Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, above, harshly criticises the Saudi royal family in the message. Photograph: Al-Furqan Media/AFP

The Islamic State group has released an audio message purportedly from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has not been seen or heard from in months(...)

US army trainers watch as an Iraqi recruit fires at a military base in Taji, Iraq.They are teaching members of the Iraqi Army, as the Iraqi government tries to recover territory lost to IS last year. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been seriously wounded in an air strike in western Iraq, according to reports.A source in Iraq (...)

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan (C) carries a child as he marches  in Abuja on Saturday. Jonathan led government officials as well as leading sports personalities on an outdoor physical training exercise aimed at promoting sports and fitness among state officials and culminating in a rally to drum support for his relection. Presidential elections scheduled for February 14 were delayed for six weeks as the military said the ongoing counter-offensive against Islamist Boko Haram militants meant troops could not provide security on polling day. Elections will take place on March 28th, with gubernatorial and state house assembly polls two weeks later. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Nigeria’s Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has reportedly pledged formal allegiance to Islamic State.The pledge, which came after Boko Haram was dis(...)

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(...)