World Bulletin / News Desk
Hamas said on Thursday that one of its members, Kamal Husni Ghanaja, was killed in his Damascus home in what the Palestinian group described as a "cowardly murder".
In a statement in Gaza, Hamas did not immediately accuse Israel, its long-time enemy, of involvement in his death, saying only that it had launched an investigation "to identify the party behind the deplorable crime".
A Hamas source in Gaza said "there were marks of torture" on Ghanaja's body. The organisation, which rules Israel-besieged Gaza Strip, did not disclose his role in the movement but said he spent his life working for the sake of God within its ranks.
Damascus has served as a base for Hamas's leadership in exile but many of the group's top officials and their families in the city have left Syria during its past 16 months of conflict. One Hamas source described Ghanaja as a mid-level military official.
Israel's Mossad intelligence service is widely believed to have been behind the assassination in Dubai in 2010 of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a top Hamas commander. Israel refused to confirm or deny its agents killed him.
With repressive policies being applied to Uighur's in East Turkestan, 181 Uighur's have been detained by Chinese police for being part of an organised crime group.
Italian Muslims are forced to pray in warehouses and parking lots and garages, as a lack of mosques causes heartache.
Protesting journalists raised placards calling for freedom of the press and denouncing the "suppression" of journalists.
Earlier in the day, Netanyahu expressed his willingness to reach understandings on the borders of the settlement blocs in the West Bank
Nigeria has reopened the fuel supply bring an end to the crisis after the end of protests over fuel subsidy payments.
Libya's parliament ended a session after protestors set a car on fire outside the parliament.
Egypt has opened the Rafah border for the first time in 80 days.
President Putin said on Tuesday, Russia should not cut itself off from foreign investment
Parliamentary officials said Le Pen was to meet Sergei Naryshkin, a Kremlin ally who is speaker of the lower house of parliament.
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Food airdrops have saved the helpless communities with South Sudan, delivering basic goods to remote areas becomes harder
Albania hands over South-East European Cooperation Process presidency to Bulgaria
Private security staff Vienna Airport have been suspected of smuggling refugees. The British firm G4S has sacked the employee in question.
UNICEF said women and children were used as suicide bombers and more than 743,000 were uprooted as a result of the violence in Nigeria.
Al Shaabab group attacked two police patrols in neighbouring Kenya on Tuesday, triggering a gun battle in a rural area hit by a string of cross-border raids, both sides said.
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