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Rapper Eyed in Beheading of James Foley

UK intelligence said to have found a suspect

(Newser) - British officials say they've identified the ex-pat who beheaded James Foley but won't yet release his name, the Sunday Times reports. Investigators narrowed the case down to four suspects—including a British doctor's brother and an ex-gang member who went to Syria—but UK rapper Abdel-Majed Abdel... More »

Ex-Hostage: 'John' the Jihadist Beheaded James Foley

Hostages dubbed captors 'the Beatles' because of UK accents

(Newser) - A former hostage says he went by the name "John." Now the FBI and British intelligence are trying to identify the UK-born jihadist who led a group of captors in Syria and likely beheaded James Foley. "John" was a smart, educated, fervent believer in radical Islam, an... More »

Could Ransom Have Saved James Foley?

Islamic State demanded a multimillion-dollar ransom for his release

(Newser) - Special forces reportedly tried to free journalist James Foley in Syria earlier this summer, but to no avail. A ransom, however, may have gotten the job done. The Islamic State, which filmed the decapitation of the 40-year-old video journalist who'd been held hostage since 2012, had demanded a multimillion-dollar... More »

Syrian Rebels Accidentally Behead a Syrian Rebel

Al-Qaeda linked group apologizes

(Newser) - Everybody makes mistakes at work. Here at Newser, that means making a typo. For fighters in al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel groups, it means beheading the wrong guy. Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria posted a video online recently in which they showed off a severed, bearded head, saying it... More »

Facebook: Decapitation Video Not OK After All

But will still allow other violent content

(Newser) - After on Monday defending a gory video of a man beheading a woman posted on the site, Facebook has done a 180, deciding the violent video wasn't OK after all and removing the offending clip. The site initially deemed such violent content fine as long as it wasn't... More »

Facebook: Beheadings Now OK, but No Breasts

Ban on gore lifted, as long as acts are condemned

(Newser) - Facebook users might want to brace for bloodier newsfeeds: The site has quietly dropped a ban on gory photos and videos, including those showing beheadings. Gory videos were temporarily banned earlier this year, but the policy has now changed again, the BBC found when investigating a complaint about Facebook's... More »

Saudi Problem: Not Enough Swordsmen for Executions

Firing squads now an acceptable alternative

(Newser) - The only country in the world that still beheads criminals is facing a shortage of swordsmen, leading Saudi Arabian authorities to rule that using a firing squad is an acceptable alternative to publicly lopping the heads of those convicted of crimes including murder, drug trafficking, and apostasy, the New York ... More »

Sri Lanka Roils Over Saudi Beheading of Maid

Sri Lankan gov't accused of not doing enough to save Rizana Nafeek

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia is coming under heavy criticism for beheading a Sri Lankan maid yesterday, after she was found guilty for killing a baby under her care in 2005 when she was 17 years old, reports al-Jazeera . Human rights groups say Rizana Nafeek was denied access to lawyers during her initial... More »

Outraged India Says Pakistanis Beheaded Soldier

Tensions rise in Kashmir, but Pakistani officials call claim 'baseless'

(Newser) - Things are again heating up in volatile Kashmir, where Indian officials charge that Pakistani army members slaughtered and mutilated two Indian soldiers, beheading one of them and taking the severed head with them. India says Pakistani army members fired over the Line of Control that divides the contested territory yesterday,... More »

Afghan Woman Beheaded, Refused to Sleep With Man

Her in-laws, husband sought to turn her into prostitute

(Newser) - A 20-year-old Afghan woman was beheaded for refusing to sleep with a man to comply with her husband and his family's plan to make her a prostitute, according to police. The wanna-be customer, Najibullah, and the in-laws and husband of the victim Mah Gul have been arrested for the... More »

British Doc Beheaded in Pakistan

Body found in orchard near Quetta, four months after kidnapping

(Newser) - A British doctor working for the Red Cross in Pakistan has been found beheaded after being kidnapped in January, reports the Guardian . The body of Khalil Rasjed Dale was found in an orchard just outside of Quetta, with a note saying he had been killed by the Taliban. Dale was... More »

12 Cops Probing 10 Beheadings Killed in Mexico

Police ambushed as they searched for victims' bodies

(Newser) - A dozen police officers investigating the beheadings of 10 people were killed in an ambush in southern Mexico. Another 11 officers were injured. The officers were traveling in six patrol cars searching for the bodies of seven men and three women whose heads were found dumped outside a slaughterhouse in... More »

Agency Trying to Sell Pics of Severed Hollywood Head

$5K being asked for shots of woman posing with gruesome find

(Newser) - A photo agency that usually sells paparazzi shots is trying to sell photos of the severed head found near the Hollywood sign earlier this week. One of the dogwalkers who found the head posed for photos with it and is smiling in at least one of them, reports Gawker , which... More »

Saudi Arabia Takes Heat Over Beheading of 'Witch'

Amnesty International condemns move

(Newser) - It sounds like something out of the wrong century, but Amnesty International finds itself condemning Saudi Arabia for beheading a woman accused of being a witch. Amina bin Salem Nasser was decapitated yesterday after being convicted on charges of "witchcraft and sorcery," though the government didn't spell... More »

Mexican Woman Decapitated for Anti-Cartel Posts

Web page had links to police, military hotlines

(Newser) - A Mexican woman was found decapitated yesterday, for what the Texas-border Zetas drug cartel claimed were her postings on a local social networking website. It is thought to be the third killing this month for drug-related comments posted online in Nuevo Laredo, reports the AP . The head of Marisol Macias... More »

Maid's Beheading Sparks Anti-Saudi Backlash

Indonesia sours on Wahhabism after abused maid executed

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia and the strict Wahhabi form of Islam it has exported have fallen rapidly out of favor in the world's most populous Muslim nation after the kingdom beheaded an Indonesian maid earlier this summer for killing her allegedly abusive employer, the Washington Post finds. The execution sparked a... More »

Al-Qaeda's New Boss Linked to Pearl's Killing

Saif al-Adel discussed reporter's kidnapping with KSM

(Newser) - The 2002 kidnapping and beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl can be added to new al-Qaeda leader Saif al-Adel 's extensive record of murder and mayhem, according to Georgetown University's Pearl Project. Investigators found that the Egyptian discussed the kidnapping with alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh... More »

Tenerife Beheading: Was Killer Copying Predator?

Friend says Deyan Deyanov loved sci-fi film, decapitation scenes

(Newser) - Deyan Deyanov, the man accused of beheading British grandmother Jennifer Mills-Westley on Tenerife last Friday, was obsessed with the movie Predator and may have been trying to copy its decapitation attacks, a friend says. Deyanov, 28, even had a tattoo on his arm featuring characters from the film’s fictional... More »

Before Beheading, Attacker Asked for Large Knife

Store owner threw him out, but didn't report threat

(Newser) - Another tragic twist in the Tenerife beheading story : Before the attack, Deyan Valentinov Deyanov asked a store owner for a large knife because, he said, "I'm going to kill someone." But the shopkeeper didn't report the threat to police. Deyanov was caught on the store's... More »

Beheading Victim Begged for Help

Jennifer Mills-Westley alerted security guard to threats

(Newser) - Before the horrifying attack that took her life Friday, Jennifer Mills-Westley took refuge in a social security office and told a security guard there that a vagrant had threatened her. But after waiting for her tormentor to move on, Mills-Westley left and entered the discount store next door. There, 28-year-old... More »

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