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  • Insurgents in Syria seize hospital from army - monitor 2 hours 54 minutes ago

    Insurgents on Friday seized a hospital from Syrian government forces who had been besieged there since late April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, another gain by rebels who have dealt a series of blows to President Bashar al-Assad. Syrian state TV said soldiers holed up in the Jisr al-Shughour hospital in Idlib province had been freed, saying they had managed to "break the siege" in an operation coordinated with air strikes and artillery bombardment. The al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, an insurgent group involved in the offensive, said government forces had fled. More »

  • Syrian troops evacuate besieged compound in northwest 2 hours 56 minutes ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and state media say Syrian troops who had been besieged for nearly a month in a hospital compound in the country's northwest managed to withdraw. More »

  • Al-Shabab storms Kenyan village near Garissa
    Al-Shabab storms Kenyan village near Garissa 3 hours ago

    Yumbis, 70km north of city where 148 people were killed in university siege, raided by Somalia-based armed group. More »

  • IS tighten grip on Iraq-Syria border
    IS tighten grip on Iraq-Syria border 3 hours ago

    The Islamic State group consolidated its control of the Iraq-Syria border Friday after capturing an Iraqi provincial capital and a famed Syrian heritage site in an offensive that has forced a review of US strategy. More »

  • Syrian rebels 'seize hospital holding 150 soldiers'
    Syrian rebels 'seize hospital holding 150 soldiers' 4 hours ago

    Islamist rebels on Friday overran a hospital in northwest Syria where at least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, a monitor said. More »

  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT 4 hours ago

    BANGKOK (AP) — Attention turned Friday to the seas off Southeast Asia's west coast as Malaysian naval vessels searched for stranded boat people and the U.S. military prepared air patrols to step up its involvement. Thousands of Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar are believed to be trapped on crowded boats with little food or water — some after being pushed back by the navies of at least three countries — and the international community has warned that time to save them is running out. More »

  • Islamist Shebab gunmen storm Kenya village
    Islamist Shebab gunmen storm Kenya village 6 hours ago

    Islamist gunmen raided a village in northeastern Kenya, the interior ministry said Friday, the latest in a string of brazen attacks by the Somali-led, Al-Qaeda affiliated insurgents. More »

  • Islamic State says it has full control of Syria's Palmyra
    Islamic State says it has full control of Syria's Palmyra 13 hours ago

    By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday and overran Iraqi government defences east of Ramadi, the provincial capital that they seized five days earlier. The twin successes not only pile pressure on Damascus and Baghdad but throw doubt on a U.S. strategy of relying almost exclusively on air strikes to support the fight against Islamic State. U.S. and coalition forces had conducted 18 air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq since Wednesday, the U.S. military said. More »

  • US agents plotted to find bin Laden via meds: report
    US agents plotted to find bin Laden via meds: report 14 hours ago

    The United States plotted to find Osama bin Laden by concealing tracking devices in medical supplies, possibly through Red Cross hospitals, a report said Thursday, citing documents leaked by former security contractor Edward Snowden. More »

  • Terror suspect wanted in US wins Irish case, walks free
    Terror suspect wanted in US wins Irish case, walks free 14 hours ago

    DUBLIN (AP) — An Algerian-born terror suspect wanted in the United States walked free from a Dublin court Thursday after five years behind bars and a two-year legal battle against extradition. More »

  • US concludes airstrike in Syria killed 2 innocent children 15 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two children were likely killed during an American airstrike targeting al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria last year, and two other adults were wounded, according to an investigation released Thursday by the U.S. military. More »

  • U.S. admits two children killed in Islamic State campaign 15 hours ago

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two children were likely killed by a U.S. air strike in Syria in November, the U.S. military said on Thursday, the first time the Pentagon has acknowledged civilian casualties since it began an air campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. Two noncombatant adults also received minor injuries in the November air strikes, which targeted an explosives manufacturing facility operated by the al Qaeda-linked Khorasan Group, the U.S. military's Central Command said after an investigation of the reported casualties. More »

  • US says air raid in Syria killed two children
    US says air raid in Syria killed two children 16 hours ago

    US air strikes against Islamist extremists in Syria killed two children by mistake, officials said Thursday, marking the first time the American military acknowledged inflicting civilian casualties in the war. More »

  • Clinton emails reveal Benghazi militant fears: report
    Clinton emails reveal Benghazi militant fears: report 16 hours ago

    Emails from Hillary Clinton obtained Thursday by a US daily revealed her own sources provided intelligence on a deadly 2012 attack in Libya that conflicted with White House statements. More »

  • Exclusive - Turkish intelligence helped ship arms to Syrian Islamist rebel  …
    Exclusive - Turkish intelligence helped ship arms to Syrian Islamist rebel  … 19 hours ago

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Nick Tattersall ADANA, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey's state intelligence agency helped deliver arms to parts of Syria under Islamist rebel control during late 2013 and early 2014, according to a prosecutor and court testimony from gendarmerie officers seen by Reuters. The witness testimony contradicts Turkey's denials that it sent arms to Syrian rebels and, by extension, contributed to the rise of Islamic State, now a major concern for the NATO member. Syria and some of Turkey's Western allies say Turkey, in its haste to see President Bashar al-Assad toppled, let fighters and arms over the border, some of whom went on to join the Islamic State militant group which has carved a self-declared caliphate out of parts of Syria and Iraq. More »

  • Cultural heritage a victim of conflict
    Cultural heritage a victim of conflict 19 hours ago

    The fall to Islamic State group jihadists of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday has raised fears for the fate of the world heritage site and its priceless artefacts. More »

  • Pro-government forces fight separatists near Mali flashpoint town 20 hours ago

    The fighting in Tin-Fadimata, around 30 km (20 miles) north of Menaka, pitted GATIA militia and the pro-government wing of the Arab Movement of Azawad (MAA) against the mainly Tuareg fighters of the separatist Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA). Militia spokesman Sidi Elmedhi Ag Albaka said pro-government fighters took the town from the separatists. The claim could not be independently verified and separatist fighters denied they had lost Tin-Fadimata. More »

  • Lonely man finds a home in Islam, and then in Islamic State
    Lonely man finds a home in Islam, and then in Islamic State 20 hours ago

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Before he left New Zealand, Mark Taylor spoke with a local television network. "I've been lonely all my life," he said. "Been rejected by people. Used by people. Abused by people." More »

  • Iraq's Sunni tribes feel deserted after Ramadi fall
    Iraq's Sunni tribes feel deserted after Ramadi fall 20 hours ago

    They were always seen as the key to defeating the jihadists in their bastions but the fall of Ramadi has deepened the distrust that Iraq's Sunni tribes feel towards the government. More »

  • Mediterranea Explores the Perilous Journey to Europe
    Mediterranea Explores the Perilous Journey to Europe 20 hours ago

    Since the start of the year, more than 1,500 people have died attempting the hazardous crossing—and thousands more have moved on to a precarious existence in Italy and other European countries. In Mediterranea, which screened in the Critics’ Week sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, Carpignano goes beyond the gruesome headlines to focus on the little-known hardships of migrants after they set foot on Italian soil, patiently setting the stage for a dramatic reconstruction of the riots that rocked the southern town of Rosarno in 2010. More »

  • Which cities are most at risk of a terror attack? 20 hours ago

    What is the likeliest place on earth for a terrorist attack? Baghdad, according to a new report that has ranked world cities according to their attack risk. Over the last six years, Iraq's capital suffered a stunning 380 terrorist attacks which claimed 1,141 lives, making it the deadliest city in the world, by terror attacks, according to global risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft. Verisk Maplecroft analyzed 1,300 of the world’s urban centers and ranked them based on the intensity and frequency of attacks in the past six years. More »

  • Hezbollah sees no end to Syria war, Mideast at risk of partition
    Hezbollah sees no end to Syria war, Mideast at risk of partition 21 hours ago

    By Samia Nakhoul, Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Hezbollah says the Middle East is at risk of partition and sees no end to the war in Syria, where it is fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad against insurgents supported by his regional enemies. Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy leader of the Iranian-backed group, said the insurgents would be unable to topple the Assad government despite their recent gains in battle, including this week's capture of Palmyra by the Islamic State jihadist group. In an interview with Reuters, Qassem said Assad's allies - Iran, Russia and Hezbollah - would back him "however long it takes". More »

  • Australia to revoke citizenship of Australian-born jihadis 23 hours ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia plans to strip citizenship from Australian-born children of immigrants who become Islamic State fighters in its crackdown on homegrown jihadis, a minister said on Thursday. More »

  • Isis: Mokhtar Belmokhtar defection shows the deadly threat of Libya
    Isis: Mokhtar Belmokhtar defection shows the deadly threat of Libya Thu, May 21, 2015

    The notorious Mokhtar Belmokhtar (aka Mr. Marlboro) hit the headlines yet again this week, after his group the Mourabitounes released an audio message pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (Isis). Clearly the Mourabitounes are falling along the same Islamic State fault lines that many other traditionally Al-Qaeda-aligned groups are experiencing - whether to abandon AQC's weakened leadership or to team up with the more successful Islamic State. More »

  • Philippine police kill suspected militant kidnapper Thu, May 21, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police have killed a suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf group who was allegedly involved in the kidnapping last week of two Malaysians, a military commander said Thursday. More »

  • It's time for a No Fly Zone in Syria
    It's time for a No Fly Zone in Syria Thu, May 21, 2015

    Assad's military assessment will have to change if he can't use his airforce on the battlefield. More »

  • On Syria-Lebanon border, Hezbollah in 'hardest' battle
    On Syria-Lebanon border, Hezbollah in 'hardest' battle Thu, May 21, 2015

    On a windy hilltop overlooking the mountainous Syrian border, a fighter from Lebanon's Hezbollah says the battle against militants in the area is among the toughest the group has ever faced. More »

  • The frustrations of allied warfare _ al-Qaida-style
    The frustrations of allied warfare _ al-Qaida-style Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Barack Obama or his predecessor thought fighting a war with coalition partners was hard, they might consider Osama bin Laden's frustrations. More »

  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT Thu, May 21, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister said Thursday he has ordered the navy and the coast guard to comb the sea to look for stranded migrants, the first country to announce it will search for the refugees in desperate need of help instead of waiting for them to wash up on Southeast Asia's shores. As the region's migrant crisis enters its fourth week, it remains unclear how many vulnerable people are adrift at sea but aid groups and the U.N. say there could be thousands and time is running out to save them. More »

  • 'Thank you and goodnight' US TV legend David Letterman signs off
    'Thank you and goodnight' US TV legend David Letterman signs off Thu, May 21, 2015

    The king of late-night television, David Letterman, brought the curtain down on a 33-year career in an emotional final show packed with jokes and farewells from US presidents, Hollywood stars and devoted fans. More »

  • Bid to reunite Bin Laden and son before deadly raid - documents Thu, May 21, 2015

    (This version of the story was filed to correct attribution in 9th paragraph to "Mahmud", not Hamza) By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Just one month before Osama bin Laden was killed at his Pakistani hideout by U.S. commandos in 2011, his aides tried to reunite him with a beloved son, Hamza, who had been held under house arrest in Iran, documents released on Wednesday show. In a message dated April 2011 an al Qaeda operative named "Mahmud" wrote to bin Laden describing efforts he was making to smuggle his son, one of many children of the al Qaeda leader, to meet with him. The letter was one of hundreds of documents seized by the commandos when they staged a daring raid on bin Laden's secret home in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May, 2011. More »

  • Legion of foreign fighters battles for Islamic State
    Legion of foreign fighters battles for Islamic State Thu, May 21, 2015

    PANKISI GORGE, Georgia (AP) — One day this April, instead of coming home from school, two teenagers left their valley high in the Caucasus, and went off to war. More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Thursday
    10 Things to Know for Thursday Thu, May 21, 2015

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: More »

  • French special forces 'kill al-Qaeda leader in Mali'
    French special forces 'kill al-Qaeda leader in Mali' Thu, May 21, 2015

    'Abdelkrim the Tuareg,' suspected of killing French citizens, among four members of group killed, defence ministry says. More »

  • Osama bin Laden: To the end, obsessed with America Wed, May 20, 2015

    When the Navy’s SEAL Team Six killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May 2011, it was never going to be the end of the story. Mr. bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, contained computers, books, letters, technical manuals, maps, and other documents. The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) has just released what it calls “a sizeable tranche” of documents recovered during the raid. More »

  • Insurgents in Syria seize hospital from … Reuters - 2 hours 54 minutes ago

    Insurgents on Friday seized a hospital from Syrian government forces who had been besieged there since late April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, another … More »Insurgents in Syria seize hospital from …

    Insurgents on Friday seized a hospital from Syrian government forces who had been besieged there since late April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, another gain by rebels who have dealt a series of blows to President Bashar al-Assad. Syrian state TV said soldiers holed up in the Jisr al-Shughour hospital in …

  • Syrian troops evacuate besieged compound … Associated Press - 2 hours 56 minutes ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and state media say Syrian troops who had been besieged for nearly a month in a hospital compound in the country's northwest managed to w … More »Syrian troops evacuate besieged compound …

    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and state media say Syrian troops who had been besieged for nearly a month in a hospital compound in the country's northwest managed to withdraw.

  • Al-Shabab storms Kenyan village near Garissa
    Al-Shabab storms Kenyan village near … Al Jazeera - 3 hours ago

    Yumbis, 70km north of city where 148 people were killed in university siege, raided by Somalia-based armed group. More »Al-Shabab storms Kenyan village near …

    Al-Shabab storms Kenyan village near Garissa

    Yumbis, 70km north of city where 148 people were killed in university siege, raided by Somalia-based armed group.

  • The advance by Islamic State fighters on Palmyra has raised fears the Syrian world heritage site could be destroyed
    IS tighten grip on Iraq-Syria borde … AFP - 3 hours ago

    The Islamic State group consolidated its control of the Iraq-Syria border Friday after capturing an Iraqi provincial capital and a famed Syrian heritage site in an offensive … More »IS tighten grip on Iraq-Syria borde …

    The advance by Islamic State fighters on Palmyra has raised fears the Syrian world heritage site could be destroyed

    The Islamic State group consolidated its control of the Iraq-Syria border Friday after capturing an Iraqi provincial capital and a famed Syrian heritage site in an offensive that has forced a review of US strategy.

  • Armed rebel fighters drive a tank in the northern town of Jisr al-Shughur, on April 26, 2015
    Syrian rebels 'seize hospital holding … AFP - 4 hours ago

    Islamist rebels on Friday overran a hospital in northwest Syria where at least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, a monitor s … More »Syrian rebels 'seize hospital holding …

    Armed rebel fighters drive a tank in the northern town of Jisr al-Shughur, on April 26, 2015

    Islamist rebels on Friday overran a hospital in northwest Syria where at least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, a monitor said.

  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT Associated Press - 4 hours ago

    BANGKOK (AP) — Attention turned Friday to the seas off Southeast Asia's west coast as Malaysian naval vessels searched for stranded boat people and the U.S. military … More »Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Attention turned Friday to the seas off Southeast Asia's west coast as Malaysian naval vessels searched for stranded boat people and the U.S. military prepared air patrols to step up its involvement. Thousands of Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar are believed to be trapped on crowded boats …

  • A billboard put up by the Kenyan interior ministry shows alleged Shebab commander Mohamed Mohamud on April 17, 2015 Nairobi
    Islamist Shebab gunmen storm Kenya  … AFP - 6 hours ago

    Islamist gunmen raided a village in northeastern Kenya, the interior ministry said Friday, the latest in a string of brazen attacks by the Somali-led, Al-Qaeda affiliated … More »Islamist Shebab gunmen storm Kenya  …

    A billboard put up by the Kenyan interior ministry shows alleged Shebab commander Mohamed Mohamud on April 17, 2015 Nairobi

    Islamist gunmen raided a village in northeastern Kenya, the interior ministry said Friday, the latest in a string of brazen attacks by the Somali-led, Al-Qaeda affiliated insurgents.

  • Residents walk in Palmyra city
    Islamic State says it has full control … Reuters - 13 hours ago

    By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday and overran Iraqi government defences … More »Islamic State says it has full control …

    Residents walk in Palmyra city

    By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday and overran Iraqi government defences east of Ramadi, the provincial capital that they seized five days earlier. The twin successes not only pile pressure on Damascus and Baghdad but throw …

  • This screen grab released May 7, 2011 by the US Department of Defense shows Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden
    US agents plotted to find bin Laden … AFP - 14 hours ago

    The United States plotted to find Osama bin Laden by concealing tracking devices in medical supplies, possibly through Red Cross hospitals, a report said Thursday, citing … More »US agents plotted to find bin Laden …

    This screen grab released May 7, 2011 by the US Department of Defense shows Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden

    The United States plotted to find Osama bin Laden by concealing tracking devices in medical supplies, possibly through Red Cross hospitals, a report said Thursday, citing documents leaked by former security contractor Edward Snowden.

  • FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, March, 15, 2010, Ali Charaf Damache arrives at the courthouse in Waterford, Ireland. Terror suspect Ali Charaf Damache who is wanted in the United States for alleged crimes of conspiring to develop a European terror cell and to aid Pakistan-based terrorists, walked free from a Dublin court Thursday May 21, 2015, after winning a two-year legal battle against extradition. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)
    Terror suspect wanted in US wins Irish … Associated Press - 14 hours ago

    DUBLIN (AP) — An Algerian-born terror suspect wanted in the United States walked free from a Dublin court Thursday after five years behind bars and a two-year legal battle … More »Terror suspect wanted in US wins Irish …

    FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, March, 15, 2010, Ali Charaf Damache arrives at the courthouse in Waterford, Ireland. Terror suspect Ali Charaf Damache who is wanted in the United States for alleged crimes of conspiring to develop a European terror cell and to aid Pakistan-based terrorists, walked free from a Dublin court Thursday May 21, 2015, after winning a two-year legal battle against extradition. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)

    DUBLIN (AP) — An Algerian-born terror suspect wanted in the United States walked free from a Dublin court Thursday after five years behind bars and a two-year legal battle against extradition.

  • US concludes airstrike in Syria killed … Associated Press - 15 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two children were likely killed during an American airstrike targeting al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria last year, and two other adults were wounded, … More »US concludes airstrike in Syria killed …

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two children were likely killed during an American airstrike targeting al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria last year, and two other adults were wounded, according to an investigation released Thursday by the U.S. military.

  • U.S. admits two children killed in Islamic … Reuters - 15 hours ago

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two children were likely killed by a U.S. air strike in Syria in November, the U.S. military said on Thursday, the first time … More »U.S. admits two children killed in Islamic …

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two children were likely killed by a U.S. air strike in Syria in November, the U.S. military said on Thursday, the first time the Pentagon has acknowledged civilian casualties since it began an air campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. Two noncombatant adults …

  • This US Air Forces Central Command photo released by the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System shows a pair of US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles flying on September 23, 2014 after conducting airstrikes in Syria
    US says air raid in Syria killed two … AFP - 16 hours ago

    US air strikes against Islamist extremists in Syria killed two children by mistake, officials said Thursday, marking the first time the American military acknowledged … More »US says air raid in Syria killed two …

    This US Air Forces Central Command photo released by the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System shows a pair of US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles flying on September 23, 2014 after conducting airstrikes in Syria

    US air strikes against Islamist extremists in Syria killed two children by mistake, officials said Thursday, marking the first time the American military acknowledged inflicting civilian casualties in the war.

  • Hillary Clinton delivers the keynote address at the 18th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University, in New York, April 29, 2015
    Clinton emails reveal Benghazi militant … AFP - 16 hours ago

    Emails from Hillary Clinton obtained Thursday by a US daily revealed her own sources provided intelligence on a deadly 2012 attack in Libya that conflicted with White … More »Clinton emails reveal Benghazi militant …

    Hillary Clinton delivers the keynote address at the 18th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University, in New York, April 29, 2015

    Emails from Hillary Clinton obtained Thursday by a US daily revealed her own sources provided intelligence on a deadly 2012 attack in Libya that conflicted with White House statements.

  • Rebel fighters take positions inside a building during what they said were clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Assad in the Mleha suburb of Damascus
    Exclusive - Turkish intelligence helped … Reuters - 19 hours ago

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Nick Tattersall ADANA, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey's state intelligence agency helped deliver arms to parts of Syria under Islamist rebel control … More »Exclusive - Turkish intelligence helped …

    Rebel fighters take positions inside a building during what they said were clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Assad in the Mleha suburb of Damascus

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Nick Tattersall ADANA, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey's state intelligence agency helped deliver arms to parts of Syria under Islamist rebel control during late 2013 and early 2014, according to a prosecutor and court testimony from gendarmerie officers seen by Reuters. The witness testimony contradicts …

  • The fall to Islamic State group jihadists of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday has raised fears for the fate of the world heritage site and its priceless artefacts
    Cultural heritage a victim of confl … AFP - 19 hours ago

    The fall to Islamic State group jihadists of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday has raised fears for the fate of the world heritage site and its priceless … More »Cultural heritage a victim of confl …

    The fall to Islamic State group jihadists of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday has raised fears for the fate of the world heritage site and its priceless artefacts

    The fall to Islamic State group jihadists of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday has raised fears for the fate of the world heritage site and its priceless artefacts.

  • Pro-government forces fight separatists … Reuters - 20 hours ago

    The fighting in Tin-Fadimata, around 30 km (20 miles) north of Menaka, pitted GATIA militia and the pro-government wing of the Arab Movement of Azawad (MAA) against the … More »Pro-government forces fight separatists …

    The fighting in Tin-Fadimata, around 30 km (20 miles) north of Menaka, pitted GATIA militia and the pro-government wing of the Arab Movement of Azawad (MAA) against the mainly Tuareg fighters of the separatist Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA). Militia spokesman Sidi Elmedhi Ag Albaka said pro-government fighters …

  • This image provided by New Zealand 3 News/MediaWorks via APTN shows Mark Taylor, who converted to Islam and is now thought to be in Syria, as he reads the Quran in his native New Zealand. Taylor, 42, began visiting a mosque in the city of Hamilton some years ago, and resurfaced 2014 in Syria. Authorities estimate only a half-dozen New Zealanders have traveled to Syria to fight with the Islamic State group. It’s unclear how they’ve become radicalized, although Taylor’s case might provide a clue: He’s acknowledged listening to the sermons of the late U.S.-born al-Qaida preacher Anwar al-Awlaki.  (New Zealand 3 News/MediaWorks via APTN)  AUSTRALIA OUT; NEW ZEALAND OUT
    Lonely man finds a home in Islam, and … Associated Press - 20 hours ago

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Before he left New Zealand, Mark Taylor spoke with a local television network. "I've been lonely all my life," he said. "Been … More »Lonely man finds a home in Islam, and …

    This image provided by New Zealand 3 News/MediaWorks via APTN shows Mark Taylor, who converted to Islam and is now thought to be in Syria, as he reads the Quran in his native New Zealand. Taylor, 42, began visiting a mosque in the city of Hamilton some years ago, and resurfaced 2014 in Syria. Authorities estimate only a half-dozen New Zealanders have traveled to Syria to fight with the Islamic State group. It’s unclear how they’ve become radicalized, although Taylor’s case might provide a clue: He’s acknowledged listening to the sermons of the late U.S.-born al-Qaida preacher Anwar al-Awlaki.  (New Zealand 3 News/MediaWorks via APTN)  AUSTRALIA OUT; NEW ZEALAND OUT

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Before he left New Zealand, Mark Taylor spoke with a local television network. "I've been lonely all my life," he said. "Been rejected by people. Used by people. Abused by people."

  • Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribesmen inspect the damage after an attack that targeted a military post on September 7, 2014 on the road between Barwanah and Haditha in Anbar province
    Iraq's Sunni tribes feel deserted … AFP - 20 hours ago

    They were always seen as the key to defeating the jihadists in their bastions but the fall of Ramadi has deepened the distrust that Iraq's Sunni tribes feel towards … More »Iraq's Sunni tribes feel deserted …

    Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribesmen inspect the damage after an attack that targeted a military post on September 7, 2014 on the road between Barwanah and Haditha in Anbar province

    They were always seen as the key to defeating the jihadists in their bastions but the fall of Ramadi has deepened the distrust that Iraq's Sunni tribes feel towards the government.

  • Mediterranea Explores the Perilous Journey to Europe
    Mediterranea Explores the Perilous Journey … The Atlantic - 20 hours ago

    Since the start of the year, more than 1,500 people have died attempting the hazardous crossing—and thousands more have moved on to a precarious existence in Italy and … More »Mediterranea Explores the Perilous Journey …

    Mediterranea Explores the Perilous Journey to Europe

    Since the start of the year, more than 1,500 people have died attempting the hazardous crossing—and thousands more have moved on to a precarious existence in Italy and other European countries. In Mediterranea, which screened in the Critics’ Week sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, Carpignano goes beyond the …

  • Which cities are most at risk of a terror … Christian Science Monitor - 20 hours ago

    What is the likeliest place on earth for a terrorist attack? Baghdad, according to a new report that has ranked world cities according to their attack risk. Over the … More »Which cities are most at risk of a terror …

    What is the likeliest place on earth for a terrorist attack? Baghdad, according to a new report that has ranked world cities according to their attack risk. Over the last six years, Iraq's capital suffered a stunning 380 terrorist attacks which claimed 1,141 lives, making it the deadliest city in the world, by terror attacks, …

  • Lebanon's Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem gestures as he speaks during an interview with Reuters at his office in Beirut
    Hezbollah sees no end to Syria war, … Reuters - 21 hours ago

    By Samia Nakhoul, Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Hezbollah says the Middle East is at risk of partition and sees no end to the war in Syria, … More »Hezbollah sees no end to Syria war, …

    Lebanon's Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem gestures as he speaks during an interview with Reuters at his office in Beirut

    By Samia Nakhoul, Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Hezbollah says the Middle East is at risk of partition and sees no end to the war in Syria, where it is fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad against insurgents supported by his regional enemies. Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy leader of the Iranian-backed …

  • Australia to revoke citizenship of Australian-born … Associated Press - 23 hours ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia plans to strip citizenship from Australian-born children of immigrants who become Islamic State fighters in its crackdown on homegrown … More »Australia to revoke citizenship of Australian-born …

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia plans to strip citizenship from Australian-born children of immigrants who become Islamic State fighters in its crackdown on homegrown jihadis, a minister said on Thursday.

  • Isis: Mokhtar Belmokhtar defection shows the deadly threat of Libya
    Isis: Mokhtar Belmokhtar defection shows … IB Times - Thu, May 21, 2015

    The notorious Mokhtar Belmokhtar (aka Mr. Marlboro) hit the headlines yet again this week, after his group the Mourabitounes released an audio message pledging allegiance … More »Isis: Mokhtar Belmokhtar defection shows …

    Isis: Mokhtar Belmokhtar defection shows the deadly threat of Libya

    The notorious Mokhtar Belmokhtar (aka Mr. Marlboro) hit the headlines yet again this week, after his group the Mourabitounes released an audio message pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (Isis). Clearly the Mourabitounes are falling along the same Islamic State fault lines that many other traditionally Al-Qaeda-aligned …

  • Philippine police kill suspected militant … Associated Press - Thu, May 21, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police have killed a suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf group who was allegedly involved in the kidnapping last week of two Malaysians, … More »Philippine police kill suspected militant …

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police have killed a suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf group who was allegedly involved in the kidnapping last week of two Malaysians, a military commander said Thursday.

  • It's time for a No Fly Zone in  … Al Jazeera - Thu, May 21, 2015
    It's time for a No Fly Zone in Syria

    Assad's military assessment will have to change if he can't use his airforce on the battlefield.

  • A Hezbollah fighter patrols the Qalamun hills close to the Lebanese border with Syria

    On a windy hilltop overlooking the mountainous Syrian border, a fighter from Lebanon's Hezbollah says the battle against militants in the area is among the toughest the group has ever faced.

  • The frustrations of allied warfare _ … Associated Press - Thu, May 21, 2015
    FILE - This undated file photo shows al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. U.S. intelligence officials have released more than 100 documents seized in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, including a loving letter to his wife and a job application for his terrorist network. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence says the papers were taken in the Navy SEALs raid that killed bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011. (AP Photo, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Barack Obama or his predecessor thought fighting a war with coalition partners was hard, they might consider Osama bin Laden's frustrations.

  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT Associated Press - Thu, May 21, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister said Thursday he has ordered the navy and the coast guard to comb the sea to look for stranded migrants, the first country to announce it will search for the refugees in desperate need of help instead of waiting for them to wash up on Southeast Asia's shores. …

  • 'Thank you and goodnight' US … AFP - Thu, May 21, 2015
    US President Barack Obama tapes an appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" in New York on May 4, 2015

    The king of late-night television, David Letterman, brought the curtain down on a 33-year career in an emotional final show packed with jokes and farewells from US presidents, Hollywood stars and devoted fans.

  • (This version of the story was filed to correct attribution in 9th paragraph to "Mahmud", not Hamza) By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Just one month before Osama bin Laden was killed at his Pakistani hideout by U.S. commandos in 2011, his aides tried to reunite him with a beloved son, Hamza, who had been held …

  • Legion of foreign fighters battles for … Associated Press - Thu, May 21, 2015
    FILE - This file image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance. The Islamic State group's gains over the past year have been sizeable. For nearly two decades, al-Qaida was unchallenged as the world's most prominent terrorist organization. But IS has stormed forward to rival it _ and even surpass it in places.  (Militant video via AP, File)

    PANKISI GORGE, Georgia (AP) — One day this April, instead of coming home from school, two teenagers left their valley high in the Caucasus, and went off to war.

  • 10 Things to Know for Thursday Associated Press - Thu, May 21, 2015
    A translated copy of an application to join Osama bin Laden's terrorist network is photographed in Washington, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The document is among 100 realized by U.S. intelligence officials. U.S. intelligence officials have released more than 100 documents seized in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, including a loving letter to his wife and a job application for his terrorist network. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence says the papers were taken in the Navy SEALs raid that killed bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011.(AP Photo)

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

  • French special forces 'kill al-Qaeda … Al Jazeera - Thu, May 21, 2015
    French special forces 'kill al-Qaeda leader in Mali'

    'Abdelkrim the Tuareg,' suspected of killing French citizens, among four members of group killed, defence ministry says.

  • Osama bin Laden: To the end, obsessed … Christian Science Monitor - Wed, May 20, 2015

    When the Navy’s SEAL Team Six killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May 2011, it was never going to be the end of the story. Mr. bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, contained computers, books, letters, technical manuals, maps, and other documents. The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) has just released …