- Deadly blast hits south Beirut neighborhood
An explosion rocked a stronghold of the Shiite Hezbollah group in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital, killing at least five people, setting cars ablaze and sending a column of black smoke above the Beirut skyline.
- Somali Islamists claim responsibility for Mogadishu hotel bombing
THE Islamist militants in Somalia, on Thursday, said they carried out the triple bombing on a Mogadishu hotel that killed at least 11 people.
- Iraqi security forces fight militants in Anbar province
The clashes with the fighters from the al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) were in Fallujah and Ramadi, where some 250 fighters were equipped with armed vehicles.
- Lebanon ‘arrests head of Abdullah Azzam Brigades’
The Lebanese authorities are reported to have arrested the head of a jihadist group that claimed the suicide bomb attack on Iran’s embassy in November.
- Iraq’s annual death toll highest in five years – UN
The United Nations says at least 7,818 civilians and 1,050 members of the security forces were killed in violent attacks across Iraq in 2013.
- Three killed in Quetta suicide blast targeting pilgrims’ bus
At least three people were killed and thirty injured in a suicide attack in Quetta, the capital of militancy-hit Balochistan province on Wednesday.
- Quake hits south Iran, killing one injuring 30 – state TV
A powerful earthquake jolted southern Iran on Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring 30 others, Iranian state television reported.
- Militants arrest highlights Iran-Saudi power struggle in Lebanon
The power struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia in Lebanon has resonated powerfully once again with the arrest of the head of an al-Qaeda-linked group, which had claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on the Iran Embassy in Beirut on November 19, 2013.