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Jul 25, 2014

'Caliphate' tours big business for jihadists

Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Islamic State is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its so-called caliphate. Running twice-weekly tours from the Syrian city of Raqqa to Iraq’s Anbar, Islamic State ...

Islamic State crushes, coerces opposition

Jul 25, 2014

Islamic State crushes, coerces opposition

Using its own version of soft and hard power, the Islamic State is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado. While conventional states try to win hearts and minds abroad before ...

15 die as U.N. school in Gaza gets caught in cross-fire

Jul 25, 2014

15 die as U.N. school in Gaza gets caught in cross-fire

A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children’s clothing scattered in the courtyard. Palestinian officials blamed Israel ...

Jul 25, 2014

Washington Post says correspondent probably in Iranian custody

The Washington Post said Thursday that its Tehran correspondent, Jason Rezaian, appeared to have been detained in Iran with his wife and two freelance photojournalists. The daily said it had “credible reports” of the detention, saying it was unclear who detained them or why. ...

Jul 25, 2014

More than 50 U.K. Catholic priests were defrocked for sex abuse

More than 50 Roman Catholic priests in England and Wales have been defrocked for sex abuse since 2001, the Church’s child protection watchdog revealed on Thursday. Some 52 priests have been laicised, or stripped of their ministry, the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) said, ...

Jul 25, 2014

Air Algerie jet with 116 aboard 'probably crashed' in Mali

An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people vanished Thursday in a rainstorm over restive northern Mali, and French officials say it has probably crashed — the third major international aviation disaster in a week. French fighter jets, U.N. peacekeepers and others hunted for signs ...

Jul 25, 2014

Syrian forces stepping up attacks on hospitals: U.N.

Syrian government forces have stepped up attacks on hospitals and clinics, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said Thursday, and is denying the delivery of medicine and medical supplies to hard-to-reach areas. Ban told the U.N. Security Council in a report that all sides in the ...

Spain train driver apologizes one year after deadly crash

Jul 25, 2014

Spain train driver apologizes one year after deadly crash

A year after a train flew off the tracks on the outskirts of the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, killing 79 people, the driver on Thursday asked for forgiveness in an open letter to the victims. “I feel a great deal of pain ...

Jul 25, 2014

U.S. pulls Peace Corps volunteers from Kenya

The Peace Corps is suspending its programs in Kenya because of security concerns and is pulling more than 50 volunteers out of the country until threat levels decrease, the Peace Corps and State Department said Thursday. A statement to AP from the State Department ...

Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation

Jul 25, 2014

Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country’s starkly changed political scene after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February. Yatsenyuk, a supporter of closer ties with Europe and a ...