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Russian hitman arrested in Austria

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Police in the Austrian capital Vienna have arrested a suspected Russian hitman, who was reportedly living for at least three years under a false ID. The unidentified man, 38, fled Russia five years ago as he was being investigated for murders in the city of Novosibirsk, Austrian police said.

He is said to have carried out four killings and one attempted killing.

It is expected he will be handed over to Russia as soon as possible, Austrian state TV reports.

In keeping with Austrian privacy laws, he was named only as Anatoly R, the Associated Press says. He is said to have carried out his alleged crimes between 1997 and 2004 in the city in western Siberia. The suspect is also known by the nickname Celentano, an apparent reference to the Italian singer and actor Adriano Celentano, who was popular in the Soviet Union.

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Shootings and bombings leave 33 dead in Iraq

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A series of shootings and bombings have left at least 33 people dead across Iraq, officials say.

In Baghdad, the bodies of 18 people who had been executed were found in Shia and Sunni districts, including three men and two women from the same family.

Meanwhile, nine people died and 20 were injured in the city of Ramadi, west of the capital, when suicide bombers and gunmen attacked two police stations.

Sectarian violence has surged across the country in recent months.

The UN says 979 people – including 158 police and 127 military personnel – were killed in violent attacks in October. More than 6,500 civilians have died since January, the highest annual toll since 2008.

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Car bomb kilss 10 in Egypt

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A car bomb has killed ten soldiers in the Sinai region, Egypt, and injured 31 more. The suicide bomber triggered the car bomb when two minibuses carrying soldiers were passing by.

No responsability has been claimed for the attack.

Last month, there was another car bomb in the same egyptian region that killed four security officers and wounding four others.

 

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Virginia state Senator stabbed, son murdered

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A Virginia state senator has been stabbed multiple times in his house, where authorities found his son dead from a gunshot.

Creigh Deeds is in critical state from the stab wound he recieved to his head and torso. No suspects are being looked for.

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Somali African Union base striked by bomb

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The African Union base in the city of Beledweynbe, Somalia, was struck by a bomb attack.

Witnesses report a car rammed the front gates, blew up and then gunmen came in. The spokesman of the al-Shabab group, a group related to al-Qaeda, said the group was responsible for the attack.

The car was driven by a suicider bomber whose job was to open the gates and clear it from anyone near, then, gunmen came in and started shooting at people. Ten people are reported dead.

“…The situation is now under control”, said the senior police commander Col Abdulkadir Ali from the local police force.

The al-Shabab were also responsible for the attack of the Westgate shopping center las Septmber, which killed 67 people in a four day stage.

 

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Iran’s embassy in Lebanon blasted

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The embassy of Iran in the city of Beirut, capital of Lebanon, has been blasted with two bombs. At least 22 are reported dead and 140 injured.

A jihadist gropu related to al-Qaeda took responsability for the act. The head of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades described it as a “double martyrdom operation carried out by two heroes from the heroic Sunnis of Lebanon”.

The reports say one of the bombs was carried by a suicide bomber and the other in a car bomb.

The iranian ambassador blamed Israel for the attack, allegations that Israel denied.

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The wounded were soon taken care of

 

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Syrian rebel “beheaded by mistake”

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A rebel group in Syria, who is affiliated with al-Qaeda, is asking for forgiveness after they beheaded another rebel in a case of mistaken identity.

A video recently posted online showed members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) brandishing the severed, bearded head of a man, they said was an Iraqi Shia caught fighting on the government side. But other rebel fighters watching the video recognised the man and said he was one of their commanders.

The video of the beheading shows two ISIS fighters in Aleppo province – one holding a knife – brandish a severed, bearded head, denouncing their victim as an Iraqi volunteer for President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. They decry his immorality, saying he is a heathen – one of those who have threatened rape of men as much as women.

Other rebels identified the beheaded man. Members of the hardline Islamist rebel group, Harakat Ahrar al-Sham, said he was not a government fighter at all, but one of their own. They said he was a commander called Mohammed Fares Maroush.

He is believed to have been wounded in the recent battle for Base 80, south of Aleppo, with government forces and was being taken for medical treatment by rebel fighters.

But he seems to have been captured by fellow militia. The militia is dominated by Alawites, members of the president’s heterodox Shia sect.

Mr Fares is reported to have offered prayers that would have made him seem a Shia rather than a Sunni – and therefore on their side.

This was heard by ISIS fighters, and in the growing atmosphere of sectarian hatred, he was then subjected to his savage fate, our correspondent adds.

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