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ISIS declares restoration of Caliphate, changes name - TIME

The extremist Sunni group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) on Sunday declared a new caliphate — or an Islamic state to …

Islam

Boko Haram kill Christian worshippers and burn churches in latest Nigeria attack

Suspected Islamist militants launch simultaneous attacks on villages close to town from which more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in April, killing at least 30<p>Suspected Boko Haram militants have mounted two deadly attacks just a few miles from the Nigerian village where they abducted more than …

Doctors ask judge to allow them to let woman, 20, die

Doctors have applied to the Court of Protection for permission to let the woman die with dignity against the wishes of her parents<p>Doctors treating a 20-year-old woman patient with serious health problems have asked a judge to allow them to let her die with dignity.<p>But the young woman's parents are …

Physiology

Syria crisis: Ceasefire agreed for Yarmouk refugee camp

<b>The Syrian government and rebel groups have reportedly agreed a truce in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk.</b><p>A copy of the ceasefire deal, seen by the BBC, says the main entrances to the camp in Damascus will be opened and basic services will be restored.<p>About 18,000 people have been besieged …

Middle East

Isis captures more Iraqi towns and border crossings

Sunni militants build on gains by taking checkpoints on frontiers with Jordan and Syria, as well as four more towns<p>Jihadist fighters in Iraq seized three border crossings into Syria and Jordan and four nearby towns over the weekend, giving the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) control …

Afghan Woman Who Once Went to School in Disguise Opens Boarding School for Girls

Shabana Basij-Rasikh, who evaded the Taliban to get an education, is creating a boarding school for girls in Afghanistan.<p>When Shabana Basij-Rasikh was a child, she dressed up like a boy to walk to school in Taliban-held Afghanistan. Now 24, she is once again defying the odds in her country—this …

Colchester Muslim Murder: Police Issue Public Warning after Second Fatal Stabbing

Police investigating the murder of a Muslim woman in Colchester are warning people not to go out alone in the area.<p>Nahid Almanea, 31, was killed as …

World Cup 2014: England fans attacked by hooligans in Sao Paulo

England fans preparing for the match against Uruguay were attacked with missiles in a bar in Sao Paulo<p>England fans have been attacked by hooligans who threw explosives into their midst in a bar in Sao Paulo ahead of the match with Uruguay in the city.<p>According to some reports petrol bombs and …

CDC: Up to 86 workers possibly exposed to anthrax

As many as 86 Atlanta-based workers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have been unintentionally exposed to anthrax, the agency says. This includes people who have come forward since the announcement Thursday, saying they were in the area during the time of exposure.<p>The workers …

Isis storms Saddam-era chemical weapons complex in Iraq

Facility containing disused stores of sarin and mustard gas overrun by jihadist group<p>The jihadist group bringing terror to Iraq overran a Saddam Hussein chemical weapons complex on Thursday, gaining access to disused stores of hundreds of tonnes of potentially deadly poisons including mustard gas …

Middle East

Iceland's DNA: The world's most precious genes?

<b>Iceland's record of low immigration and its genealogical records going back 1,000 years make it a paradise for geneticists. A third or more of the population has already donated a DNA sample - but a new push to increase that figure is meeting some resistance.</b><p>"No!" says Alda Sigmundsdottir, raising …

Genetics

'Civil war and terrorism' driving instability

A dramatic increase in deaths caused by acts defined as terrorism and internal conflicts has driven the world to one of its most unstable states since World War Two, an annual report on peace has said.<p>The Institute for Economics and Peace, a non-profit independent think-tank, said on Wednesday that …

Women of the Arab Spring: 'We now need a sexual revolution, not just a political one'

Unless our political revolutions are accompanied by social and sexual revolutions, our political revolutions seen in the Arab Spring will fail, according to Egyptian writer Mona Eltahawy, who explores what's really changed since the uprisings in a new BBC World Service documentary<p>The <b>revolutions</b> …

The ISIS Extremists Causing Havoc in Iraq Are Getting Funds and Recruits From Southeast Asia

Men in balaclavas are cradling Kalashnikovs as they look into a camera, somewhere in Syria. They are university students, businessmen, former …

Asia

Dozens reported killed in Aleppo bombings

Syrian government helicopters have dropped barrel bombs on opposition-held districts of the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 60 people, including several children, and injuring dozens, activists said.<p>Most of the victims apparently died in a popular market in the al-Sukari district on …

These Aren't Refugee Camps, They're Concentration Camps, and People Are Dying in Them

Several days before he was born, Mohammad Johar’s family escaped the Buddhist mobs that attacked their Muslim neighborhood, leaving bodies and burned …

World Food Program

Israel leader seeks world pressure on Palestinians

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Tuesday urged the international community to demand the Western-backed Palestinian president break off ties with the militant Hamas group over the abduction of three Israeli teens, the latest sign that Israel's massive five-day-old search in the West Bank …

Huge US-Iran gap on nukes as target date nears

VIENNA (AP) — Any thaw in relations between Iran and the United States under the pressure of Iraq's turmoil is unlikely to hasten progress in difficult negotiations seeking limits on Tehran's nuclear program.<p>Recent high-level U.S.-Iran talks that were meant to pave the way to a final nuclear deal …