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.

Three months of fighting in Libya's Benghazi kills 600, say medics

About 600 people have been killed in three months of heavy fighting between Libyan pro-government forces and Islamist groups in Libya`s second-largest city Benghazi, medical staff said on Sunday.

Libya''s militant group to stay in battlefields despite truce

A group of Islamist militants on Saturday claimed it will continue to stay in the battlefields, which is in line with the orders issued by Libya`s expired parliament, Xinhua reported.

Nigeria's neighbours band together to fight Boko Haram

Cameroon, Chad and Niger have launched a regional bid to combat the Boko Haram Islamists, as their attacks spread beyond Nigeria and concern mounts over the Nigerians' failure to regain control.

France warns citizens in riot-hit Niger to stay indoors

France`s embassy in Niger warned French citizens to stay indoors Saturday as violent protests against publication of a Prophet Mohammed cartoon by the French weekly Charlie Hebdo spread in the capital Niamey.

Turkish premier equates Israel's Netanyahu to Paris attackers

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday compared his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu to the Islamist militants who killed 17 people in Paris last week, saying both had committed crimes against humanity.

Malian who saved lives in Jewish deli attack gets French nationality

A Malian Muslim who hid shoppers from an Islamist gunman during an attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris will be given French nationality, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

Rupert Murdoch stirs tweetstorm with Muslim comments

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch sought to backtrack Wednesday from a Twitter storm stemming from comments about Muslims following the Paris attacks. 

Paris attacks suspect entered Syria on Jan 8: Turkish minister

The suspected female accomplice of Islamist militants behind attacks in Paris was in Turkey five days before the killings and crossed into Syria on Jan. 8, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was cited on Monday by the state-run Anatolian News Agency as saying.

Pope slams `deviant forms of religion` after Paris attacks

Pope Francis on Monday slammed "deviant forms of religion" following deadly attacks by Islamist militants in France last week which left 17 people dead.

Lebanese police raid prison after bomb attacks

Lebanese forces stormed the country`s largest prison on Monday where Islamist militants are detained, security sources said, as authorities searched for those behind a double suicide attack at the weekend.

Nigeria calls for support after 'deadliest' Boko Haram attack

Nigeria's military has called for support in tackling Boko Haram after a major attack on a key northeast town that is feared could be the worst in the bloody six-year insurgency.