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Five dead in first IS-claimed Somalia suicide attack

AFP Mogadishu The Islamic State group has claimed its first suicide attack in Somalia that left five dead as it steps up activities in a region dominated by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab. The group's self-styled news agency Amaq ..

Iraqi artist secretly chronicles IS brutality through art

AFP Hammam al-Alil, Iraq Mustafa al-Tha'i worked in secret at night, using his brushes and pencils to record the violence he saw during the day under the Islamic State group's brutal reign in Iraq. The bloodied body of a man ..

Iraq to probe torture, killings of civilians  in battle for Mosul

REUTERS BAGHDAD Iraq's interior minister on Wednesday ordered an investigation into allegations that members of the security forces had tortured, killed and abused civilians in the campaign to oust Islamic State militants ..

AFP Jerusalem A group of hardline activists were removed from the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem on Wednesday after violating a ban on Jewish prayer there, police said. The 10 Jews held their prayer-protest as ..

AFP Dubai Bahrain on Wednesday warned people against holding protests a day after police shot dead five demonstrators in the home village of the spiritual leader of the kingdom's Shiite majority. Security forces ..

ALGIERS Algeria's presidency has named former housing minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune as prime minister, replacing Abdelmalek Sellal, in a cabinet reshuffle, the state news agency APS reported on Wednesday. APS and state ..

Tunis Four people, including prominent businessmen, have been arrested in Tunisia on suspicion of corruption and financing a wave of protests in the North African country, a senior official said Wednesday. The official, on ..

BEIRUT The Syrian army said on Wednesday it had killed Islamic State's military commander in Syria during operations in the north of the country, where the Russian-backed government forces are seizing more territory back from ..

Nairobi Somali pirates have hijacked an Iranian fishing boat and taken it to a port in the north of the country, a watchdog group said Wednesday. The ocean-going dhow with a crew of up to 20 was seized by pirates off Qandala in the ..

Muscat An Australian kidnapped in Yemen was evacuated from the war-torn country by the Omani government on Wednesday after negotiations through tribal mediators led to his release. Oman's foreign ministry did not name the man ..

AFP Beirut At least 16 civilians were killed in bombing raids early Wednesday by the US-led coalition near the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion Raqa, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the toll ..

CAIRO An Egyptian prosecutor on Wednesday released on bail a human rights lawyer and possible presidential candidate, Khaled Ali, pending his trial later this month on charges of"offending public decency", his lawyer said. Ali, ..