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U.S. Plans Base for Surveillance Drones in Northwest Africa

The military’s Africa Command is making preparations to install unarmed drones as Islamist extremist groups are seen as posing a growing menace to the region.


Rockets land near Jerusalem in escalation of Gaza fighting


Palestinian militants for the first time targeted the holy city of Jerusalem on Friday with rocket fire as Israel and the Islamist group Hamas inched closer to all-out war.


Islamists in Mali recruit, pay for child soldiers

Islamists in northern Mali have recruited and paid for as many as 1,000 children from rural towns and villages devastated by poverty and hunger. The Associated Press spoke with four children and conducted several dozen interviews with residents and human rights officials. The AP also saw several other children with machine guns half their size strolling down the streets in Timbuktu, where Westerners can no longer go because of the threat of kidnapping.


Mali couple stoned to death over alleged adultery

An al-Qaida-linked Islamist militant group in control of northern Mali stoned to death a couple accused of engaging in extramarital affairs, the group's spokesman said.


At least 143 killed in north Nigeria sect attacks

Nigerian Police

Coordinated attacks claimed by a radical Islamist sect killed at least 143 people in north Nigeria's largest city, a hospital official said Saturday, as gunfire still echoed around some areas of the sprawling city....


Nigerian president inaugurated weeks after violence

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from the south, was sworn-in on Sunday as his country tries to bounce back from violence unleashed last month by an Islamist sect.


Mixed-sex handshakes banned

Men and women are banned from shaking hands or chatting in public in a district of Somalia controlled by the Islamist group al-Shabab.


Teenage "Black Widow" suspected of Moscow bomb: source


The 17-year-old widow of an Islamist militant from the North Caucasus is suspected of blowing herself up in suicide attacks that killed 40 people on the Moscow metro, a Russian law enforcement official said.


Eight charged in U.S. for Somali war recruiting

Authorities unsealed terrorism-related charges Monday against eight defendants they said recruited young Somali-American men to return to their homeland to fight for an Islamist militant group.


Series of raids by Pakistan police foil attacks

Pakistani authorities arrested 13 Islamist militants and seized suicide vests, bomb-making material and heroin in separate raids that police said Monday had foiled major attacks in the country's south and east.


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