Blindfolded and bound, his knees pressing into the dirt, Imad resigned himself to what seemed inevitable: He was going to die.

Islamic State gunmen had driven him and about 90 other former Iraqi police and army officers to a remote industrial area on the edge of Hamam al-Alil, 10 miles south of Mosul, after rounding them up from their villages last month.

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At least 50 people, including 25 police officers, were wounded in Armenia after a night of clashes between police and protests linked to a four-day hostage standoff, the country’s health ministry said.

Police said 136 people had been detained during Wednesday’s violence in the capital, Yerevan, local journalist Roubina Margossian told Al Jazeera.

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It was a well planned, lethally effective attack: Isis suicide bombers and gunmen killed 35 people at a Shia shrine in the town of Balad. Just another grim reminder last weekend of the carnage that continues in Iraq, 13 years after “liberation” of the country by troops sent by George W Bush and Tony Blair.

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The Keralite priest who was abducted by gunmen in Yemen Friday, had refused to abandon his charity work despite threats to his life earlier from the terrorists.

The whereabouts of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil are still unclear but advocate Kunjaugusty, a second cousin of the priest, shared with Onmanorama more details on what happened Friday.

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The terrorists behind Friday’s assault on a hotel in Mali were actively hunting for an Air France crew who were staying there, security guards who witnessed the attack have claimed.

Kasim Haidara, who was on duty when the gunmen stormed the Radisson hotel in Bamako, told The Telegraph that they confronted a colleague and demanded to know which floor the Air France crew were staying on.

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