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Mali delays local elections over insecurity in the north

Mali has postponed local and regional elections scheduled for next month because insecurity in the country's north has held u…

  • Philippine offensive against Muslim rebels displaces thousands 5 hours ago

    By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippine army offensive against a Muslim rebel faction has forced 70,000 people from their homes, a district governor said on Friday as he appealed for an end to the fighting, saying he was running out of money to feed the displaced. The predominantly Christian Philippines has been battling Muslim rebels in the south of the archipelago for decades and while negotiations with the biggest group have raised hopes for peace, fighting with smaller factions erupts regularly. The latest clashes are between the army and a faction known as the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in a marshy region of Mindanao island. Mujiv Hataman, the governor of the region, said 70,000 people had fled army shelling and he called on the military to end the violence. More »

  • Senior Nusra Front commander killed in Syria air strike
    Senior Nusra Front commander killed in Syria air strike 7 hours ago

    Syrian al-Qaeda branch confirms Abu Hammam al-Shami died during regime attack on meeting of group's commanders in Idlib. More »

  • Heavy fighting in Aleppo as opposition eyes 'new strategy'
    Heavy fighting in Aleppo as opposition eyes 'new strategy' 8 hours ago

    Heavy fighting shook the Syrian city of Aleppo as the exiled opposition chief said for the first time that President Bashar al-Assad's ouster need not be a pre-condition for peace talks. More »

  • No new U.S.-led coalition strikes in Syria's Idlib province 15 hours ago

    The U.S.-led coalition has not carried out airstrikes in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib in the past 24 hours, a spokesman said on Thursday, following news of a blast that targeted senior members of al Qaeda's official Syria wing. "Within the last 24 hours, we have not conducted any airstrikes within 200 miles of the province of Idlib," the spokesman said, speaking on condition of anonymity. More »

  • Blast in Syria kills top al Qaeda commander - insurgent sources 15 hours ago

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A blast targeting senior members of al Qaeda's official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, killed the group's General Military Commander Abu Humam al-Shami on Thursday, two insurgent sources told Reuters. Al-Shami is one of the most senior Nusra Front figures to be killed since it formed in 2012 and has fought in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, the sources said. They said the explosion was caused by a U.S.-led coalition air strike that hit a high-level Nusra Front meeting in the northwestern province of Idlib. (Reporting by Mariam Karouny; editing by Ralph Boulton) More »

  • Blast in Syria kills top al Qaeda commander, three others 15 hours ago

    By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday the death of its top military commander, who insurgent sources said fell victim to a blast targeting a high-level militant meeting. General Military Commander Abu Humam al-Shami, a veteran of Islamist militant fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, was the senior-most member of the group to die in the Syria war, an insurgent source said. The sources said at least three other Nusra Front commanders were also killed in the blast, which they said hit the town of Salqin, near the border with Turkey. The blast comes at a time of flux for the Nusra Front, which is waging war on other insurgents and also looking for support from Gulf states, sources in Nusra have said. More »

  • Syria says it killed military leader of al-Qaida group
    Syria says it killed military leader of al-Qaida group 15 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The military commander of al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate was killed Thursday in an explosion targeting a meeting of senior militants in northern Syria which also killed and wounded a number of other fighters. More »

  • Kidnapped Iranian diplomat held in Yemen since 2013 freed 15 hours ago

    An Iranian diplomat held hostage in Yemen since 2013 returned home to Tehran on Thursday amid conflicting accounts of how he was freed from his unidentified abductors. IRNA, Iran's state news agency, quoted deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian as saying that an Iranian intelligence operation in Yemen rescued Noor Ahmad Nikbakht, an administrative official at Tehran's embassy in Sanaa. Iran's state-run Press TV showed Nikbakht looking healthy and wearing a suit when he met his family and Abdollahian on arrival at Tehran airport. More »

  • Amputee tells Boston trial he saw alleged attacker
    Amputee tells Boston trial he saw alleged attacker 16 hours ago

    A double amputee told the Boston attacks trial Thursday how one of the alleged bombers brushed past him moments before the first explosion as police gave harrowing testimony about battling to save the dead. More »

  • Iranian special operatives free diplomat abducted in Yemen 17 hours ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Thursday that a team of special operatives has freed an Iranian diplomat abducted more than 19 months ago in Yemen, a rare acknowledgement by Tehran of an intelligence operation carried out on foreign soil. More »

  • Top Syria opponent seeks to unite dissidents
    Top Syria opponent seeks to unite dissidents 20 hours ago

    Syria's exiled opposition chief told AFP he wants to pull together the country's divided dissidents to end the four-year bloodbath, as he met the French president for the first time Thursday. More »

  • Egypt puts over 200 on trial, accused of militant activity
    Egypt puts over 200 on trial, accused of militant activity 20 hours ago

    An Egyptian court opened the trial on Thursday of 213 suspected militants, including members of the army and police, on charges of joining Egypt's most active militant group and attempting to assassinate the interior minister, judicial sources said. Egypt has been grappling with rising Islamist militancy since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted freely elected President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. Hundreds of soldiers and policemen have been killed in deadly attacks claimed by the Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group, which changed its name to Sinai Province after pledging allegiance to Islamic State, the hardline Sunni militant group that has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria. More »

  • Row over terrorist non-prosecution
    Row over terrorist non-prosecution 20 hours ago

    A row has erupted between police and prosecutors over the failure to bring charges in the British courts against an al Qaida terrorist who plotted to blow up a Manchester shopping centre. More »

  • 'Dangerous' Teacher Jailed For Syria IS Plot
    'Dangerous' Teacher Jailed For Syria IS Plot 21 hours ago

    A chemistry teacher from Manchester has been jailed for six years for plotting to go to Syria to join Islamic State fighters. Jamshed Javeed, 30, was only prevented from joining a group of radicalised young Muslim men abroad because his concerned family hid his passport. More »

  • Kidnapped Iranian diplomat rescued in Yemen
    Kidnapped Iranian diplomat rescued in Yemen 21 hours ago

    Seized by al-Qaeda two years ago, Nour-Ahmad Nikbakht arrives back home after being freed in a military operation. More »

  • U.N. urges Mali rebels to sign northern peace proposal 22 hours ago

    The United Nations is urging Tuareg-led rebels to sign a proposal on the future of northern Mali, calling it an important step towards peace in the violent region. Following the latest Tuareg revolt in 2012, Islamist militants seized northern Mali, prompting a French-led military intervention. "We encourage the armed groups of the Coordination to initial the agreement," Francois Delattre, France's UN envoy and current President of the UN Security Council, said in a statement late on Wednesday. Delattre was referring to the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CPA), a coalition of rebel groups that is seeking greater autonomy for a region covering half of Mali. More »

  • Yemen's Houthis seize national dialogue HQ, president insists group must …
    Yemen's Houthis seize national dialogue HQ, president insists group must … 22 hours ago

    By By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen's dominant Shi'ite Muslim Houthi militia seized the offices of a political conciliation body late on Wednesday, hours after the president refused U.N.-brokered talks with their powerful movement unless they withdrew from Sanaa. Yemen, a neighbour of top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and global security worry because of its strong al Qaeda presence, is caught in a stand-off between Western-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Houthi clan, now the country's de facto rulers who are supported by Iran. Soon afterwards, the United Nations announced it would mediate in a dialogue between the two sides, warning that Yemen was sliding towards civil war. Around 15 armed Houthis forced their way into and searched the offices of the National Dialogue's secretariat in Sanaa late on Wednesday, the general secretariat said in a statement. More »

  • Isis v Twitter: Jack Dorsey threats show social media is both strength and weakness …
    Isis v Twitter: Jack Dorsey threats show social media is both strength and weakness … 22 hours ago

    Recent threats to Twitter's top executives made by a pro-Islamic State (Isis) media group are the latest instances of a long-lingering threat: jihadism on social media. In a 1 March message, al-Nusra al-Maqdisiya, a well-known pro-IS media group, threatened Twitter founder Jack Dorsey for the platform's suspension of numerous accounts of jihadist fighters and supporters. The message, posted to JustPasteIt.it, was a collection of previously published tweets and was, ironically, distributed on Twitter. More »

  • UK Bomb Plot Could Have Been As Deadly As 7/7
    UK Bomb Plot Could Have Been As Deadly As 7/7 Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Pakistani student Abid Naseer was plotting a "devastating" bomb attack in Manchester comparable to the 7/7 attacks in London, according to police. Greater Manchester Police's chief investigating officer, Detective Superintendent Mark Smith, told Sky News it was "as big a plot as we've seen in the UK". "The scale of the intended attack, the number of casualties that I think we would have seen in Manchester, would have been comparable to the 7/7 attack," he said. Det Supt Smith said emails Naseer sent from a Manchester internet cafe to a suspected al Qaeda handler in Pakistan about an impending wedding were actually coded details for the attack. More »

  • New York And Manchester Bomb Plotter Guilty
    New York And Manchester Bomb Plotter Guilty Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    A man who was plotting to blow up the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester has been found guilty of terrorism offences in New York. The jury convicted Abid Naseer, 28, of providing material support to al Qaeda, conspiracy to provide material support to the terror group and conspiracy to use a destructive device. The verdict was reached at a federal court in Brooklyn. No date has yet been set for Naseer's sentencing. More »

  • U.S. Syria strategy falters with collapse of rebel group
    U.S. Syria strategy falters with collapse of rebel group Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    By Dasha Afanasieva and Sylvia Westall ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Hazzm movement was once central to a covert CIA operation to arm Syrian rebels, but the group's collapse last week underlines the failure of efforts to unify Arab and Western support for mainstream insurgents fighting the Syrian military. A blow to U.S. moves to aid rebels, the dissolution of Hazzm also highlights the risks that a new Department of Defense programme could face in training and equipping fighters in Jordan, Turkey and Qatar. U.S. officials plan to train thousands of Syrian rebels over three years. An onslaught by al Qaeda's Syria wing, the Nusra Front, last week forced Hazzm into dissolution, its members swallowed by Jabhat al-Shamiyya, a mainly Islamist alliance. More »

  • At least 34 dead as Syria rebels attack regime intel HQ
    At least 34 dead as Syria rebels attack regime intel HQ Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Syrian rebels launched a fierce attack on an intelligence headquarters in Aleppo, leaving at least 34 dead, days after the opposition rejected a UN ceasefire plan for the city. More »

  • Pakistani convicted of plotting Qaeda attacks
    Pakistani convicted of plotting Qaeda attacks Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    A Pakistani man faces life in prison after being convicted in New York of involvement in an Al Qaeda plot to carry out terror attacks in Britain, the United States and Denmark, US authorities said Wednesday. More »

  • Vietnamese man pleads not guilty in US terrorism case Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Vietnamese man extradited to the United States from London last week pleaded not guilty Wednesday to supporting al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in a case built partly on his interactions with two Americans who prosecutors say were once members of the organization. More »

  • Nusra Front claims assault on Aleppo security forces
    Nusra Front claims assault on Aleppo security forces Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Dozens of government soldiers and rebels killed in fierce clashes over control of intelligence headquarters. More »

  • Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia to consult on Iran nuke talks Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Fresh from the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and discuss ways to calm instability in troubled Yemen and other Mideast nations. More »

  • Factbox - One year on, MH370 theories abound Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Speculation about what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 ranges from sober, science-based arguments to outlandish conspiracy theories. Here are some of the most prominent: CRASHED IN SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN Official investigators used analysis from British firm Inmarsat of "pings" to its satellite from MH370, combined with data direct from the plane before it stopped transmissions, to conclude the plane had flown south after it dropped off Malaysian military radar and crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. A British captain, Simon Hardy, says the plane did a fly-by of the pilot's home island of Penang before flying repeatedly in and out of Malaysia and Thailand to confuse air traffic controllers. More »

  • U.S. jury convicts Pakistani tied to al Qaeda bomb plot
    U.S. jury convicts Pakistani tied to al Qaeda bomb plot Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pakistani man was convicted on Wednesday on U.S. charges of conspiring with al Qaeda to bomb targets in Europe and the United States. Abid Naseer, 28, was found guilty by a federal jury in Brooklyn of providing material support to al Qaeda and conspiring to use a destructive device. Naseer remained expressionless as the jury returned the verdict after less than two days of deliberations. He faces life in prison.U.S. prosecutors said Naseer led an al Qaeda cell plotting to bomb a shopping centre in Manchester, England, in April 2009. More »

  • Pakistani man guilty in al-Qaida plot to bomb NYC subway
    Pakistani man guilty in al-Qaida plot to bomb NYC subway Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Pakistani man was found guilty Wednesday in a failed al-Qaida bomb plot after a New York trial that featured spies in disguise, evidence from the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound and the defendant's questioning of an admitted co-conspirator. More »

  • Rebels attack Aleppo security building, monitor says dozens killed
    Rebels attack Aleppo security building, monitor says dozens killed Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Insurgents attacked a Syrian government security building in the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, bombing it and then launching a ground assault, sources on both sides and a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 20 members of the security forces and 14 insurgents were killed in the attack on the Air Force Intelligence building. Jihadist groups including the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and the Muhajireen and Ansar army claimed responsibility for the attack, which partly destroyed the building. The Syrian army said it had "thwarted attempts by terrorist groups to infiltrate the Air Force Intelligence building in Aleppo". More »

  • AP Interview: Artist Vilks says Denmark attack changed all
    AP Interview: Artist Vilks says Denmark attack changed all Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    MALMO, Sweden (AP) — Lars Vilks was used to tight security even before, with round-the-clock police protection at his home in southern Sweden. But after the deadly Feb. 14 attack against a free-speech seminar in Copenhagen, he lives under security measures that seem almost absurd in peaceful Sweden, with heavily armed bodyguards moving him from one secret location to another. More »

  • Man guilty of Manchester bomb plot
    Man guilty of Manchester bomb plot Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    A man accused of plotting to bomb a shopping centre in Manchester and the subway in New York City has been found guilty by a US jury. More »

  • Shiite militiamen open fire to disperse Yemen protest
    Shiite militiamen open fire to disperse Yemen protest Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Shiite Huthi militiamen fired warning shots Wednesday to disperse a demonstration in Sanaa as protesters voiced support for embattled Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, organisers said. More »

  • Vietnamese man pleads not guilty in U.S. court to aiding Yemen militants Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    A Vietnamese man charged with helping al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen pleaded not guilty in U.S. court on Wednesday to charges that include supporting the group's online propaganda efforts. Minh Quang Pham, 32, who was extradited from the United Kingdom last week, was arraigned in New York on an indictment charging him with providing material support to, and receiving military training from, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. "I have read it before," the soft-spoken Pham told U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan, when asked if he had seen the indictment and was aware of the charges against him. Prosecutors said Pham travelled from the United Kingdom to Yemen in December 2010 and took an oath of allegiance to the militant group, which the United States lists as a terrorist organisation. More »

  • Al-Qaida, others attack Syrian intelligence office in Aleppo Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate and other radical Islamic factions launched an assault Wednesday on a government intelligence building in the northern city of Aleppo, blowing up part of it before trying to storm the facility amid heavy fighting, activists said. More »

  • Philippine offensive against Muslim … Reuters - 5 hours ago

    By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippine army offensive against a Muslim rebel faction has forced 70,000 people from their homes, a district governor said on … More »Philippine offensive against Muslim …

    By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippine army offensive against a Muslim rebel faction has forced 70,000 people from their homes, a district governor said on Friday as he appealed for an end to the fighting, saying he was running out of money to feed the displaced. The predominantly Christian Philippines has been …

  • Senior Nusra Front commander killed in Syria air strike
    Senior Nusra Front commander killed … Al Jazeera - 7 hours ago

    Syrian al-Qaeda branch confirms Abu Hammam al-Shami died during regime attack on meeting of group's commanders in Idlib. More »Senior Nusra Front commander killed …

    Senior Nusra Front commander killed in Syria air strike

    Syrian al-Qaeda branch confirms Abu Hammam al-Shami died during regime attack on meeting of group's commanders in Idlib.

  • Syrian fire-fighters put out a blaze at the scene of a reported barrel bomb strike by regime forces on the Qadi Askar rebel-held district of Aleppo, on March 5, 2015
    Heavy fighting in Aleppo as opposition … AFP - 8 hours ago

    Heavy fighting shook the Syrian city of Aleppo as the exiled opposition chief said for the first time that President Bashar al-Assad's ouster need not be a pre-condition … More »Heavy fighting in Aleppo as opposition …

    Syrian fire-fighters put out a blaze at the scene of a reported barrel bomb strike by regime forces on the Qadi Askar rebel-held district of Aleppo, on March 5, 2015

    Heavy fighting shook the Syrian city of Aleppo as the exiled opposition chief said for the first time that President Bashar al-Assad's ouster need not be a pre-condition for peace talks.

  • No new U.S.-led coalition strikes in … Reuters - 15 hours ago

    The U.S.-led coalition has not carried out airstrikes in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib in the past 24 hours, a spokesman said on Thursday, following news of … More »No new U.S.-led coalition strikes in …

    The U.S.-led coalition has not carried out airstrikes in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib in the past 24 hours, a spokesman said on Thursday, following news of a blast that targeted senior members of al Qaeda's official Syria wing. "Within the last 24 hours, we have not conducted any airstrikes within 200 miles …

  • Blast in Syria kills top al Qaeda commander … Reuters - 15 hours ago

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A blast targeting senior members of al Qaeda's official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, killed the group's General Military Commander Abu Humam … More »Blast in Syria kills top al Qaeda commander …

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A blast targeting senior members of al Qaeda's official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, killed the group's General Military Commander Abu Humam al-Shami on Thursday, two insurgent sources told Reuters. Al-Shami is one of the most senior Nusra Front figures to be killed since it formed in 2012 and …

  • Blast in Syria kills top al Qaeda commander, … Reuters - 15 hours ago

    By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday the death of its top military commander, who insurgent sources … More »Blast in Syria kills top al Qaeda commander, …

    By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday the death of its top military commander, who insurgent sources said fell victim to a blast targeting a high-level militant meeting. General Military Commander Abu Humam al-Shami, a veteran of Islamist militant …

  • In this photo released Wednesday, March 4, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with Portuguese state television, RTP, in Damascus, Syria. Assad denied that his troops drop barrels bombs on civilians telling a journalist: "You are talking about massive propaganda." (AP Photo/SANA)
    Syria says it killed military leader … Associated Press - 15 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The military commander of al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate was killed Thursday in an explosion targeting a meeting of senior militants in northern Syria … More »Syria says it killed military leader …

    In this photo released Wednesday, March 4, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with Portuguese state television, RTP, in Damascus, Syria. Assad denied that his troops drop barrels bombs on civilians telling a journalist: "You are talking about massive propaganda." (AP Photo/SANA)

    BEIRUT (AP) — The military commander of al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate was killed Thursday in an explosion targeting a meeting of senior militants in northern Syria which also killed and wounded a number of other fighters.

  • Kidnapped Iranian diplomat held in Yemen … Reuters - 15 hours ago

    An Iranian diplomat held hostage in Yemen since 2013 returned home to Tehran on Thursday amid conflicting accounts of how he was freed from his unidentified abductors. … More »Kidnapped Iranian diplomat held in Yemen …

    An Iranian diplomat held hostage in Yemen since 2013 returned home to Tehran on Thursday amid conflicting accounts of how he was freed from his unidentified abductors. IRNA, Iran's state news agency, quoted deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian as saying that an Iranian intelligence operation in Yemen rescued …

  • Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces the death penalty if convicted of killing three people and wounding 264 in April 2013
    Amputee tells Boston trial he saw alleged … AFP - 16 hours ago

    A double amputee told the Boston attacks trial Thursday how one of the alleged bombers brushed past him moments before the first explosion as police gave harrowing testimony … More »Amputee tells Boston trial he saw alleged …

    Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces the death penalty if convicted of killing three people and wounding 264 in April 2013

    A double amputee told the Boston attacks trial Thursday how one of the alleged bombers brushed past him moments before the first explosion as police gave harrowing testimony about battling to save the dead.

  • Iranian special operatives free diplomat … Associated Press - 17 hours ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Thursday that a team of special operatives has freed an Iranian diplomat abducted more than 19 months ago in Yemen, a rare acknowledgement … More »Iranian special operatives free diplomat …

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Thursday that a team of special operatives has freed an Iranian diplomat abducted more than 19 months ago in Yemen, a rare acknowledgement by Tehran of an intelligence operation carried out on foreign soil.

  • French President Francois Hollande (right) welcomes Syrian National Coalition chief Khaled Khoja for talks in Paris, on March 5, 2015
    Top Syria opponent seeks to unite d … AFP - 20 hours ago

    Syria's exiled opposition chief told AFP he wants to pull together the country's divided dissidents to end the four-year bloodbath, as he met the French president … More »Top Syria opponent seeks to unite d …

    French President Francois Hollande (right) welcomes Syrian National Coalition chief Khaled Khoja for talks in Paris, on March 5, 2015

    Syria's exiled opposition chief told AFP he wants to pull together the country's divided dissidents to end the four-year bloodbath, as he met the French president for the first time Thursday.

  • A man, one of 200 people charged with belonging to the Ansar Bait al-Maqdis group, stands in a cage during their trial in a court in Cairo
    Egypt puts over 200 on trial, accused … Reuters - 20 hours ago

    An Egyptian court opened the trial on Thursday of 213 suspected militants, including members of the army and police, on charges of joining Egypt's most active militant … More »Egypt puts over 200 on trial, accused …

    A man, one of 200 people charged with belonging to the Ansar Bait al-Maqdis group, stands in a cage during their trial in a court in Cairo

    An Egyptian court opened the trial on Thursday of 213 suspected militants, including members of the army and police, on charges of joining Egypt's most active militant group and attempting to assassinate the interior minister, judicial sources said. Egypt has been grappling with rising Islamist militancy since then-army …

  • Abid Naseer, right on mobile phone, was found guilty in New York over his role in a failed al-Qaida plot to bomb the New York City subway (United States Attorneys Office/AP)
    Row over terrorist non-prosecution Press Association - 20 hours ago

    A row has erupted between police and prosecutors over the failure to bring charges in the British courts against an al Qaida terrorist who plotted to blow up a Manchester … More »Row over terrorist non-prosecution

    Abid Naseer, right on mobile phone, was found guilty in New York over his role in a failed al-Qaida plot to bomb the New York City subway (United States Attorneys Office/AP)

    A row has erupted between police and prosecutors over the failure to bring charges in the British courts against an al Qaida terrorist who plotted to blow up a Manchester shopping centre.

  • 'Dangerous' Teacher Jailed For Syria IS Plot
    'Dangerous' Teacher Jailed For … Sky News - 21 hours ago

    A chemistry teacher from Manchester has been jailed for six years for plotting to go to Syria to join Islamic State fighters. Jamshed Javeed, 30, was only prevented … More »'Dangerous' Teacher Jailed For …

    'Dangerous' Teacher Jailed For Syria IS Plot

    A chemistry teacher from Manchester has been jailed for six years for plotting to go to Syria to join Islamic State fighters. Jamshed Javeed, 30, was only prevented from joining a group of radicalised young Muslim men abroad because his concerned family hid his passport.

  • Kidnapped Iranian diplomat rescued in Yemen
    Kidnapped Iranian diplomat rescued in … Al Jazeera - 21 hours ago

    Seized by al-Qaeda two years ago, Nour-Ahmad Nikbakht arrives back home after being freed in a military operation. More »Kidnapped Iranian diplomat rescued in …

    Kidnapped Iranian diplomat rescued in Yemen

    Seized by al-Qaeda two years ago, Nour-Ahmad Nikbakht arrives back home after being freed in a military operation.

  • U.N. urges Mali rebels to sign northern … Reuters - 22 hours ago

    The United Nations is urging Tuareg-led rebels to sign a proposal on the future of northern Mali, calling it an important step towards peace in the violent region. Following … More »U.N. urges Mali rebels to sign northern …

    The United Nations is urging Tuareg-led rebels to sign a proposal on the future of northern Mali, calling it an important step towards peace in the violent region. Following the latest Tuareg revolt in 2012, Islamist militants seized northern Mali, prompting a French-led military intervention. "We encourage the armed …

  • Houthi fighters ride a patrol truck in Sanaa
    Yemen's Houthis seize national dialogue … Reuters - 22 hours ago

    By By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen's dominant Shi'ite Muslim Houthi militia seized the offices of a political conciliation body late on Wednesday, hours … More »Yemen's Houthis seize national dialogue …

    Houthi fighters ride a patrol truck in Sanaa

    By By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen's dominant Shi'ite Muslim Houthi militia seized the offices of a political conciliation body late on Wednesday, hours after the president refused U.N.-brokered talks with their powerful movement unless they withdrew from Sanaa. Yemen, a neighbour of top oil exporter Saudi …

  • Isis v Twitter: Jack Dorsey threats show social media is both strength and weakness for jihadists
    Isis v Twitter: Jack Dorsey threats … IB Times - 22 hours ago

    Recent threats to Twitter's top executives made by a pro-Islamic State (Isis) media group are the latest instances of a long-lingering threat: jihadism on social media. … More »Isis v Twitter: Jack Dorsey threats …

    Isis v Twitter: Jack Dorsey threats show social media is both strength and weakness for jihadists

    Recent threats to Twitter's top executives made by a pro-Islamic State (Isis) media group are the latest instances of a long-lingering threat: jihadism on social media. In a 1 March message, al-Nusra al-Maqdisiya, a well-known pro-IS media group, threatened Twitter founder Jack Dorsey for the platform's suspension of numerous …

  • UK Bomb Plot Could Have Been As Deadly As 7/7
    UK Bomb Plot Could Have Been As Deadly … Sky News - Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Pakistani student Abid Naseer was plotting a "devastating" bomb attack in Manchester comparable to the 7/7 attacks in London, according to police. Greater Manchester … More »UK Bomb Plot Could Have Been As Deadly …

    UK Bomb Plot Could Have Been As Deadly As 7/7

    Pakistani student Abid Naseer was plotting a "devastating" bomb attack in Manchester comparable to the 7/7 attacks in London, according to police. Greater Manchester Police's chief investigating officer, Detective Superintendent Mark Smith, told Sky News it was "as big a plot as we've seen in the UK". "The scale of the …

  • New York And Manchester Bomb Plotter Guilty
    New York And Manchester Bomb Plotter … Sky News - Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    A man who was plotting to blow up the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester has been found guilty of terrorism offences in New York. The jury convicted Abid Naseer, … More »New York And Manchester Bomb Plotter …

    New York And Manchester Bomb Plotter Guilty

    A man who was plotting to blow up the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester has been found guilty of terrorism offences in New York. The jury convicted Abid Naseer, 28, of providing material support to al Qaeda, conspiracy to provide material support to the terror group and conspiracy to use a destructive device. The …

  • People bury the bodies of Hazzm brigade fighters in Al-atarib Aleppo countryside
    U.S. Syria strategy falters with collapse … Reuters - Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    By Dasha Afanasieva and Sylvia Westall ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Hazzm movement was once central to a covert CIA operation to arm Syrian rebels, but the group's … More »U.S. Syria strategy falters with collapse …

    People bury the bodies of Hazzm brigade fighters in Al-atarib Aleppo countryside

    By Dasha Afanasieva and Sylvia Westall ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Hazzm movement was once central to a covert CIA operation to arm Syrian rebels, but the group's collapse last week underlines the failure of efforts to unify Arab and Western support for mainstream insurgents fighting the Syrian military. A blow to …

  • A general view taken on March 3, 2015 shows the citadel (background) in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, where dozens were killed on March 4 when rebels set off a powerful tunnel explosion targeting an intelligence headquarters
    At least 34 dead as Syria rebels attack … AFP - Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Syrian rebels launched a fierce attack on an intelligence headquarters in Aleppo, leaving at least 34 dead, days after the opposition rejected a UN ceasefire plan for … More »At least 34 dead as Syria rebels attack …

    A general view taken on March 3, 2015 shows the citadel (background) in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, where dozens were killed on March 4 when rebels set off a powerful tunnel explosion targeting an intelligence headquarters

    Syrian rebels launched a fierce attack on an intelligence headquarters in Aleppo, leaving at least 34 dead, days after the opposition rejected a UN ceasefire plan for the city.

  • A Pakistani man faces life in prison after being convicted in New York of involvement in an Al Qaeda plot to carry out terror attacks in Britain, the United States and Denmark, US authorities say
    Pakistani convicted of plotting Qaeda … AFP - Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    A Pakistani man faces life in prison after being convicted in New York of involvement in an Al Qaeda plot to carry out terror attacks in Britain, the United States and … More »Pakistani convicted of plotting Qaeda …

    A Pakistani man faces life in prison after being convicted in New York of involvement in an Al Qaeda plot to carry out terror attacks in Britain, the United States and Denmark, US authorities say

    A Pakistani man faces life in prison after being convicted in New York of involvement in an Al Qaeda plot to carry out terror attacks in Britain, the United States and Denmark, US authorities said Wednesday.

  • Vietnamese man pleads not guilty in … Associated Press - Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Vietnamese man extradited to the United States from London last week pleaded not guilty Wednesday to supporting al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in … More »Vietnamese man pleads not guilty in …

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Vietnamese man extradited to the United States from London last week pleaded not guilty Wednesday to supporting al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in a case built partly on his interactions with two Americans who prosecutors say were once members of the organization.

  • Nusra Front claims assault on Aleppo security forces
    Nusra Front claims assault on Aleppo … Al Jazeera - Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Dozens of government soldiers and rebels killed in fierce clashes over control of intelligence headquarters. More »Nusra Front claims assault on Aleppo …

    Nusra Front claims assault on Aleppo security forces

    Dozens of government soldiers and rebels killed in fierce clashes over control of intelligence headquarters.

  • Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia to consult … Associated Press - Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Fresh from the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and discuss ways to calm instability in troubled Yemen and other Mideast nations.

  • Speculation about what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 ranges from sober, science-based arguments to outlandish conspiracy theories. Here are some of the most prominent: CRASHED IN SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN Official investigators used analysis from British firm Inmarsat of "pings" to its satellite from MH370, …

  • Abid Naseer is seen in a courtroom sketch as he pleads not guilty to terrorism charges in New York

    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pakistani man was convicted on Wednesday on U.S. charges of conspiring with al Qaeda to bomb targets in Europe and the United States. Abid Naseer, 28, was found guilty by a federal jury in Brooklyn of providing material support to al Qaeda and conspiring to use a destructive device. …

  • Pakistani man guilty in al-Qaida plot … Associated Press - Wed, Mar 4, 2015
    FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2015, courtroom file sketch, acting as his own attorney, Abid Naseer, left, questions Najibulla Zazi, center right, during Naseer’s trial on terrorism charges in the  Brooklyn borough of New York. On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, the jury found Naseer guilty in a failed al-Qaida conspiracy to attack the New York City subway and targets in Europe. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams, File)

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Pakistani man was found guilty Wednesday in a failed al-Qaida bomb plot after a New York trial that featured spies in disguise, evidence from the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound and the defendant's questioning of an admitted co-conspirator.

  • Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad stand in Bashkoy village in the northern countryside of Aleppo

    Insurgents attacked a Syrian government security building in the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, bombing it and then launching a ground assault, sources on both sides and a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 20 members of the security forces and 14 insurgents were killed …

  • AP Interview: Artist Vilks says Denmark … Associated Press - Wed, Mar 4, 2015
    Swedish artist Lars Vilks speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Malmo, Sweden, Wednesday March 4, 2015. Lars Vilks was used to tight security even before, with round-the-clock police protection at his home in southern Sweden. But after the deadly Feb. 14 attack against a free-speech seminar in Copenhagen, he lives under security measures that seem almost absurd in peaceful Sweden, with heavily armed bodyguards moving him from one secret location to another. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

    MALMO, Sweden (AP) — Lars Vilks was used to tight security even before, with round-the-clock police protection at his home in southern Sweden. But after the deadly Feb. 14 attack against a free-speech seminar in Copenhagen, he lives under security measures that seem almost absurd in peaceful Sweden, with heavily armed bodyguards …

  • Man guilty of Manchester bomb plot Press Association - Wed, Mar 4, 2015
    Abid Naseer conducted his own defence during the trial (AP)

    A man accused of plotting to bomb a shopping centre in Manchester and the subway in New York City has been found guilty by a US jury.

  • Yemenis hold national flags and posters bearing the portraits of activists, who they say are being held by the Shiite Huthi movement, during a demonstration against the movement on March 4, 2015 in the capital Sanaa

    Shiite Huthi militiamen fired warning shots Wednesday to disperse a demonstration in Sanaa as protesters voiced support for embattled Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, organisers said.

  • Vietnamese man pleads not guilty in … Reuters - Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    A Vietnamese man charged with helping al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen pleaded not guilty in U.S. court on Wednesday to charges that include supporting the group's online propaganda efforts. Minh Quang Pham, 32, who was extradited from the United Kingdom last week, was arraigned in New York on an indictment charging him with …

  • Al-Qaida, others attack Syrian intelligence … Associated Press - Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate and other radical Islamic factions launched an assault Wednesday on a government intelligence building in the northern city of Aleppo, blowing up part of it before trying to storm the facility amid heavy fighting, activists said.