The growing number of young Europeans joining al-Qaida-linked rebels in Syria pose a "potential threat" for the European Union and its allies, France and Belgium warned Thursday.
"The phenomenon is particularly worrying," French Interior Minister Manuel Valls said alongside his Belgian counterpart Joelle Milquet.Full Story
Egypt's Salafist Al-Nur party said Thursday it will rally supporters to vote for a new draft constitution in a referendum fiercely opposed by the Muslim Brotherhood.
"It is an amended constitution. Generally speaking, the final result is acceptable for us," said Nader Bakkar, spokesman for Al-Nur, which had a representative on the panel that drafted the constitution.Full Story
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday a peace conference on Syria slated for January should lay the groundwork for "absolutely free" elections.
"The ground should be prepared for holding an absolutely free election with no preconditions," Rouhani told visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the presidency website reported.Full Story
The airport in Nigeria's capital Abuja was temporarily closed Thursday, stranding thousands of passengers, after a Saudi cargo plane overshot a runway on landing and blocked part of the tarmac, officials said.
"No casualty was recorded," said aviation ministry spokesman Joe Obi. "Efforts are underway to move the aircraft away."Full Story
A Tunisian rapper who went on the run after receiving a 21-month jail sentence in absentia in August for songs deemed insulting to police was jailed for four months at a retrial Thursday.
Weld El 15, whose real name is Alaa Yacoubi, had surrendered to the authorities at the courthouse for the hearing.Full Story
An American teacher was shot dead in Benghazi on Thursday, 15 months after a deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya's second city, medical and security officials said.
The dead man was a U.S. citizen who taught at the city's international school, security services spokesman Ibrahim al-Sharaa said.Full Story
Two detainees were sent home to Algeria from the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay Thursday, over the prisoners' protests that they feared persecution there.
A Pentagon statement said Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane and Bensayah Belkecem were transferred from the "war on terror" prison after a review "which examined a number of factors, including security issues."Full Story
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday insisted Israel's security is a top priority for Washington, both in nuclear talks with Iran and peace talks with the Palestinians.
Kerry is in Israel for a day of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders aimed at driving forward peace negotiations which appear to have made little headway since they began under his patronage in late July.Full Story
Fighters linked to Al-Qaida have kidnapped and executed an Iraqi freelance cameraman working in northern Syria, a press freedom watchdog told AFP on Thursday.
"Yasser Faysal al-Joumaili's execution was the first of a foreign journalist in Syria's so-called liberated areas," said Soazig Dollet, head of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Middle East and North Africa desk.Full Story
Two prominent Egyptian secular activists will stand trial on Sunday for allegedly taking part in a violent and unauthorized protest under a disputed new law, judicial sources said.
The pair, Ahmed Maher and Ahmed Douma, were arrested after Maher's supporters allegedly scuffled with policemen outside a Cairo court, as Maher handed himself in for questioning on suspicion he had organized an illegal protest.Full Story