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International

‘Islamic State sanctioned organ harvesting’ – Documents taken in US raid

WASHINGTON, Dec 25, (RTRS): Islamic State has sanctioned the harvesting of human organs in a previously undisclosed ruling by the group’s Islamic scholars, raising concerns …

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Pope issues Christmas Day prayer for Syria, Libya peace – Call for unity against militant atrocities

VATICAN CITY, Dec 25, (Agencies): Pope Francis issued a Christmas Day prayer that recent UN-backed peace processes for Syria and Libya will quickly end the …

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200 Shebab fighters pledge allegiance to IS – Kenya warns of Islamic attack threat as Shebab ‘split’

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 25, (Agencies): About 200 Islamic extremist fighters have split from Somalia’s Al-Shebab rebels, who are allied to al-Qaeda, and have instead pledged …

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Attacks cast pall over Christmas – Threats around the world

PARIS, Dec 25, (Agencies): It was a subdued Christmas Eve in Paris on Thursday, with tourist numbers down, security bolstered at shops and churches, and …

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25 perish in Saudi hospital fire – 123 injured; HH Amir cables condolences to King Salman

RIYADH, Dec 24, (Agencies): A fire ripped through a hospital in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, killing at least 25 people and injuring 123, the authorities …

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Obama says praying for ‘persecuted’ Christians

HONOLULU, Dec 24, (RTRS): President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he and his wife Michelle are praying for persecuted Christians as the world prepares …

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Syrian ‘jihadist’ brothers arrested in Austria – 18 migrants drown off Turkey

ANKARA, Dec 24, (Agencies): At least 18 migrants drowned when their overcrowded boat sank in the Aegean Sea on Thursday on the way to the …

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Fearful Christmas for Syrian Christian town threatened by IS

SADAD, Syria, Dec 24, (AFP): As military vehicles roll by, Syrian boys and girls gingerly decorate a large Christmas tree in the Christian town of …

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Saudi King Salman blames Assad for ISIS rise in Syria – ‘Security, economy top priorities’

RIYADH, Dec 23, (Agencies): Saudi King Salman accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Wednesday of having aided the rise of the Islamic State group and called …

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Pakistani minorities live in fear after mob killings – Blasphemy allegations unproven

KOT RADHA KISHAN, Pakistan, Dec 23, (AFP): Four-year-old Aliya’s life collapsed last year when her illiterate Christian parents were falsely accused of tossing out pages …

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