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UNITED KINGDOM

Islamic State issues threat

The Islamic State group on Sunday threatened Britain in an online video showing the killing of five “spies” it said worked with the international coalition fighting the extremist group in Iraq and Syria. The SITE Intelligence Group said the video shows five men from Raqa, capital of the self-declared Muslim “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq, confessing to carrying out acts of espionage. In the footage, an English-speaking extremist mocks Prime Minister David Cameron for challenging the Islamic State, and calls him an “imbecile.” The “confessions” of the five do not clearly identify which countries they worked with.

YEMEN

Aden leaders impose curfew

Authorities in Aden yesterday imposed a curfew after violence blamed on suspected extremists killed at least 17 people, pro-government media and security sources said. The curfew is to come into force at 8pm and last until 5am, the sabanews.net Web site said, citing a decision taken by the Aden Security Commission. The decision comes after fierce battles on Sunday in the port of Aden that killed 17 people, among them nine members of the security forces, including a colonel, the security sources said.

POLAND

Government defends law

The government on Sunday defended its new media law as fair, voicing surprise at the EU’s negative reaction to the legislation. Last week, lawmakers approved legislation by the new ruling party that ends the terms of the current heads of state-run radio and TV, who were appointed by the previous establishment. The new law also gives the government the authority to make new appointments. President Andrzej Duda is expected to sign it into law soon, as the ruling conservative and EU-skeptic Law and Justice party is rushing to make major state and social reforms it promised in the presidential and parliamentary campaigns last year.

ITALY

Rain brings guano deluge

Weekend rain washed away the dangerous pollution that has afflicted Rome in recent weeks, but left city authorities with a new headache: roads and sidewalks made treacherous by bird droppings. The downpours that cleaned up the air and brought levels of fine particles back down below a WHO-recommended threshold also cleansed the city’s trees of several weeks’ worth of guano deposited by millions of migratory starlings. The result, in combination with rotting leaves, was a slippery, slimy fungal mush that forced city authorities to close roads on the banks of the Tiber for most of Saturday while workers attempted to hose the streets back into a safe state.

UNITED STATES

Selfie lands robber in jail

Police in northern California say they have arrested a man accused of armed robbery thanks to a Snapchat selfie he took with one of the victims. KNTV reports that Pacific Grove police arrested 18-year-old Victor Almanza-Martinez, of Castroville, who is believed to have participated in an armed robbery. Police said that Almanza-Martinez and two others approached four victims on Wednesday last week at Lover Point Park and allegedly robbed them of their belongings, including a car. The suspects fled in the stolen car, which is still missing, but before leaving Almanza-Martinez and a female victim exchanged Snapchat information and posed for a selfie together. Police said the selfie helped them track down Almanza-Martinez.

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