1. Significant number of Australians taking up leadership roles in Islamic State says Julie Bishop
    A “significant number” of Australians have taken up “leadership roles” in the barbaric Islamic State terrorist group, says Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
  2. Twin disasters spark Malaysia Airlines crew resignations
    KUALA LUMPUR: Nearly 200 cabin crew have resigned from Malaysia Airlines which was hit by two deadly tragedies this year, the carrier said on Tuesday, and some reportedly cited fears for their safety.
  3. Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah threatens to pull out of election process
    KABUL: One of two candidates competing to succeed Afghan leader HamidKarzai threatened on Tuesday to pull out of a UN-supervised audit of a disputed presidential election, undermining a process meant to defuse a standoff between the contenders.
  4. UAE, Egypt air strikes on Libya take US by surprise
    Twice in the last seven days, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have secretly launched airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli, Libya, four senior American officials said, in a major escalation of a regional power struggle set off by Arab Spring revolts.
  5. Pakistani opposition party’s ends deadlock in dialogue
    ISLAMABAD, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) — An opposition party, which has started protest against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif since August 14, ended deadlock in talks with the government and met a government negotiation team late Tuesday to defuse the political tensions.
  6. Obama approves air surveillance of IS in Syria
    Washington: US President Barack Obama has authorised surveillance flights over Syria in a move to gain intelligence on the activities of Islamic State (IS) Sunni militant group, BBC reported Tuesday.
  7. Pakistani court orders filing of murder case against Nawaz Sharif, brother Shahbaz Sharif
    A Pakistani court on Tuesday ordered the registration of a murder case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and 19 others for their alleged role in the killing of 14 supporters of fiery anti-government cleric Tahirul Qadri here.
  8. Baghdad car bomb kills 11 people, injures dozens
    BAGHDAD — A car bomb exploded on Tuesday in a busy Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks to shake the Iraqi capital as the Shiite-led government struggles to dislodge Sunni militants from areas in the country’s west and north.
  9. U.S. rules out joint Syrian effort to target Islamic State
    The United States said Tuesday it would not co-ordinate with the government of President Bashar al-Assad on targeting Islamic State (IS) militants on Syrian territory, as preparations for possible air strikes gathered pace.