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The Is!s jihadist group has reportedly beheaded a teenage boy for listening to pop music and shot dead two others for missing Friday prayers, as part of a crackdown on personal freedoms in the group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul.
The incidents, reported by Kurdish media, come with enemy forces lined up within miles of Mosul and with the group having suffered repeated military setbacks across Iraq.
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A group of Kenyan Muslims travelling on a bus ambushed by Islamist gunmen protected Christian passengers by refusing to be split into groups, according to eyewitnesses.
They told the militants "to kill them together or leave them alone", a local governor told Kenyan media.
At least two people were killed in the attack, near the north-eastern village of El Wak on the Somali border.
The Somali based al-Shabab group says it carried out the attack.
The group often carries out attacks in Kenya's north-east.
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Filipino boxer and lawmaker Manny Pacquiao has always been known for his charitable ways and the 37-year-old proved it once again when he gave 150 families new homes just a week before his 37th birthday.
Pacquiao shelled out about PhP28.5 million (roughly $600,000 after currency conversion) for the project dubbed as the "Pacman Village." The lucky recipients were the ones over at Bales Village, Maasim in the province of Saranggani, Philippines.
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Their only encounter was brief, about five minutes in a grocery store on Nov. 10. But what happened in those moments, and the tragedy that followed, put the Carlsbad woman on a quest to honor the 28-year-old whose kindness left a deep impression.
“It is beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time,” she said Wednesday. “We are trying to turn something sad into something really good.”
The late evening trip to Trader Joe’s in Oceanside had been stressful for Knighten, her fussy 5-month-old in tow as she navigated a market she had not been to before. The trip to the register was worse: A $200 tab, her debit card at home, her credit card declined thanks to an anti-fraud lock, and, of course, a crying baby.
Knighten began fumbling for her phone to call the bank, as a long line stretched behind her, when a young man stepped up and asked if he could cover the cost. She first refused, but he asked again. Knighten said when she looked into his eyes, she realized that he truly wanted to help.
Matthew Jackson, 28, was killed in a car accident in Oceanside on Nov. 11.
“It just felt like this huge hug, this great big bear hug,” the married mother of two said.
The man said he wanted nothing in return, he simply wanted her to do the same for someone else.
She agreed, but asked his name and where he worked, thinking that somehow she still wanted to acknowledge his selfless act.
So more than a week later, when she finally had a moment, Knighten called Jackson’s boss at LA Fitness, to say how kind he had been, and perhaps bring him a gift.
The gym manager began crying, Knighten said. Days earlier, Jackson had died in a car accident — his Ford Fiesta struck a tree along a shopping complex at the end of West Vista Way, not far from the store where Knighten met him. Two passengers in the car were hurt, but have since been released from the hospital.
The crash happened less than 24 hours after Jackson had paid her grocery bill.
After a sleepness night, Knighten took to Facebook: “I still cannot believe it. I thought for sure I would get the chance to see him again, give him a hug and thank him at least once more in person. Now I won't get that chance, but more importantly no one else will get the chance to meet him. And that breaks my heart.”
The response from friends and family to her Nov. 20 post, she said, “was incredible. People saying they were going to pay it forward in Scotland, in Wisconsin, in Australia. Overwhelming. It was overwhelming.”
As a fitness trainer, Jackson didn’t make much, and $200 was a lot of money to lay out for a stranger. But his mother, LeeAnn Krymow, said Wednesday that such kindness defined her son.
She remembers one day under a sweltering desert sun — Jackson grew up in Phoenix — when mother and son stopped to get cold bottled water. At a stop light a block later, he suddenly jumped out of the car, ran over to a panhandler and handed his unopened bottle to the stranger.
“I knew my boy was like this,” Krymow said. “He loved to be kind. He was just a really special kid. So cute, so intelligent, so talented, an accomplished musician. You wonder why these things happen.”
She said he had attended Liberty University in Virginia, and later moved to San Diego County to be with his longtime girlfriend, whom he planned to marry.
Knighten, who is from Canada and had recently returned to North County after a lengthy visit home, said she hopes to spread the word of what she calls “Matthew’s legacy.” She has started a Facebook page and Twitter account under just that name: “Matthews legacy.”
Krymow said she is touched to know that her son will be remembered for his good works.
“There has got to be some good to come of this,” she said. “He would be happy to know that other people are learning from his example.”
There’s a postscript to this story: Jackson’s sister and brother-in-law, who is a youth pastor, drove out to Carlsbad from their home in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert, to attend the memorial service. Along the way, they stopped with their four young kids for a meal in Yuma. When they went to pay the bill, they got a surprise: someone had already paid their bill.
It was a random act of kindness from a stranger.
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The 42-year-old Ethiopian confirmed his decision after finishing 16th in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday.
It brings to an end a 25-year career in which he claimed two Olympic gold medals, eight World Championship victories and set 27 world records.
"I'm retiring from competitive running, not from running. You cannot stop running, this is my life," he told BBC Sport.
Gebrselassie remains the world record holder at 20,000m and the one-hour race.
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The US government is offering rewards totalling $20m (£13m) for information on what it says are four leaders of the Islamic State (IS) militant group.
It named the four as Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli; Abu Mohammed al-Adnani; Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili and Tariq Bin-al-Tahar Bin al Falih al-'Awni al-Harzi.
They join a list of suspects sought under the Rewards for Justice Program.
On Tuesday, IS said it was behind an attack in Texas.
It said "two soldiers of the caliphate" had attacked a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest being held at a conference centre in Garland near Dallas.
Zawahiri tops list
The US State Department offered up to $7m for information on Qaduli whom it described as a senior IS official who originally joined al-Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq.
It offered $5m each for Adnani and Batirashvili and up to $3m for Harzi.
It describes Adnani as an official IS spokesman; Batirashvili as a battlefield commander in northern Syria and Harzi as chief of IS's suicide bombers.
IS has seized swathes of territory in eastern Syria and northern Iraq, declaring them a caliphate and imposing a harsh interpretation of Islamic law on the inhabitants.
The state department said the group was responsible for systematic human rights abuses, including mass executions, rape and the killing of children.
The highest reward offered under the Rewards for Justice scheme is up to $25m for Ayman al-Zawahiri who was named leader of al-Qaeda in June 2011, shortly after Osama Bin Laden's death.
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