- Al Qaeda splinter group denies killing Islamist rival in Syria
BEIRUT (Reuters) – An al Qaeda splinter group in Syria has denied it was behind the killing of a prominent al Qaeda figure last week and appeared to reject an ultimatum from rival fighters to accept mediation or face all-out assault.
- Afghan prison tricked into freeing Taliban fighters
Prison officials in Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar have been tricked into releasing 12 Taliban fighters.
- At least six security officials killed in Baghdad attacks Sunday, minister convoy targeted
At least six security force officials were killed in northern and western Baghdad Sunday in a series of attacks targeting the personnel in the predominantly Sunni Arab areas of the capital, according to Agence France Presse.
- Nigeria violence: Many die as militants destroy village
Suspected militants have shot dead at least 39 people in an attack on a village in north-eastern Nigeria.
- Pakistan halts air strikes against Taliban
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday said it was halting air strikes against Taliban militants in response to a month-long ceasefire announced by the insurgents a day earlier, paving the way for the resumption of peace talks.
- Karachi polio campaign resumes amid tight security
Provincial government bans passengers from sitting pillion on motorcycles to prevent attacks on polio workers
- Saudi women activists demand end to absolute male control
Riyadh: Saudi women activists have petitioned the countrys consultative council to back a demand to curb the absolute authority of male guardians over women in the ultraconservative kingdom, a signatory said.
- Iran backtracks on reports of kidnapped guards’ release
(Reuters) – The status of five kidnapped Iranian border guards remains unclear, Iran said on Sunday, retracting earlier reports by Iranian military officials that they had been freed in Pakistan.
- Pakistan’s madrassas reined in by government
Religious schools to be brought under national framework within a year in policy aimed at combating extremism.
- Turkish parliament votes to shut schools run by Erdogan rival
(Reuters) – Turkey’s parliament has voted to close private preparatory schools, many of which are a source of income and influence for an Islamic cleric accused by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of covertly seeking to topple him.