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Swedish court rejects Julian Assange's appeal to rescind arrest warrant

Julian AssangeAn appellate court in Sweden ruled Thursday to uphold an arrest warrant for Julian Assange in connection with a sexual assault case involving two women.

The Wikileaks founder has claimed he is the victim of a human rights scandal and that the charges were inventions to orchestrate his arrest and extradition to the U.S., where is wanted for questioning about the release of thousands of classified cables in 2010.

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Egypt's Genital-Mutilating Doc Goes Free

Female genital mutilation trialAn Egyptian court on Thursday handed down not guilty verdicts in the case of Raslan Fadl — the first doctor in Egypt to be tried for committing female genital mutilation (FGM), according to the rights group Equality Now.

The landmark case was closely watched by anti-FGM activists who hoped the verdict would set a precedent for enforcing a nationwide ban on the practice and deterring doctors and families from the damaging medical procedure.

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Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi to pay $315 million over whitewashed report

Bank of Tokyo-MitsubishiBank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi has agreed to pay $315 million to New York's banking regulator for submitting a whitewashed report about its improper handling of transactions involving countries subject to U.S. sanctions, the regulator said on Tuesday.

The report formed the basis for a $250 million settlement the bank, the largest in Japan, reached last year with New York's Department of Financial Services for stripping information from wires that would have helped authorities police transactions involving Iran, Burma and Myanmar from 2002 to 2007.

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Palestinians kill 4 in Jerusalem synagogue attack

Palestinians kill 4 rabbisTwo Palestinian cousins armed with meat cleavers and a gun stormed a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers Tuesday, killing four people in the city's bloodiest attack in years. Police killed the attackers in a shootout.

The attack ratcheted up fears of sustained violence in the city, which is already on edge amid soaring tensions over its most contested holy site.

Police said the dead worshippers were three Americans and a Briton, and that all held dual Israeli citizenship. The attack occurred in Har Nof, an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood that has a large population of English-speaking immigrants.

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Church of England OKs Female Bishops

Female bishops in UKThe Church of England has broken with centuries of tradition after its general synod amended church law to allow the appointment of female bishops. The first female bishop is expected to be installed in the new year.

And at Sunday service at St Mary Newington church in south London, there was a real sense of anticipation over the knowledge that from the following afternoon, women would be able to become bishops, some two decades after the Church of England first accepted women priests.

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Israel: IDF Shoot 10-Year-Old Palestinian Child in Neck Near Military Checkpoint

10 yr old child shot by IDFA 10-year-old Palestinian child has been shot and seriously wounded by Israel Defence Forces (IDF) soldiers after he approached a military checkpoint.

The unnamed boy approached the southern fence of the Kissufim checkpoint where loitering is outlawed, according to the Jerusalem Post.

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ISIL claims beheading of American aid worker in grisly online video

Peter KassigISIL fighters released a graphic video Sunday purporting to show the beheading of captured U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig.

The clip posted online did not show the murder itself, but showed a masked man standing with a decapitated head covered in blood lying at his feet. Speaking in English in a British accent, the man says: "This is Peter Edward Kassig, a U.S. citizen."

U.S. officials said they were working to determine the video's authenticity.

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