- Violence, threats, prompt more Muslim women in Britain to wear a veil Reuters - 10 hrs ago
By Belinda Goldsmith and Olivia Harris LONDON (Reuters) - When youth worker Sumreen Farooq was abused in a London street, the 18-year-old decided … More »Violence, threats, prompt more Muslim women in Britain to wear a veil
By Belinda Goldsmith and Olivia Harris LONDON (Reuters) - When youth worker Sumreen Farooq was abused in a London street, the 18-year-old decided it was time to take a stand - and she started to wear a headscarf. Farooq is one of many young Muslim women living in Britain who have, for various reasons, chosen to adopt …
- 'Terrorists' help U.S. in battle against Islamic State in Iraq Reuters - 5 hrs ago
By Isabel Coles MAKHMUR Iraq (Reuters) - Washington has acquired an unlikely ally in its battle against Islamic State militants in Iraq - a group of fighters it formally classifies as terrorists. The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), condemned for its three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state, says it played …
- British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video Reuters - 4 hrs ago
By Kate Holton and Raheem Salman LONDON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A British Muslim leader called on Thursday for action to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. In Washington, Attorney General Eric Holder said the U.S. Justice Department had opened a criminal investigation …
- Ukraine's Poroshenko talks tough ahead of meetings with Merkel, Putin Reuters - 3 hrs ago
By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he would call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to rein in pro-Russian separatists when the two men meet next week and told the Kremlin chief he had "a strong country, a strong army" behind him. Poroshenko spoke as government …
- St. Louis police release video of shooting Associated Press - 2 hrs 47 mins ago
- Prisoner freed 90 years early appeals sentence Associated Press - 26 mins ago
- American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive' Associated Press - 15 mins ago
ATLANTA (AP) — At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.
- Greek archaeology site sparks intense interest Associated Press - 4 hrs ago
- National Guard to withdraw from riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri Reuters - 1 hr 38 mins ago
By Carey Gillam and Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The governor of Missouri ordered the withdrawal on Thursday of National Guard troops from riot-torn Ferguson, where tensions have eased after sometimes violent protests were staged nightly since police killed an unarmed black teenager. Peaceful demonstrations overnight …
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The militant Islamist group that murdered freelance journalist James Foley had demanded a ransom from the US government before his beheading. The New York Times reported recently that ransoms have bankrolled Al Qaeda operations worldwide. According to The New York Times, the self-declared Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) demanded a $100 million ransom for Mr. Foley, which the US refused to pay (The Wall Street Journal cited a demand of 100 million euros.) IS has made a similar demand for Steven Sotloff, another American freelance journalist being held. The US attempted to rescue hostages in Syria in a special forces operation earlier this summer, but failed to do so.
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By Ludwig Burger MUENSTER Germany (Reuters) - Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her work on dandelions and how it could secure the future of road transport. The reaction is understandable, given most people regard the yellow flowers as pesky intruders in their gardens rather than a promising source of rubber for tires. Her research team is competing with others across the world to breed a type of dandelion native to Kazakhstan whose taproot yields a milky fluid with tire-grade rubber particles in it. Global tire makers such as industry leader Bridgestone Corp and No.4 player Continental AG believe they are in for rich pickings and are backing such research to the tune of millions of dollars.