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German Minister: Qatar Financing IS Jihadists

Germany's development aid minister, Gerd Mueller, on Wednesday accused Qatar of financing the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) operating in Syria and Iraq.

"A story like this always has a history," he said in an interview with public broadcaster ZDF. "Who is financing these troops? Hint: Qatar."

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IS Claims Beheading of Journalist, Warns U.S. against Iraq Strikes

Jihadists released a video apparently showing the beheading of an American journalist kidnapped in Syria, in the most direct retaliation yet to nearly two weeks of U.S. air strikes on Iraq.

As calls mounted for Washington to expand its military intervention against the Islamic State, the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group threatened to kill another U.S. reporter if bombings did not stop.

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Jordan Air Force Captain Turned Jihadist Killed in Syria

A Jordanian air force captain who joined jihadists in Syria to fight against President Bashar Assad's forces was killed in battle on Tuesday, a Salafist source said.

Ahmad Atallah Shbeib al-Majali reportedly deserted to fight alongside Al-Nusra Front, the Syrian franchise of Al-Qaeda, before joining the extremist Islamic State group.

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U.S. Blames Hamas for Gaza Truce Collapse

The United States blamed rocket fire from Gaza for a breakdown in indirect talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities on a durable ceasefire Tuesday, and said Hamas bore responsibility.

"Hamas has security responsibility for Gaza... Rocket fire came from Gaza," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, blaming the Palestinian Islamist group for renewed fighting.

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World Must Act to Halt Iraq 'Genocide,' Says Yazidi Leader's Son

The world is not doing enough to halt a "genocide" of Iraq's Yazidi, the son of the religious minority's leader said Tuesday, blaming international inaction for a recent massacre.

"We call upon the free world to immediately act," said Breen Tahseen, an Iraqi diplomat based in Britain and the son of Prince Tahseen Saeed Bek, the leader of the Yazidi people.

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Saudi Prince Robbed in Paris Was 'Playboy Son of Former King'

The Saudi prince who fell victim to a spectacular armed raid in Paris, losing 250,000 euros in the process, was the youngest son of the former King Fahd with something of a globetrotting playboy reputation, it emerged Tuesday.

Sources at Le Bourget airport, where the prince's private jet was waiting, and police sources told Agence France Presse the victim was Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd, the multi-millionaire son of King Fahd, who died in 2005.

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Libya Shuts 2 TV Stations Taken Over by Islamists

Libyan authorities have decided to shut down two public television stations taken over by Islamist militias embroiled in clashes in Tripoli, a government official said Tuesday.

"The authorities have closed 'Libya al-Wataniya' which had been under the control of the provisional government and 'Libya al-Ramia' which was the voice of parliament," the official said, asking not to be named.

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Jihadist Islamic State Has 50,000 Members in Syria

The jihadist Islamic State has more that 50,000 fighters in Syria and recruited 6,000 last month alone, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

The group, which relies on activists, doctors and lawyers on the ground in Syria for its reporting, said July saw the Islamic State's largest recruitment yet.

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Israel Hits Gaza, Suspends Cairo Talks after Rocket Fire

Israel and Palestinian militants resumed fire across the Gaza border on Tuesday, sparking panic across the war-torn enclave and halting truce talks.

Gaza emergency services said that a woman and a child were killed and 16 people injured in one strike in Gaza City.

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Arab Bank, Respected Multi-National in Dock for Terror

Arab Bank, on trial in New York for allegedly supporting terrorism, is one of the biggest and most prestigious Arab banking giants in the world.

Founded in 1930 by Abdel Hamid Shoman, a Palestinian from Jerusalem who worked as a peddler in New York then returned home to start his empire, it started out as the first private sector financial institution in the Arab world.

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