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Iraq: Mass graves discovered near Hawija – BBC News

The regional governor says so-called Islamic State turned an airbase into an execution ground. Mass graves containing at least 400 bodies have been found near Hawija, an Iraqi city that was occupied by Islamic State (IS) fighters until last month. Kirkuk province’s governor, Rakan Said, said they were found at …

IS destroys iconic al-Nuri mosque in Mosul

FILE – This Sept. 25, 1998 file photo shows the tilting al-Hadba minaret in Mosul, Iraq. IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Islamic State group destroyed Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures Wednesday night, Iraq’s Ministry of Defense said. …

Egypt IS leader vows to escalate attacks on Christians

CAIRO (AP) — The leader of the Islamic State affiliate in Egypt has vowed to escalate attacks against Christians, urging Muslims to steer clear of Christian gatherings and western embassies as they are targets of their group’s militants. “Targeting the churches is part of our war on infidels,” the unidentified …

Arrests highlight Pakistan’s struggle with extremism

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities said Monday they have arrested 22 people involved in the lynching of a university student who was accused of blasphemy and detained a teenage woman who had been recruited by the Islamic State group for a foiled attack on a church. Word of the arrests …

AP Explains: Who are Egypt’s Coptic Christians?

CAIRO (AP) — They trace their founding to the voyage to Alexandria of St. Mark, the apostle of Jesus and New Testament author. Just a decade or two after the original Easter, which Christians celebrate around the world, tradition states that Mark founded their church, one of the earliest in …

Poll: Americans divided on admitting refugees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Where immigrants are concerned, James Wright is OK with people who are here legally, as well as illegally — if they haven’t committed crimes. But turn the talk specifically to the risks and benefits of admitting refugees to the U.S., and the New Jersey resident gives a …

Egypt Christians flee Sinai as sixth of their kin killed

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian inside his home in northern Sinai, the sixth such killing in a month’s time in the restive region, officials said Friday, prompting some Christian families to flee from the area for fear of being targeted next. The militants …

US misfires in online fight against Islamic State

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — On any given day at MacDill Air Force Base, web crawlers scour social media for potential recruits to the Islamic State group. Then, in a high-stakes operation to counter the extremists’ propaganda, language specialists employ fictitious identities and try to sway the targets from joining IS …