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Islamic State beheads second US reporter
Islamic State beheads second US reporter

The so-called "Islamic State" released a video showing a masked militant with a London accent apparently beheading an American journalist.

Islamic State beheads second US reporter
Still of the video reported by KTK TV channel
Video of Kazakhstanis in Syria is a manipulation: political expert

Kazakh political analyst Yerlan Karin called the video purporting to show Kazakhstani citizens fighting in Syria an information manipulation.

Video of Kazakhstanis in Syria is a manipulation: political expert
Snapshot from the video
16 Kazakhstanis join militants of Islamic State of Iraq

At least 16 Kazakhstanis are know to have joined the extremist militants of the Islamic State of Iraq.

16 Kazakhstanis join militants of Islamic State of Iraq
Besieged UN peacekeepers in Syria ready to use 'deadly force'
Besieged UN peacekeepers in Syria ready to use 'deadly force'

Filipino members of a UN peacekeeping force besieged by Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights are ready to use "deadly force" to defend themselves.

Besieged UN peacekeepers in Syria ready to use 'deadly force'
Angelina Jolie calls for new bid to end Syria war
Angelina Jolie calls for new bid to end Syria war

Angelina Jolie called for a new bid to bring peace to Syria which she said was destabilising the whole region and bringing misery to millions.

Angelina Jolie calls for new bid to end Syria war
75 Philippine UN peacekeepers defy Syria rebels
75 Philippine UN peacekeepers defy Syria rebels

Dozens of heavily armed Philippine peacekeepers defied Syrian rebels in a Golan Heights standoff.

75 Philippine UN peacekeepers defy Syria rebels
A mother's appeal as fears mount for Syria hostages
A mother's appeal as fears mount for Syria hostages

The mother of a US hostage who has been threatened with death by jihadist leaded for his life amid mounting fears for Americans captured in Syria.

A mother's appeal as fears mount for Syria hostages
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Japanese man feared kidnapped by Syrian militants

Japan's government said it was investigating a video that appears to show a kidnapped Japanese man being interrogated by Syrian militants.

Japanese man feared kidnapped by Syrian militants
ISIL. ©Reuters
UN takes aim at Islamist oil grab in Syria, Iraq

The UN Security Council backed a Russian initiative to bar trade in oil with Islamists in Iraq and Syria.

UN takes aim at Islamist oil grab in Syria, Iraq
Arab states to mark end of Ramadan from Monday
Arab states to mark end of Ramadan from Monday

The Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan will begin on Monday in Saudi Arabia and neighbouring states.

Arab states to mark end of Ramadan from Monday
De Mistura to succeed Brahimi as Syria peace mediator
De Mistura to succeed Brahimi as Syria peace mediator

Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura will be the new UN mediator for Syria, taking on the Herculean task of finding a political solution to the devastating civil war, diplomats say.

De Mistura to succeed Brahimi as Syria peace mediator
Syrian opposition elects Hadi el-Bahra as new leader
Syrian opposition elects Hadi el-Bahra as new leader

The Syrian National Coalition, the main exiled opposition group seeking the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad, elected Saudi-based Syrian opposition figure Hadi el-Bahra as its new president.

Syrian opposition elects Hadi el-Bahra as new leader
Shi'ite Muslims take part in a candlelight protest against the ongoing conflict in Iraq. ©Reuters/Anindito Mukherjee
India nurses in Iraq conflict 'to be freed'

A group of 46 Indian nurses trapped in Iraq are to be freed, one of them told AFP Friday, in a rare piece of positive news in a crisis threatening "Syria-like chaos".

India nurses in Iraq conflict 'to be freed'
US President Barack Obama. ©Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
Obama seeks $500 mn to train, equip Syrian rebels

The White House has asked lawmakers for $500 million to train and equip vetted Syrian rebels, in what would be a significant escalation of US involvement in a conflict that has spilled into Iraq.

Obama seeks $500 mn to train, equip Syrian rebels
Sigrid Kaag, special coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations (OPCW-UN). ©Reuters/Khaled al-Hariri
Last dangerous chemicals shipped from Syria: watchdog

The last of Syria's declared chemical agents have been shipped from the war-torn country after months of delays and are en route for destruction at sea, the world's chemical watchdog said.

Last dangerous chemicals shipped from Syria: watchdog
More than 50 million driven from homes by war, crisis: UN
More than 50 million driven from homes by war, crisis: UN

The number of people driven from their homes by conflict and crisis has topped 50 million for the first time since World War II, with Syria hardest hit, the UN refugee agency said.

More than 50 million driven from homes by war, crisis: UN
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Danish hostage freed in Syria after 13 months

A Danish freelance photographer has been freed after being held hostage in Syria for 13 months, the Danish government said.

Danish hostage freed in Syria after 13 months
©Reuters/Antonio Parrinello
Italian navy rescues 2,500 migrants in 24 hours

The Italian navy on Friday said it had rescued around 2,500 asylum-seekers from 17 boats in the past 24 hours as good weather conditions in the Mediterranean further boost the influx of asylum-seekers trying to reach Europe.

Italian navy rescues 2,500 migrants in 24 hours
Syria's Assad coasts to re-election in 'farce' polls
Syria's Assad coasts to re-election in 'farce' polls

Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected Syria's president with 88.7 percent of the vote after a poll labelled a farce by rebels fighting to overthrow him, whose outcome was never in doubt.

Syria's Assad coasts to re-election in 'farce' polls
Global protest reads names of 100,000 Syria dead
Global protest reads names of 100,000 Syria dead

Activists began reading the names of 100,000 people killed in Syria outside UN headquarters on Monday, in a modest launch of what they hope will be a global protest.

Global protest reads names of 100,000 Syria dead