Qatar detains researchers for rights group

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Qatar has confirmed it is holding two Britons who went missing while researching migrant labour issues, saying the men are being questioned for alleged illegal activity in the Gulf nation that is due to hold the 2022 World Cup.


A little-known organization, the Norway-based Global Network for Rights and Development, reported that its researcher Krishna Upadhyaya, 52, and photographer Ghimire Gundev, 36, went missing on Aug. 31 as they were preparing to leave Qatar. It suggested that Qatari security services were behind their disappearance and has called for their release.

The London-based rights group Amnesty International last week urged Qatari authorities to reveal the men’s whereabouts and ensure their safety.

No details on charges

Qatar’s Foreign Ministry said in its first comment on the case Saturday that the men were arrested and “are being interrogated for having violated the provisions of the laws of the state of Qatar,” according to a statement carried by the official Qatar News Agency.

The statement said that all actions taken against the men are “consistent with the principles of human rights” outlined in the laws of Qatar, and that British Embassy officials have visited them to check on their situation.

An official at the British Embassy in Doha confirmed Sunday that the mission is providing consular assistance to the men but was unable to provide further details.

The Global Network for Rights and Development is based in Stavanger, Norway and describes itself on its website as a neutral organization set up in 2008 to promote human rights and development. Many of its recent statements have focused on the conflict in Gaza and other issues related to the Middle East.

It has singled out Qatar in the past over conditions faced by migrant workers. Like its Gulf Arab neighbours, Qatar relies on vast numbers of mainly Asian low-paid migrant workers. Its treatment of them has come under greater scrutiny since it won the right to host the 2022 World Cup, with labour rights activists raising concerns about dangerous working conditions, allegations of unpaid salaries and other abuses.

Egypt’s official State Information Service in December noted that the Global Network for Rights and Development supported listing the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, and the group has since described a constitutional referendum and May elections that led to the presidency of former military strongman Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi as a “democratic transition.”

El-Sissi led the military overthrow of the Brotherhood-backed government of President Mohammed Morsi last year. Qatar is a strong supporter of the Brotherhood and other Islamist groups – a position that has put it at odds with Gulf neighbours such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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Sierra Leone to put entire country in 3-day Ebola lockdown

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WATCH ABOVE: The World Health Organization (WHO) agreed on Friday to use blood therapy and serums made from survivors’ blood to fight the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – Authorities are ordering people in Sierra Leone to stay inside their homes for three days later this month as part of an effort to stop the spread of Ebola, which has killed more than 2,000 people across West Africa, a government spokesman said Saturday.


Abdulai Bayraytay said the government is telling people to stay inside their homes on Sept. 19, 20 and 21. The dates were chosen to give people enough time to stock up on food and other provisions before the ban on movement goes into effect, he said.

Already though some are questioning whether the measure will help. Doctors Without Borders says it “will be extremely difficult for health workers to accurately identify cases through door-to-door screening.”

READ MORE: Ebola: See how it spreads

Even if suspected cases are identified during the lockdown, the group says Sierra Leone doesn’t have enough beds for them.

“Without a place to take suspected cases – to screen and treat them – the approach cannot work,” the group said Saturday. “It has been our experience that lockdowns and quarantines do not help control Ebola as they end up driving people underground and jeopardizing the trust between people and health providers. This leads to the concealment of potential cases and ends up spreading the disease further.”

Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people across West Africa, including more than 400 deaths in Sierra Leone.

WATCH: World Food Programme providing aid to those in Ebola quarantine zones

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A physician said Friday that health care in the capital city of Freetown has “crumbled” because many people were terrified to go to hospitals and some doctors are wary of treating those who do show up.

Speaking at the launch of a public education program in Freetown, Kwame O’Neil said patients suffering from all kinds of ailments are dying for lack of treatment because of these fears.

One young girl died of appendicitis when, after showing up at a hospital, a doctor there denied he was a doctor and refused to treat her, O’Neil said.

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More job cuts at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum

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The cost cutting continues at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum, with news that 26 more of their employees are out of work.

The layoffs involve security staff, 10 full time and 16 casual, whose jobs are being contracted out.

Glenbow Museum staff have been laid off and hours reduced four times since 2009. The museum has been losing money for the last five years and says security can be done cheaper.

Sanford Lee from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) says the cuts should have been made at the management level.

“The manager to employee ratio was about seven to one and with the additional layoffs that number is going to shrink a bit more which indicates as an organization is very top heavy,” Lee said. “What we did see was admissions going down over the past 10 years, we saw revenue from all places going down from the organization so we perceive the issue is not cost cutting but increasing revenues.”

Lee says it proposed ways to bring in more revenue and save jobs, but their package was rejected.

Donna Livingstone, president of the Glenbow Museum says with confidence that management at the museum is very thin already.

“And probably thinner than it should be and all of those people are working in additional roles to support Glenbow,” said Livingstone.“It allows us to save a significant amount going forward, which we can plan around, that way there’s no impact on our main core business of exhibitions and programs.”

The museum says it’s just been guaranteed $600 thousand dollars a year in provincial funding for the next three years and it hopes to have balanced budget next year.

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U.S. veteran exposes ‘fake’ army ranger at shopping mall on Black Friday

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WATCH ABOVE: While shopping on Black Friday, a former Army Ranger spotted a man in the uniform he used to wear. But he noticed something wrong on the uniform and confronted him.

TORONTO – A decorated Afghanistan veteran confronted a man dressed as an Army Ranger who he believed was a “fake” at a Pennsylvania shopping mall on Black Friday and posted video of the incident which has garnered millions of views online.


Twenty-six-year-old Ryan Berk spotted the man dressed in camouflage fatigues at the Oxford Valley Mall and became suspicious with the inconsistencies in his uniform.

Berk, a Purple Heart recipient and served  in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, noticed the American flag patch was in the wrong place and the man was wearing three Combat Infantryman Badges (CIBs) on his shoulder – an extremely rare honour.

READ MORE: Man charged with impersonating soldier; more charges possible

In the video, Berk approached the man who was shopping at the time with his cellphone camera and began asking questions.

“Where did you get your three CIBs at?” asked Berk.

“Afghanistan,” the man replied.

Berk then informs the man that to get the rare medals would have required participation in three separate military campaigns.

“His responses to my questions were just a dead giveaway,” Berk told NBC news.

According to the U.S military there is no record of the man having served in the military or in the reserves.

Berk uploaded the video on Sunday to the Stolen Valor YouTube account where it has received more than 2.3 million views.

The account belongs to the Guardian of Valor, a blog for active and veteran soldiers who are looking to expose impostors claiming military service or medals.

Anthony Anderson, who runs the website, told Global News it’s become increasingly common for people to walk around in military uniform since the changes to “The Stolen Valor act of 2005.”

“It’s actually an epidemic in the U.S. It’s not illegal to walk around in a uniform anymore. It’s only illegal if they gain something of tangible benefit while wearing a uniform,” he said.

READ MORE: More pressure for fake soldier to explain himself

Anderson, who served with the military in Afghanistan, said it is not uncommon for soldiers who have served to approach people in uniform and talk about where they have been. He said receiving three CIBs is almost unheard of.

“In order to receive three CIBs he would have had to have served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Anderson.

On Monday, U.S Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick asked the U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia to investigate if there was evidence of a federal crime, according to the Bucks County Courier Times.

“To have this guy pretend he has done the same thing on the calibre that my friends did just gets you infuriated,” said Berk.

The story of the “fake” soldier is similar to 32-year-old Franck Gervais, the man accused of impersonating a Canadian soldier during a Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa.

Gervais has been charged with four offences, including two separate counts of impersonating a public officer and is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 9.

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Infrastructure problems present in almost every Edmonton health facility: report

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WATCH: Opposition parties hammered the PCs today on health infrastructure problems brought to light by an Edmonton Journal series. Eric Szeto explains.



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    EDMONTON — An Alberta Health Services review shows infrastructure problems exist at every Edmonton-area health facility. At some of the biggest hospitals, it appears those problems hamper staff’s ability to treat patients.

    AHS has released two reports (both of which can be read in their entirety below): “Phase 1 Current State report” provides a snapshot of the current condition of 18 local facilities, and “Edmonton Zone 2030 Plan” looks at potential strategies to improve service delivery and relieve capacity pressures at those facilities.

    There are overlapping themes throughout the reports; capacity issues, poor design, inefficiencies for many of the facilities. The Royal Alexandra and the Misericordia hospitals have the most problems. The reports suggest in some instances, the buildings lead to surgery and cancer treatment delays.

    A snapshot of some of the problems facing hospitals in the Edmonton area.

    Global News

    On Monday night, Mariusz Babij witnessed some of the delays that occur first-hand. He says he spent 12 hours waiting at the Royal Alex emergency room with his brother’s pregnant fiancée. When a doctor saw the pregnant woman, it was in an eye exam room. Babij calls the situation ridiculous.

    “The doctor even said, we’re pretty much servicing a third world country hospital health care right now…because we cannot put you in a room. If you’re going to need an IV…it’s going to be about a five-hour wait before we can get you in a bed.’”

    WATCH: One man speaks out after waiting 12 hours in an Edmonton ER with his pregnant family member 

    Dr. David Mador, who is the medical director for northern Alberta, maintains that while “some sites have a long list of identified issued…that’s not necessarily a cause for alarm.”

    “There are of course improvements and changes and investments to be made,” added Chief Health Operations Officer Deb Gordon. “But it’s important Alberta know they will receive excelled care.”

    During Tuesday’s Question Period at the legislature, health minister Stephen Mandel was hammered on this issue from all opposition parties. He said that the government is spending a lot of money “but there is a lot of need” and it will have to “find a way to meet those needs.”

    The NDP says this report shows infrastructure is about more than fixing old buildings.

    “These problems didn’t develop overnight,” said NDP leader Rachel Notley.

    “They developed over decades of neglect, intentional neglect on the part of this government.”

    The Wildrose, meanwhile, is calling on the province to “immediately release a public prioritized infrastructure project list.”

    “The only way to stop any government from politicizing infrastructure spending is to outline the priority of all requested capital projects across the province and release the full list to the public,” the party’s leader, Danielle Smith said.

    “It will provide cost savings and is the first step in addressing the growing crisis facing our hospitals from across the province.”

    READ MORE: Alberta’s Liberal leader sounding alarm over conditions at Misericordia Hospital

    The AHS report does look at some solutions. It identifies a host of upgrades and new facilities AHS feels it needs. The province has already contributed $260 million to those.

    “We believe in the long run, Edmonton is going to need additional acute care capacity,” said Gordon.

    “We will need a new facility in addition to enhanced capacity at the Mis and the Alex. But right now, because of the age of those two buildings, those are our two priorities,” added Mador.

    READ MORE: ‘Essential’ to replace aging Royal Alex, hospital foundation says

    The document is intended as a guide for the health authority and a report card for interested Albertans. AHS says it will build on this information and re-evaluate it every five years.

    In the short term, the Edmonton Zone 2030 report suggests 180 potential projects which could address some of the problems identified.

    Read the two full reports below:

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    With files from Fletcher Kent, Global News and

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Many celebrate Giving Tuesday after shopping madness

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Watch above: Dubbed ‘Giving Tuesday,’ people were encouraged to put consumerism aside and do something for someone else today. Aaron Streck found out what some in Saskatoon did to pay it forward.

SASKATOON – Black Friday and Cyber Monday created a flurry of shopping activity, while Giving Tuesday was a reminder of what the holiday season is all about. A group from The Two Twenty volunteered at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre, all in the spirit of giving.



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    “We really want to be part of the community and give back, so whenever we can have an opportunity to contribute to our community of Saskatoon but also specifically Riversdale and the people that really need our help is really nice,” said The Two Twenty publicist Susan Busse.

    “I think it’s so wonderful to be able to step back and think about the holiday season and people who are perhaps less fortunate than you are and then be able to give back to an organization you truly care about,” said Laurie O’Connor, executive director of the Saskatoon Food Bank.

    Giving Tuesday is the first Tuesday after American Thanksgiving and the shopping madness that follows. It started in the United States in 2012 and was adopted in Canada and other countries last year.

    “We hear all this hype about consuming goods, buying stuff on Black Friday, buying stuff on Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday’s really about thinking about the community and saying you know what I saved a lot of money in these awesome sales now I’m going to give back to the community,” said Jarita Greyeyes, coordinator stakeholder engagement with the United Way of Saskatoon.

    While some people donate time, others are encouraged to give money. All funds raised by the United Way of Saskatoon and area will be matched by Interac.

    “I think it’s a time of giving not only to family and friends but giving back to your community, I think it’s really important, that’s what the United Way is here for, is to help us build a stronger community,” said Troy Boyenko, a volunteer with the United Way.

    Giving Tuesday is also an opportunity for businesses to launch holiday campaigns. Saskatoon company Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning is also looking to pay it forward with its first annual ‘Heat for the Holidays’campaign.

    “We’re hoping that people, or friends and family will nominate individuals that have had some bad luck in their lives, misfortune at times and to contact us and tell us a bit about their story,” said Derek Zimmerman, the owner of Aire Serv.

    In the coming weeks, one deserving Saskatoon family will get a new furnace installed, putting another spin on the evolution of Giving Tuesday.

    To learn more about Aire Serv’s campaign, email them at [email protected]广州桑拿网.

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Captain of shipwrecked Costa Concordia testifies at manslaughter trial

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WATCH: The former captain of the Costa Concordia , who steered the huge cruise ship into rocks and caused it to capsize, is finally in court. Stuart Greer reports.

GROSSETO, Italy – The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is offering his first testimony about the 2012 shipwreck off an Italian island that killed 32 people.



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    Francesco Schettino arrived some 45 minutes late Tuesday for his trial on charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. His lawyer described Schettino as “tense, concentrated.”

    The disgraced former captain has long said he looked forward to his day in court to vindicate himself. His defence claims that no one died in the collision itself, but that the failure of a backup generator and supposedly water-tight compartments that were flooded created problems during the evacuation, when the deaths occurred.

    Schettino is being tried alone after five other defendants reached plea bargains. If convicted, he could receive up to 20 years in prison.

    WATCH: Costa Concordia captain arrives for first testimony

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Proposed location of new francophone school becomes legal battle

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The fight over the proposed location of a new northwest francophone school has become a legal battle. The Scenic Acres Community Association has filed a temporary injunction to stop construction slated for January.

The Association says the field where the school would go is frequently used for sporting events. The Francosud Division says it need a K-6 school because its other northwest elementary school in Varsity is overcapacity.

The injunction will make way for legal arguments under the Municipal Government Act. The site was supposed to be returned by the school boards to the city as surplus when it wasn’t needed but that never happened.

Jim Palmer is President of the Scenic Acres Community Association

“The park is one of the heaviest used parks in the city so it’s a not a community park it’s more a regional park, the soccer program has been running for about 30 years so we are actually in our next generation of kids.”


Palmer says a school would impact up to four kids soccer fields which are booked more than 300 days a year.

“Our disappointment is that we’re spending residents’ dollars to fight something that’s legally something they should have complied with so we’re a little disappointed with our politicians.”

Anne-Marie Boucher is Chair of the Conseil Scolaire FrancoSud.

“The footprint of the school is 20% of the green space so that’s why we are saying we can have a school there is still some spaces for people to come walk and play ball, play soccer, the playground stays, the basketball court, the volleyball… so yes we are taking some space but there is still a big park there for everybody to enjoy.”

Both sides say they hope to resolve the dispute out of court.

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Headphones and eReaders with new tricks

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*Steve Makris is a technology expert who does a weekly Tech Talk segment during Edmonton’s Sunday Morning News. You can watch his segment above. 

Originally Canadian Kobo, a globally known eReading company in 190 countries, launched the world’s first waterproof Kobo Aura H2O eReader. It was shown at IFA Berlin 2014 and I brought one to my Tech Talk segment.

Kobo aura H2O has good looks and is waterproof


So it’s good for one metre under water for 30 minutes. But don’t expect to be reading underwater as the sharp 265 dpi, large 6.8” antiglare touchscreen with upgraded Carta E Ink technology doesn’t take to touching much wet, even if it keeps dry inside.

Still, a worry-free IP67 certified eReader (comes with wipe cloth) that features ComfortLight backlight technology for dark anywhere. The battery is good for up to two months of reading and you can expand the built-in 4 GB (about 3,000 books) memory with a micro-SD slot to beyond 30,000 books.


It’s a WiFi capable go-anywhere mobile library.

“We found that more than 60 per cent of customers surveyed said they would love to be able read near water without worry,” said Michael Tamblyn, president and Chief Content Officer of Kobo.

What impressed me is the clarity, sharpness and minimum lag when “turning” pages, essentially a finger sweep, as there are no buttons other than a sleep/power button. A special water seal access on the side for your micro USB charge port and microSD memory expansion keeps the H2O minimalist with a hint of subtle angular design on the back, feel-good matte finish.

Kobo Aura H2O has 10 fonts which were fine-tuned pixel-by-pixel to display each letter with noticeable crispness and clarity. It has 24 font sizes, with adjustable font sharpness and weight setting, read the way you want.

The Kobo Aura H2O also makes for easy discovery of new titles, with on-device recommendations based on readers’ activity and preferences. Take notes, highlight text, make bookmarks and track stats to learn more about their own reading habits with Reading Life. Readers can even share favourite passages, quotes and books to 广州桑拿论坛 Timeline. Available in Canada or online for $179.99 CAD starting October 1.


A Headset on steroids 

The new Plantronics wireless, noise cancelling BackBeat Pro, is a must have for audiophiles and fans of cool technology.

Taking them off your ears, even just a bit, pauses the music and resumes when you fit the comfortable form fitting headset back. Like magic.

You can hear your surroundings while listening to music with an adjustable large ring on the side. Nice.

One charge via included USB cable is good for 24 hours of pristine music listening while noise cancelling mode alone works for 60 hours.

You can run the BackBeat Pro without power, minus the cool features above, by attaching the included audio cable with phone mic control. The large turn and clickable ring/disks on either side of the phones are easy to get to, instead of trying to fine small controls in competitor models.

The streaming Bluetooth 4 Class 1 capable music is as good as WiFi streaming, good to 100 metres if your music device has the same capability.

The status alerts for battery, volume limit and more come in 14 languages.

How good is the noise cancelling? It is virtually dead quiet in everyday home and workplace surroundings, but on airplanes. I tried them on small noisy turboprops and high-flying jets – they won’t replace the King-of-the-hill Bose around-the-ear QC noise cancelling headsets but are easily on of top of other competitors.

In balance, this do-it-all headset with useful cutting edge features is a bargain at about $260, coming soon to Canada.

Plantronics takes criticism in stride promising better ideas with new models.

“We are a conservative company but do our homework,” said Plantronics Consumer Product Manager Greg Miller.

Indeed they do.


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Kelowna horses get new home

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KELOWNA–They were rescued once, but a group of abandoned and surrendered horses found themselves at risk once again.

After five and a half years, and 50 horse rescues, the BC Interior Horse Rescue Society was told it had to move from the donated property it was using by October 15.


If a new home couldn’t be found the horses would have to be surrendered to other rescue societies and the association would be forced to fold.

Amanda McNeil is the vice president of the society.  She was volunteering for a Kelowna horse trainer, Phil Sansational,  and explained the dire circumstances.  To her surprise, Sansational offered up a couple of acres of his own property.

He runs a training and boarding facility on a 10 acre parcel, but thought he had a couple of acres to spare for the society.

“I don’t have time to donate because I’m so busy seven days a week with my own horses,” explains Sansational, “so I decided to donate land.”

His fiancee Adrienne Smith says she loves the idea.  

“I’m so excited to have them because there will be more horses here and it’s a good feeling to rescue horses.” 

The society currently has three horses in its care. The plan is to move them to the new property sometime next week, after volunteers finsh moving rock and clearing the land to make it safe for the horses.

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West Island regatta raises money for disabled sailors

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Watch above: Two West Island yacht clubs are raising money to help disabled sailors realize their nautical dreams. Reporter Billy Shields has more.

LAC ST-LOUIS – The Sperry Top-Sider Challenge took to Lac Saint-Louis on a rain-drenched Saturday afternoon.

The sailboat race involved several classes of boats, but the most intriguing was the class of about a half-dozen Martin 16s that trolled the lake.


Those boats were helmed by sailors with disabilities – some of whom use wheelchairs to get around.

“The ability for those guys to go sailing is really something,” said David Wisenthal, the co-chair of the event.

“I mean it’s really under the most dire circumstances, and it really speaks legions to their ambition and their determination.”

The race was held in the lake roughly halfway between two West Island yacht clubs, Dorval’s Royal Saint Lawrence Yacht Club and the Pointe-Claire Yacht Club.

Organizers hope to raise about $25,000 so they could add another Martin 16.

The boat has design features which make it easier for a disabled sailor to handle.

“It’s designed in such a manner that it’s untippable, and so they can go out and sail in any weather without having their full faculties,” Wisenthal said.

“It really makes a big difference.”

The boat is about the same size as a racing dinghy, but has a joystick like an airplane that controls the rudder, and typical jib and main sheets to trim the sails.

It can also be trimmed by use of a straw mechanism similar to those found on electric wheelchairs.

Not everyone in the race with a disability used a special boat.

Erick Poirier, for example, has been in a wheelchair for 20 years after a serious auto accident.

For the race, he was helming a yacht owned by friend Alain Dubuc called the “Borean.”

“My family has been in boats for years,” Poirier explained.

“My father was a captain at the Port of Montreal.”

This is the regatta’s second year.

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Islamic State group beheads 2nd captive Lebanese soldier, photos show

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BEIRUT – The mother of a Lebanese soldier held captive by the militant Islamic State group said photographs posted online Saturday purporting to show his beheading appeared to be real.

Zeinab Noun said her 20-year-old son, Abbas Medlej, was “sacrificed” after supporters of the militant group posted images appearing to show a captured Lebanese soldier before and after he was beheaded.



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    “My son was sacrificed,” said Noun, clutching a passport-sized photo of her son, a handsome, smooth-faced young man.

    Medlej’s maternal uncle, Abu Ali Noun, also said the photographs appeared to be of his nephew. A spokesman for Lebanon’s military said it was still investigating the incident.

    READ MORE: Steven Sotloff’s family speaks out on death of their son

    Medlej would be the second captive Lebanese soldier killed by the Islamic State group, underscoring the grave challenges that face the ill-equipped Lebanese military as it fends off an unprecedented jihadi threat from Syria-based militants.

    Around two dozen more members of the country’s security forces remain held captive by militants. They were seized in August when several groups, including the Islamic State group and Nusra Front, overran a Lebanese border town, killing and kidnapping soldiers and policemen in the most serious spillover yet of the neighbouring civil war.

    Families of the captive soldiers have blocked highways and held demonstrations to pressure the Lebanese government to negotiate with the militants.

    Local media had reported that negotiations were underway, with the militants demanding cash and the release of Islamists being held in Lebanese detention. A statement posted by supporters of the Islamic State said Medlej was killed after he tried to escape.

    Medlej hailed from a large Shiite clan from the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbak.

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    His mother vowed revenge on rival Sunnis.

    “We have to take our revenge from those apostates,” she said.

    The captured soldiers and police are from Lebanon’s many religious sects: the first soldier beheaded by the group, Ali Sayid, was a Sunni Muslim. The militants are also holding Christian soldiers and other Sunni Muslims.

    The Islamic State group has drawn global attention particularly since June, when it swept through northern and western Iraq from its stronghold in neighbouring Syria.

    It follows an ultra-conservative, violent interpretation of Islam and is accused by rights groups and the United Nations of committing war crimes, including the mass killings of soldiers, Shiite Muslims and followers of the ancient Yazidi faith in Iraq. It has also beheaded two U.S. freelance journalists who were held captive, Steven Sotloff and James Foley.

    A video of Sotloff’s killing was posted on online networks on Tuesday. On Saturday, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement condemning his murder.

    “This crime is, yet again, a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers journalists face every day in Syria. It also once again demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people,” the statement said.

    Last week, the U.N.’s Nations’ top human rights body approved a request by Iraq to open an investigation into suspected crimes committed by the Islamic State group against civilians in its country. Its aim would be to provide the Human Rights Council with evidence on atrocities committed in Iraq, which could be used as part of any international war crimes prosecution.

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