Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan expects to announce his new prime minister as early as next Thursday following a meeting of his ruling AK Party’s senior leadership, he told reporters late on Thursday. via Turkey’s Erdogan says expects to announce new prime minister next week | Reuters.
Lithuania’s foreign minister said on Friday he had reports that 70 pieces of Russian military equipment had crossed the border into Ukraine during the night. via Lithuania cites reports of Russian military equipment crossing into Ukraine | Reuters.
The leader of Lebanese group Hezbollah described the radical Islamist movement that has seized territory in Iraq and Syria as a growing “monster” that could threaten Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other Gulf states. via Hezbollah sees Islamic State as threat to Gulf, Jordan | Reuters.
A gym freak, a fan of rap music and a philanderer, Islam Yakin, 22, has recently raised many eyebrows in his homeland Egypt after joining the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), an Al Qaida splinter group in control of vast swathes of Iraq and Syria. Months after
uspected Islamist Boko Haram fighters have abducted dozens of boys and men in a raid on a remote village in northeast Nigeria, loading them onto trucks and driving them off, witnesses who fled the violence said on Friday. via Boko Haram abduct dozens of boys in northeast Nigeria-witnesses | Reuters.
After months of intense fighting in southern Afghanistan where hundreds of Taliban fighters have battered Afghan troops in daily attacks, the special forces commander in Helmand province is seeking a deal with the insurgents. via Afghan special forces say in talks on deal with Taliban in Helmand | Reuters.
Ten Taliban-linked militants were killed and 13 members of the Pakistani security forces were wounded in attacks on two air force bases in the strategic west Pakistan city of Quetta on Thursday, officials said. via Ten dead in attacks on air force bases in Pakistan’s Quetta | Reuters.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Friday urged the creation of a nuclear safety consultative group in Northeast Asia, given the high number of nuclear power plants in the region and public concerns over safety. via South Korea suggests Northeast Asia nuclear safety group | Reuters.
Clashes broke out Friday as tens of thousands of Pakistani protesters from two anti-government movements converged on the capital, presenting the 15-month-old civilian government with its biggest challenge yet. via Clashes in Pakistan after shots fired at opposition leader Imran Khan | Reuters.
Iraq’s most influential cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, threw his weight on Friday behind the new prime minister, calling for national unity to contain sectarian bloodshed and an offensive by Islamic State militants that threatens Baghdad. via Top Iraqi cleric backs new premier, calls for unity | Reuters.