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From Iraq to New York, a busy week for Islamic State group

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Assyrians wave their community's flag, as they march past a church that was damaged during the Lebanese civil war, during a protest in solidarity with Christians abducted in Syria and Iraq by Islamic State militants, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. The Islamic State group, which has repeatedly targeted religious minorities in Syria and Iraq, abducted more than 220 Assyrians this week in northeastern Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)BEIRUT (AP) — Little known to the wider world 18 months ago, the Islamic State extremist group has muscled its way into the international spotlight by carving out a self-declared caliphate in the heart of the Mideast, beheading its opponents and foreign journalists, and attracting radicalized youth as far afield as Paris, London and New York.

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Leonard Nimoy, a pop culture force as Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83 – Washington Post

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Leonard Nimoy, a pop culture force as Spock of 'Star Trek,' dies at 83
Washington Post
“Someday,” producer Gene Roddenberry said many decades ago, “I'm going to make a science-fiction series and put pointed ears on that guy.” The series was “Star Trek,” and the guy was Leonard Nimoy, who died Feb. 27 at 83. A tall, taut-faced actor, …
For Leonard Nimoy, Spock's Hold Made Reaching Escape Velocity FutileNew York Times
Nimoy inspired generations of sci-fi fansThe Courier-Journal
Ed Power: 'I felt a cold tingle of almost-grief when it was announced that Star Irish Independent
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Russian Opposition Leader Murdered in Moscow – Voice of America

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Russian Opposition Leader Murdered in Moscow
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Major Russian opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov was shot dead Friday night in central Moscow. The Interior Ministry said Nemtsov was shot four times from a passing car as he walked across a bridge over the Moscow River …
Russian and western leaders condemn murder of Boris NemtsovFinancial Times
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Putin critic may have been murdered by Islamic The Independent
Mourners Pay Tribute to Russian Politician Boris NemtsovNBCNews.com
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Hill fight features rumblings of Boehner coup – CNN

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Hill fight features rumblings of Boehner coup
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Washington (CNN) House Speaker John Boehner faces a looming threat from conservatives to oust him as speaker, and it's tying his hands on funding the Department of Homeland Security. Congress passed a one-week extension of funding just hours …
GOP Bombs On Homeland SecurityDaily Beast
US Congress avoids DHS shutdown with last-minute funding billFox News Latino
House will vote Friday to prevent Homeland Security shutdownThe Hill
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Israel Secretly Arrests Golani Druze, Accusing Him of Exposing Syrian Rebel-IDF Collaboration

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“Israel’s Shin Bet rearrested Golani Druze Sedki al-Maket (age 48).  Until his release in 2012 (Hebrew), he’d been the longest serving Israeli security prisoner, having spent 27 years detained.  News of his arrest is under gag order by Israeli media. The gag is laughable since the arrest has been reported not only by Syrian media, but in a Hebrew Facebook post.

Though Israeli security services haven’t offered any reason for his arrest, it’s likely they’re angered because a week ago he followed Syrian rebels to a meeting inside Israeli-occupied territory.  The rebels met with IDF forces who’ve previously been shown to receive logistical and intelligence support from Israel in previous reports here and in Israel and foreign media.  Al Maket filmed a video  while the meeting was underway, in which he described what he saw and offered it to Syrian TV.  It was aired to the entire nation and likely monitored by Israeli security.” (thanks Sami)

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U.S. gives Afghans $100 for killing their relatives

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“A child who died in a combat operation: $2,414. These are among the payments that the United States has made to ordinary Afghans over the course of American military operations in the country, according to databases covering thousands of such transactions obtained by The Intercept under the Freedom of Information Act.” “Some family members received as little as $100 for the death of a relative.”

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Zionist thuggery

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“Two Jewish Defence League UK thugs were today found guilty of assault after they attacked a panel at a Palestine literary festival in September.” “Simons said today: “This was fascist, Zionist thuggery … they’re driven, they’re messianic, it’s their own strange jihad. A prison sentence, if they get one, will be like a badge in scouts or girl guides. If I didn’t help the prosecution, when they do it next time there wouldn’t be a record – and there probably will be a next time.” ” (thanks Amir)

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Egypt lists Hamas as terrorist group

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An Egyptian court designates the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, accusing it of supporting an insurgency in northern Sinai.
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Looted Iraq museum opens 12 years on

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Iraq’s national museum officially reopens in Baghdad, 12 years after it was looted in the aftermath of the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
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India unbeaten at World Cup after UAE rout

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India's Rohit Sharma (L) embraces teammate Virat Kohli after their win during the World Cup Pool B victory against the UAE in Perth on February 28, 2015Perth (Australia) (AFP) – India's World Cup confidence continued to climb as they thrashed the United Arab Emirates by nine wickets in their Pool B match at Perth's WACA Ground on Saturday.

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