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British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video

LONDON/BAGHDAD - A British Muslim leader called for action on Thursday to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley, held hostage in Syria. | Video

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U.S. watchdog finds Pentagon broke law in Bergdahl transfer

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department violated U.S. law by failing to alert Congress before releasing five Taliban members held at Guantanamo Bay military prison in exchange for a captured U.S. soldier, a government watchdog agency said on Thursday.

U.S., 21 Aug 2014

Thailand's junta upbeat on economy, but not out of woods yet

BANGKOK - Thailand's junta wants to sell a positive story about its coup saving a troubled economy from recession, and while it seems to have business on board there is little evidence yet of a sustainable, broad-based recovery.

Thailand 21 Aug 2014

U.N. rights chief rebukes Security Council for failures to act

UNITED NATIONS - Outgoing U.N. rights chief Navi Pillay rebuked the U.N. Security Council on Thursday for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined national interests ahead of intolerable human suffering and grave breaches of global peace and security.

United Nations 21 Aug 2014

Turkish foreign minister set to be Erdogan's new PM

ANKARA - Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his future prime minister on Thursday and said a power struggle with a U.S.-based cleric, a Kurdish peace process and a new constitution would be his top priorities. | Video

21 Aug 2014

Kuwait releases detained cleric suspected of financing militants

KUWAIT - Kuwaiti authorities on Thursday released a prominent Sunni Muslim cleric they had detained the previous day after the United States put him on a sanctions list over suspicions he funded militants in Iraq and Syria, his lawyer told Reuters.

United Nations 21 Aug 2014

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