Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 17 dead: Official

Somali troops on Saturday took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing. At least 17 people died and dozens were wounded.

Islamist fighters kill 7 in Somali hotel, officials trapped

Islamist militants blasted their way into a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least seven people and trapping government officials inside, police and witnesses said.

Troops from Chad, Niger retake Nigerian town from Boko Haram

Soldiers from Niger and Chad have retaken a Nigerian town from Boko Haram, another victory in a regional campaign to wrest back control of swaths of northeastern Nigeria from the Islamist militants.

Islamic State militants kill 10 pro-Tripoli fighters in central Libya

Ten fighters loyal to the self-proclaimed government that controls Tripoli were killed by Islamic State militants in central Libya on Wednesday, as the Islamists spread their reach in the divided country.

Six Somali policemen killed in Islamist attack on central city: Police

Six Somali policemen were killed on Thursday when al Shabaab Islamist militants detonated a car bomb outside a regional government headquarters in the central city of Baidoa and then stormed into the compound, police said.

Obama names ambassador to Pakistan

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated veteran diplomat David Hale as ambassador to Pakistan.

German military says worried about Islamists infiltrating to get arms training

The head of Germany`s military intelligence says he fears its armed forces could be infiltrated by Islamist militants to obtain weapons training for use in fighting in Syria and Iraq for insurgent groups like Islamic State.

Four bombs in Nigeria's Maiduguri city kill at least 50

Four bomb blasts killed at least 50 people in Maiduguri in Nigeria`s northeast on Saturday in the worst attacks there since Islamist militants tried to seize the city in two major assaults earlier this year.

Boko Haram may attack West: Nigerian minister

The Boko Haram militant group, which has killed thousands in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad since 2009, may be plotting attacks on the West, including Britain, a Nigerian minister said.

Three bombings blamed on Boko Haram kill 58 in NE Nigeria

Three bombings, including one by a female suicide attacker, killed at least 58 people and wounded 139 others in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, in the latest violence blamed on Boko Haram.

Warplanes hit Tripoli airport before UN talks start

Warplanes from Libya`s internationally recognised government carried out air strikes on a Tripoli airport on Thursday just hours before United Nations-backed peace talks were due to start in Morocco.

Tunisian Army kills two Islamist militants near Algerian border

Tunisian police killed two Islamist militants during clashes near the Algerian border, where the military has been targeted previously in ambushes, the army said on Wednesday.

U.S. spy chief says 40 Americans who went to Syria have returned

About 180 Americans have travelled to Syria to join Islamist militants and around 40 of them have returned to the United States, the U.S. National Intelligence director, James Clapper, said on Monday.

Islamist militants shell two Libyan oilfields, port pipeline damaged

Islamist militants on Monday shelled Libya`s Bahi and Mabrouk oilfields, damaging a pipeline to Es Sidra oil port, said Ali Hassi, a spokesman for forces protecting energy infrastructure.

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.