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  1. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono calls Islamic State 'embarrassing'

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 11:17pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Indonesian president condemns jihadists and urges Muslim leaders to unite against them Yudhoyono calls Islamic State 'embarrassing' The president of the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, Indonesia, yesterday called the actions of Islamic State militants "embarrassing" to the religion and urged Islamic leaders to unite ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1578700/susilo-bambang-yudhoyono-calls-islamic-state-embarrassing
  2. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Islamic State poses threat to US ‘beyond anything we’ve seen’, says Pentagon

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 05:31pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Washington Sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represents a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al-Qaeda The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al-Qaeda, US military leaders said on Thursday. “They ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1579331/islamic-state-threat-beyond-anything-weve-seen-says-pentagon
  3. News - World - IRAQ

    Saudi Arabia’s top cleric says terrorism has no place in Islam

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 10:07pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Riyadh Saudi Arabia's top cleric said that extremism and the ideologies of groups like Islamic State and al-Qaeda were Islam's No1 enemy and that Muslims had been their first victims. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh also said in his public statement on Tuesday that terrorism had no place in Islam, and that the danger of extremists lay ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1577898/saudi-arabias-top-cleric-says-terrorism-has-no-place-islam
  4. News - World - IRAQ

    US military tried to rescue journalist James Foley before Islamic State beheading

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 10:05am

    ... and other US hostages held in Syria by the so-called Islamic State (IS), officials and reports said on Wednesday. The IS released a video on Tuesday showing Foley’s on-camera beheading, a murder ... United States attempted a rescue operation recently to free a number of American hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (IS),” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1578297/us-attempted-rescue-islamic-state-hostages-syria
  5. News - World - IRAQ

    Islamic State threatens retaliation against Americans ‘in any place’

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 08:58pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Baghdad The Islamic State militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first American air strikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 has warned ... some territory captured by Islamic State militants, who have threatened to march on Baghdad. The latest advance by Islamic State sent tens of thousands of members of the Yazidi ethnic minority ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1577015/islamic-state-threatens-retaliation-against-americans
  6. News - Asia - SECURITY

    Malaysia foils Islamic State-inspired plot to bomb pubs, discos and Carlsberg brewery

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 11:49pm by AFP

    ... for a wave of bombings drawn up by radical Islamic militants inspired by the hardline Islamic State jihadist group, a counter-terrorism official said yesterday. The 19 suspected militants arrested ... counter-terrorism division. Ayob Khan said the group, all Malaysians, had visions of establishing a hardline Southeast Asian Islamic caliphate spanning Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1577265/malaysian-police-thwart-islamic-militant-bomb-plot
  7. News - World - IRAQ

    Yazidi refugees lose faith in Iraq, seek protection from Islamic State

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 08:43pm by Reuters

    ... Refugee Samo Ilyas Ali has nine children to feed but he can't focus on the future because the sounds of women and children crying out for help while being buried alive by Islamic State ... the ethnic minority as devil worshippers who must embrace their radical version of Islam or die. The refugees sit idle in camps in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. Traumatised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1577014/iraqi-refugees-seek-protection-islamic-state
  8. News - World - SYRIA CONFLICT

    Japanese national held by Islamic State in Syria

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 01:08pm

    ... information that one of its citizens has been captured in northern Syria by the Islamic State militant group and is analysing it, the foreign ministry said on Monday. A video clip posted earlier ... militant group. According to a regional leader of the Islamic Front, the man, who left behind a passport identifying him as Haruna Yukawa, 42, had gone to report on the conflict between the two ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1575981/japanese-national-held-islamic-state-syria
  9. Islamic banking crosses borders through Maybank Syariah

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 11:22am by Reports by Krystin Chu and Khay Inn Poh

    ... Reports by Krystin Chu and Khay Inn Poh Ethical, transparent and fair, Islamic banking is one of the fastest-growing segments of global finance. It is also one of the biggest drivers ... of Maybank Syariah Indonesia. A pioneer in the country's Islamic banking industry, Maybank Syariah synergises the far-reaching strengths of the Maybank Group. It has also expanded in the asset ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1575944/islamic-banking-crosses-borders-through-maybank-syariah
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State jihadists massacred 700 tribesmen in eastern Syria: activists

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 04:15am by AGENCIES

    ... Agencies in Beirut and Amman Allegations of latest atrocity prompts Syrian opposition to call for US air strikes against Islamic State militants within its borders Jihadists 'massacred tribesmen in Syria' Islamic State (IS) militants were facing charges of a new massacre after a human rights monitoring group and activists alleged the group executed 700 members ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1575549/islamic-state-jihadists-massacred-700-tribesmen-eastern-syria-activists

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