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Japan police arrest teen for 'IS-inspired' killing

© Jiji Press/AFP | School children pray for their friend Ryota Uemura in Kawasaki, suburban Tokyo, at the site where his body was found, February 24, 2015
 
 
 
27 Feb 2015
Japanese police on Friday arrested a teenager on suspicion of killing a 13-year-old schoolboy, in a chilling murder some local media suggested was inspired by Islamist extremist executions. The brutalised and naked body of Ryota Uemura was...
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Immigration to Britain rises in pre-election blow to Cameron

27 Feb 2015
The number of people moving to Britain surged last year, an embarrassment for Prime Minister David Cameron, whose Conservatives had pledged to cut net annual migration to the tens of thousands, close to a national election. Official data...
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Israel pledges to halt West Bank power cuts

© AFP/File | Palestinian flags fly on a square in the new Palestinian city of Rawabi, just north of Ramallah in the West Bank, August 6, 2013
 
 
 
27 Feb 2015
Israel will stop cutting power to Palestinian cities over unpaid bills and will deduct funds from tax money to prevent the debt increasing, a government official said Thursday. The official also said Israel would connect water to a...
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Atheist US blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

27 Feb 2015
A prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin was hacked to death with machetes by unidentified assailants in Dhaka on Thursday, police said, with the atheist writer’s family claiming he had received numerous threats from...
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Australia researchers create 'world first' 3D-printed jet engines

A 3D-printed jet engine on display at the Avalon Airshow in Melbourne
 
 
 
26 Feb 2015
Australian researchers said Thursday they have created two jet engines using 3D printing in what is described as a world-first that has attracted the interest of major manufacturers and engineering firms.   The machines -- produced...
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Poll: Half of British Muslims 'discriminated against'

Women hold placards during a march and rally in east London promoting Islamic law
26 Feb 2015
Half of the British Muslim population say they are discriminated against in the United Kingdom as it has become less tolerant towards Muslims, according to an opinion poll.   While almost all Muslims in Britain -- 95 percent -- say...
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US charges three for planning to join Islamic State group

Smoke raises behind an Islamic State flag after Iraqi security forces and Shiite fighters took control of Saadiya in Diyala province from Islamist State militants, November 24, 2014.
26 Feb 2015
A Brooklyn court charged three men Wednesday with conspiracy to provide support to a terrorist organisation for planning to join the Islamic State group. One suspect had threatened US President Barack Obama in comments online.   Two...
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Bahrain sentences three men to death for killing policeman

© AFP | A Bahraini protester carries a picture of Sheikh Ali Salman during clashes with police after a demonstration against Salman's arrest and to mark the 4th anniversary of an uprising on February 13, 2015, in Salman's home village Bilad al-Qadeem
 
 
 
26 Feb 2015
Three Shia Muslim men were sentenced to death by a Bahrain court on Thursday and seven others were given a life term for killing three policeman, the kingdom's Public Prosecution said on its Twitter account.   The ruling is the...
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Air strike kills 17 Islamic State militants, nine civilians in Iraq

Personal picture of Islamic State Baghdadi
26 Feb 2015
A coalition air strike near the Iraqi border town of al-Qaim killed at least 17 Islamic State militants and nine civilians overnight, a hospital source said.   Arabic channel al-Arabiya al-Hadath said Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-...
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Avalanches kill 186 in Afghanistan

26 Feb 2015
More than 180 people have been killed in north Afghanistan in some of the worst avalanches there for 30 years, officials said on Thursday, with heavy snow set to last for two more days after an unusually dry winter led to fears of drought...
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