Islamic State leader calls for jihad in audio message

The leader of the Islamic State, formerly Isis, has released the first audiotape calling for jihad since the group renamed. The group is currently battling Iraqi forces across large parts of the country.

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Ignoring rights 'creates breeding ground for extremism'

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been urging the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to reach out for inclusive dialogue to restore peace and stability in the country.

He also said the failure to pay attention to people's rights creates a "breeding ground for extremism and terrorism."

Ban Ki-moon said a failure to pay attention to people's rights is a breeding ground for extremism. Credit: AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert

The latest statement comes as the Sunni militant group Isis attacked a prison in Baquba, 40 miles from the Iraqi capital Baghdad, releasing its prisoners.

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