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The Islamic State group has released
footage showing five boys, including one
it identifies as British, carrying out the
killing of prisoners in Syria.
The children appear to be about ten to
13 years old and the boy captioned as
Abu Abdullah al-Britani is white.
The video shows the children shooting
dead five men identified as captured
Kurdish fighters who are kneeling.
The identity of the boy said to be
British could not be verified and the
Foreign Office has not commented.
The child is pictured in full military
fatigues and a black hat alongside four
other boys, and the prisoners are wearing
orange jump suits.
One of the children, identified as Abu
al-Bara al-Tunisi (the Tunisian), addresses
the Kurdish fighters in Arabic, promising
more violence and saying the battle
against them has not yet begun.
The other children are captioned as
Abu Ishaq al-Masri (the Egyptian), Abu
Abdullah al-Britani (the Briton), Abu
Fu'ad al-Kurdi (the Kurd) and Yusuf al-
Uzbaki (the Uzbek).
Children have featured prominently in
Islamic State propaganda in which the
militant group boasts about preparing the
next generation of fighters. (BBC)
'British' boy in Isis group execution video
A mass funeral has taken place
in Italy for some of the 290 people
killed in last Wednesday s powerful
Thirty-five victims from the town
of Arquata were mourned at a sports
hall in the regional capital, Ascoli
The coffins, laid out in rows on
the floor, included two painted white
for two children killed.
The death toll from the quake,
which struck a mountainous central
region, has again risen as more bodies
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was
among those attending the funeral
along with President Sergio Mattarel-
la, who earlier visited Amatrice, the
town with the most casualties.
Bishop Giovanni d'Ercole urged
those affected not to lose courage.
"Together, above all we will restore
life to our communities, starting
from our traditions and from the
rubble of death," he said.
One of the children's coffins con-
tained the body of Giulia Rinaldo,
whose younger sister survived the
earthquake because she was under
One of the firefighters, Andrea,
had left a moving note on Giulia's
coffin, apologising for arriving too
late, and signing it with a heart sym-
Flags are flying at half mast across
the country as Italy remembers vic-
tims of the quake.
More than 200 people died in
Amatrice alone. Along with Arquata
and Accumoli, Pescara del Tronto
was also hard-hit.
Many bodies have also been
brought to a makeshift morgue in
an aircraft hangar in the city of Rieti,
where relatives have been identifying
The first funeral for one of the
earthquake's victims was held last
Friday, for the son of a state official
who died in Amatrice.
At least 388 people have been
treated in hospital for their injuries
while more than 2,000 people were
The 6.2-magnitude quake hit in
the early hours of Wednesday, 100km
(65 miles) north-east of Rome.(BBC)
The governor of Maine has said
that people of colour were enemies
of his state, and appeared to
suggest they should be shot.
Speaking about Maine's effort to
combat drug crime, Paul LePage
said that "the enemy right now... are
people of colour or people of
"When you go to war... and the
enemy dresses in red and you dress
in blue, then you shoot at red," he
LePage made the comments
while seeking to clarify remarks he
made earlier in the week which
were criticised as racist.
LePage was asked about a
statement he made in January, in
which he blamed the state's heroin
problem on "guys by the name D-
Money, Smoothie, Shifty" who
"come from Connecticut and New
"They come up here, they sell
their heroin, then they go back
home. Incidentally, half the time
they impregnate a young, white girl
before they leave," he said.
Speaking last Wednesday, he
denied it was racist, but said that
since January he had been putting
together a binder cataloguing drug
arrests in the state, and that "90-
plus per cent of those pictures in
my book, and it's a three-ringed
binder, are black and Hispanic
Asked by reporters to provide the
binder, Mr LePage replied: "Let me
tell you something: Black people
come up the highway and they kill
Mainers. You ought to look into
He then stormed off, telling the
reporters: "You make me so sick."
US governor says
blacks are 'enemy'
Two people have been rescued
from an uninhabited Pacific island
after a US Navy helicopter spotted
their SOS sign.
The pilots spotted the sign drawn
into sand on East Fayu Island in
Micronesia and alerted the US Coast
It followed a week-long search for
Linus and Sabina Jack, both in their
50s, who were reported missing
when they failed to reach a nearby
The couple left Weno Island with
limited supplies and no emergency
equipment, the Navy said.
Teams looking for the couple
searched 16,571 square miles,
deploying 15 boats and two aircraft
A helicopter was sent to fly over
East Fayu after a search vessel,
British Mariner, reported seeing lights
on the uninhabited island.
"The Search and Rescue Operation
for Linus and Sabina Jack has been
successfully completed," said the US
Embassy in Kolonia, the capital of the
Federated States of Micronesia.
"They are found and are waiting
for a ship to take them home."
It is the second such case this year
in the region.
In April, three men were rescued
from the tiny, uninhabited
Micronesian island of Fanadik, after
their boat capsised two miles from
The men used palm fronds to
make a giant 'Help' sign in the sand
and used their lifejackets to signal.
They were rescued by a US Navy
search team after three days. (BBC)
Turkey has lifted a ban on
policewomen wearing the Islamic
Female officers will be able to
wear a headscarf under their caps
or berets, provided it is plain and is
the same colour as the uniform.
Headscarf bans on university
campuses and state institutions---
except for the judiciary, military and
police---have also been lifted in
The garment has been
controversial in Turkey for years.
Secularists regard it as a symbol of
Since the 1920s, Turkey has had a
secular constitution with no state
The opposition have accused
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
and his Islamist-rooted Justice and
Development Party (AKP) of trying
to reinterpret secularism.
However, public debate has also
evolved to accept the hijab as an
expression of individual liberties,
No strong opposition has been
voiced against this latest move.
President Erdogan has long
embraced Turks' right to express
their religious beliefs openly, but he
says he is committed to secularism.
In 2010, the country's universities
abandoned an official ban on
Three years later, women were
allowed to wear headscarves in
state institutions---with the
exception of the judiciary, military
and police. That year, four MPs wore
headscarves in parliament.
Most people in Turkey are Sunni
Guards stand vigil over Bolivia's Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Rodolfo Illanes lying in state, inside the
government palace in La Paz, Bolivia, last Friday. Striking Bolivian miners kidnapped and beat to death Illanes last
Thursday, in a shocking spasm of violence following weeks of tension over dwindling paychecks in a region hit
hard by falling metal prices. (AP PHOTOS)
Couple rescued from desert island
Mass funeral for
Italy quake victims
Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, left, comforts a woman yesterday at the end
of the state funeral service for some of the victims of the earthquake that
hit central Italy last Wednesday, in Ascoli Piceno, Italy.
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