A report has revealed that British intelligence agency MI6 and the United States' Central Investigative Agency (CIA) have intercepted conversations on mobile phones, e-mails that show that several former British Army officials have joined the ranks of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL/ISIS). According to a defence source, agents linked to the ISIS have also revealed that people with English accents and a military background are now training the members of the terrorist organization in Iraq and Syria, reported The Daily Star. They may have served in the regular British army or in the Territorial Army.
Hong Kong democracy activists vowed Sunday to embark on an "era of civil disobedience" including mass sit-ins after China announced rules giving it control over candidates in the city's next leadership election. The standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's rubber-stamp parliament, decided that the next chief executive will be elected by popular vote in 2017, but candidates must each be backed by more than half the members of a 1,200-strong "broadly representative nominating committee". Democracy advocates in the semi-autonomous Chinese city say this means Beijing will be able to ensure a sympathetic slate of candidates and exclude opponents.
A 10-year-old boy in Guizhou who was watching TV in his eighth-floor apartment decided to take matters into his own hands when his cartoons kept getting interrupted by the sound of construction on Monday. The boy reportedly cut in half the safety rope attached to the worker who was installing lights on his building, leaving the man dangling in mid-air for up to 40 minutes before he was rescued, according to Xinhua News.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has warned certain divisive groups in Sabah to stop secession talk to avoid chaos. Describing them as “small groups with loud voices”, he said stern action could be taken against these people by the relevant authorities for trying to influence others to support their move to take Sabah out of Malaysia. “Such talk is not only a mistake, but also a form of sedition and is against the Federal and State Constitutions.
Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years and a Palestinian official said would cause only more friction after the Gaza war. Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared "state land, on the instructions of the political echelon" by the military-run Civil Administration.
It was chaos at the State Stadium in Sarawak last night after fans turned violent and began damaging several police cars at the end of the Sarawak v Perak's Malaysia Cup second-leg match. Five youths were arrested, scores injured, including five policemen, and a police car was torched as about 2,000 home fans tried to get at the Perak players over alleged in-field incidents during the first leg played last week.
Australian military aircraft will fly guns and ammunition into Iraq to help fight Islamic State militants, Australia's prime minister said on Sunday. "The United States government has requested that Australia help to transport stores of military equipment, including arms and munitions, as part of a multi-nation effort," Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in a statement.
Islamic State militants beheaded a Lebanese soldier who was one of 19 captured by hardline Syrian Islamists when they seized a Lebanese border town for a few days this month, a video posted on social media showed on Saturday. The soldier, recognizable as Ali al-Sayyed, a Sunni Muslim from north Lebanon, was shown blindfolded with his hands tied behind his back, writhing and kicking the dusty ground while a militant announces he will be killed.
A Chinese man recently underwent a potentially life-changing operation thanks to something created by a 3D printer. Doctors at a hospital in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, used a 3D-printed titanium mesh implant to rebuild a section of Hu’s skull. The 46-year-old farmer suffered a head injury in October when he fell from the third floor of a building, according to local media. A large portion of his skull was crushed and needed to be removed.