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Barcelona unveils 'shame counter' that tracks refugee deaths

Barcelona - Spain's seaside city of Barcelona on Thursday unveiled a large digital counter that will track the number of refugees who die in the Mediterranean, next to one of its popular beaches.

US-led coalition raids kill 15 civilians in Syria: monitor

Birut - At least 15 civilians were killed and dozens wounded in air strikes by a US-led coalition in Syria, a monitor said.The strikes hit a northern town controlled by the Islamic State jihadist group, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Church attacker threatened France in new video

Washington - A jihadist-linked news agency released a video showing one of the France church attackers threatening the country, a monitoring group said.

Al-Qaeda and Syria branch Al-Nusra Front split up

Birut - The Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra Front, announced Thursday it was breaking ties with the global terror network, in a video showing its leader Abu Mohamad al-Jolani for the first time.

Thousands of children detained in security clampdowns: HRW

New York - Thousands of children have been detained and many tortured during security operations carried out in response to threats from extremists such as the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, and Boko Haram in Nigeria, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Libya forces 'retake' Benghazi district from jihadists

Benghazi - Libyan forces loyal to a controversial general have wrestled back control of a Benghazi neighbourhood from jihadists, following months of fighting to drive the Islamists from the country's second city.

Brazil's Lula petitions UN over corruption probe 'abuses'

London - Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Thursday filed a petition with the UN Human Rights Committee outlining alleged abuses of power in the corruption case he is embroiled in.

France names second priest attacker

Paris - French prosecutors on Thursday identified the second jihadist involved in the brutal killing of an elderly priest, as calls mounted for the prime minister and interior minister to resign after the latest terror attack.

Indonesian executions a "complete mess": lawyer

Cilacap - Indonesia executed four drug convicts on Friday but 10 others due to face the firing squad were given an apparent reprieve in a confused process one lawyer condemned as a "complete mess".

Syria, Russia cluster munition use 'relentless': HRW

Birut - Human Rights Watch accused the Syrian regime and its ally Russia on Thursday of extensively using banned cluster munitions in their offensive against rebels in the war-torn country.

Spain king tasks acting PM Rajoy with forming new government

Madrid - Spain's king tasked acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Thursday with the delicate mission of forming a government and unblocking seven months of political paralysis after a second round of inconclusive elections.

The Syrian Al-Nusra Front

Birut - Al-Nusra Front, whose leader on Thursday announced its break from Al-Qaeda, is a well-organised, battle-hardened jihadist group allied with rebels fighting the Syrian regime.

Corsican MPs urge France to shut radical mosques

Ajaccio - Corsican lawmakers on Thursday called on the French state to close down radical mosques on the Mediterranean island, hours after an underground separatist movement issued a threat against Islamic extremists.

Trammin' in the name of the Lord: Pope takes a ride

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis became the first pontiff to hop on an ordinary city tram on Thursday, on his way to the opening ceremony of an international Catholic extravaganza in Poland.

Pope Francis falls in Poland, escapes injury

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis fell Thursday after stumbling on an altar step during a visit to Poland but quickly got back to his feet, without injury.

Turkey sees over 40% drop in visitors amid security crisis

Ankara - The number of foreigners visiting Turkey dropped over 40 percent in June to its lowest level this year as the impact of attacks and previous tensions with Russia caused havoc for the vital tourism industry, statistics showed Thursday.

Italy launches campaign to warn migrants of risks

Rome - Italy on Thursday launched a hard-hitting campaign on the internet, TV, radio and social media to warn African migrants of the many dangers they face in trying to reach Europe.Dubbed "Aware Migrants," the 1.5-million-euro ($1.

France, UK call for end to 'disastrous' Aleppo siege

Paris - French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his British counterpart Boris Johnson called Thursday for the Syrian regime and its allies to end their "disastrous" siege on the city of Aleppo.

Defiant Merkel defends refugee stance after attacks

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday rebuffed calls to reverse her welcoming stance toward refugees after a series of brutal attacks in the country.
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