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22Feb/17

British suicide bomber in Iraq had won compensation for Guantanamo stay

British militant Abu-Zakariya al-Britani who blew himself up in Iraq had won compensation for his stay at Guantanamo Bay, security sources say.

(SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE) – An Islamic State suicide bomber from Britain who blew himself up in an attack on Iraqi forces this week had been given compensation for his detention in the Guantanamo Bay military prison, Western security sources said on Wednesday (February 22).

Islamic State militants said Abu-Zakariya al-Britani, a British citizen who was originally known as Ronald Fiddler and then cast himself as Jamal Udeen al-Harith, detonated a car bomb at an Iraqi army base southwest of Mosul this week.

The militants also released a photograph of the smiling bomber surrounded by wires in the seat of what appeared to be the car in which he blew himself up.

The photograph was published on Dawaall al-Haq, a website that describes itself as a non-affiliated news agency. Dawaall al-Haq publishes content relating to the Islamic State and other militant groups.

The Islamic State statements could not be independently verified by Reuters but three Western security sources said it was highly likely that Britani was the bomber and now dead.

Britain made a civil damages settlement with British former Guantanamo Bay inmates in 2010 but did not disclose the size of the payouts, citing confidentiality agreements, then-Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke told parliament at the time.

The Daily Mail reported that al-Britani had been awarded $1.25 million by the British government after claiming British agents knew or were complicit in his alleged mistreatment.

Originally from the northern English city of Manchester, he converted to Islam in his 20s. He was detained in Afghanistan by U.S. special forces and taken to Guantanamo in 2002.

He was released in 2004 after the government of then-Prime Minister Tony Blair lobbied for his release. He later travelled to Syria to fight with Islamic State.

Britain’s foreign ministry declined to comment on the death of al-Britani but said it had advised for some time against all travel to Syria and large parts of Iraq.

24Jan/17

A look at this year’s Oscar nominees for best director

Damien Chazelle, Barry Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan, Denis Villeneuve, Mel Gibson will compete for this year’s best director Oscar.

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24Jan/17

‘La La Land’ leads Oscar nominations with 14 nods

Romantic musical “La La Land” leads the Oscar nominations with 14 nods, including the top prize of best picture.
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24Jan/17

‘La La Land’ – and diversity – dominate Oscar nominations

‘La La Land’ earned a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, but multiple nods for ‘Fences,’ ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Hidden Figures’ may have finally buried the #OscarSoWhite trend. Lisa Bernhard reports. Continue reading

18Dec/16

Manchester City come from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1

Arsenal hold lead until the break but City fire in two goals to seize second place in Premier League and tumble Arsenal to fourth.

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12Dec/16

‘La La Land’, ‘Moonlight’ lead Golden Globe nominations

‘La La Land’ and ‘Moonlight’ are the big winners as the Golden Globes announce their nominees for the award show taking place on January 8 2017.

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12Dec/16

“La La Land” wins top Critics’ Choice award

“La La Land,” Casey Affleck and Natalie Portman take the top Critics’ Choice awards.

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05Dec/16

Launch of support group for soccer abused

A new support group for soccer players abused as youngsters is formed by three former professionals.
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