Militant or poet? US sanctions Hezbollah leader’s son

The son of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader designated by the U.S. State Department this week as a "global terrorist" is a poet and music lover who moves around without security and whose role within the group is shrouded in secrecy.

UN lifts sanctions on Eritrea, keeps arms embargo on Somalia

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to lift sanctions against Eritrea following its thaw in relations with Ethiopia and other neighboring countries — but it kept an arms embargo on Somalia and a ban on trade in charcoal, a key source of funds for al-Shabab militants.

UN envoy: New Iraq government plans to uproot IS extremists

Iraq's new government plans to intensify efforts to uproot cells of the Islamic State extremist group and introduce "robust measures" to achieve sustainable security throughout the country, the country's U.N. envoy said Tuesday.

Pakistan frees 2 Taliban members as US envoy visits region

Pakistan released two Taliban officials on Monday during U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad's latest visit to the region, in what could be part of American efforts to revive peace talks with the insurgent group, which now controls nearly half of Afghanistan.

Trump could designate Iran-backed Yemen rebels as terror group, report says

The Trump administration is reported to be contemplating designating Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militia a terrorist organization, igniting the debate or whether or not such a label will bring the protracted to war to close faster.

Australia police: Melbourne attacker also planned explosion

Australia police said Saturday a man who fatally stabbed another and injured two in what they described as a terrorist attack in central Melbourne had also planned to set off an explosion.

The Latest: Israeli PM praises US sanctions on Iran

The Latest on the situation in Iran after the re-imposition of all American sanctions on the country on Monday (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Israel's prime minister is lauding the newly restored U.S. sanctions against Iran as "historic," saying they will "strangle" what he described as Iranian state-sponsored terrorism.

Islamic attack against Coptic Christians pilgrims kills at least 7 in Egypt

Islamic militants on Friday ambushed two buses carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo, killing seven and wounding up to 16, according to the Interior Ministry and security officials.

Cameroon separatists chop off fingers of plantation workers

Separatist militants attacked workers on a state-run rubber plantation in restive southwestern Cameroon, chopping off their fingers because the men had defied an order to stay away from the farms, authorities said Friday.

Foiled Iranian plots in Europe raise concern in U.S., spotlight Israeli intelligence sharing

On the heels of explosive revelations that Iranian operatives – allegedly under direct orders from Tehran – plotted to carry out deadly attacks on dissidents across Europe, has US intelligence on heightened alert of similar Iran-orchestrated operations, numerous analysts and insiders say.

Why I left ISIS: Former Baghdadi ‘friend’ and aide, others speak out

Sheikh Hussam Naji, born in Baghdad in 1980, thought his wildest dreams had come true when ISIS and its so-called “caliphate” captured swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria in the summer of 2014. Only for Naji – who was personally appointed by Baghdadi to be his assistant – the dream quickly morphed into a nightmare.

UN aid chief: Ensure Idlib cease-fire and prevent onslaught

The U.N. humanitarian chief urged the Security Council and key countries on Monday to ensure that the cease-fire holds in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib to prevent "a military onslaught" and overwhelming human suffering.