Iran denied a report that it is ready to help counter Islamic State insurgents in return for progress in negotiations with world powers over its nuclear program. via Iran denies report linking Iraq cooperation to nuclear talks | Reuters.
Syrian government forces have sent reinforcements to an air base being attacked by Islamic State militants in northeast Syria where no fewer than 30 of the radical group’s fighters were killed on Thursday, a group monitoring the violence via Syria reinforces air base under Islamic State attack: monitor | Reuters.
At least 191,369 people have been killed in Syria’s conflict through April, more than double the figure documented a year ago and probably still an under-estimate, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday. via Documented death toll in Syria war at least 191,369 through April 2014: U.N. |
Philippine police on Friday arrested eight people suspected of running an online sexual extortion racket involving children and preying on Asians, seizing laptops and other equipment. via Philippine police smash online child ‘sextortion’ ring | Reuters.
At least 25 people have died in a collapse at a gold mine 60 km (40 miles) north of the Central African Republic town of Bambari, a spokesman for the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels said on Friday. via Mine collapse in Central African Republic kills 25 | Reuters.
Iraqi government forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters attempted on Friday to recapture two towns in the north from Islamic State militants, security sources said. via Iraqi, Kurdish forces try to recapture Islamic State-held towns | Reuters.
Russia ordered a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine on Friday apparently without Kiev’s permission, raising the danger of direct confrontation with the Ukrainian military which is fighting pro-Russian rebels. via Moscow defies Kiev, orders aid convoy onto Ukrainian soil | Reuters.
In the age of surveillance paranoia, most smartphone users know better than to give a random app or website permission to use their device’s microphone. But researchers have found there’s another, little-considered sensor in modern phones that can also listen in on their conversations. And it doesn’t even need to
Dr. Kent Brantly, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa while helping fight its largest outbreak in recorded history, will be released from Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital on Thursday, spokesman Vince Dollard said. via U.S. Ebola patient to be released – CNN.com.
The Red Cross has given instructions to Russian lorry drivers at a Ukrainian border post so that they can deliver much-needed aid to civilians. via BBC News – Ukraine conflict: Red Cross instructs Russian aid convoy.