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Islamic State imposes media controls in Syrian province

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BEIRUT - Islamic State, the al Qaeda splinter group which has seized parts of Syria and Iraq, has told activists in Syria's Deir al-Zor province they must swear allegiance to it and submit to censorship, a monitoring group said on Friday.

Norway calls off terror alert, no longer sees imminent Islamist attack

OSLO - Norway's government called off a week-long terror alert on Thursday, saying an attack by a militant Islamist group with combat training in Syria was no longer seen as imminent.

World, Norway 31 Jul 2014

Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq: sources

BEIRUT - A Hezbollah commander has died during a mission in Iraq, sources familiar with the incident said on Wednesday, indicating the Lebanese group that is already fighting in Syria's civil war may be involved in a second conflict in the region.

World, Iraq 30 Jul 2014

Bombs in Syria's Aleppo kill 13 pro-Assad fighters: monitor

BEIRUT - Opposition forces in Syria exploded bombs in tunnels under Aleppo late on Tuesday and killed at least 13 fighters loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the northern city, a group tracking the violence said.

World, 29 Jul 2014

Australia issues arrest warrants over Syria severed head photos

SYDNEY - Australia has issued arrest warrants for a pair of Australian citizens believed to be fighting in Syria, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Tuesday, after images emerged of the two holding the severed heads of Syrian soldiers.

World, Australia, 29 Jul 2014

Australia issues arrest warrants over Syria severed head photos

SYDNEY - Australia has issued arrest warrants for a pair of Australian citizens believed to be fighting in Syria, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Tuesday, after images emerged of the two holding the severed heads of Syrian soldiers.

World, Australia 29 Jul 2014

U.N. warns of sanctions for oil trading with Syria, Iraq militants

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council expressed grave concern on Monday over reports that radical militants have seized oilfields and pipelines in Syria and Iraq and warned that anyone caught trading in oil from the "terrorist groups" could face sanctions.

World, Iraq, United Nations 28 Jul 2014

Islamic State militants open office for potential wives: monitor

BEIRUT - Islamic State insurgents have opened an office in northern Syria where single women and widows can register to marry fighters from the radical al Qaeda offshoot, a monitoring group said on Monday.

World, United Nations, 28 Jul 2014

Syria retakes Homs gas field from hardline group

BEIRUT - Syrian army said on Sunday it recaptured a gas field east of the central city of Homs that was seized by hardline Islamic State fighters earlier this month.

World, 27 Jul 2014

Islamic State kills Syrian soldiers, captures parts of base: group

BEIRUT - Fighters from al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State killed at least 50 Syrian army soldiers and took over parts of their base on Friday outside the northern city of Raqqa, as the radicals escalated their attacks on government forces, a monitoring group said.

World, 25 Jul 2014

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