- Lucknow Shias mediate between Saudi Arabia and Israel
NEW DELHI: In May, Lucknow played host to an unusual meeting — a high level track-2 interaction between Israel and Saudi Arabia attended by prominent Shia intellectuals in India.
- Tunisia arrests eight with ‘direct links’ to beach massacre
Tunis (AFP) – Tunisian security forces have arrested eight people, including a woman, suspected of having direct links to the jihadist killing of 38 foreign tourists at a beach resort, a minister said Thursday.
- Boko Haram kills nearly 200 in 48 hours of Nigeria slaughter
Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) – Boko Haram carried out a fresh wave of massacres in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, locals said, killing nearly 200 people in 48 hours of violence President Muhammadu Buhari blasted as “inhuman and barbaric”.
- Syrian army bombards rebels trying to seize Aleppo
Syrian government forces carried out heavy air strikes on rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, aiming to repel a major Islamist-led offensive on areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad.
- Rockets land in Israel, Egypt’s IS affiliate claims responsibility
Militants in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula fired rockets into southern Israel on Friday in an incident that caused no casualties but appeared to be linked to fighting between Islamist insurgents and Egyptian security forces.
- At least 25 Syrian al Qaeda members dead in mosque blast in Syria’s Idlib – monitor
An explosion at a mosque in Syria’s Idlib province on Friday killed at least 25 members of the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, the British-based Observatory monitoring group said.
- Iran nuclear talks in endgame, negotiators push on sticking points
A year and half of nuclear talks between Iran and major powers were creeping towards the finish line on Friday as negotiators wrestled with sticking points including questions about Tehran’s past atomic research.
- Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen cities kill 16 – Houthis
Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 16 people in Yemen on Friday, the country’s dominant Houthi militia said, and the European Union and United States appealed for a pause in the war to enable aid deliveries to stricken civilians.
- Kuwaitis show unity after Shiite mosque blast
Kuwait City (AFP) – Kuwait has moved to ward off sectarian tensions following a deadly bombing at a Shiite mosque and taken measures to try to prevent another attack by the Islamic State group.
- Car bomb kills 14 in south Beirut suburb
A powerful car bomb ripped through a crowded southern Beirut neighborhood that is a stronghold of the militant group Hezbollah on Thursday, killing at least 14 people and trapping dozens of others in burning cars and buildings in the latest apparent violence linked to the civil war in neighboring Syria, officials said.