Islamic State leader Baghdadi ‘raped’ Kayla Mueller

Kayla Mueller’s death was announced in February this year An American aid worker who was killed in February while held hostage by Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, was sexually abused by the group’s top leader, US officials tell ABC news. Kayla Mueller, 26, was repeatedly raped by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, they said. Counterterrorism officials More...

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By RNSnews On Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
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Tomislav Salopek: Croatia fears for Egypt hostage

Tomislav Salopek had been working in Egypt for the French geoscience company CGG Croatia says it fears the worst for one of its nationals abducted in Egypt but cannot confirm he has been beheaded by militants affiliated More...

By RNSnews On Thursday, July 30th, 2015
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The Impossible Choices Syrian Refugees Have To Make To Help Their Children Survive

MAFRAQ, Jordan (RNS) — Gathered on the desert floor, the Askar family chants prayers for their 1-year-old daughter Jawahir, who died of malnutrition and is buried beneath the sands of their informal refugee More...

By RNSnews On Friday, July 10th, 2015
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This Is What Life In Gaza Looks Like, One Year After The War

July 8 marked the somber first anniversary of the start of the 2014 summer war in Gaza, when Israel and Palestinian militants battled one another for fifty days. The war resulted in 2,251 Palestinian deaths — More...

By RNSnews On Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
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Deadly attacks hit Egypt’s Sinai peninsula

At least 600 Egyptian security personnel have been killed in militant attacks since 2013 At least 10 soldiers have been killed and injured in a wave of attacks by suspected jihadist militants in Egypt’s Sinai More...

By RNSnews On Monday, June 29th, 2015
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Exclusive: In turf war with Afghan Taliban, Islamic State loyalists gain ground

An Afghan National Army soldier (ANA) inspects passengers at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Jalalabad province June 29, 2015.Reuters/Parwiz Fighters loyal to Islamic State have seized substantial territory in More...

By RNSnews On Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
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Assad troops and rebels targeting civilians in Syria: UN

A boy stands on a balcony at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in al-Kalaseh neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Abdalrhman More...

By RNSnews On Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
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Al-Qaida ‘cut off and ripped apart by Isis’

Abu Qatada and Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi say terror group’s leader is isolated from commanders, while insiders say group has been drained of Middle East recruits Ayman al-Zawahiri is isolated, scholars allied to More...

By RNSnews On Saturday, June 6th, 2015
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Yemen rebels fire Scud in new threat to peace talks

Sanaa (RNS) – Yemeni rebels flexed their muscles Saturday by firing a Scud missile at Saudi Arabia just days before they are to sit down with the exiled, Saudi-backed regime for peace talks in Switzerland. Saudi More...

By RNSnews On Saturday, June 6th, 2015
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Israeli rights groups join battle to save symbol of Arab resistance to evictions

The fate of the West Bank Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya has attracted worldwide attention. Now bulldozers are set to displace its residents yet again Palestinian children in the playground of Khirbet More...