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  • Foreign jihadists flock to IS despite air strikes
    Foreign jihadists flock to IS despite air strikes

    The Islamic State group is recruiting foreign jihadists on an "unprecedented scale" despite international efforts to stem the tide, according to experts and extracts of a UN report published by Britain's Guardian newspaper. Latest US figures show that around 1,000 foreign fighters are flocking to fight in Iraq and Syria every month, and experts warn that the newest militants may be more extreme than early recruits. "Many foreign fighters that originally left for Syria really did think they were going out for a humanitarian cause," said Erin Marie Saltman, senior researcher at counter-extremism think tank Quilliam. Russian fighters constitute the biggest single fighting force from a non-Muslim country, numbering over 800, and the US-led air strikes will only strengthen their resolve, according to a local expert.

  • Chelsea Handler quits Instagram after her topless Putin spoof pic is pulled
    Chelsea Handler quits Instagram after her topless Putin spoof pic is pulled

    The comedian says she is quitting Instagram after the photo sharing service deleted a topless photo she posted mocking an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin on horseback.

  • Hong Kong protests a 'national security issue' for China
    Hong Kong protests a 'national security issue' for China

    By Clare Baldwin HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests have escalated into a national security issue threatening Chinese sovereignty over the Asian financial center, a delegate to China's rubber-stamp parliament said on Thursday. Businessman and lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun said support for Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was crucial to the city's future stability and there was no longer any room to remain neutral. The protesters have blocked key intersections for a month in their demand for fully-democratic elections for the city's next chief executive in 2017. ...

  • Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis
    Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week — months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later.

  • Anti-Muslim bullying on rise after Canada attacks
    Anti-Muslim bullying on rise after Canada attacks

    By Richard Valdmanis OTTAWA (Reuters) - Reports of anti-Muslim harassment in Canada have risen, Muslim organizations say, after attacks last week in which two soldiers were killed by people authorities say were inspired by the militant group Islamic State. The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it has seen a tenfold increase in reports of harassment, including racial slurs on public buses, notes left on car windshields and bullying at schools. ...

  • Drivers scramble for flying cash on Md. highway
    Drivers scramble for flying cash on Md. highway

    URBANA, Md. (AP) — Drivers scrambled to grab money flying around a Maryland highway after an armored truck's door burst open.

  • 6 Savvy Moves to Stretch Your Retirement Savings
    6 Savvy Moves to Stretch Your Retirement Savings

    You set aside part of your paycheck in either an employer-sponsored retirement plan or a retirement account that you set up on your own, such as an IRA. In a recent Wells Fargo survey of middle-class Americans, who had a median household income of $63,000, 70% of respondents reported having a company retirement plan.

  • After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom _ and glut
    After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom _ and glut

    TOKYO (AP) — Like other Japanese who were banking on this country's sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry.

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