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Former Al Shabab Spokesman Executed by Firing Squad in Somalia

A former media officer for the Somali Islamist group al Shabab was publicly executed by a government firing squad on Monday for ordering the death of six journalists, court officials said.<p>Hassan Hanafi, who arranged news conferences for the al Qaeda-linked Islamist group when the militants …

Extremism

North Korea Pretends To Be Abraham Lincoln In a Letter To Obama

North Korea’s rhetorical attacks on Washington are reliably colorful. The U.S. is an “imperialist” state, and Secretary of State John Kerry is a …

Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin

A network of secret offshore deals and vast loans worth $2bn has laid a trail to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin.<p>An unprecedented leak of documents shows how this money has made members of Putin’s close circle fabulously wealthy.<p>Though the president’s name does not appear in any of the records, …

Corruption

Ankara bombing: Kurdish group TAK claims responsibility

A breakaway faction of Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has claimed responsibility for the suicide car bomb attack that killed 37 people in Ankara on Sunday.<p>The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) said on Thursday the attack was a response to security operations carried out by Turkish …

Extremism

The Syrian war enters a dangerous phase

The civil war in Syria has been a brutal and tragic episode for its people and a massively disruptive one for its neighbours, who have had to absorb millions of refugees. But the conflict is now threatening to move into an even more dangerous phase as the big powers sucked into its vortex confront …

Middle East

US Navy rips Iran after new footage shows captured sailor crying

Iranian state TV showed video Wednesday of one of 10 captured U.S. Navy sailors in tears while the group was being held by the country's Revolutionary Guard last month.<p>The footage, which was shown on the official Islamic Republic of Iran News Network, was condemned by the Navy, who called the …

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Had Military Chief Executed: South Officials

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has executed one of his top military chiefs for corruption and other charges, various South Korean officials said Wednesday.<p>"(Army General) Ri Yong-Gil stopped appearing at important functions and I am getting multiple confirmations from …

North Korea

Islamic State video shows British boy known as 'Junior Jihadi' blowing up three prisoners

Execution footage is the second time Isa Dare – known as "Junior Jihadi" – has appeared in one of the group's propaganda films<p>A British boy believed to be aged four and nicknamed “junior jihadi” has been filmed blowing up three prisoners in the latest grisly execution video released by the Islamic …

Airstrikes destroy IS radio station in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. airstrikes have destroyed an Islamic State-operated radio station in a remote part of eastern Afghanistan, officials …

Afghanistan

India outrage over Maneka Gandhi's 'compulsory gender test' remark

<b>India's minister for women and children has been criticised for proposing compulsory gender testing of foetuses to tackle the skewed sex ratio.</b><p>Maneka Gandhi said the strategy would help monitor pregnancies and reduce abortions of female foetuses.<p>But activists and opposition parties say it will …

South Korea's gender problem could lead to an existential crisis

South Korea has such a low birth rate that it could become the world's oldest country by 2045, with an average age of 50. If things continue at this rate, the country could even go extinct by 2750. All that aging is putting the country into some dire economic straits.<p>Solving this demographic crisis …

Here's why Donald Trump suffered a stunning Iowa upset when the polls suggested he'd win

Though Trump has bragged for months about his lead in public-opinion surveys, there were no mentions of those Iowa numbers Monday night.<p>And for good reason: In key demographic areas in which Trump needed to expand his lead, he lost big to Cruz and even trailed a surprisingly strong Sen. Marco Rubio …

Afghan official: U.S. airstrikes hit ISIS radio station, kill 29 militants

<b>(CNN) —</b> U.S. airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan killed 29 ISIS fighters and struck the terrorist group's FM radio station, signaling American forces' continued military action in the war-torn nation -- albeit against a different entity that brought them there in the first place.<p>The strikes occurred …

Afghanistan

Nigerian minister claims $6.8bn of public funds stolen in seven years

Scores of people, including former governors, cabinet ministers and government workers, stole $6.8bn from Nigeria’s public purse over seven years, the information minister has claimed.<p>Lai Mohammed made the allegations as he kicked off a corruption awareness campaign appealing to Nigerians to join …

Africa

Germany must soon close borders to refugees, transport minister tells Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s transport minister has urged her to prepare to close Germany’s borders to keep out refugees, arguing that Berlin must act alone if it cannot reach a Europe-wide deal.<p>Alexander Dobrindt said Germany could no longer show the world a “friendly face” – a phrase used by Merkel …

Horst Seehofer

North Korea 'expelling undesirable elements' ahead of congress

Pyongyang reportedly evicting anyone considered ideologically suspect amid security concerns<p>North Korea is reportedly "cleansing" Pyongyang of undesirable elements ahead of the Workers' Party congress in May, triggering suggestions that the regime has security concerns.<p>South Korean media reported …

North Korea claims to invent 'alcohol which doesn't give you hangover'

The drink, which is made from burnt rice, "is suave and causes no hangovers," according to state media<p>They already claim to have cured cancer, Aids and Ebola with a miracle drug produced from ginseng root.<p>Now North Korean scientists seem to have scaled new heights of greatness with their latest …

North Korea

Second aid convoy leaves Damascus for besieged Syrian town Madaya: witness

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - A convoy of dozens of aid trucks departed from Damascus on Thursday on their way to the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, the second delivery there this week, a humanitarian official and a Reuters witness said.<p>Residents talk to the media as Syrian Army soldiers stand nearby after …

Middle East

Long Guarded And Reserved, Saudi Arabia Goes Big And Bold

Here's something that never used to happen in Saudi Arabia:<p>In the wake of the crisis with Iran, Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's deputy crown prince and defense minister, as well as King Salman's favored son, gave a five-hour interview to a reporter from The Economist, and the British news …

South Asia

12 Times Badass Women Fought Ridiculously Sexist Dress Codes In 2015

Proving once again that females are strong as hell.<p>View this post on Facebook

Feminism

Oklahoma ex-cop guilty of rape in sex abuse case involving 13 women

A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of raping and sexually victimizing eight women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood.<p>Daniel Holtzclaw, who turned 29 Thursday, sobbed as the verdict was read aloud. Jurors convicted him on 18 counts involving eight of …

IS releases picture of bomb it says downed Russian plane

CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group has released a photo of the bomb it says was used to bring down a Russian passenger plane in Egypt's Sinai …

Airports

Islamic State threatens attack on Washington, other countries

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State warned in a new video on Monday that countries taking part in air strikes against Syria would suffer the same fate as France, and threatened to attack in Washington.<p>The video, which appeared on a website used by Islamic State to post its messages, begins with news …

North Africa

Hospital raid video gives rare look at murky Israeli unit

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinian population in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem grew by 27 percent in a decade, to 4.780 million, according to preliminary census figures released on Wednesday.<p>The findings come at a time of renewed debate in Israel about if and when Arabs …

Lebanon holds day of mourning after deadly Beirut blasts

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1207000/1207109_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524669927_c6c49bd283b01a8af3ca669d776ce8ea<p><b>Lebanon is holding a day of national mourning after at least 41 people were killed in two suicide bombings in the capital, Beirut.</b><p>The Islamic State …

Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD wins historic majority

<b>(CNN) —</b> Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's party won a historic majority in Myanmar's parliament, marking the nation's rejection of decades of military rule.<p>While the results haven't been officially certified, the win by the National League for Democracy means it will choose the country's next …

Asia

Jihadi John 'dead': MI5 on alert amid fears of Isil revenge attack - as it happened

American officials say we may never know whether the drone strike did indeed kill Jihadi John

Islamic State (ISIS)

Kim Jong-un travels with personal toilet, say North Koreans

It would be ‘unthinkable’ for Supreme Leader to have to use public lavatories as he tours the country inspecting factories and facilities, sources tell DailyNK<p>North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un travels with a mobile toilet built into one of the vehicles in his convoy when he conducts routine …

North Korea