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Qatar financing IS extremists: German minister

Gerd Mueller
Berlin - 

Germany's development aid minister, Gerd Mueller, on Wednesday accused Qatar of financing the extremist group Islamic State (IS) operating in Syria and Iraq.

Global outrage as extremists apparently behead US reporter

James Foley resting in a room at the airport of Sirte, Libya. (AFP/File)
Baghdad - 

The apparent beheading by extremists of a US journalist sparked worldwide revulsion on Wednesday and drew pledges by outraged Western governments to aid those battling the militants.

Israel steps up raids, Gaza buries dead

Palestinian women from the al-Dalo family react at the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City. (AFP)
Gaza City - 

Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza Wednesday as furious mourners buried the wife and child of Hamas's top military commander, baying for revenge as nine days of calm exploded into bloodshed.

Saudi top cleric blasts Qaeda, IS as 'enemy No 1' of Islam

Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh listening to a speech of Saudi King in the Saudi Capital Riyadh. (AFP)
Riyadh - 

Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh on Tuesday blasted Al-Qaeda and Islamic State extremists as "enemy number one" of Islam, in a statement issued in Riyadh.

Israel hits Gaza, quits Cairo talks after rocket fire

Smoke billows following an Israeli military strike on Gaza City. (AFP)
Gaza City - 

Israel ordered its negotiators back from talks in Cairo and warplanes hit Gaza on Tuesday after Palestinian rockets smashed into the south as the two sides were observing a 24-hour truce. 

A member of the Iraqi anti-terrorism forces waves the national flag in celebration after securing a checkpoint from Sunni militants in the village of Badriyah, 15 kms West of Mosul. (AFP)

Iraqi forces launch string of attacks on Sunni militants

Kirkuk - 

Iraqi forces launched a string of attacks on Sunni militants on Tuesday, including at Saddam Hussein's hometown Tikrit, as US President Barack Obama declared his firmest commitment yet to targeting extremists.

Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta. (AFP)

FAA bans US airlines from flying over Syria

Washington - 

The US aviation regulator Monday ordered airlines based in the United States to stop flying over Syria, citing a "serious potential threat" to civil planes, including armed groups with anti-aircraft weapons.

Saudi prince robbed of 250,000 euros in Paris carjacking

Paris - 

Heavily armed robbers have attacked the motorcade of a Saudi prince in Paris, making off with 250,000 euros ($335,000) in cash and reportedly stealing "sensitive" documents, French police said Monday.

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