Pakistan PM vows to crush militants after school massacre

2014-12-18 09:41

Pakistani forces have intensified their offensive against Islamist militants, killing 57 rebels in fresh airstrikes and moving ground troops deep into their strongholds, the military says.

Al-Qaeda takes major Syrian base

2014-12-15 15:43

The Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, the Nusra Front, has said it has taken control of a base next to the country's main north-south highway.

Mali: 4 prisoners exchanged for French hostage

2014-12-15 09:36

The Malian government says it exchanged four prisoners to secure the release of a French hostage held for three years by al-Qaeda's North African branch.

South Africans mourn slain compatriots

2014-12-12 18:33

Mourners in Bloemfontein and Pretoria have prayed and sang hymns during separate funeral services for four South Africans who were killed in conflicts in Yemen and Afghanistan.

Philippine militants free Chinese-Malaysian captive

2014-12-11 15:43

Al-Qaeda-linked militants in the southern Philippines have freed a Malaysian-Chinese man they had kidnapped seven months ago, a military spokesperson says.

Al-Qaeda blames US for Korkie’s death

2014-12-11 14:25

Al-Qaeda has blamed US President Barack Obama for the deaths of two hostages - South African teacher Pierre Korkie and an American photojournalist - during a failed rescue attempt over the weekend.

Ex-CIA officials say torture report is one-sided, flawed

2014-12-10 15:53

A group of former top-ranking CIA officials has disputed a US Senate committee's finding that the agency's interrogation techniques produced no valuable intelligence.

Korkie memorial this Friday

2014-12-10 08:29

The memorial service for slain teacher Pierre Korkie will be held in the Free State on Friday, a family spokesperson says.

Yolande survived captivity through Korkie

2014-12-09 14:20

It was through Pierre Korkie that his wife Yolande survived captivity in Yemen and returned home to her children.

Yolande Korkie pictured embracing her husband

2014-12-09 12:35

Yolande Korkie visualised embracing her husband Pierre on his return from Yemen, but instead felt intense pain as his remains arrived in the country.

Korkie’s body arrives in SA

2014-12-09 07:28

The body of Pierre Korkie has arrived at Waterkloof air base. A post mortem will first be conducted before the body is handed over to his family for burial.

Family of killed US hostage criticise failed raid

2014-12-08 16:59

The UK relatives of the US hostage killed by al-Qaeda during a rescue attempt in Yemen criticised the raid, saying they would have preferred negotiations.

Korkie made a big impact in my life - Neethling

2014-12-08 12:12

Pierre Korkie had a great influence on Olympic swimmer Ryk Neethling while he studied at Grey College in Bloemfontein.

US embassy sends condolences to Korkie, Somers families

2014-12-08 10:59

The US embassy has sent its condolences to the families of Pierre Korkie and Luke Somers after they were killed in a failed rescue mission in Yemen at the weekend.

Korkie: Dog betrayed US rescue attempt, says report

2014-12-08 09:00

A barking dog betrayed the presence of US Seals on a mission to save Pierre Korkie and Luke Somers held by al-Qaeda in Yemen, a report says, adding that the hostages were alive when rescued.

Six Gitmo detainees resettled in Uruguay

2014-12-07 21:46

Six men detained at Guantanamo for more than a decade have been resettled in Uruguay, as US President Barack Obama attempts to fulfil his long-delayed promise to close the US military prison.

Anger erupts in Lebanon after killing of policeman

2014-12-06 14:50

Anger has erupted in eastern Lebanon after al-Qaeda-linked Syrian extremist group the al-Nusra front says it had killed a captured Lebanese policeman.

Crashed Kenyan fighter pilot missing in Shabaab-held Somalia

2014-12-05 12:45

A Kenyan fighter pilot whose jet crashed in an area controlled by al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab fighters in southern Somalia is missing, the army says.

8 corpses found in Pakistan after bombings

2014-12-03 13:36

The bullet-riddled bodies of eight suspected militants have been found in Pakistan's restive northwest where the military is battling insurgent groups, officials say.

Kenyan troops to stay put in Somalia – Kenyatta

2014-12-03 07:59

President Uhuru Kenyatta says Kenyan troops would stay put in Somalia where they are now part of an AU force battling al-Shabaab and supporting the war-torn country's internationally-backed government.

Kenya to intensify war on terrorism after Shabaab attacks

2014-12-02 17:44

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned Somalia’s Shabaab insurgents his security forces will "intensify the war on terrorism" after a spate of killings in the country.

Syria activists mourn 'death' of revolution

2014-11-28 14:09

With regime troops and jihadists battling for control of Syria, sidelined activists who led a pro-democracy uprising in 2011 say their revolution has died along with their dreams of freedom.

ISIS group gains toehold in Libya - experts

2014-11-26 14:12

With Libya engulfed in chaos, the town of Derna in the east of the largely lawless country is emerging as a new stronghold for the Islamic State jihadist group, experts say.

Stop the killings, protesters tell Kenya's Kenyatta

2014-11-26 08:40

Kenyan police have used teargas to disperse demonstrators shouting "president, stop the killings!" outside President Uhuru Kenyatta’s offices in protest over 28 people killed in a weekend attack claimed by al-Shabaab.

Special forces free 8 al-Qaeda hostages in Yemen

2014-11-25 22:27

Special forces in Yemen have rescued eight hostages just hours after al-Qaeda seized them at an air base in the violence-wracked country, military officials say.


Psychologist admits he waterboarded Qaeda suspects

2014-12-16 15:21

One of the chief architects of the CIA's harsh Bush-era interrogation programme has admitted for the first time that he waterboarded terrorism suspects.

There could be more assailants - Sydney police

2014-12-15 10:59

Australian police have locked down Sydney's major business centre after an armed man took patrons hostage at a cafe. Police say they know of one armed assailant involved in the incident, but there could be more.

Kenyan security laws threaten freedoms - rights groups

2014-12-14 17:59

Kenyan proposals to boost security laws risk returning the country to a 'police state', rights groups say, but the government says they are vital to the nation's protection.

French army kills 'big fish' jihadist in Mali

2014-12-12 12:04

The French army says it has killed a top jihadist commander in a military operation in northern Mali, describing it as a heavy blow to Islamists operating in West Africa.

CIA torture report little comfort to Pakistani detainee

2014-12-11 14:41

A Pakistani detained at Bagram jail, where he was beaten and threatened, has told AFP a damning US report on the brutal treatment of detainees will do nothing to return the time he lost to the ordeal.

Psychologist defends harsh CIA interrogations

2014-12-11 10:24

One of the two psychologists who earned millions for designing the CIA's post September 11 2001 programme of brutal interrogations defends the treatment of al-Qaeda detainees.


Shrien Dewani left South Africa yesterday after the Western Cape High Court dropped the murder charge against him and the body of Pierre Korkie has been returned home after he was killed by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen. Today's newspapers focused on these stories. Watch.

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Senate report: Harsh CIA tactics didn't work

2014-12-09 20:12

The CIA used sexual threats, waterboarding and other harsh methods to interrogate terrorism suspects, but to no avail, a report says.


Speaking to the media for the first time since the death of her husband Pierre Korkie at the hands of al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, Yolande Korkie said Pierre's death was "God's will". Watch.

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Korkie's widow due to hold press conference

2014-12-09 10:21

The widow of Pierre Korkie, who was killed in a failed rescue bid in Yemen over the weekend, is due to hold a press conference, after his body arrived back home.

Yemen knew about Korkie negotiations - GotG

2014-12-08 19:04

The government in Yemen was kept informed about the efforts to negotiate the release of Pierre Korkie, who died in a US raid on al-Qaeda militants, the head of the Gift of the Givers says.

Number of Somalis in crisis surges 20%

2014-12-08 14:15

More than three million people in war-torn Somalia – 20% more than last year – need urgent help because of malnutrition, war and other crises, the UN says.

US says it was unaware of SA hostage talks

2014-12-08 11:28

The United States didn’t know about talks on the reportedly imminent release of Pierre Korkie who died in a US raid on al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, the US ambassador to SA says.


South African Pierre Korkie and American photographer Luke Somers, who were being held hostage by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, were killed in the early hours of Saturday when US special forces attempted to rescue them. Today's newspapers focused on Korkie's death.

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Memorial service for Korkie this week - family

2014-12-08 08:38

A memorial service is set to be held this week for Pierre Korkie, who was killed in a failed rescue mission in Yemen, his family says.

Condolences stream in for Korkie

2014-12-06 15:49

Condolences are streaming in after South African Pierre Korkie and American photographer Luke Somers, who were being held hostage by Al-Qaeda militants, were killed in a failed rescue operation in Yemen.

In Kenya, police kill suspects with near-impunity

2014-12-06 07:09

Kenyan officers are killing unarmed terror suspects, shakedown victims and even children – spreading fear, breeding corruption and complicating efforts to deal with terrorism, a report says.

Qaeda threatens US hostage in new video

2014-12-04 18:34

Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen has threatened an American hostage, kidnapped over a year ago in a new video, giving Washington three days to meet unspecified demands.

Car bomb hits home of Iran envoy in Yemen

2014-12-03 11:44

A car bomb has targeted the residence of Iran's ambassador in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, killing at least one person, security officials and witnesses say.

Kenya interior minister, police chief swept from posts after massacre

2014-12-02 20:16

Kenya's interior minister and police chief have been removed from their post, hours after Somalia's Shabaab rebels carried out a fresh massacre in the northeast of the country.

Kenya massacre: Attackers 'sprayed' gunfire at tents

2014-12-02 08:52

There are fears some workers may have been abducted when gunman sprayed gunfire at tents at a quarry where workers were sleeping, killing at least 36 people in troubled northeast Kenya.

Qaeda moved US hostage before Yemen raid

2014-11-27 17:52

Al-Qaeda militants holding an American journalist in Yemen moved him and two other foreign hostages just days before a raid to free him, a Yemeni defence ministry website says.

Gunmen kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan

2014-11-26 13:17

Gunmen have attacked a polio vaccination team, killing four health workers, while a suspected US drone strike killed four alleged militants in Pakistan, officials say.

UN: ISIS got up to $45m in ransoms

2014-11-26 05:15

The Islamic State group has received between $35m and $45m in ransom payments in the past year, a UN expert monitoring sanctions against al-Qaeda says.

Kenyan unions warn 1 000s of workers to leave restive north

2014-11-25 22:23

Thousands of Kenyan civil servants, teachers and medics have been warned by their unions to leave troubled north-eastern regions hit by a wave of insurgent attacks, reports say.

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