- Saudi authorities continue witchhunt against netizens
Two more cyber-activists are now behind bars including one who was given another jail term on 3 November, just two days before Raef Badawi, a blogger and human rights activist serving a 10-year jail term, was awarded the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Prize in Strasbourg.
- Iraqi PM sacks 26 army commanders for incompetence and graft
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sacked 26 military commanders on Wednesday for corruption and incompetence, in an apparent effort to improve the army’s performance against Islamic State militants.
- Mecca under threat: Outrage at plan to destroy the ‘birthplace’ of Prophet Mohamed
The site in Mecca where the Prophet Mohamed is said to have been born is about to be “buried under marble” and replaced by a huge royal palace.
- Bangladesh arrests hardline cleric over TV host’s death
DHAKA: Bangladesh police said on Monday they have arrested a hardline Muslim preacher for allegedly inciting the murder of a popular television host.
- Pak court issues arrest warrants against Imran, Qadri
ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court on Wednesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan and fiery cleric Tahirul Qadri for attacking the state television building and the Parliament during protests here in September.
- German police arrest 9 suspected IS supporters
BERLIN: German police arrested nine suspects today accused of supporting extremist group Islamic State (IS) that is fighting in Iraq and Syria, in dawn raids involving some 240 officers, authorities said.
- ISIS flags hoisted near Islamabad, Pak security establishment in tizzy
ISLAMABAD: Four flags of the dreaded militant group Islamic State or ISIS have been confiscated near a highly- sensitive ordnance unit close to Islamabad, setting alarm bells ringing for the Pakistani security establishment.
- Islamic State group visits Pakistan militants: Jundullah spokesman
DERA ISMAIL KHAB (Pakistan): A spokesman for a small Pakistani militant group claims that a delegation from the Islamic State group has visited Jundallah’s leaders in southwestern Pakistan.
- Iraqi troops advance toward refinery under siege
BAGHDAD — Iraqi government forces made significant advances Wednesday in an effort to break an Islamic State siege of the country’s biggest refinery just outside the city of Baiji, according to an army commander and state television.
- Bombs hit near Egypt, UAE embassies in Libya
Tripoli (AFP) – Two car bombs struck near the shuttered Egyptian and United Arab Emirates embassies in Libya’s militia-controlled capital within minutes of each other Thursday, an AFP correspondent and a UAE official said.