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Witnesses denounce response to Benghazi in emotional hearing

Witnesses denounce response to Benghazi in emotional hearing | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

The hotly anticipated hearing, which drew an army of reporters to the hearing room, seemed unlikely to shift the partisan battle lines on Benghazi. But it tackled some thorny questions. All sides agree that heavily armed assailants stormed the U.S. facility in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, and, in two separate attacks hours apart, killed Stevens and three other Americans.

 

But did President Barack Obama’s administration do everything it could to save Americans? Did senior aides try to cover up findings that the strike was the work of terrorists? Should former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pay a price? Or is this a Republican fishing expedition unfairly using the tragic death of four Americans for political gain?

 

While the testimony was underway, White House press secretary Jay Carney yet again cast overall criticism of the handling of the tragedy as a politicized attack, and branded Mitt Romney as the first offender.

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At least 21 killed, 42 injured as ISIS car bomb targets Shiite market near Baghdad 

At least 21 killed, 42 injured as ISIS car bomb targets Shiite market near Baghdad  | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

The attack targeted Shiite civilians who were attending a market, which sold livestock, fruit and vegetables, Iraq’s Interior Ministry said. Earlier Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and local officials said the bombing had targeted Shiite pilgrims who were making their way to the Imam Musa Kadhim shrine. 

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Nigeria: Dozens slaughtered and church burned down in latest Fulani massacre

Nigeria: Dozens slaughtered and church burned down in latest Fulani massacre | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

Up 40 people or more have been slaughtered in a new atrocity by an armed force of Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria's Enugu State, according to local reports.


In the run-up to the massacre, local news sites commented on the arrival of 500 heavily-armed herdsmen in and around seven villages in the Nimbo area.

Ten homes were razed by arson, cars and motorcycles were destroyed, animals killed and Christ Holy Church International also burnt to the ground, the Nigerian news site Vanguard reported. 

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Kabul suicide bombs: 64 dead and 347 wounded in explosion near US embassy

Kabul suicide bombs: 64 dead and 347 wounded in explosion near US embassy | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

A blast and then a plume of black smoke could bee seen rising from the vicinity of the sprawling US embassy in Kabul shortly before 9am (5.30am GMT) today.


Witnesses also reported hearing gunfire at least 30 minutes after the initial blast.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has already said the extremist militant group is responsible for the attack.

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For first time in Indonesia, non-Muslim caned under Islamic law

For first time in Indonesia, non-Muslim caned under Islamic law | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

A 60-year-old Christian woman convicted of selling alcohol was given a choice for her punishment: jail time or caning.


Remita Sinaga, a Protestant, received 28 lashes from a rattan cane Tuesday in the town of Takengon in Aceh province.


Sinaga was found guilty by a Central Aceh Islamic court of selling alcohol, after police seized 50 bottles of alcoholic beverages from her stall. Sinaga had been given a sentence of 30 lashes, but it was reduced to take into account time she spent in detention.

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Taliban Are Not Terrorists, or So Says the White House

Taliban Are Not Terrorists, or So Says the White House | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

“They do carry out tactics that are akin to terrorism. They do pursue terror attacks in an effort to try to advance their agenda,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained today, but “they have a different classification.”


Semantics aside, the Taliban is suspected in multiple attacks over just the last 48 hours that have killed more than 30 people, including a suicide bombing attack on a funeral in Afghanistan today that killed 16 and wounded 39.

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Muhammed appeared in a dream, inspired me to kill Jews

Muhammed appeared in a dream, inspired me to kill Jews | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

When Shatila Abu Iyadh set out two weeks ago to murder Jews in Rosh Ha’ayin, she was acting on orders she had received – in a dream.


The 22-year-old Kfar Qassem resident was indicted on Sunday on charges of attempted murder.

Two weeks ago, Abu Iyadh left her home in Kfar Qassem, and made her way to the nearby Afek industrial park, in between Rosh Ha’ayin and Kfar Qassem.

Armed with two knives, Abu Iyadh looked for potential targets as she walked down HaMelacha Street, eventually singling out 30-year old Reut Weitzman, a mother of three from nearby Kfar Saba.

After stabbing Weitzman, Abu Iyadh was eventually neutralized and captured.

A day after the attack, Abu Iyadh’s family denied the incident was terrorism.

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Susan Rice: Islamic State Not a Clash Of Civilizations

Susan Rice: Islamic State Not a Clash Of Civilizations | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

We have faced down and defeated much greater adversaries,” she said. “ISIL is not Nazi Germany. It is not the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. This is not World War III or the much-hyped clash of civilizations.”

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Saudi Arabia Warns of Economic Fallout if Congress Passes 9/11 Bill

Saudi Arabia Warns of Economic Fallout if Congress Passes 9/11 Bill | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.


The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill’s passage, according to administration officials and congressional aides from both parties, and the Saudi threats have been the subject of intense discussions in recent weeks between lawmakers and officials from the State Department and the Pentagon. The officials have warned senators of diplomatic and economic fallout from the legislation.

Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, delivered the kingdom’s message personally last month during a trip to Washington, telling lawmakers that Saudi Arabia would be forced to sell up to $750 billion in treasury securities and other assets in the United States before they could be in danger of being frozen by American courts.

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Girls choose to be suicide bombers to escape being raped by Boko Haram fighters

Girls choose to be suicide bombers to escape being raped by Boko Haram fighters | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

Young girls snatched from their villages by fighters from the world's deadliest terror group are volunteering to be suicide bombers to escape hunger and rape.


For the thousands of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram, having explosives strapped to their bodies or hidden in a basket on their heads is the only chance of escape.


One girl who escaped said when the terrorists asked "'Who wants to be a suicide bomber? 'The girls would shout, 'me, me, me'"

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Trainee Teacher Bought Components For Boston-Style Pressure Cooker Bomb To 'Die In The Name Of God'

Trainee Teacher Bought Components For Boston-Style Pressure Cooker Bomb To 'Die In The Name Of God' | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

The former trainee teacher was arrested in February after buying bomb-making equipment to construct a device that has been described as being similar to the ones used to kill six and maim hundreds at the 2013 Boston marathon. Among the materials purchased for the incomplete device were a pressure-cooker, ball bearings, and acetone bleach, a common bomb making ingredient.

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Taxi driver 'forced 15-year-old girl to perform sex act in a car'

Taxi driver 'forced 15-year-old girl to perform sex act in a car' | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

Oxford Crown Court heard an interview with a young woman who alleges to be a victim of a gang of seven men, including Assad Hussain (pictured) who raped and sexually abused her over 10 years.

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Senegal takes in 2 Libyan prisoners from Guantanamo

Senegal takes in 2 Libyan prisoners from Guantanamo | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

Salem Abdu Salam Ghereby, 55, and Omar Khalif Mohammed Abu Baker Mahjour Umar, who records show is about 44, were both members of the Libya Islamic Fighting Group, an organization that sought the ouster of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and had been designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. since 2004. 


Mahjour Umar had been held on suspicion of helping re-establish Al-Qaeda camps following their destruction by US bombings in 1998, and was identified as an explosives and weapons trainer, according to his leaked file.

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Muslim man yells 'Alluha Akbar' mid-flight - but he's just praying

Muslim man yells 'Alluha Akbar' mid-flight - but he's just praying | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

Terrified passengers on an American Airlines flight watch as the Muslim man stands next to the exit door yelling in Arabic.

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Serial rapist jailed for life

Serial rapist jailed for life | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

Liban Abdi, 28, was on bail for burglary when he sexually assaulted three women – including one in her 70s – on the same day.


He then raped a fourth woman after dragging her into a pub car park before being arrested by police again.

But when they let him out on bail he went on to pounce on another woman as she opened the front door of her home.

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Kerry on Terrorism’s Appeal: ‘Regular Meals, Companionship’ – Not Necessarily Religion

Kerry on Terrorism’s Appeal: ‘Regular Meals, Companionship’ – Not Necessarily Religion | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

“Daesh recruiting videos include a religious narrative but also point to an idyllic picture of Daesh families having picnics and going to amusement parks,” he continued.


Kerry said while “we still don’t have a fully satisfactory answer” as to why some people fall under terrorism’s spell, “we’ve got some pretty good clues.”

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Fulani Herdsmen Sack Enugu Community,  48 Feared Killed

Fulani Herdsmen Sack Enugu Community,  48 Feared Killed | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

Eyewitness accounts had it that the herdsmen in their numbers invaded the community in the early hours of Mondaywith guns, bows and arrows, machetes and swords and ensured that any human being within sight was hacked down.

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ISIS execute 250 women in Mosul for refusing to become sex slaves

ISIS execute 250 women in Mosul for refusing to become sex slaves | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

Said Mamuzini told the AhlulBayt news agency that 'at least 250' have so far been executed by ISIS in the city 'for refusing to accept the practice of sexual jihad, and sometimes the families of the girls were also executed for rejecting to submit to IS's request.'

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Debunking 911 Conspiracy Theories and Controlled Demolition Homepage

Debunking 911 Conspiracy Theories and Controlled Demolition Homepage | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

Staking their fortunes almost solely on Internet-based content may have been the 9/11 deniers’ biggest mistake. What seems like a perfect place for pseudoscience — the Internet is un-edited, without fact-checkers or minimum publishing standards of any kind — also became a perfect place for a rapid-response system of blogs and forums to fight back. Drawing on the freely available technical information from the NIST, FEMA, and academic journals which most colleges let their students access for free, skeptical sites like ScrewLooseChange.blogspot.com and debunking911.com are able to defuse 9/11 denier claims as they arise.

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Blood-thirsty ISIS video shows victims BEGGING for their lives before being slaughtered

Blood-thirsty ISIS video shows victims BEGGING for their lives before being slaughtered | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

It is the latest propaganda published by the blood-thirsty militant cult – also known as Daesh – and appears to be located in the Anbar Province, in Iraq.

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Alleged Brussels Terrorist Was Star Of Documentary About Successful Integration Of Immigrants

Alleged Brussels Terrorist Was Star Of Documentary About Successful Integration Of Immigrants | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

When Osama Krayem got a job with Malmo city council as a management intern, he may have been displaying the outward signs of assimilation that were expected of him, but what his employers did not know is that he was saving his salary to buy tickets to Syria. He worked for a year, before suddenly failing to turn up for work one day in 2014.


Osama had successfully joined the Islamic State and started posting pictures of his exploits on Facebook. A year later, Krayem has swapped the migrant enclave he had grown up in — Rosengard — for another. Traveling through Greece as a refugee, he came to reside in Molenbeek, Brussels, he took on took a leading role in organising the bomb attacks.

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Finnish Migrants Pose with Preteen Girlfriends on Social Media

Finnish Migrants Pose with Preteen Girlfriends on Social Media | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

On contacting the families of some of the girls, we were told,  “they are just friends, it’s normal for adult guys to call young girls beautiful and tell them they love them.”

Obviously, in Finland as it is in the west, this is not normal behavior.

In another conversation the mother of one of the children states “That’s pretty normal for adult males to be hanging out with 13 [year old] girls”

Another parent said her girl was supervised by adults, which is still, in our professional opinion, weird as fuck.

According to mvlehti.net one of the girls mothers works at a migrant camp. Her child is believed to be 10 and the parents are trying to teach her kids to be more multicultural and accepting.

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IS group killed 21 Christians in al-Qaryatain, says patriarch

IS group killed 21 Christians in al-Qaryatain, says patriarch | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

Some 21 Christians were murdered when almost 300 Christians remained in the city after IS captured it last August, said the head of the Syrian Orthodox Church.


They included three women, Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II told the BBC.

He said some died whilst trying to escape while the others were killed for breaking the terms of their "dhimmi contracts", which require them to submit to the rule of Islam.

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Student slain in Bangladesh criticized religious extremists on Facebook

Student slain in Bangladesh criticized religious extremists on Facebook | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

On his Facebook profile page, under religious views, Nazimuddin Samad wrote: “I have no religion.” In other posts, the 27-year-old law student wrote against religious extremism and criticized radical Islamists.


Those views may have been enough to get him killed.

Police in Bangladesh on Thursday identified Samad as the victim of a gruesome slaying in the capital, making him the latest person to be killed in the South Asian nation allegedly for criticizing fundamentalist Islam.

Despite domestic outrage and international concern, Bangladesh seems unable to prevent the grisly killings of secular voices, apparently at the hands of religious fundamentalists. In this overwhelmingly Muslim nation of 160 million people, which has long been described as favoring moderate Islam, at least four secular bloggers and one publisher of secular writings have been killed since 2015, allegedly by Muslim extremists.

Witnesses said between three and six armed men surrounded Samad at an intersection and began hacking him with machetes, in a similar fashion to the bloggers who were previously killed. Samad fell to the street and the attackers shot him before fleeing. Police said they recovered a bullet shell from the scene.

Citing witnesses, police said the assailants chanted, “Allahu Akbar,” or God is great, as they attacked Samad. Samad’s classmate told law enforcement officials that the suspects were dressed in everyday clothes and melted into a crowd of bystanders after the attack.

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ISIS mass grave with 42 people - including women and children

ISIS mass grave with 42 people - including women and children | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

The site had been filled with the remains of 24 civilians, including women and children, and 18 soldiers , a military source said told the Syrian state news agency.


The source told AFP: "The Syrian army...uncovered a mass grave of officers, soldiers, members of the popular committees and their relatives."

News agency SANA said the grave was in the north-eastern edge of Palmyra and that some of the bodies had been beheaded.

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The actions by ISIS takes against civilians is varied. This article highlights one of the many human rights violations committed by the terror group.

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ISIS extremists stone two civilians to death on charges of 'committing adultery'

ISIS extremists stone two civilians to death on charges of 'committing adultery' | The Pulp Ark Gazette | Scoop.it

A man and a woman were arrested on Wednesday under the pretext that they have committed adultery. The two victims were referred to the Sharia Court, which has ordered their immediate execution by publicly stoning them to death.


Also, the group on Monday beheaded a young woman in the city of Manbij on charges of communicating with the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG)–that are engaged in deadly battles with ISIS across Syria’s north and northeast.


ISIS militants beheaded the young girl near the roundabout of Dalla on the highway to Aleppo. The victim was accused of spying for the Kurdish YPG forces, local activists told ARA News.

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