- Turkey trains Kurdish Peshmerga forces in fight against ISIS
Turkish soldiers are training Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq and will give similar assistance to a new national army unit in Baghdad as part of the struggle against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a senior Turkish official said on Saturday.
- Al-Qaeda vows fierce attacks on Yemen Shiite militiamen
The Al-Qaeda military chief in Yemen has vowed to launch fierce attacks against Shiite Huthi militiamen sweeping across the country, in an audio message posted Friday on jihadist websites.
- Pakistani Taliban claim Karachi attack on political camp
The Pakistani Taliban on Saturday claimed responsibility for an attack on a political party camp in the southern city of Karachi which wounded at least 15 people.
- Turkey: Border abuses and destitution aggravating plight of Syria refugees
The international community’s failure to deal with the growing number of Syrian refugees fleeing into Turkey has led to a crisis of unprecedented proportions with refugees facing push-backs and live fire at the border and hundreds of thousands living in destitution, said Amnesty International in a new report published today.
- Berlin says 550 Germans joined jihadist cause in Syria, Iraq
Hundreds of Germans have left their home country to fight alongside jihadists in Syria and Iraq, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said.
- Bahrain election overshadowed by opposition boycott
Bahrain went to the polls Saturday for its first legislative elections since a failed pro-democracy uprising in 2011, with the opposition boycotting the vote in the tiny Gulf monarchy.
- Biden Announces New Aid for Syrian Refugees
Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged from a nearly four-hour meeting Saturday, offering no indication that the U.S. and Turkey had bridged their differences about how to deal with Islamic State fighters or Syrian President Bashar Assad.
- Magnitude-6.7 quake injures at least 39 in Nagano
A major earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 struck Nagano Prefecture and surrounding areas in central Honshu on Saturday night, injuring at least 39 people and causing damage, the Meteorological Agency reported.
- West not expected to demand Iran atom bomb “mea culpa” in deal
(Reuters) – World powers are pressing Iran to stop stonewalling a U.N. atomic bomb investigation as part of a wider nuclear accord, but look likely to stop short of demanding full disclosure of any secret weapon work by Tehran to avoid killing an historic deal.
- IS kills at least 23 Iraqi tribesmen near Ramadi
The Islamic State jihadist group killed at least 23 tribesmen during a major attack in the Ramadi area, a tribal leader and a police officer said on Saturday.