1. At least 19 people dead as Islamists clash with police in Chechnya
    Group of gunmen holed up in central Grozny after attacking police checkpoint, say security officials
  2. Unesco wants protected cultural zones in Syria, Iraq
    Paris: Unesco chief Irina Bokova Thursday called for creation of protected cultural zones around heritage sites in conflict-hit Syria and Iraq.
  3. Kurdish fighters kill 10 IS militants in Syria
    Damascus: At least 10 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in clashes with Kurdish fighters in the predominantly Kurdish city of Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, in northern Syria near the Turkish border, a monitoring group reported Thursday.
  4. Boko Haram raid two northeast Nigeria towns: Residents
    Abuja: Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on Thursday stormed two towns in northeast Nigeria, raiding banks and burning government buildings as well as political party offices, residents told AFP.
  5. IS advance in east Syria kills 19 troops, militia: Monitor
    Beirut: An Islamic State group advance spearheaded by a suicide bomber on a government-held enclave in eastern Syria killed at least 19 government troops and militia, a monitoring group said Thursday.
  6. IS militants controlling parts of Syrian airbase
    Damascus: Militants of the Islamic State (IS) radical group Thursday took control of parts of Deir ez-Zor military airbase in Syria after blowing up a booby-trapped car at the airport entrance.
  7. Over 300 killed, 220,000 displaced in Kenya conflict in 2014: UN
    Nairobi: At least 310 people have been killed and over 220,000 fled their homes in attacks in Kenya this year, the United Nations said Thursday, warning of rising conflict.
  8. Young, single Muslim males from India barred from visiting Iraq
    MUMBAI: Are you single, male, Muslim and under 30? If yes, then you should not apply for a pilgrimage visa to strife-torn Iraq. Alshaya Nasser Travels, one of the two Iraqi government-organized agencies (the other is Faiz-e-Hussaini) that facilitate visa processing, has asked tour operators not to accept passports from applicants who are single, under 30 and unaccompanied by family members.
  9. Lebanon holding IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s ‘daughter, ex-wife’, DNA test shows
    Beirut: Seeking to clear the confusion over the identity of the woman detained by Lebanon, the country’s Interior Minister has confirmed that the lady is the ex-wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
  10. Car bomb attacks kill 37 people in Iraq
    BAGHDAD (AP) — A string of car bomb attacks across Iraq killed at least 37 people on Thursday, Iraqi officials said. Three of the attacks targeted Shiite districts in the capital, Baghdad, while the fourth targeted a Kurdish neighborhood in the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk.