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  • From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant

    As war in Syria and Iraq attracts a growing number of Muslim extremists from Europe, intelligence officials in Germany believe a former gangsta rapper has joined the inner circle of Islamists fighting there. Denis Cuspert was once a modestly successful member of Germany's hip-hop scene going by the…

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  • Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania form joint military unit

    Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania launched a joint military force on Friday that Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said could start its first exercises in the tense region in the next year. The three countries and other states in the area have been on high alert since Russia annexed Ukraine's…

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  • Killings of Florida mother, six children stun community

    By Barbara Liston BELL Fla. (Reuters) - As Florida police examined why a 51-year-old felon shot his daughter and her six children to death before killing himself, grief counselors on Friday were sent to a school that lost students at nearly every grade level in the shooting. More than two dozen…

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  • Girl was bait to try to catch boy ‘in the act,’ sexual harassment lawsuit says

    A civil lawsuit working its way through the federal appeals process alleges that a 14-year-old middle school girl was raped after school officials used her as bait to try to catch a male student “in the act” after she reported his sexual harassment. With growing pressure on college campuses to…

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    Chicago Man Confesses To Killing Girlfriend`s Mother In Bali

    A Chicago man has confessed to killing his girlfriend`s mother in Bali, according to Indonesian police. The body of 62- year- oldSheila von Wiese-Mack was discovered in a suitcase in a taxi outside a hotel on the island last month. Her daughter, 19-year-old Heather Mack and boyfriend 21-year-old…

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  • Florida granddad Don Spirit who killed family had also fatally shot son years before

    The Florida man who police say gunned down his daughter and six grandchildren Thursday had been to prison for fatally shooting his young son during a hunting trip 13 years ago, according to court records. Don Charles Spirit, 51, phoned the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Department around 4 p.m.…

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  • Queen urges unity after Scottish independence vote

    Queen Elizabeth II urged her subjects in the United Kingdom on Friday to come together "in a spirit of mutual respect and support" after Scots voted against independence following a divisive and heated campaign. "Knowing the people of Scotland as I do, I have no doubt that Scots, like others…

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  • Thai PM 'sorry' for bikini remarks after UK tourist murders

    Thailand's junta chief apologised Thursday for suggesting tourists in bikinis could be more vulnerable to attack, comments which caused an international outcry following the brutal murder of two British holidaymakers. "They think our country is beautiful and is safe so they can do whatever they…

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  • Baltimore cop who cut dog's throat was within his rights: lawyer

    Baltimore cop who cut dog's throat was within his rights: lawyer By John Clarke ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - A Baltimore police officer facing felony animal cruelty charges after cutting the throat of a dog that bit a pregnant woman on the hand in June was legally authorized to euthanize the animal,…

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  • Iranian youth behind 'Happy' video sentenced

    Iranian youth behind 'Happy' video sentenced TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and the homemade video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes, their lawyer said Friday. The Iranians' case attracted…

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  • Sweden protests against airspace violation by Russian planes

    Sweden said two Russian warplanes entered its airspace this week, calling the intrusion a "serious violation" and sending a protest to Moscow's ambassador in the Nordic country. Countries in the region have become increasingly wary of Russia's military ambitions since Moscow annexed Ukraine's…

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    Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria (9 photos)

    Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, SyriaFor more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia — from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans. Their ancient, buried cities, palaces and temples packed

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  • S. Korea fires warning shots after N. Korea incursion

    The South Korean navy fired warning shots Friday to end a brief incursion by a North Korean patrol boat across the sensitive maritime border, Seoul's defence ministry said. It was the first such boundary violation in four months, and came ahead of Friday's opening ceremony of the Asian Games in the…

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  • Mother of 5 Convicted of Killing Adopted Son Granted New Trial

    A Texas state appellate court granted Hannah Overton, 37, a new trial Wednesday. Overton, a devout Christian, was convicted in 2007 of killing her 4-year-old adopted son, Andrew Burd, and sentenced to life in prison. Her husband, Larry Overton, told ABC News today, "It's starting to sink in.

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  • Austrian town officials resign after Nazi basement film

    Two conservative town council members in eastern Austria have resigned from their posts and left the People's Party after a documentary film showed them singing and toasting one another in a basement room filled with Nazi memorabilia. The case has prompted extensive media coverage in Austria, which…

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  • Killings in Guinea show mistrust in Africa Ebola fight: WHO

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The killing in Guinea of eight people trying to educate locals about Ebola showed how much rural populations in West Africa mistrust authorities after years of instability and conflict, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. Eight bodies were…

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    Three People Face Charges For Shooting 11-Year-Old Boy In Head

    Three people were arraigned on Thursday in connection to the death of 11-year-old Hunter Davis in California. Police say 17-year-old Zak Hurlburt shot Davis in the head on September 6th at a Manteca House Party. Davis died on Monday.

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