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Jalal Uddin: Imam 'murdered by IS supporters' over 'black magic' healing

BBC News

Two supporters of the so-called Islamic State group murdered an imam because they viewed his practice of Islamic healing as "black magic", a jury heard. Jalal Uddin, 71, died after suffering head injuries in an attack in a children's play area in Rochdale. Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, 22, and Mohammed Abdul Kadir, 24, were said to have developed "a hatred" of Mr Uddin, Manchester Crown Court heard. Mr Syeedy, of Ramsay Street, Rochdale, denies murder with another. The jury was told Mr Kadir fled abroad in the days that followed Mr Uddin's death, on 18 February.

Iraqi prime minister says he will resign amid deadly protests

FOX News

Anti-government protests in Iraq called out corruption, poor services and a lack of jobs; reaction and analysis from retired Lt. Col. Dakota Wood, senior research fellow for defense programs at the Heritage Foundation. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced Friday he would resign after more than 40 anti-government protesters were killed by security forces a day earlier, as deadly confrontations between demonstrators and authorities continue across Baghdad and southern Iraq. The move comes 13 months after Abdul-Mahdi, 77, took office, which triggered celebrations by anti-government protesters who've called for reforms to root out corruption, fix the country's high employment and improve public services. "I will submit to parliament an official memorandum resigning from the current prime ministry so that the parliament can review its choices," he said in a statement. In this May 15, 2019 file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi speaks to the media during a joint news conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Ankara, Turkey.

Scientists Coax DNA Nanotubes Into Assembling Into Bridge-Like Structures

International Business Times

A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University has succeeded in creating bridge-like structures made of two DNA nanotubes in a feat they said resembled a "high-wire circus act." The procedure, described in a study published in the latest edition of the journal Nature Nanotechnology, could help scientists connect electronic medical devices directly to living cells. "Such technologies could be used to understand nerve cell communication or to deliver therapeutics with unprecedented precision," Johns Hopkins University said in a statement released Thursday. "Molecular bridge-building ... is also a step toward building networked devices and'cities' at the nanoscale, enabling new components of a machine or factory to communicate with one another." In order to assemble these bridges, the researchers began with a pair of molecular "landmarks," separated by approximately 6 microns, attached to transparent glass.

New ISIS leader? What to know about the terror network's hardline founding member

FOX News

Check out what's clicking on The Islamic State has named a new leader to replace Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who died in a U.S. Special Operations forces raid on a compound in northern Syria's Idlib Province in October, intelligence sources say. Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi, is a founding member of ISIS, having led the enslavement of Iraq's Yazidi minority and overseen major operations around the world, The Guardian reported. This undated mugshot shows Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi, likely taken while he was detained by U.S. forces in southern Iraq's Camp Bucca prison, Iraq. Salbi is of Turkish descent but was born in the Iraqi town of Tal Afar, making him one of the few non-Arab leaders in the terrorist group.

Israeli air strike kills three Palestinian boys in Gaza

Al Jazeera

Three Palestinian boys aged between 13 and 14 have been killed in an Israeli air strike in the southeastern Gaza Strip near the fence with Israel, according to health officials. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson for the health ministry in the besieged enclave, identified the children as Khaled Bassam Mahmoud Abu Saeed, 14; Abdul Hameed Mohammed Abdul Aziz Abu Zaher, 13; and Mohammed Ibrahim Abdullah al-Sutari, 13. He said ambulances brought their bodies to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. Palestinian news agency agency Wafa said the Israeli army "reportedly opened fire toward the ambulances and prevented their access" to the scene of the bombing, located northeast of Khan Younis. In a statement, the Israeli military said its aircraft fired upon three Palestinians who approached the fence and "were apparently involved in placing an improvised explosive device (IED) adjacent" to the fence.