1. Anger in Lebanon after jihadists say policeman killed
    Gunmen and protesters took to the streets Saturday after a Syrian jihadist group said it killed a captured Lebanese policeman to avenge the arrest of family members of Islamist militants.
  2. Iran confirms air strikes in Iraq against Islamic State: Guardian newspaper
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A senior Iranian official has confirmed his country carried out air strikes in neighbouring Iraq against Islamic State fighters at the request of Iraqi authorities, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported.
  3. U.S. to keep more troops in Afghanistan as violence spikes
    KABUL (Reuters) – The United States will keep up to 1,000 more soldiers than previously planned in Afghanistan into next year, outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Saturday, in a recognition of the still formidable challenge from Taliban insurgents.
  4. Officials: Bombings kill 10 people in Iraq
    BAGHDAD (AP) — A string of bombings targeting Shiites killed 10 people Saturday around Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.
  5. Iran minister says all web surfers to be ‘identified’
    Iran’s telecommunications minister has said his technicians are developing a system to identify any Internet user in the country at the moment of log-on, the ISNA news agency reported Saturday.
  6. US hostage Luke Somers and SA Pierre Korkie killed during Yemen rescue bid
    UK-born US journalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie have been killed by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen during a failed rescue bid.
  7. Syrian troops repel IS attack on eastern air base
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces repelled an attack by the Islamic State group on a major air base in the country’s east on Saturday, in fighting that killed dozens on both sides, activists and state media said.
  8. Police say Taliban attack kills 3 in Afghanistan
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban attack on a convoy in northern Afghanistan killed three police officers, authorities said Saturday, as suspected U.S. drone strikes killed four Taliban militants.
  9. ​Pakistan claims to have killed NYC bomb plotter in raid
    ISLAMABAD , Pakistan – Pakistani soldiers killed a top al Qaeda operative Saturday who was indicted in the U.S. for his alleged involvement in a plot to bomb New York’s subway system, the military said in a statement.
  10. Swiss hostage hacked extremist with long knife during daring escape
    MANILA, Philippines – A Swiss hostage made a dramatic escape Saturday from Abu Sayyaf extremists when he hacked a rebel commander and then got shot as he dashed to freedom amid a military bombardment, ending more than two years of jungle captivity in the southern Philippines, officials said.