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Mass. school bans Santa from winter concert

“I am writing to you today to inform you of a change in our concert series this winter,” wrote Principal Jennifer Ford in a letter to parents of the Peabody School in Cambridge.  “Our first through fourth grade concert as well as our kindergarten concert will not include a visit from Santa Claus this year.” The principal did not explain why Santa was banned from the December 12 concert.

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Yes, this is REAL: ISIS launching scorpion bombs

ISIS State militants are launching bombs containing live scorpions as the latest terror weapon in Iraq. Canisters of the creatures are being blasted into towns and villages, according to a British military expert who has just returned from the country.

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Muslim cleric tells Jews: 'The time to kill you has come'

Proclaiming invective words before a crowd at the Al Aqsa Mosque — built right on top of the Temple Mount (orthodox Jew’s holiest site) — a Muslim cleric sounded off a foreboding sermon threatening Jews, telling them “the time to kill you has come. ... We are living in a time when the battle with the Jews has drawn near, as our Prophet Muhammad was reported to have said: ‘You fight the Jews until the trees and the stones will say: Oh servant of Allah, oh Muslim, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him.’” Sara declared.

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Teacher set on fire while students forced to watch

"They burnt a teacher in front of the students in a classroom," said the unnamed military source. "They literally set the teacher on fire with gasoline and made the kids watch." Most of the school's 500 children are understood to have been evacuated, but many were being held hostage in the building. A Pakistani official put the death toll at 126.

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Beheading video claims 'infidel' Obama is next

Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists boasted in a video released on Monday that they would kill President Barack Obama in central New York, calling him an "infidel." The video showed the decapitation of a Syrian government soldier, accused of being an 'unbeliever' because he is from the Alawite minority, as is the ruling clan of Syria. 

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Jihadist in Sydney standoff ID'd as sex assault, murder suspect

The suspected jihadist holding up to 15 people hostage in a Sydney cafe is an Iranian murder and sex assault suspect known for sending hate mail to the families of Australian soldiers killed overseas, police confirmed. As the standoff entered its 15th hour, with police and news crews surrounding the shop as frightened hostages looked out through the front window, police identified Man Haron Monis as the gunman holding captives inside Lindt Chocolat Cafe. His identity was known early on to police and media alike, but was only released for the record by police sources as night fell on Sydney with the nation transfixed on the televised scene. 

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Saudi cops take down female fan at soccer match

A female fan who disguised herself to infiltrate the male-only domain of a football stadium in Saudi Arabia has been red-carded, a police statement obtained on Sunday says. Men and women are strictly segregated in the kingdom, and football stadiums are out of bounds to women.

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