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Posted: February 4, 2014 at 3:26 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You have this wide tapestry of jihadi groups now, like a spider’s web.All of these groups have the same ideology, they’re part of the jihadi framework, but they might have different focuses.” Aaron Zelin of the Washington Institute of Near East Policy, on al-Qaida’s decision to formally dissociate itself from the extremist group the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant

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Russian student fatally shoots 2

Russian investigative committee officers collect evidences a Moscow school on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. An armed teenager burst into his Moscow school on Monday and killed a teacher and policeman before being taken into custody, investigators said. None of the children who were in School No. 263 were hurt, said Karina Sabitova, a police spokeswoman at the scene. The student also wounded a second police officer who had responded to an alarm from the school, she said. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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