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Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, a leader of the Yemeni branch of al Qaeda (AQAP) in a still from a social media website, which purports to show Al Qaeda in Yemen claiming responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attack
31/01/2015 - France - Yemen

Al-Qaeda in Yemen declares France enemy number one

The spiritual leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) says France has become the top enemy of Islam.
Police disperse an anti-government demonstration in Mataryya area, east of Cairo, this week
28/01/2015 - Report: Egypt

Irish teenager’s family wants unconditional release from Egyptian jail

The family of an Irish teenager detained in Egypt say the Irish government is making the wrong demands for him to be freed.
Mansoura is the capital of the Dakahlia Governorate
27/01/2015 - Report: Egypt

Egyptian doctor convicted of female genital mutilation

Egypt saw its first ever conviction for female genital mutilation on Monday. The practise had been banned in the country since 2008, but remains widespread.


Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the World Economic Forum in Davos on 22 January, 2015
23/01/2015 - Report: Egypt

After Mubarak sons' release Egypt NGOs call for all political prisoners to be freed

An Egyptian court yesterday demanded the release of the sons of former leader Hosni Mubarak. Gamal and Alaa Mubarak will be released pending a retrial on corruption charges.
The Constitutional Council in Paris
23/01/2015 - France- Morocco

Top French court backs stripping jihadist of nationality

France’s Constitutional Council has ruled that stripping a binational jihadist of his French nationality is legal.
The late Saudi king Abdallah bin Abdelaziz al Saoud
23/01/2015 - France - Saudi Arabia - Philippines

Hollande to present condolences for Abdallah’s death on Saudi Arabia visit

French President François Hollande is to present his condolences for the death of King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia in person on a visit to the country, the Elysée presidential palace ...
Members of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front in Deir Ezzor last year
22/01/2015 - France - Syria - Iraq

Former French soldiers fighting with Islamic State, minister confirms

About 10 former French soldiers are fighting in jihadist ranks in Iraq and Syria, most of them with the Islamic State (IS) armed group, RFI has discovered.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (C) and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (R) listen as Prime Minister Manuel Valls outlines his plans to tackle jihadist violence
22/01/2015 - Explainer: France

France considers reviving Nazi purge law for terror offences

France's government has said it will consider restoring a law applied to former Nazi collaborators after World War II law to punish those who take part in crimes like this month's Charlie Hebdo ...
Fritz-Joly Joachin (C) under police escort from a court in the southern city of Haskovo
20/01/2015 - France - Chechnya - Bulgaria

Chechens arrested in southern France, Bulgaria to extradite Charlie Hebdo killer friend

Five Chechens were arrested in southern France on Monday night on suspicion of preparing a terror attack.
Mohammed, David and Solomon depicted in the 1436 Book of the Ascension of the Prophet
20/01/2015 - Analysis: Middle East - France

Islam’s never-ending debate on depiction of the prophet

For several days the question of the depiction of the prophet Mohammed has been widely debated thanks to the front pages of the satirical paper Charlie Hebdo.
Amedy Coulibaly in a video filmed before his killing spree and posted after it
20/01/2015 - France

Four alleged kosher supermarket siege accomplices to be charged in Paris

Four men were expected to face charges of providing support for Amedy Coulibaly, who murdered four people in 9 January’s kosher supermarket siege, in a French court on Tuesday.
Migrants are assembled after they disembarked from Italian Navy patrol ship Libra at the Sicilian harbour of Augusta
20/01/2015 - Report: Turkey - Italy

Turkey intercepts migrant boat bound for Italy

The Turkish coastguard has said it has intercepted a Togo-flagged ship in Mediterranean waters carrying hundreds of migrants bound for Italy.
A Belgian soldier guards an entrance of the European Council headquarters in central Brussels
19/01/2015 - France - European Union

France, Belgium push for anti-jihadi air travel monitoring at European ministers’ meeting

European foreign affairs ministers were to discuss EU-wide cooperation to combat Islamist violence at a meeting in Brussels on Monday.
Still from video posted to social media on 14 January 2015 of Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, leader of the Yemeni branch of al Qaeda, claiming  responsibility for Charlie Hebdo attack.
17/01/2015 - YEMEN - FRANCE

Frenchmen detained in Yemen for possible Al-Qaeda links

Yemen has detained two Frenchmen who they suspect of having ties to Al-Qaeda; the regional branch of this terrorist organisation has strong links to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.

Thousand of protestors came together in Zinder on Friday to express their anger against the cartoon on Carlie Hebdo's cover.
17/01/2015 - NIGER - FRANCE

Protests across Muslim world after Charlie Hebdo cartoon, Niger turns violent

Reactions to the satirical magazine’s choice of cover this week – a depiction of the Prophet Muhammad – continue around the Muslim world.