1. IS releases new audio message by Japanese hostage
    The Islamic State group released a message late Wednesday purportedly by Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, extending the deadline for Jordan’s release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida.
  2. Bardhaman blast accused made bombs in burqa factory
    NEW DELHI: The Bardhaman blast accused were not just using madrassas as training centre for terrorists but even assembling bombs in the garb of running burqa (veil) stitching units.
  3. Iran to let foreign women watch men’s volleyball tournament
    DUBAI: Iran will allow foreign women watch men play volleyball when it hosts an international championship this year, but Iranian women will still be banned, the state news agency said on Wednesday.
  4. Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State
    AMMAN: Jordan is willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner involved in deadly 2005 hotel bombings for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.
  5. Massive destruction in Kobane after Kurds drive out IS
    KOBANE: Rubble strewn streets, gutted buildings: the bloody battle for the Syrian border town of Kobane has wrought massive destruction, according to a team of journalists who arrived on the scene today.
  6. Amnesty urges UN sanctions in Libya
    Rights group Amnesty International called yesterday for targeted UN sanctions and investigations into possible war crimes in Libya to end a cycle of abductions and summary killings by rival armed factions.
  7. Bahrain Shia leader rejects charges as his trial begins
    Bahraini Shia opposition chief Sheikh Ali Salman rejected charges that he tried to overthrow the country’s regime, as his trial opened yesterday, a judicial source said.
  8. Former Taliban commander is IS’ Af-Pak chief
    ISLAMABAD: Dreaded Islamic State militant group has appointed a breakaway Taliban commander as its chief in Khurasan, a historic name used by militants for an area covering Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of India.
  9. Al Shabab leader renounces violence, quits al-Qaida-linked terror outfit
    JOHANNESBERG: The leader of the Somalia-based Islamist militant group, Al Shabaab, who carries a three million dollar bounty on his head, has reportedly quit the terror outfit and renounced violence perpetrated by the al-Qaida-linked organization.