- Deadly blasts hit Yemen’s Aden and Hadramout, EU criticises port attacks
A bomb next to the governor’s office in the Yemeni city of Aden killed four people on Thursday, witnesses said, and the European Union urged parties to avoid hitting civilian infrastructure after Saudi-led air strikes on Hodeida port.
- Britain and Iran to reopen embassies as ties thaw
Tehran (AFP) – Britain and Iran will reopen their respective embassies in the coming days, an Iranian official said Thursday, four years after their closure when protesters angry over nuclear sanctions stormed the UK mission in Tehran.
- Islamic State destroys Syrian monastery, moves Christian captives – monitor
Islamic State militants have demolished a monastery in the central Syrian province of Homs, a monitor said on Thursday, in a strategically located town the jihadist group wrested from government control earlier this month.
- Islamic State claims Cairo courthouse bomb which wounded 30
Islamic State’s Egypt affiliate said it was behind a car bombing that wounded 30 people, including 8 policemen, near a state security building and courthouse in a Cairo suburb on Thursday.
- Palestinians Flock to Islamic State
The terror group Islamic State has become extremely popular among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Four recent public opinion polls show that at least one million Palestinians support the Islamic State.
- Bomb in governor’s office in southern Yemeni city kills 4
SANAA, Yemen A bomb attack in the governor’s compound in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on Thursday killed four people, security officials said. The governor and other officials who were present at the time were not hurt in the apparent assassination attempt.
- Pakistan desires to have military confrontation with India over Kashmir
With the continued ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the international Border in Jammu and Kashmir and the invitation extended to Kashmiri separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Abbas Ansari for talks with Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz in Delhi during his stay for scheduled NSA talks clearly shows that Pakistan is ready for full confrontation.
- Iran, Germany urge resolution of Mideast crises
Iran and Germany have expressed concern over the spread of terrorism and extremism in the Middle East, demanding an end to the ongoing conflicts in the region.
- “Iraq is irreversibly split”
In his new book, “Terror vor Europas Toren” (Terror at the Gates of Europe), Wilfried Buchta analyses the reasons for the rise of the jihadist militia of the self-styled “Islamic State” and the disintegration of the Iraqi state. Ulrich von Schwerin spoke to Buchta, a scholar of Islam, who worked as a UN analyst in Baghdad for many years about the future of the nation
- Saudi warplanes kill 54 Yemeni civilians
At least 54 civilians have been killed and scores of others injured after Saudi military aircraft launched a series of airstrikes in Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz.