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  1. News - World - RELIGION

    Pope urges Muslim leaders to take stronger stand against extremists

    Posted Nov 29th 2014, 03:20am by AP

    ... on extremism: Pope Pope Francis condemned the Islamic State group's assault on Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, as he arrived in Turkey yesterday to encourage Muslim ... for the country, involving some 900 police officers. It followed a two-year investigation into several people suspected of recruiting young people to fight in Syria, the prosecutors said. Media reports ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1651143/pope-urges-muslim-leaders-take-stronger-stand-against-extremists
  2. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    Islamic State recruiting children to fight battles, says UN

    Posted Nov 25th 2014, 04:57am by AP

    ... are the logos of the Islamic police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State (IS) group’s de facto capital in Syria, boys attend training camp and religious courses before heading off to fight. Others serve ... a Kobane-based activist, said he saw the bodies of four boys, two of them younger than 14.  In Syria’s Aleppo province, an activist affiliated with the rebel Free Syrian Army said its fighters ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1648035/islamic-state-recruiting-children-fight-battles-says-un
  3. News - World - UNITED STATES

    It's time to chuck Hagel: Obama pressures Pentagon chief into stepping down

    Posted Nov 24th 2014, 10:41pm by AP

    ... as the president's national security team has been battered by multiple foreign policy crises, include the rise of Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. At a White House ceremony Obama said Hagel had ... with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. Hagel, 68, agreed to remain in office until his successor was confirmed by the Senate. Among the contenders to replace Hagel is Michele Flournoy, who served ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1647908/chuck-hagel-resigns-us-defence-secretary-official-says
  4. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    Kidnapping now big business for terrorist groups like Islamic State

    Posted Nov 26th 2014, 04:56am by AP

    ... group which controls a large swathe of Syria and Iraq has received between US$35 million and US$45 million in ransom payments in the past year, a UN expert said as it emerged the extremist ... groups in Iraq and Syria, referring to the campaign, which began last Friday. Islamic State's success over the summer is due in part to Sunni tribes joining in its campaign against ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1648922/kidnapping-now-big-business-terrorist-groups-islamic-state
  5. News - World - DIPLOMACY: ANALYSIS

    Can Obama succeed where past presidents failed and boost Iran ties?

    Posted Nov 19th 2014, 11:03pm by AP

    ... not there yet, and plenty stands in the way, including a conflict in Iraq and Syria. As negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme resumed this week in Vienna ahead of a November 24 deadline for a deal, the ghosts of previous failed attempts at US-Iranian harmony loom large. So too do fresh concerns, largely the rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, fierce opposition to a deal from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1643899/can-obama-succeed-where-past-presidents-failed-and-boost-iran-ties
  6. News - World - SYRIA

    US fears for life of woman aid worker held by Islamic State in Syria

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 10:14am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Washington US officials say humanitarian aid worker, 26, is being held in Syria; also confirm death of American who joined Islamist militants US fears for life of aid worker held by Islamic State The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said. The 26-year-old ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581054/american-woman-held-hostage-islamic-state-syria-us-muslim-convert-ranks
  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Syria opens door to US bombing of Islamists but White House to go it alone

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 09:57pm by AP

    ... Agencies in Washington and Damascus Damascus says its ready to work with Washington to fight Islamist 'terrorism' within its borders Syria opens door on u.s. air strikes Syria ... for air strikes against Islamic militants, two American officials said. Syria, locked in a civil war with various rebel groups including Islamic State since March 2011, said for the first time ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1580906/syria-opens-door-us-bombing-islamists-white-house-go-it-alone
  8. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Obama vows US will not be intimidated by new Islamic State beheading

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 07:42pm by AP

    ... for deciding on a strategy to go after the extremist group’s operations in Syria. “It’ll take time to roll them back,” the president said at a news conference during a visit to Europe. Obama’s comments ... magazines, vanished a year ago in Syria and was not seen again until he appeared in the video that showed Foley’s beheading. Dressed in an orange jumpsuit against an arid Syrian landscape, Sotloff ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1584542/obama-says-beheading-videos-wont-intimidate-us
  9. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia deploys new counterterrorism units at airports

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 06:25pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Canberra Australian government giving high priority to reducing the domestic terrorism threat created by homegrown extremists who travel to Syria and Iraq to fight New ... threat created by homegrown extremists who travel to Syria and Iraq to fight. Australia and the United States will raise at the United Nations General Assembly in September the need ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581199/australia-deploys-new-counterterrorism-units-airports
  10. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    Killing of James Foley reignites debate about US stand on terrorist ransoms

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 09:37pm by AP

    ... from the state of New Hampshire, was killed within the past week inside Syria, where he had been held since his disappearance there in November 2012. Extremists revealed his death in a video ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1579445/killing-james-foley-reignites-debate-about-us-stand-terrorist-ransoms

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