The self-proclaimed "Islamic State" (IS) is a Sunni Islamist rebel group which controls territory in Iraq and Syria. It is also active in eastern Libya and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, among other places.
The United Nations has accused "IS" of committing human rights abuses, mass executions and war crimes. The terror group is known for its social media and web propaganda, which includes online videos of the beheadings of soldiers, journalists and aid workers. It is largely financed by income from the oil fields in Syria and Iraq, and private donations, often from the Gulf states Qatar and Saudi Arabia. DW's recent content tagged with "Islamic State" or "IS" appears on this page.
Iraqi troops have shifted their focus from the eastern to the western portion of the city of Mosul, which remains under the control of 'IS' fighters. UN officials are struggling to ready emergency aid for civilians.
His apartment was ravaged, he was denied permission to leave the country and even his fans were beaten up. Angolan rapper MCK always gets in trouble with the state. Not because he is a gangster rapper but because he raps against the deplorable state of affairs in his country. Eduardo dos Santos has been ruling in Angola since 1979 and whoever opposes him is in trouble.