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Vatican puts 2 journalists on trial in process decried by media groups as ‘Kafka-esque’

VATICAN CITY Two Italian journalists who wrote books detailing Vatican mismanagement faced trial Tuesday in a Vatican courtroom along with three people accused of leaking them the information, in a case that has drawn scorn from media watchdogs.

Fear grips Syria’s Raqqa as airstrikes intensify, IS stiffens defences after Paris attack

BEIRUT Islamic State militants are stiffening their defences for a possible assault on their de facto capital of Raqqa, as international airstrikes intensify on the Syrian city in retaliation for the Paris attacks. IS fighters are hiding in civilian neighbourhoods and preventing anyone from fleeing, former residents say.

In change of tactics, US says it destroyed 116 fuel trucks used for Islamic State smuggling

WASHINGTON In a new twist to an intensifying campaign to squeeze Islamic State oil revenues, U.S. warplanes have destroyed 116 oil-hauling trucks in eastern Syria that were a key part of a smuggling operation that brings the group an estimated $1.4 million a day.

French air strikes bomb Islamic State in Syria as police hunt for attacker they let go

PARIS French police raided more than 150 locations overnight as authorities released the names of two more potential suicide bombers involved in the Paris attacks one born in Syria, the other a Frenchman wanted as part of a terrorism investigation.

Global leaders mull response to Paris attacks, but little indication of next steps

ANTALYA, Turkey Pressed for a strong answer to the Islamic State group’s assault on Paris, the world’s top industrial and developing nations are set to outline their co-ordinated response to what President Barack Obama has described as an “attack on the civilized world.”

Names, details of more victims emerge in Paris; mother and daughter were killed at Bataclan

A Chilean mother and her daughter, cut down in a concert hall while the daughter’s 5-year-old son survived. A young Italian woman, separated from her boyfriend and friends when the concert erupted in chaos. They were among the latest victims named as officials on Sunday continued the heavy task of identifying the 129 people killed in Friday night’s co-ordinated terrorist attacks in Paris.

’Hell:’ Survivors tell how famous Paris music venue became scene of terrorist bloodbath

PARIS There was a moment, just a moment when the concert hall was eerily quiet. The rock band had stopped playing, and people had dived to the floor after realizing the sudden explosions hadn’t been part of the show. Everything was silent.

US airstrike targets ‘Jihadi John’ from Islamic State slaying videos, his fate unclear

WASHINGTON A U.S. drone strike targeted a vehicle in Syria believed to be transporting the masked Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John, according to American officials. Whether the strike killed the British man who appears in several videos depicting the beheadings of Western hostages was not known, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday.