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UK Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video

London/Baghdad—A British Muslim leader called for action to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley, held hostage in Syria. In Washington, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the threat from Islamic State was “beyond anything we’ve seen” and the U.S. Justice Department opened a criminal investigation into the death of Foley on the video, which featured a masked man speaking English with a British accent.

Gaza gunmen kill 18 Israeli spies

Gaza City—Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque and shot after midday prayers, in response to Israel’s deadly airstrikes against top Hamas leaders. Two of those killed were women, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, which called for an immediate halt to what it said were “extra-judicial executions.” Hamas media portrayed the killings as the beginning of a new crackdown, under the rallying cry of “choking the necks of the collaborators.”

Gen. Dempsey envisions Islamic militants ‘end-of-days’

Washington—America’s top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an “apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision” in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of partners confront it head-on in Syria. “They can be contained, not in perpetuity,” Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a news conference.

Politics of Kashmir

Kuldip Nayar

ARTICLE 370 is not meant to reflect the liberal tilt in the Indian Constitution. It is specific. It gives a special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir — a status which the people of Jammu and Kashmir won after waging a long, tough fight for freedom both from the British and the Maharaja ruling the state.

Russia’s History Is Incomplete

Ivan Sukhov

AUGUST in Russia is a big month for anniversaries. Aug. 19, 1991, saw a conservative military coup in Moscow; its failure signaled the terminal phase of the fall of the Soviet Union. On Aug. 23, it will have been 75 years since Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov and German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop signed a non-aggression treaty in Moscow. Both these events have almost been forgotten. But studying them certainly wouldn’t be a waste of time for anyone trying to understand modern Russia.

The Unopposed Intervention

Yu Lintao

FOR the past several months, in the face of the brutality launched by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in northern Iraq, which was previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the “world police” appeared to have been taken off guard. Despite the surprising setback, it is not too late to prevent more humanitarian crises in the war-torn country.

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