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ISIS hunting down ex-police, soldiers in campaign to prevent uprising

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The Islamic State group is conducting a purge, killing dozens of former policemen and soldiers living in areas of Iraq under its control, in a campaign apparently aimed at preventing any uprising against its extremist rule.

Former officers have been gunned down in their homes, rounded up and shot in groups or killed in public squares as an example to others in recent weeks, particularly in the northern city of Mosul, the largest city in the swath of territory bridging Iraq and neighboring Syria that the militant group controls.

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Israel's 'Iron Dome' rocket system heading to the seas

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Israel's "Iron Dome" is heading to the seas, the maker of the rocket-blocking defense system says.

State-owned defense contractor Rafael wants to leverage the system's much-vaunted success in protecting Israeli civilians in this summer's Gaza war, hoping to draw navies as buyers for a new maritime version seen as especially useful in protecting national economic resources at sea like oil and gas platforms.

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Ukraine, Russia Work Out Gas Deal

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Russia said gas supplies to Ukraine could resume as early as next week after Ukraine pays after Ukraine pays the first installment on its debt.

Alexei Miller, the chief of Russia's state-controlled Gazprom said Friday a multibillion-dollar deal worked out by Russia, Ukraine and the European Union will guarantee Russian gas supplies to Ukraine and other parts of Europe.

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American Pleads Guilty to Terror Charge After Failed Bid to Join IS

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An American man who tried but failed to join the Islamic State militant group faces 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in the United States on Thursday for attempting to support a terrorist group.

The case against 44-year-old Donald Ray Morgan escalated in early August, when he was arrested at an airport near New York City on an unrelated federal gun charge.

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Tensions High as Israel Reopens Disputed Holy Site

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Tensions were running high at a disputed Jerusalem holy place on Friday as Palestinians gathered for Muslim prayers under tight Israeli security.

Nearly 3,000 Israeli police and soldiers deployed in and around Jerusalem's Old City as Israel reopened the Mosque of Al-Aqsa, the site Jews call the Temple Mount.

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Researchers identify sophisticated Chinese cyberespionage group

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A coalition of security researchers has identified a Chinese cyberespionage group that appears to be the most sophisticated of any publicly known Chinese hacker unit and targets not only U.S. and Western government agencies but dissidents inside and outside China.

News of the state-sponsored hacker group dubbed Axiom comes a week before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and two weeks before U.S. President Barack Obama are due to arrive in Beijing for a series of high-level talks, including on the issue of cybersecurity.

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