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As world leaders back America's muddled policy to intervene in Iraq (where previous intervention paved the way for ISIS's invasion) but not Syria (where Arab intervention enabled ISIL's initial successes) ... ... while "the most effective opponent of the Islamic State group" have been the Kurds whose relative autonomy insulated them from the mistakes of the American-backed regime in Baghdad and in recent fighting have captured approximately 14 villages: "British aid worker David Haines devoted his life to helping civilians in war zones and that is how he should be remembered, his family said Sunday as they grieved his death at the hands of Islamic State militants in Syria" ... ... and "the Briton threatened with execution next by militants from Islamic State in Iraq and Al-Sham is a Manchester taxi driver who drove a van full of aid to Syria to help children in the war-torn country": "Imams and leaders of Muslim societies in Britain have urged journalists and politicians to find an “alternative way” to refer to the [terrorist] group Islamic State. They say 'UnIslamic State' would be a more 'accurate and fair' description" ... ... but as Jews calling for the "embargo on Palestinian be lifted and asked for justice for Palestinians" march in the same parade with Muslims condemning the savagery ... ... Israeli leaders denounce the refuseniks who seek to wash their hands of the terrorism of political Zionism ... The former football coach of a young recruit to the terrorists' cause says "the speed with which Berisha went from playing for a Jewish football club to joining a radical jihadist group underlined "how strongly we have to confront this kind of racism or we are in real trouble" ... ... and the judge addressing the defendant as "a very young man, without a significant criminal record," offers him a reduced sentence in exchange for "full information ... about the inner workings of the group": Julian Assuange interviews former Guantanamo inmate Moazzam Begg and Asim Qureishi from Cageprisoners "about the Caliphate and Shari’ah in the Muslim World": The 18-year-old Somali refugee designs bold, edgy clothes for Muslim women that are 'on trend,' ... but modest enough to meet Muslim religious standards. She took first prize in Maine’s Future Business Leaders of America competition and the 'Girls Rock Award' for entrepreneurship from Hardy Girls, Healthy Women:

"In order to avoid causing any embarrassment for the State of Qatar, which we found to be a very welcoming and supportive host, some symbols of the Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing ... have now honored that request," an FJP leader said, but promised that the "revolution will continue" ...

... while in Egypt bail is granted to the recipient of the "harshest given to secular activists amid an ongoing government crackdown on Islamists [who] was granted a retrial last month on charges of organising an unauthorised protest, beating a police officer and stealing his walkie-talkie last November": "Recently received analyses make plain beyond question that every Israeli commander who ordered these operations in Gaza knew well before the first rocket or tank shell was fired that two thirds of the victims of these ‘operations’ would be women and children": Dropbox has handed "over content 103 times, and 'non-content'" such as "the name and email address associated with the account; the date of account creation and other transactional information like IP addresses' ... 80 times. The company also emphasised its commitment to notifying users of any governmental request for their data":


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