1. U.S. considers declassifying report on Saudi funding of al Qaeda
    WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – The Obama administration is considering whether to declassify still-secret sections of a congressional inquiry into the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks which examined Saudi Arabian support for Islamist militants, the White House said on Thursday.
  2. US Moves Pilot Rescue Aircraft to Northern Iraq: Official
    The US military has deployed aircraft and troops to northern Iraq to boost its ability to rescue downed coalition pilots, after a Jordanian airman was captured and killed by jihadists in Syria, a defence official said on Thursday.
  3. UN urges more regional military coordination against Boko Haram
    (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council urged West and Central African countries on Thursday to improve regional military coordination to more effectively combat Boko Haram militants in northern Nigeria.
  4. Amnesty slams Bahrain for stripping citizenship of 72 dissidents
    DUBAI: Amnesty International urged Manama on Thursday to restore the citizenship of dozens of dissidents stripped of their Bahraini nationality in a decree handing them the same penalty as suspected extremists.
  5. Khaleda Zia charged with inciting violence
    DHAKA: Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia was on Wednesday charged by the police with ‘instigation’ of the fire-bombing of a bus that left 7 people dead amid escalating political crisis in the country that has claimed 60 lives within a month.
  6. US drone kills senior Qaida militant in Yemen: Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula
    DUBAI: Al-Qaida said on Thursday that one of its top militants, Harith al-Nadhari who threatened more attacks on France after the Charlie Hebdo killings, died in a US drone strike in Yemen.
  7. UN: ISIS burying kids alive in Iraq
    GENEVA: ISIS militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday.
  8. Syria strikes kill 66 after rebel fire on Damascus: Monitor
    Beirut: At least 66 people were killed on Thursday as Syria’s regime pounded a rebel stronghold with air strikes after a barrage of opposition fire hit the capital Damascus, a monitor said.
  9. Jordan planes strike IS after pilot murder: Official
    AMMAN: Jordan said on Thursday it had launched air strikes against the Islamic State group, after vowing a harsh response to the burning alive of one of its fighter pilots.
  10. Eleven Kerala nurses rescued from Iraq, on their way back
    NEW DELHI: Eleven Indian nurses, all from Kerala, were rescued from the conflict zone in Kirkuk in northern Iraq, the government said on Thursday.