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Friend Says Accused Killer of 11-Year-Old Girl ‘Literally Had Demons’

The teenager accused of stabbing an 11-year-old borough girl to death this week "literally had demons" and had shown a pattern of lashing out in anger, according to people who knew him and his family. (more…)

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Iraqi Vice President Says U.S. is ‘Absent’ From Leadership Role as International Power

The United States has no clear plan for dealing with the various crises it faces in the Middle East, according to one of the top US allies in the fight against ISIS. (more…)

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6-Year-Old Iraqi Christian Girl Freed From ISIS After 3 Years Reunites With Her Family

A six-year old Iraqi Christian girl, kidnapped by Islamic State when she was three, was reunited with her family on Friday, and getting used to saying "mum" and "dad" once more. (more…)

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Philippine Forces Struggle to Evacuate City of Marawi Overrun by Islamic Militants

Hundreds of desperate residents remained trapped in this besieged southern Philippine city on Monday, as local militants loyal to the Islamic State and backed by foreign fighters stubbornly held their ground against government troops. (more…)

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Philippine Military Discovers Bodies of 16 People Believed to Have Been Killed by ISIS-Linked Militants in Besieged City

The Philippine military said on Sunday that troops had found the bodies of 16 people believed to have been killed by Islamic militants, as fighting continued for a sixth day for control of Marawi City in the southern part of the country. (more…)

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Airstrikes on Islamic State-Held Town in Syria Kill Scores of People, Including Civilians

Airstrikes on an Islamic State-held town in eastern Syria have killed scores of people in recent days, a war monitoring group said Friday, as fighting there intensifies ahead of a U.S.-backed assault on the militants’ capital in nearby Raqqa. (more…)

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ISIS Attack on Displaced Civilians in Syria Kills 30 People

Islamic State militants staged a surprise attack early Tuesday in northeastern Syria, killing at least 30 people, most of them civilians who had fled fighting in areas of Syria and Iraq held by the extremist group, a Kurdish spokesman and Syrian activists said. (more…)

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Iraqi Vice President Says ISIS is Seeking Alliance With al Qaeda

Islamic State is talking to al Qaeda about a possible alliance as Iraqi troops close in on IS fighters in Mosul, Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi said in an interview on Monday. (more…)

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Jets Believed to be From Russia Hit Rebel Outpost in Syria Near Turkish Border

Jets believed to be Russian hit an outpost run by moderate rebel forces in northwestern Syria near a major border crossing with Turkey, killing at least one fighter and wounding several people, two rebel sources said on Sunday. (more…)

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Record Number of Children Were Killed in Syria Last Year

A record number of children were killed in Syria last year, more than a third of them in or near a school, the U.N. children's agency said ahead of the sixth anniversary of the war. (more…)

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