A French navy Rafale fighter jet lands on an aircraft craft carrier  following a mission over Iraq.  Coalition air strikes in Iraq have killed at least 23 Islamic State militants and 20 civilians, hospital sources say. Photograph: Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images.

The number of Christians abducted by Islamic State in north-eastern Syria has risen to 220, activists say.The militants have picked up dozens more Chr(...)

Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, a leader of the Yemeni branch of al Qaeda (Aqap), speaks via a video posted on YouTube. Photograph: Reuters/YouTube via Reuters TV 0:47

For Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, al-Qaeda leaders assassinated by the US at a five-month interval in 2011, Wednesday’s claim of responsibilit(...)

Paying their respects: Parisians outside the Charlie Hebdo offices the day after the attack. Photograph: Marc Piasecki/Getty

Each time crusaders triumphed over Muslims in the Middle Ages, bells pealed from the spires of Christendom. The bells of Notre Dame Cathedral tolle(...)

Some of the victims of the Paris attack L-R: French caricaturist Bernard Verlhac aka Tignous, publishing director  ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier,  French cartoonist Georges Wolinski and French caricaturist Jean Cabut, French cartoonist Philippe Honore , French economist, writer and journalist Bernard Maris. French caricaturist Cabut  pictured with Michel Renaud. Photographs: EPA

The 12 people killed in the massacre at the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday include eight editorial staff, one worker, (...)

A poster reads ‘Je suis Charlie’ (I am Charlie) amid symbolic pens and pencils as people gathered for a minute of silence commemorating those killed in a shooting at French satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’, in Paris.  Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

Wednesday, January 7th: 10:28am — The satirical magazine updates its Twitter page with a cartoon of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (...)

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French anti-terrorism police converged on an area northeast of Paris today after two brothers suspected of carrying out an attack on a satirical newsp(...)

A picture purported to be of the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq. Iraq’s interior ministry said on Wednesday that a woman detained by Lebanese authorities was not Baghdadi’s wife. Phototograph: AP

Iraq’s interior ministry said on Wednesday that a woman detained by Lebanese authorities was not the wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi(...)

Iraqi security forces take part in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State (IS) militants in Adhaim, a village in Diyala province north of Baghdad. The Lebanese army detained a wife and a son of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria in recent days, security officials have said. Photograph: Reuters

The Lebanese army detained a wife and daughter of Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria nine days ago, security of(...)

A file frame from a video released by the Islamic State purportedly shows  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi giving a speech. Photograph: EPA

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks against the rulers of Saudi Arabia in a speech purported to be in his name yesterday, (...)

Iraqi security forces in a sweep  against IS militants   north of Baghdad yesterday.   Iraq will need about 80,000  troops to retake the terrain it lost to IS, a top US general said yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

The top-ranking officer in the American military said yesterday the United States is actively considering the direct use of troops in the toughest for(...)