- Bahraini opposition leader released after 4 years
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A top Bahraini opposition leader was released Friday after more than four years in prison for his role in protests calling for reform in the Gulf kingdom.
- English city stunned by family’s flight to join Islamic State
BRADFORD, England (Reuters) – Zahoor Ahmed shakes his head in disbelief as he surveys the back of a terraced house belonging to the family of the three Dawood sisters, believed to have travelled to Syria to join Islamic State militants and brought their nine children with them.
- Islamic State seen overtaking al Qaeda in South Asia social media war
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Islamist militant propaganda websites and social media accounts in South Asia are promoting Islamic State at the expense of al Qaeda, analysts said on Friday, highlighting the rivalry between the two global militant groups.
- Egypt’s Mursi appeals against violence conviction: lawyers to state media
CAIRO (Reuters) – Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi will appeal against a conviction for violence, kidnapping and torture imposed by a court over the killing of protesters, his lawyers were quoted as saying by state media on Thursday.
- Qaeda in North Africa denies US strike killed ex-chief
Al-Qaeda in North Africa has denied reports its former leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar was killed in a US air strike last week in Libya, in a statement posted online overnight.
- Syria’s Raqa: for IS a ‘model city’, for others a living hell
Beirut (AFP) – It’s called Heaven Square, but after the Islamic State group started using the roundabout in Raqa for gruesome public executions it earned a new name: Hell Square.
- U.N. hopeful of Yemen truce, door is open for more talks
Talks on the war in Yemen ended without agreement on a ceasefire on Friday but the United Nations special envoy who presided over the process said the door was open for more dialogue and he was still hopeful of a truce.
- Cameron tells Muslim communities to do more to tackle extremism
British Prime Minister David Cameron urged Muslim communities and families on Friday to do more to fight extremism, warning some Muslims risk fostering radicalism in young people by quietly condoning extreme views.
- Despite obstacles, chances grow for final Iran nuclear deal
Iran is trying to avoid detailed commitments. The French are sticking to their tough line. And U.S. President Barack Obama faces a battle to sell any deal to a sceptical Congress.
- Syrian rebels set eyes on divided Aleppo
Syrian insurgents say they have begun a campaign to capture full control of the divided city of Aleppo, Syria’s most populous city before it become a main battleground in its four-year-old civil war.