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He has crossed deserts, jungles and oceans alone, wrestled pythons and survived 25 armed robberies -- in his native Germany, veteran adventurer Ruediger Nehberg is better known as "Sir Vival". Germany's grand-daddy of extreme travel -- who has traversed Ethiopian deserts and Australia's outback on foot and crossed the Atlantic on self-made vessels -- now focuses his energies on defending the rights of Muslim girls. "My mother later blamed me for at least one of her stomach ulcers," he tells AFP with a chuckle, sitting at a campfire which he started with a flintstone on his forested lake property in Rausdorf outside the northern port city of Hamburg.
Islamic State militants beheaded a Lebanese soldier who was one of 19 captured by hardline Syrian Islamists when they seized a Lebanese border town for few days this month, a video posted on social media showed on Saturday. The soldier, recognizable as Ali al-Sayyed, a Sunni Muslim from north Lebanon, was shown blindfolded with his hands tied behind his back, writhing and kicking the dusty ground while a militant announces he will be killed. Islamic State, which declared a "caliphate" in June in parts of Iraq and Syria under its control, has been cited as a major security threat by Western governments since posting a video in August of the beheading of U.S journalist James Foley. The Lebanese army declined to comment but security and Islamic State sources confirmed the latest beheading.