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Group claims responsibility for missing Malaysian plane

Relatives of a passenger of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight wept inside a hotel in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on Monday, March 10, 2014 (Credit: Reuters/Samsul Said) A previously unknown group calling itself the Chinese Martyrs' Brigade has claimed responsibility for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane.  They sent an email to various journalists in China, saying: "You kill one of our clan, we will kill 100 of you as payback."  However, a Malaysian official states, "There are no sound or credible grounds to justify their claims."

Searchers have found no concrete evidence of what happened to the flight.  As you know, flight MH370 vanished early Saturday morning after departing Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.  The plane disappeared from radar less than an hour after takeoff.  No distress signals were sent.  No debris has been discovered.

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Why another conflict at the Temple Mount?

Israeli police seen outside the Dome of the Rock mosque during clashes with Palestinian stone-throwers (unseen) following Friday prayers at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound on February 7, 2014. (Photo: Flash 90/Sliman Khader) On February 25, there was a clash between Palestinian demonstrators and Israel police on the Temple Mount.  As news reports stated, twenty masked Palestinians threw stones and firecrackers at Israeli security forces from atop the Temple Mount and an Israeli police force entered the area to disperse the rioters using crowd dispersal means, including stun grenades. Three rioters were arrested on suspicion they threw rocks and firecrackers at security forces and two policemen were lightly hurt in the incident.

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A terrorist group too violent for al-Qaeda?

Free Syrian Army fighters in Raqqa, in north-central Syria, on Friday. In mid-August, extremists from ISIS drove an FSA unit from the city (Credit: Reuters) Have you heard of the terrorist group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)?  They were formed in April 2013 out of al-Qaeda affiliated groups in Iraq, and have since become a major player in the Syrian rebellion.

Western observers are not sure of the group's size, but believe that it includes thousands of fighters, including many foreign jihadists.  Non-Syrians apparently constitute a majority of ISIS's elite fighters and are disproportionately represented in its leadership.  It gained control of the city of Raqqa in March 2013 and is active in a number of northern towns close to the Turkish border.  Wherever the group gains power, it is known for beheading enemies and oppressing the population with its rigid legalism.

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