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Islamic State aims to eradicate Iraq minorities: rights groups

Islamic State militants have abducted, injured and killed thousands of civilians across northern Iraq and uprooted millions from their homes in a bid to eradicate the country’s ethnic and religious minorities, rights groups said on Friday. Show More Summary

Islamic State must keep expanding to survive: financial report

International investigators said on Friday that in order for the Islamic State to remain financially viable it would have to further expand territory it controls in Iraq andSyria and take over more resources. The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said in a report that the Islamist group’s need for large amounts of money to […]

Lebanon to allow entry of Assyrian Christians fleeing Syria unrest

The Lebanese Interior Ministry will permit Assyrian Christians fleeing northeastern Syria to enter Lebanon, according to media reports. Interior Minister Nouhad Mashnouk reportedly instructed General Security after the decision was taken...Show More Summary

Mexico captures most wanted drug kingpin 'La Tuta'

Notorious boss of leading cartel Knights Templar, Servando Gomez Martinez, arrested in the state of Michoacan.

German MPs approve Greece bailout extension

German parliament approves four-month extension, despite unease over the new Athens government.

Foreign shop owner set alight in South Africa

Nine arrested in Johannesburg suburb as xenophobic attacks on foreigners sweep Rainbow Nation.

Floods force thousands of Bolivians from their homes

Torrential downpours cause widespread flooding across northern Bolivia after Acre River overflowed.

A game of survival for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Harsh winter weather conditions have compounded the difficulties for jobless refugees in Lebanon's Qab Elias.

American Blogger Hacked to Death in Bangladesh

A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife last night, police say. The attack on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born US citizen believed to be about 40, occurred on a crowded sidewalk around 8:45pm...

Astronomers find black hole 12 billion times sun’s size

A monster black hole powering “the brightest lighthouse in the distant universe” has been discovered that is 12 billion times more massive than the sun, scientists have revealed. The extraordinary object is at the centre of a quasar — an intensely powerful galactic radiation source — with a million billion times the sun’s energy output. […]

Suicide attack 'targets Turkish embassy car' in Kabul

Taliban claim responsibility for bombing which killed two near Iran's embassy in Afghan capital.

Why Egyptians Tied and Beheaded a Dog as On-Lookers Watched?

News of the public "slaughtering" of a dog in Cairo as on-lookers watched has sent shock waves around the world, with many questioning how people have become this violent.

The World Is Not Falling Apart

It’s a good time to be a pessimist. ISIS, Crimea, Donetsk, Gaza, Burma, Ebola, school shootings, campus rapes, wife-beating athletes, lethal cops—who can avoid the feeling that things fall apart, the center cannot hold? Last year...Show More Summary

The Political Violence in Bangladesh Is Claiming Too Many Lives

I close the windows of my car, and think of buying a fire extinguisher. [Then], if a bomb is thrown inside my car, I'd be able to douse the fire.

Oil and Water Don't Mix—Except in Trinidad

Residents noticed a strong smell of oil coming from their taps - but why was was the water supply still operational if authorities could not contain the threat?

Behind the Scenes of Antonio Ledezma's Arrest in Venezuela

Clashes in Venezuela escalated this weekend with the arrest of the mayor of Caracas, who is accused of being part of a plot to force the current administration from power.

Why John Legend Should Perform In Bahrain

On the eve of John Legend's concert in Bahrain, a former Bahraini torture victim now living in exile asks the US singer to spare a thought for the country's persecuted.

Whoever Said Japanese Students’ Indoor Shoes Had to Be Boring?

Parents and children alike are personalizing students' "uwabaki", or indoor shoes. Students, teachers, and visitors are all required to remove their street shoes before entering the school.

5 Bills Threatening the Amazon That Brazil's Congress Might Consider in 2015

Demarcation of indigenous lands and mining in protected areas are among the subjects that will be discussed in the Brazilian legislature this year, experts told Infoamazonia.

Increase in net immigration is bad news for David Cameron

The latest official ONS statistics show a significant increase in net immigration to the UK. Open Europe’s Stephen Booth looks at what the latest increase in migrant numbers means for the politics of immigration and EU membership ahead of the General Election. The post Increase in net immigration is bad news for David Cameron appeared first on Open Europe.

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