimpse at our main headlines.” Islamic State militants have just seized three Iraqi cities. A bomb blows up a factory, killing everyone inside. Militants destroy four enemy Hummers and an armored vehicle. The newscast’s tone sounds much ...

Jun 2, 2015

Turkey's Erdogan to sue opposition over golden toilet claim

Turkey’s president is suing the country’s opposition leader for slander for allegedly claiming before a national election that bathrooms in his 1,115-room palace had gold-plated seats. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s lawyer told the state-run Anadolu Agency on Tuesday that he would seek compensation ...

Jun 2, 2015

Ex-Kremlin Internet 'troll' sues to end Putin propaganda

A former “Kremlin troll” is suing her old employer to shut down what she describes as a “factory” churning out Internet propaganda defending Russian President Vladimir Putin. Lyudmila Savchuk said Tuesday that the trial opened Monday in St. Petersburg but was immediately delayed until ...

Jun 2, 2015

Nazi mastermind Eichmann of Final Solution saw wife before execution

Israel’s state archive says Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann was allowed to see his wife shortly before his 1962 execution. The archive produced records Monday of Vera Eichmann’s visit to Israel and logs of her spending 80 minutes with her husband in prison. Israel permitted ...

Jun 2, 2015

War in Afghanistan since 2001 has killed 100,000

A new study says war in Afghanistan since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion overthrew the Taliban regime has killed almost 100,000 people, and wounded the same number. The study, called Costs of War and produced by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, looks at ...

Jun 2, 2015

Judge awards billions to Quebec smokers

A judge has awarded more than 15 billion Canadian dollars ($12 billion) to Quebec smokers in a case that pitted them against three giant tobacco companies. The case is believed to be the biggest class-action lawsuit ever seen in Canada. Superior Court Justice Brian ...

Jun 2, 2015

Muslims find peace in New York hamlet

Just beyond the gated entrance to the tiny Catskills community of Holy Islamberg, population 200, cows graze and ducks glide on a tranquil pond. Modest houses of wood and cinder block sit along the hamlet’s single thoroughfare, a rutted dirt road without traffic signs. ...

Jun 2, 2015

Loud sex lands British woman in prison

A British woman who kept her neighbors awake by engaging in enthusiastic love-making was sentenced to two weeks in prison on Monday after a neighbor complained about her “screaming and shouting.” The court ruling stated that at around 5 a.m. on Jan. 29, 2015 ...