The Wire: Beheading suspects; Ebola death; body parts mailed; birthday suit break-ins

November 17, 2014 10:59 PM

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One of the Islamic State militants who appeared on a beheading video released Sunday is a French national known to have converted to radical Islam, investigators said Monday, and two others may be British. Experts said ISIS appears to be emphasizing its global reach in a video clearly intended for Western audiences. The Frenchman was identified as 22-year-old Maxime Hauchard, who has been on authorities' radar since he took two trips to Mauritania to attend an Islamic school in 2011. Another hooded man on the video had the familiar British accent of the militant who appeared on previous beheading videos, and investigators have said they know who he is. And a man on the video standing next to Hauchard may be a Welsh medical student named Nasser Muthana, 20. "It's quite transparent that IS is trying to exaggerate its base of support," said Charlie Winter, a researcher at the Quilliam Foundation in London. "They are trying to show that Muslims from all over the world are protecting their Syrian brethren and their Iraqi brethren."

A surgeon who became infected with the Ebola virus in his native Sierra Leone died Monday at a Nebraska hospital. Dr. Martin Salia is the second person to die of Ebola in the United States, after a Liberian man died in Dallas. Salia, 44, was diagnosed with the virus Nov. 6, and when he arrived at th...

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