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Islamist militants

Talks needed on use of drones

US President Barack Obama's new counter-terrorism doctrine has run into heavy crossfire. To some Republican opponents, his plan to redefine the global "war on terror" as a more targeted effort to eliminate threats to America is a retreat that underestimates the risk posed by Islamic extremists.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 6:16am

Islamists kill 20 in suicide attacks in Niger

Islamist suicide bombers struck an army barracks and a French-run uranium mine in Niger on Thursday, officials said, killing 20 people and wounding dozens more in attacks that showed militant violence spreading across West Africa.

24 May 2013 - 4:23am

2 Finns, Austrian abducted in Yemen by al-Qaeda free after four months

A Finnish couple and an Austrian student abducted in Yemen by al-Qaeda militants more than four months ago have been freed and have arrived safety in Vienna, authorities said.

11 May 2013 - 4:12am

Islamist rebels in Dagestan deny link to Boston bombing

Islamist rebels in the Russian republic of Dagestan have denied any links to the bombing of the Boston marathon. US investigators have begun to focus on a trip last year to Dagestan taken by Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the suspect killed during a manhunt on Friday, to see if he developed ties with the restive republic's violent rebel movement, the Vilayat Dagestan.

23 Apr 2013 - 8:46am

Cypriot court convicts Hezbollah militant for anti-Israeli plot

A self-confessed Hezbollah militant accused of being part of a plot to attack Israeli interests on the Mediterranean island has been convicted of multiple charges by a court in Cyprus.

23 Mar 2013 - 3:03am

Indonesian police officers held over beatings in video posted on YouTube

Five Indonesian policemen have been arrested over the alleged torture of militants after a video posted on YouTube showed suspects being shot and abused. The blurry 14-minute video, also posted by several Islamic groups on their websites, depicts officers forcing a man to strip to his underwear before they shoot him, apparently in the chest.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:16am

Islamists set fire to library housing ancient manuscripts

Halle Ousmani Cisse said that fighters allied with al-Qaeda torched two buildings on Saturday where the manuscripts were being kept. They also burned down the town hall and the governor's office, and shot dead a man who was celebrating the arrival of the French military.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:00am

Who said it?

The evidence is clear he was one of the ringleaders … that pulled off this grand heist

Anti-doping chief Travis Tygart on Lance Armstrong


[Islamist extremists] can threaten the region. And that's where the argument for American involvement comes in

27 Jan 2013 - 1:51am

Islamists flee as French troops push north

French troops have consolidated gains in Mali's Islamist-held north as Paris said the aim was its "total reconquest".

22 Jan 2013 - 4:13am

Algeria army kills 34 hostages, 15 kidnappers: news agency

An Algerian air strike killed 34 hostages, some of them Westerners, and 15 of their Islamist kidnappers at a desert gas field on Thursday, the ANI news agency quoted a spokesman for the kidnappers as saying.

“Thirty-four hostages and 15 kidnappers were killed in an (air) raid by the Algerian army,” the spokesman said in remarks that have not been independently confirmed.

17 Jan 2013 - 10:55pm

Mali's refugee misery spreads with Islamists' advance

The city of Segou used to welcome visitors with a sign for its industrial zone, a scheme designed to encourage industry in this impoverished part of northern Mali. But now the town has a new welcome notice.

Someone has scrawled in broken French in huge red letters on the side of a wall on the outskirts of town: "Our soldiers are at war!"

17 Jan 2013 - 4:10am