- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.