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"Six senior Islamic scholars have endorsed the fatwa ... describing Britons allied to Islamic State cells as 'heretics'" and stating that they should fulfill their "'moral obligation' to help those in war-torn Syria and Iraq ... without betraying their own societies": "Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town" ... ... but IS's skill at "adapting shows the scale of problems ahead for ... Obama, the Pentagon and U.S.-backed Iraqi and Kurdish forces, as they struggle to reclaim ground from the Sunni militants, who have seized a third of both Iraq and Syria, and want to establish a jihadist hub in the heart of the Arab world": In Egypt, international "[r]ights defenders had until Tuesday to agree to government interference or face closure. But after a fierce international backlash the deadline was delayed on Sunday until November" ... ... while the  the Giza Criminal Court  has decided it shall only kill Mohamed Badie once: Israeli spent half of its annual $3 billion allowance from the U.S. on the Gaza massacres, but don't expect daddy to put his foot down: ... as Israel adds theft to murder in what "Peace Now, an Israeli group that monitors settlements, said this is the biggest 'land confiscation' since the 1980s": For years she refused to wear one, then she insisted on wearing one, then she abandoned it, now she has taken a job that will require it. It's a woman's right to change her mind: As Libya continues to unravel, a U.S. facility falls and residents confront a choice between abandoning their homes to looting or risking abduction by militants: "Mr Khawaja's lawyer, Mohammed al-Jishi, said Ms Khawaja, the co-director of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, was denied entry and told that she had been stripped of her Bahraini citizenship. She was later granted a visa but was detained for seven days": "Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers ... on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment ... as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict. Other U.N. peacekeepers were able to flee from a different encampment":

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