- Divers find bodies belted in seats near AirAsia fuselage
Pangkalan Bun (Indonesia) (AFP) – Indonesian divers Thursday recovered six bodies, some still belted into their seats, near the main section of an AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea last month, but failed again to reach the fuselage.
- Iran gives ex-vice president 5-year prison term
TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme court has sentenced a former vice-president to five years in prison and ordered him to pay a 10 billion rial ($ 300,000) fine, the country’s official news agency said.
- Pakistan arrests local Islamic State commander: Sources
LAHORE, Pakistan: Pakistani security forces have arrested a man they believe is the commander of the Islamic State group in the country as well as two accomplices involved in recruiting and sending fighters to Syria, intelligence sources said on Wednesday.
- Authorities plan salvage operation for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
CANBERRA, Australia: Although there have been no signs yet of the Malaysian airliner that remains missing far off the Australian coast, authorities are inviting expressions of interest from salvage operators in case it is found.
- Japan says looking at all possible ways to free hostages held by ISIS
TOKYO: Japan said on Thursday that it was considering any and all possible ways to seek the release of two hostages held by the Islamic State group.
- Egypt court frees Mubarak sons pending corruption retrial
CAIRO: An Egyptian court ordered the release on Thursday of the sons of ousted President Hosni Mubarak pending their retrial in a corruption case, their lawyer told Reuters.
- Kerry: Iraq coalition has killed 50 percent of IS leaders
LONDON — Iraq and its allies have made significant gains in battling Islamic State militants, killing thousands of fighters and 50 percent of the group’s top commanders, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday as an international coalition promised stronger efforts to stop the group and squash the spread of its extremist ideology.
- Kurds say they have ejected Islamic State militants from large area in northern Iraq
BAGHDAD — Kurdish forces claimed to have pushed back Islamic State militants from a 300-square-mile area of northern Iraq on Wednesday and said they cut one of the extremist group’s key supply lines to the occupied city of Mosul.
- Yemeni president, cabinet resign, deepening turmoil for a key U.S. ally
SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s Western-backed president and his cabinet resigned Thursday amid deepening turmoil that left Shiite rebels in effective control and threw into question this nation’s continued participation in the U.S. fight against terrorism.
- Defiant JuD says it will continue its activities despite ban in Pakistan
Unfazed by a ban imposed on it by the Pakistan government, Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafeez Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawah said on Thursday it will continue its “welfare” activities across the country.