Affiliate of IS group claims Bangladesh Shiite mosque attack
NEW DELHI (AP) — An Islamic State group affiliate in Bangladesh said Friday it was behind an attack on a Shiite mosque in the country's north that killed one man and wounded three others.
Israel to open representative office in Abu Dhabi
Israel plans to open a diplomatic-level mission to the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi, the first openly established representative office in the United Arab Emirates, Israeli diplomats said on Friday. The office will not be a full mission, but will consist of a diplomat assigned to the renewable energy agency. Foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon confirmed details first reported in Israeli daily Haaretz and three diplomatic officials told Reuters the move was underway.
Notorious warlord seeks comeback, leverage in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After more than 40 years at war, one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords, designated a "global terrorist" by the United States and blacklisted by the United Nations along with Osama bin Laden, wants to come out of the shadows.
Many players, divergent interests in anti-IS fight
The battle against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq has become an international priority, but it faces a patchwork of conflicting agendas and strategies from a wide array of actors. The Russians and Iranians, meanwhile, have maintained their firm support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, thus complicating efforts to reach a diplomatic solution. The US has been bombing the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria since mid-2015, accounting for the vast majority of the coalition's air strikes.
Former Iranian president will run in February election
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former influential president says he will run in elections for a clerical body that is in charge of choosing the country's supreme leader.