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Jun 17, 2013

Putin and Obama set to spar over Syria arms at G8

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (Reuters) – Western leaders criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting Syria’s Bashar al-Assad in his battle to crush a two-year-old uprising, setting the stage for what could be a difficult meeting of world leaders over Monday and Tuesday.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who chairs the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, acknowledged there was “a big difference” between the positions of Russia and the West on Syria. Moscow said it would not permit no-fly zones to be imposed over Syria.

Jun 11, 2013

Police scuffle with anti-G8 UK protesters

LONDON (Reuters) – Police scuffled with scores of anti-G8 demonstrators in central London and surrounded a building where protest organizers were meeting on Tuesday before a summit of world leaders in Britain next week.

Isolated scuffles broke out when police moved in to arrest individuals as a main group of around 30 to 50 activists, mostly dressed in black, banged on drums and blew whistles as they ran through the capital.

Jun 8, 2013

G8 host Britain calls for action to save children from hunger

LONDON (Reuters) – Setting the stage for this month’s G8 summit of rich industrialized countries, British Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday called for fresh approaches to help eliminate malnutrition and hunger among the world’s poorest children.

As donors, charities and officials gathered for Saturday’s Nutrition for Growth event, up to 45,000 people rallied in London demanding global leaders take specific steps to tackle hunger when they meet in Northern Ireland later this month.

May 28, 2013

Family of London murder suspect says ashamed by soldier’s slaying

LONDON (Reuters) – The family of a man suspected of hacking a British soldier to death on a London street condemned the attack as senseless on Tuesday, distancing itself from the murder which has provoked an anti-Muslim backlash.

Lee Rigby, a 25-year-old soldier, was butchered in broad daylight by two men who said they killed him in the name of Islam. Police shot and wounded the assailants, both Britons of Nigerian descent, at the scene.

May 23, 2013

British Prime Minister seeks answers after soldier hacked to death

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron convened an emergency meeting of his intelligence chiefs on Thursday after two Islamists hacked a soldier to death with meat cleavers on a south London street.

A dramatic clip filmed by an onlooker just minutes after Wednesday’s killing showed a man with hands covered in blood shouting Islamic slogans and promising revenge on Britain for its participation in wars in the Muslim world.

May 22, 2013

Soldier hacked to death in suspected Islamist attack

LONDON (Reuters) – A British soldier was hacked to death by two men shouting Islamic slogans in a south London street on Wednesday, in what the government said appeared to be a terrorist attack.

A dramatic clip filmed by an onlooker just minutes after the killing showed a man with hands covered in blood, brandishing a bloodied meat cleaver and a knife.

May 22, 2013

British soldier hacked to death in suspected Islamist attack

LONDON (Reuters) – A British soldier was hacked to death by two men shouting Islamic slogans in a south London street on Wednesday, in what the government said appeared to be a terrorist attack.

A dramatic clip filmed by an onlooker just minutes after the killing showed a man with hands covered in blood, brandishing a bloodied meat cleaver and a knife.

May 1, 2013

From Toronto to Dagestan; Canadian jihadi draws parallels with Tsarnaev

UTAMYSH, Dagestan, Russia (Reuters) – A mess of rubble, ash and charred vehicles is all that’s left at the desolate farmhouse where a Canadian Muslim convert died fighting his last battle alongside Islamist insurgents in the Russian region of Dagestan.

At the time, few people beyond local villagers noticed William Plotnikov’s death in a region where skirmishes occur daily. But almost a year on, Plotnikov has emerged into the limelight following the Boston Marathon bombings.

May 1, 2013

Tsarnaev homeland Chechnya: rebuilt from war, ruled by fear

GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) – When it was last in the international spotlight, Chechnya was in ruins, its capital Grozny reduced to dust by the deadliest artillery and air onslaught in Europe since World War Two.

Today, when the naming of two Chechens as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put it back on the world’s front pages, Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn.

Apr 28, 2013

Exclusive: Boston bomb suspects’ parents retreat to village, cancel U.S. trip

UNDISCLOSED LOCATION IN NORTH CAUCASUS, Russia (Reuters) – The parents of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects have retreated to a village in southern Russia to shelter from the spotlight and abandoned plans for now to travel to the United States, the father of the suspects told Reuters on Sunday.

Anzor Tsarnaev said he believed he would not be allowed to see his surviving son Dzhokhar┬č, who was captured and has been charged in connection with the April 15 bomb blasts that killed three people and wounded 264.