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Islamic State fighters destroy priceless Iraq antiquities

Hardline Islamist militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a collection of priceless statues and sculptures dating to the ancient Assyrian era, according to a video published online.

US homeland security chief worried about al Shabaab mall threat

The U.S. homeland security chief said on Sunday he takes seriously an apparent threat by Somali-based Islamist militants against prominent shopping sites in the West including the Mall of America in Minnesota and urged people there to be careful.

Vatican, Italy on heightened alert over Islamist threat

 Security at the Vatican and across Italy has been stepped up because of a perceived heightened risk of attacks by Islamist militants, officials said Wednesday.

Bomb explodes in crowded northeast Nigerian bus station: Witnesses

A bomb exploded in a crowded bus station in the northeast Nigerian city of Damaturu on Sunday, causing casualties in a region that has been frequently attacked by Islamist militants, witnesses said.

Boko Haram invades restive Nigerian city of Gombe: Locals

Hundreds of Boko Haram Islamists on Saturday invaded the restive northeast Nigerian city of Gombe, firing heavy guns and throwing leaflets calling on residents to boycott the forthcoming general elections, locals told AFP.

Bangladesh sentences five Islamist militants to death

 A court in Bangladesh Wednesday sentenced five militants from a banned Islamist group to death for killing a prosecutor nearly eight years ago, police said.

Five blasts in Egypt's Alexandria wound 10: Interior Ministry

Suspected Islamist militants bombed three police stations in Egypt`s second city Alexandria on Tuesday, wounding 10 people, and also targeted two other locations, an interior ministry official said.

Islamist militants Boko Haram wages new attack in Niger

Boko Haram fighters waged a new attack on Sunday in a southeastern border town in Niger, where a blast killed at least one person and injured at least 10, witnesses and hospital sources said.

French troops kill around a dozen Islamist militants in Mali

 French forces in northern Mali have killed around a dozen Islamist militants in the region of the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains, France`s Defence Ministry said on Monday.

EU plots counter-terrorism strategy against militant Islamists

European Union interior ministers met on Thursday in Riga to finalise a counter-terrorism strategy targeting radical Islamists weeks after the Paris terror attacks that left 17 people dead.

Tamil daily Dinamalar gets threat letter, warned of 'Charlie Hebdo style' attack
Tamil daily Dinamalar gets threat letter, warned of 'Charlie Hebdo style' attack

Dinamalar, a Tamil newspaper, has reportedly received threat of an attack similar to the one by Islamist State militants on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Australian police probe Labor Party member over Syria conflict

Australian police said on Sunday they were investigating a former trade union official and member of the Australian Labor Party following reports that he has travelled to Syria to join the fight against Islamic State militants.

Police arrest four suspected Islamist militants in Spain

Spanish police arrested four people on Saturday in its North African enclave of Ceuta suspected of belonging to a militant Islamist network, the interior ministry said.

Five Lebanese soldiers killed in clashes near border with Syria

Five Lebanese soldiers were killed in a clash with gunmen in eastern Lebanon on Friday, the Lebanese army said, in an area that has seen regular incursions from Islamist militants fighting in Syria`s war.

Yemen suffers power vacuum after president, premier quit

Yemen drifted deeper into political limbo on Friday after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned in exasperation at a Houthi rebel takeover of the country, a move that appeared to catch the Iran-backed group off balance.

African states to seek U.N. mandate to fight Boko Haram

African nations threatened by Nigeria`s Boko Haram will seek U.N. Security Council authorisation for a multinational force to take on the Islamist militants, Niger`s foreign minister said on Wednesday.
 

'Race against time' to save IS hostages: Japan PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted on Wednesday it was a "race against time" to free two hostages snatched by Islamist militants who are demanding USD 200 million for their lives.

Mistrust between Nigeria, Cameroon stalls fight against Boko Haram

Mistrust between Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon as well as disagreements over how to deploy troops against Boko Haram have stalled efforts to set up a regional force to combat the Islamist militants.

French police arrest five Chechens suspected of preparing attack

Police arrested five Chechens in southern France on suspicion of preparing an attack, a police source said on Tuesday, nearly two weeks after Islamist militants killed 17 people during three days of violence in the French capital.

Tunisian military court jails blogger for insulting army

A Tunisian military court has sentenced a blogger to one year in prison on charges he insulted the army, his lawyers told Reuters, in a case rights activists fear may undermine freedoms won after the 2011 revolution.