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Slain Salvadoran archbishop’s beatification a rallying point

AP Photo/Anonymous SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — To some he was a champion of the poor, a defender of human rights during some of El Salvador’s darkest days. Others called him a supporter of armed revolution, a Marxist guerrilla clothed in a cleric’s cassock....
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Revolt from indigenous base challenges Bolivia’s Morales

AP Photo/Juan Karita LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Just months after President Evo Morales won re-election with a convincing three-fifths of the vote, Bolivia’s first indigenous president is suddenly up against a formidable opposition. It comes not from the conservative...
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Lonely man finds a home in Islam, and then in Islamic State

AP Photo/New Zealand 3 News/MediaWorks WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Before he left New Zealand, Mark Taylor spoke with a local television network. “I’ve been lonely all my life,” he said. “Been rejected by people. Used by people. Abused by...
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A Georgian region is fertile ground for Islamic State

AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov BIRKIANI, Georgia (AP) — In the summer of 2012, a former Georgian Army corporal who had served prison time for illegal possession of ammunition burned his photo albums and quit his native village. Tarkhan Batirashvili had wanted to become a policeman,...

From middle-class Australian to Islamic State bride

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Quietly – almost secretly – Zehra Duman morphed from private school student to Islamic State bride and online recruiter for the movement. Her family did not see it coming. So when the 21-year-old Turkish-Australian gave up her...
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For one Dutchman, life morphed from discos to jihad

AP Photo LEIDEN, Netherlands (AP) — The father says he did not raise his son as a Muslim – and he regrets his decision now. Maybe if Reda Nidalha, born and bred in the historic Dutch university city of Leiden, had learned about moderate Islam, it would have been...
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Facing child support, Minneapolis man joins the jihad

AP Photo MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Abdifatah Ahmed struggled for years to make ends meet. After losing his $15-an-hour job fueling airliners in Minneapolis, the Somali-American father of nine survived on low-wage jobs and public assistance. He complained about working hard, but...
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Embittered, Moroccan leaves family for Islamic State

AP Photo/Rachid Tniouni RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Journalists and activists in Morocco during the heady days of the Arab Spring knew Anas Haloui, a slight, serious, wispy-bearded man in his 30s who would bombard them with emails about the plight of jailed Islamists. Unlike many...
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Legion of foreign fighters battles for Islamic State

AP Photo PANKISI GORGE, Georgia (AP) — One day this April, instead of coming home from school, two teenagers left their valley high in the Caucasus, and went off to war. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, a 20-year-old stole her friend’s passport to make the same hazardous...

South Sudan: Casualties as UN compound is bombed

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Four civilians, including a woman and a child, were killed on Tuesday when two mortar bombs exploded inside a U.N. compound in the town of Melut in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, the U.N. reported on Wednesday as rebel forces and government...