A Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot will be killed within 24 hours if Amman refuses to free a female jihadist, the Islamic State group says.
Kurdish fighters have driven Islamic State fighters out of the key border town Kobane, in a symbolic victory for those fighting the jihadists.
The US embassy in Yemen says it will be closed to the public until further notice because of "ongoing security concerns".
Egyptian police arrested more than 500 people as the country marked the anniversary of its 2011 revolt, the interior minister says.
The Islamic State jihadist group has urged Muslims to carry out new attacks after 17 people were killed in deadly assaults in Paris earlier this month.
A Turkish court has threatened to shut down Facebook if it does not block pages 'insulting' to the Prophet Mohammed.
That the American president is so keen to cut short a trip to India to visit the new Saudi king shows what sway Saudi Arabia still has over US foreign policy.
The United Nations Security Council has condemned the murder of self-employed security contractor Haruna Yukawa by the Islamic State group.
A Japanese official says the government will not give up trying to release a hostage held by IS.
US actress Angelina Jolie says the international community is failing to protect civilians affected by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.
Officials say eleven people have been killed as Egypt marks the fraught anniversary of its democratic revolt in 2011.
Seven people have been killed after a barrage of rockets and mortar rounds were fired at central Damascus, a monitoring group says.
The normally gridlocked streets of the Saudi capital are quiet after King Salman declared a day of mourning for his predecessor Abdullah.
The capital of Saudi Arabia is in lockdown after a day of mourning was declared for the late King Abdullah.
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