1. Coalition planes bomb IS ‘capital’ in Syria
    Beirut: Coalition warplanes pounded the Islamic State group`s self-proclaimed capital in Syria Saturday as uncertainty surrounded the fate of a US hostage the jihadists claim was killed in an earlier raid.
  2. Plane brings human remains from MH17 crash to Netherlands
    Eindhoven: A military transport plane has flown a coffin carrying human remains recovered from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 back to the Netherlands.
  3. Shiite leader defends Yemen takeover
    Sanaa: The Shiite Huthi militia chief Saturday defended the formation of a “presidential council” which consolidates his power as serving the interests of all Yemenis, despite street protests and Gulf condemnation.
  4. Pakistan ban on YouTube to remain indefinitely
    The suspension of video-sharing website YouTube is likely to continue in Pakistan for an indefinite period, officials said on Saturday, as authorities have failed to come up with a solution for filtering objectionable or ‘blasphemous’ material without blocking the site.
  5. Afghan families flee persecution in Pakistan after school attack
    Kabul: Thousands of Afghan families are fleeing Pakistan to escape harassment after a deadly Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar in December, the head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Afghanistan said on Saturday.
  6. Nigeria, neighbors to send 8,750 troops to fight Boko Haram
    YAOUNDE, Cameroon — Nigeria and its four bordering countries announced plans Saturday to deploy an 8,750-strong force by next month to combat the growing regional threat posed by Boko Haram.
  7. UAE to resume airstrikes against the Islamic State, U.S. officials say
    MUNICH — The United Arab Emirates is expected to resume airstrikes that it suspended after a Jordanian pilot was executed after being shot down over Syria last month, according to senior State Department officials.
  8. Djamel Beghal, the charming and chilling mentor of Paris jihadist attackers
    PARIS — Those who have met him say he is alternately charming and chilling. He is the man who stoked the friendship between two of last month’s Paris attackers — and he has been sitting in a French prison for years.
  9. Baghdad celebrates lifting of curfew, despite rash of bombings
    BAGHDAD — Jubilant Iraqis thronged Baghdad’s main square at midnight Saturday to celebrate the end of the curfew imposed by U.S. troops in 2003, hailing the new freedom to stay out all night as a sign that their capital is finally coming back to life.