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Hamas 'kidnapped Israeli teenagers'

JERUSALEM: A senior Hamas leader said the group was behind the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank in June - the first time anyone from the militant group has said it was behind an attack that sparked the current war in the Gaza Strip.

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US bombs hit Iraq militants

WASHINGTON: American warplanes have bombed Islamist militants in northern Iraq near the Mosul Dam, the US military's Central Command said yesterday, in the latest air attack on the extremists.

Foley killers 'wanted $132m ransom'

WASHINGTON: Journalist James Foley's jihadist captors had demanded a ransom of $132 million for his release, his employer said yesterday.

Thai army chief named premier

BANGKOK: Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military's grip on power.

Imran Khan calls off talks

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan yesterday called off talks with the government aimed at ending protests seeking the fall of the prime minister, which have unnerved the nuclear-armed nation.

British Muslims blame jihadi sub-culture

LONDON: A British Muslim leader yesterday called for action to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading US journalist James Foley held hostage in Syria.

UN rights chief slams council over failures

UNITED NATIONS: Outgoing UN rights chief Navi Pillay yesterday rebuked the UN Security Council for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined national interests ahead of intolerable human suffering and grave breaches of global peace and security.

Two US Ebola patients are discharged

WASHINGTON: Two American missionaries who were sickened with the dangerous Ebola virus while working in Liberia are doing better and have been released from an Atlanta hospital, doctors said yesterday.

Statue honour for Winehouse

LONDON: The late singer Amy Winehouse will be honoured with a life-size statue in her old London neighbourhood on what would have been her 31st birthday, her family said yesterday.

UK police try to reassure UAE tourists London safe

LONDON: London police yesterday tried to reassure UAE tourists that the city's main shopping streets were safe to visit, after the Gulf state's foreign ministry warned visitors to avoid certain areas.

Children are afraid of going back to school

GAZA CITY: Eight-year-old Malak is scared. With no end in sight to the six-week war between Israel and Hamas, she doesn't want to go back to school.

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