ISIS demands failed female suicide bomber for hostages

2015-01-28 13:24

The ISIS is demanding the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, a jailed woman who attempted to carry out a suicide bombing in Jordan in 2005, in exchange for hostages.

Hostage mom’s plea: Please save Kenji

2015-01-28 11:49

The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State extremists has appealed publicly to Japan's leader to save her son after his captors issued what they said was a final death threat.

ISIS celebrates King Abdullah's death online

2015-01-23 14:23

Islamic militants and their supporters celebrated the death of Saudi King Abdullah on social media, many of them describing him as a 'servant' of the Americans who conspired with the West to kill Muslims.

Shabaab urge more jihadi attacks in Europe

2015-01-21 14:44

Somalia’s Shabaab militants, al-Qaeda’s main affiliate in Africa, has urged supporters in Europe to follow the example of Islamist gunmen who carried out attacks in Paris.

Shi'ite rebels take Yemen presidential palace

2015-01-21 10:11

Shi'ite rebels have shelled the residence of Yemen's leader and swept into the nearby presidential palace in what a top army commander says is an unfolding coup.

Saudi border guards get shoot on sight orders

2015-01-19 12:46

Saudi border guards have been given orders to shoot infiltrators on sight after three troopers were killed on the Iraqi frontier earlier this month.

Yemen’s presidential chief of staff kidnapped

2015-01-17 12:16

Gunmen from the Houthi militia have abducted the office director of Yemen's president in the capital Sanaa to stop him from presenting a draft of a new constitution to a presidential meeting.

Belgium terror: No links to Paris attacks

2015-01-16 12:11

Belgian authorities have said there are no indications that two suspects killed in an anti-terrorism sweep in Verviers are linked to last week's attacks in Paris.

Hollande: Anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic acts must be punished

2015-01-15 14:51

French President Francois Hollande insists that any anti-Muslim or anti-Semitic acts must be ‘severely punished’, as he sought to calm rising religious tensions after his country's bloodiest terrorist attacks in decades.

Yemen's al-Qaeda claims attack on Charlie Hebdo

2015-01-14 12:37

Al-Qaeda in Yemen has claimed responsibility for the attack on Charlie Hebdo in a video posted online, saying it was ‘vengeance’ for the French weekly's cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Warning of jihadist threat, Libya PM pleads for help

2015-01-12 15:34

The head of Libya's recognised government has pleaded for more help from the international community, warning that the country could become a dangerous haven for jihadists on Europe's doorstep.

Paris attacks: Video shows gunman pledging allegiance to ISIS

2015-01-12 08:13

A video has emerged of one of the Paris gunmen pledging allegiance to ISIS, while his two fellow militants have claimed to be from fierce rival group al-Qaeda.

Hunted woman left France - source

2015-01-10 19:46

A source says the suspected female accomplice of Islamists behind the attacks in Paris left France and travelled to Syria via Turkey.

French probe terror suspect links; fear new attacks

2015-01-10 07:05

French authorities say they are bracing for the possibility of new attacks, after a manhunt for two terror suspects grew into something worse - fears of a nest of terrorists that could strike again in the heart of Paris.

Militants planning more attacks on West - UK

2015-01-09 10:30

The head of Britain's MI5 has warned that militant Islamists in Syria were planning "mass casualty attacks" in the West and that intelligence services may be powerless to stop them.

Somali parliament endorses new PM

2014-12-25 07:58

Somalia's parliament has endorsed a new prime minister, appointed after the war-torn country's president fell out with the previous premier amid bitter infighting.

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.


Somali PM issues new cabinet list after MP veto

2015-01-28 13:24

Somalia’s new PM has proposed a new cabinet after parliament rejected his last list of candidates, prompting international concerns political power struggles are stalling progress.

Assad dismisses US plans to train rebels

2015-01-26 14:16

President Bashar Assad says the US's plans to train vetted rebels to fight ISIS is 'illusory' as they would eventually defect to the jihadists, in an interview.

1 dead, 37 injured in Philippines blast

2015-01-23 13:03

One person has been killed and 37 others injured after a suspended bomb exploded outside a bus depot in the southern Philippine port of Zamboanga, the city mayor says.

Al-Qaeda calls for ‘lone-wolf’ attacks on West

2015-01-21 10:11

Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch has called for lone-wolf attacks against the United States and the West in a new video, days after the group claimed responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo killings.

Islamist threat 'evolving, more dangerous'

2015-01-19 14:55

European security officials are scrambling to meet a changing and more complex threat from jihadists – made clear in the deadly Paris attacks.

Attacks challenge lone wolf terrorist theory

2015-01-18 19:48

The attacks in Paris and the radical Islamist cell dismantled in Brussels have challenged the idea of the "lone wolf" terrorist who works alone, analysts say.

Quiet Belgian town shocked by Islamist battle

2015-01-16 20:11

As police swooped on a suspected Islamist cell in Belgium, the quiet streets of the town of Verviers were transformed into a war zone complete with gunshots and explosions.

Kenyan newspaper apologises for Charlie Hebdo cartoon

2015-01-15 22:15

A Kenyan newspaper has apologised for reproducing a caricature of Prophet Muhammad featured in the Paris-based Charlie Hebdo magazine in its first issue since it was attacked by Islamic extremists.

France arrests 54 for 'defending terror'

2015-01-14 16:16

French authorities say 54 people have been detained for defending or glorifying terrorism following the controversial publication of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's defiant new issue.

France: Terror funding, attack weapons came from abroad

2015-01-14 08:35

France’s PM has demanded tougher anti-terrorism measures after deadly attacks that may already be leading to a crackdown on liberties in exchange for greater security.

France deploys 10 000 troops as hunt for accomplice intensifies

2015-01-12 12:52

French security forces are mobilising in their search for what Prime Minister Manuel Valls called a 'probable accomplice' to three days of bloodshed and terror around the capital.

Massive security for Paris march

2015-01-10 22:35

More than a million people, including heads of state, are expected to attend the march in honour of the Paris victims.

France deploys troops before million-strong march

2015-01-10 17:17

France has deployed hundreds of troops around Paris, beefing up security on the eve of a march expected to draw more than a million in tribute to 17 victims of a three-day killing spree.

Somalia's Shabaab praise Charlie Hebdo killers

2015-01-09 20:09

Somalia's Shebab militants, Al-Qaeda's main affiliate in Africa, has praised the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly in Paris as a 'heroic' act.

Paris killings confirm fears of jihadist threat in West

2015-01-08 15:26

The deadly attack on France’s Charlie Hebdo magazine has confirmed the West’s worst fears that militants will act on jihadist threats to target Western countries fighting Islamic extremism.

Shi'ite base hit by blast in Yemen

2015-01-05 11:55

A large blast has damaged a building belonging to Yemen's Shi'ite Muslim Houthi militia in a western district of the capital Sana'a, but there were no fatalities, a police source and witnesses say.

Senior Shabaab leader surrenders in Somalia

2014-12-27 16:21

A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab, who had a $3m bounty on his head, has surrendered in Somalia.

Al-Qaeda 'bursting with pain' over school attack

2014-12-21 15:38

Al-Qaeda's regional branch says its hearts were "bursting with pain" over the Taliban's massacre at a Pakistan school and urged the militants to target only security forces.

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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