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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 »

James Foley's Mom Rips US Over Son's Death

Says government threatened to prosecute if family paid a ransom

(Newser) - James Foley's mother has some blistering words for the US government in how it handled her son's abduction . In an interview with Anderson Cooper that airs tonight on CNN , Diane Foley says she is "embarrassed and appalled" at how American officials acted. Officials threatened family members with... More »

Sotloff Execution Video Is Real: US

'We will not be intimidated,' Obama says

(Newser) - The US has confirmed the authenticity of an ISIS video featuring journalist Steven Sotloff's beheading , with President Obama asserting that the recent executions only "stiffen our resolve" against the militant group. After intelligence officials analyzed the clip, Obama discussed it today in Estonia, the New York Times reports.... More »

Sotloff Family Grieves After Release of Video

Journalist was aware of Syria dangers, colleagues say

(Newser) - The family of American journalist Steven Sotloff is aware that ISIS has released a video it claims shows his beheading and is "grieving privately," a spokesman says. The State Department says it is "sickened" and is trying to determine whether the video is genuine, reports the AP... More »

ISIS Claims to Execute US Journalist Sotloff

Video emerges with apparent beheading, threatens British captive next

(Newser) - The captors of American journalist Steven Sotloff appear to have carried out their threat to execute him as they did James Foley , reports the AP . A new video posted online by the Islamic State, or ISIS, claims to show his beheading. A global terrorism monitor, SITE Intelligence Group, says the... More »

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 »

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