1. Yemen Shiite militia holds widely boycotted meeting on crisis
    Yemen’s Shiite militia and ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s party held a meeting boycotted by other parties Friday to discuss ending the country’s political crisis, as protests hit several cities, including the capital.
  2. 5 may face preliminary charges over jihadi network in France
    PARIS: Five people have appeared before a French judge and could face preliminary charges over a jihadi recruiting network in a small southern town from where several youths went to fight in Syria and Iraq.
  3. UN chief asks Pakistan to step up efforts to combat terror
    UNITED NATIONS: Condemning the deadly bombing of a Shia mosque in Pakistan, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the country to step up efforts to protect religious minorities and combat terrorism.
  4. Bangladesh cuts power to opposition leader’s home
    DHAKA: Bangladesh authorities on Saturday cut the power to opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s home in an apparent bid to force her to call off a crippling anti-government transport blockade.
  5. AirAsia captain left seat before jet lost control: Reports
    The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned it was too late to save the plane, two people familiar with the investigation said.
  6. Islamic State seizes oil facility in northern Iraq, 15 workers missing
    KIRKUK, Iraq: Islamic State insurgents on Saturday seized a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city Kirkuk where 15 employees were working, and explosions in and around the capital Baghdad killed at least nine people.
  7. Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram
    ADDIS ABABA: African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said on Saturday.
  8. Egypt court designates Hamas military wing a terrorist group
    CAIRO: Judicial officials say the Cairo court of urgent matters has banned the military wing of Gaza-based group Hamas, designating it a terrorist organization.
  9. Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist
    The Islamic State released a video Saturday purportedly showing the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and warning the Tokyo government of “carnage wherever your people are found.”
  10. Thousands mourn, protest in Pakistan following Shiite mosque bombing
    ISLAMABAD—Thousands of Shiites across Pakistan mourned and protested Saturday after a bombing at a Shiite mosque in the country killed at least 59 people.