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Man May Have Paid $55K to Kill Africa's Most Famous Lion

Spaniard sought in killing of Cecil

(Newser) - Months after Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe came under fire for exporting 23 elephant calves to China ( National Geographic has published undercover photos), the park is again mired in controversy—this time after a hunter skinned and beheaded Africa's most famous lion, 13-year-old Cecil. The lion was wearing... More »

Bankers Canned for 'Team-Building' ISIS Video

Which they reportedly made for a corporate exercise

(Newser) - If you're scratching your head trying to figure out how making a mock ISIS execution video is positive in any way, much less a valuable team-building exercise, you and HSBC management are on the same page. The bank has fired six UK employees for doing just that after they... More »

ISIS Beheadings Hit a Terrifying New 'First'

First females beheaded by sword in Syria: Syrian Observatory

(Newser) - The Islamic State has beheaded two female civilians in Syria "by the use of sword in public" for the first time, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The women were killed alongside their husbands in Deir Ezzor and Mayadin over the past two days. All were accused... More »

Terror Suspect Took Selfie With Severed Head: Report

Sources: Yassin Salhi sent gruesome pic via WhatsApp to at least 1 person

(Newser) - A gruesome coda to an already gruesome story : French officials are reporting that Yassin Salhi, the suspect detained yesterday in the beheading of his boss at a gas plant, took a selfie with the victim's head and sent it to at least one recipient, reports the AFP . Two anonymous... More »

Severed Head on Gate Belonged to Suspect's Boss

Body was found inside the factory

(Newser) - Yesterday's attack on a gas plant in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, France, was made all the more gruesome by the revelation that a severed head was found hanging from the factory's wire fence along with banners with Arabic inscriptions. That head belonged to the alleged attacker's boss, reports Reuters . French... More »

Saudi Arabia Now Hiring Executioners

Beheading rate has more than doubled since last year

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia has stepped up its execution rate: Eighty-five people have been beheaded so far this year, compared to 88 in all of 2014, according to Human Rights Watch—and created job opportunities in the process. The country's Ministry of Civil Service has advertised for eight executioners, with no... More »

Video Shows ISIS Beheading Christians

Victims are made to lie face-down before militants

(Newser) - A video purporting to show the mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages has been released by militants in Libya claiming loyalty to the Islamic State group. The video, released tonight, depicted several men in orange jumpsuits being led along a beach, each accompanied by a masked militant. The men are... More »

Saudi Arabia Arrests Man Who Filmed Beheading

Human rights activists distributed video showing public execution

(Newser) - Earlier this month, the world got a graphic look at how Saudi Arabia performs executions—and now the man who filmed the execution in question has been arrested. In the unnamed man's video, a woman who had been convicted of murder was "proclaiming her innocence" in the street... More »

Sheriff: Florida Man Beheaded 'Nagging' Mom

Son, 23, told cops he had planned axe murder for days

(Newser) - A 23-year-old man beheaded his mother with an axe on New Year's Eve and explained to investigators that he was fed up with her nagging him to put some boxes away, authorities in Oldsmar, Fla., say. Cops were called to the Tampa-area home after the older brother of Christian... More »

Beheading Victim Fought Killer, Autopsy Shows

Okla. death report says Colleen Hufford had 'defensive injuries' on hands, arm

(Newser) - An autopsy shows that a woman who was beheaded at an Oklahoma food-processing plant apparently tried to fight off her attacker, who had a serrated cooking knife. Colleen Hufford, 54, was killed in the Sept. 25 attack at Vaughan Foods in Moore. The autopsy released yesterday says she died of... More »

NY Cops Investigate Grisly Beheading, Suicide by Train

Police think man cut off mom's head, jumped in front of LIRR car

(Newser) - Authorities on Long Island are sifting through a pair of deaths so grisly that multiple witnesses describe the scene as something they thought "was a Halloween prank." A woman in her 60s was apparently decapitated at her Farmingdale apartment shortly before 8pm last night, reports Newsday . "We... More »

US Hostage's Mom Tries to Reach ISIS via Twitter

'How can we reach you?' mother of Abdul-Rahman Kassig asks militants

(Newser) - Abdul-Rahman Kassig's family has already released a letter from him in which he said he was "scared to die" and posted a series of YouTube videos begging for his freedom from his ISIS captors. Now mom Paula Kassig has taken to Twitter to directly address "Caliph Abu... More »

ISIS Beheads British Hostage, Threatens American

Alan Henning is the latest victim; US citizen Peter Kassig may be next

(Newser) - ISIS today released another video showing the beheading of a hostage, this time British citizen Alan Henning, reports AP . The video follows the same pattern as the previous three, in which an Islamic State fighter rants against the West. At the end of the video, the militant threatens an American... More »

Beheading Suspect 'Was a Good Kid,' Mom Says

Alton Nolen, 30, focused on Islam after serving time

(Newser) - The man accused of beheading his co-worker at a food processing plant on Friday was a polite, obedient guy who had emerged from prison with a deep focus on Islam, CNN reports. Family and friends of Alton Nolen, 30, are publicly espousing his good sides as he faces formal charges... More »

Exec Hailed as Hero for Stopping Assailant After Beheading

FBI investigating killing amid claims suspect was trying to convert workers to Islam

(Newser) - As horrific as yesterday's beheading of an office worker was in Oklahoma, police say they would have had more more victims had a company executive not stepped in to stop the assailant, reports NewsOK . Mark Vaughan, chief operating officer of Vaughan Foods in Moore, also happens to be a... More »

Okla. Woman Beheaded by Co-Worker: Cops

Motive for attack is unclear

(Newser) - Police say a woman who was killed by a co-worker at a food distribution center in suburban Oklahoma City yesterday was beheaded. Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the woman, who has not been identified, was beheaded by a man who attacked her and another woman at Vaughan Foods in... More »

FBI: We've Identified 'Jihadi John'

But FBI Director James Comey isn't making the information public

(Newser) - The US believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in videos related to the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker. But FBI chief James Comey told reporters that he would not reveal the man's name or nationality. Comey did not address whether the US... More »

Australia Foils Gruesome ISIS Beheading Plot

In largest raids in country's history, 15 are detained

(Newser) - Fifteen people have been detained in Australia, and police there say that in so doing, they have thwarted a plot to carry out a random beheading in Sydney. More than a dozen properties across Sydney were raided today by a force of 800 federal and state police officers, making it... More »

UK to ISIS: We'll Hunt You for 'Act of Pure Evil'

Cameron comes out swinging after apparent execution of David Haines

(Newser) - David Cameron emerged from an emergency meeting this morning with harsh words for Islamic State militants in the wake of yesterday's video that purports to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines : Calling the execution—which hasn't been officially verified, though a UK Foreign Office rep... More »

ISIS Claims Beheading of British Hostage

Video purports to show execution of David Haines

(Newser) - ISIS appears to have carried out its threat to behead yet another Western hostage, this time a British citizen named David Haines. The executioner who killed Steven Sotloff in the last video had threatened that Haines would be next . Britain's foreign office said it is "working urgently" to... More »

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