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Egypt court calls for death sentence for Brotherhood leader

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court signalled on Thursday that it wanted death sentences for the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 13 other defendants charged with murder and firearms possession, when it referred the case to the country’s religious…

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Israel arrests 30 Palestinians as search for teens continues

Jerusalem/Ramallah, June 19: Israeli security forces arrested 30 Palestinians in predawn raids in the West Bank as they continued searching for three Jewish youths abducted in the area a week ago, the Israeli military said Thursday. Previously, some 280 Palestinians have been rounded up since the manhunt began last Friday. A majority of those detained are affiliated with Islamist militant ...

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John Kerry Denies Obama Has Been Too Passive In Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry brushed aside criticism of Obama administration Middle East policy Thursday, taking exception to assertions Washington has been too passive in the face of surging terrorism in the region. Kerry noted the failure of the United States to secure a continuing military arrangement with Iraq’s government after U.S. combat forces left. “We didn’t ...

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Battle for Iraq refinery as U.S. hesitates to strike

Iraqi government forces battled Sunni rebels for control of the country’s biggest refinery on Thursday as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki waited for a U.S. response to an appeal for air strikes to beat back the threat to Baghdad. The sprawling Baiji refinery, 130 miles north of the capital near Tikrit, was a battlefield as troops loyal to the Shi’ite-led government ...

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia Kiss As They Formally Take Power In Spain

Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI of Spain formally acceded to the throne today The kiss says it all. Europe’s most glamorous new young royals – Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI of Spain – formally acceded to the throne today after Felipe’s father, the scandal hit King Juan Carlos, tearfully signed the official instrument of abdication at midnight last ...

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Taliban Attack NATO Supplies in Afghan East

Reuters KABUL — Four Taliban militants struck a NATO post in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Thursday, destroying dozens of trucks and sparking a gun battle with police, Afghan officials said. The attack took place in the parking compound of a NATO base near…

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Dark net ‘used by tens of thousands of paedophiles’

Tens of thousands of paedophiles are using the so-called dark net to trade images of sexual abuse, an investigation by BBC News indicates. One site receives as many as 500 page views per second, its founder says. Figures from another site suggest Brits are heavily involved in producing and distributing illegal obscene images. Britain’s National Crime Agency warned in its ...

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Tacloban in pictures: After Typhoon Haiyan and six months later

June 19, 2014 — Updated 0234 GMT (1034 HKT) Editor’s note: Drag the slider left or right to see how the locations just after the storm and six months later (CNN) — When Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines on November 8, 2013, it struck the city of Tacloban hard. The capital city of Leyte province, nearly 400 miles ...

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Fish-eating spiders discovered worldwide: study

WASHINGTON, June 18 (Xinhua) — Spiders from at least eight different families can prey on small fish and “fishing spiders” are probably geographically widespread, occurring on all continents except Antarctica, according to a study published Wednesday in the U.S. open-access journal PLOS ONE. Spiders are traditionally viewed as predators of insects, but in…

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One-Time Auschwitz Guard Arrested In Philadelphia On German Warrant

An 89-year-old man accused of aiding and abetting the killing of 216,000 Jews as a Nazi camp guard at the concentration camp located in Auschwitz, Poland, during World War II, has been arrested in Philadelphia. Johann “Hans” Breyer, who emigrated to the U.S. in 1952 was arrested by U.S. authorities Tuesday night. He is being held…

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