1. Cameroon says fights off Boko Haram attacks, kills 41 militants
    (Reuters) – Cameroon’s army killed at least 41 Islamist militants as it fought off a wave of attacks along its border with Nigeria over the weekend in an escalation in the conflict, the government said.
  2. Bomber kills 11 Shi’ite pilgrims north of Baghdad: police
    (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed 11 people and wounded 23 others when he detonated explosives in a crowd of Shi’ite pilgrims walking north of Baghdad to the shrine city of Samarra, police and medical officials said.
  3. Yemeni intelligence officer killed, general escapes in ambushes
    Dec 29 (Reuters) – A senior Yemeni intelligence officer was shot dead on Monday by militants suspected to be linked to al-Qaeda, while an army general escaped a separate ambush in eastern Yemen, security sources said.
  4. Critics ask how AirAsia jetliner went missing in age of GPS
    NEW YORK: Air travel advocates are demanding global aviation authorities explain how an AirAsia jetliner with 162 people aboard got lost at a time when satellites and webcams monitor society’s every move.
  5. Bahrain sentences two men to death for killing policeman
    MANAMA (Reuters) – A court in Bahrain sentenced two Shi’ite Muslim men to death and handed a third a life sentence on Monday after they were convicted of killing a policeman.
  6. U.S. launches air strike in Somalia targeting al Shabaab senior leader
    (Reuters) – The U.S. military launched an air strike in Somalia on Monday targeting a senior leader of the al Qaeda-aligned al Shabaab militant group, the Pentagon said.
  7. Search area expanded in hunt for AirAsia plane
    SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — With no sign of the missing AirAsia jetliner, dozens of ships and planes on Tuesday joined a widening international effort now covering huge swaths of Indonesian sea and land.
  8. Second suspected arson attack on mosque in Sweden
    A mosque in Sweden has been the target of a suspected arsonist, the second such case in four days.
  9. Iraqi security forces recapture large sections of Dhuluiya town
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi security forces and pro-government militias took control of large parts of the Tigris River town of Dhuluiya north of Baghdad on Monday from Islamic State fighters, police and army sources said.
  10. 13 burnt to death in Lahore market fire
    At least 13 people, including one woman and a child, were killed when a fire broke out in a building in New Anarkali’s Khalid Market, reportedly due to a short circuit. Rescue teams reached the site immediately to put out the fire and recovered 10 survivors as well as the victims.
  11. How family prevented ex-UK PM Churchill from converting to Islam
    After he wrote to his to-be sister-in-law professing the desire to become a Muslim, she begged him not to