Some of the countries in it, in major or minor roles:
USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Syria, Turkey, Kurdistan, Yemen, Nigeria, France with (Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad ) Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Albania, Estonia, Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Republic of Korea, Ireland, Spain, Slovakia, Norway, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Novorussia, Ukraine, Russia, Chechnya, Somalia, Iran, India, South Korea, North Korea, Central African Republic, Kenya, Tunisia, The Philippines, Egypt, Albania, Serbia, China, Sudan, South Sudan, Bukina Faso, Palestine, Georgia, Chad, Spain, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Nepal, Congo, Uganda, Romania, Mexico.....
Egyptian security forces have detained five people during a fresh anti-government protest staged by supporters of the country’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi.
The arrests were made on Friday when riot police intervened to break up the protest rally held by pro-Morsi demonstrators in the al-Mamoura neighborhood of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.
The protesters responded by throwing Molotov cocktails at police vehicles in the area.
Egyptian security guards also attacked similar anti-Cairo demonstrations in a number of other cities, including Beni Suef, Faiyum, and Giza on Friday.......
9 injured as #Israel's occupation forces suppress march for killed minister Ziad Abu Ein in Turmusayya http://t.co/UdICYRkNhg #Palestine
— Raimo Kangasniemi (@rk70534) December 20, 2014
Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said Thursday.
In Sunday night's attack on the village of Gumburi, most of the kidnapped were young women, children and members of a civilian defence group fighting Boko Haram, according to residents, a security official and a local government officer.
Teenager Aji Ibrahim said he was lucky to escape into the bushes.
"No doubt they were Boko Haram members because they were chanting 'Allahu akbar' (God is great) while shooting at people and torching houses," he told The Associated Press.
News of the attack took days to emerge because the militants have destroyed communications towers and people walked for days to avoid areas under extremist control........
Boko Haram kidnapped 185 women and children, killed 32 people in raid this week, Nigerians say. http://t.co/d4Wnlq9oPZ
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) December 18, 2014
Mount Sinjar: Islamic State siege broken, say Kurdish forces in northern Iraq are claiming their biggest victory yet against Islamic State (IS) militants.
They say they have broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar, where thousands of Yazidis and other displaced Iraqis have been trapped since August.
IS controls a swathe of Iraq and Syria, where it has declared a caliphate.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon's top officer says US air strikes have killed several high-ranking military leaders of IS in Iraq.
The Kurdish offensive against IS forces besieging Mount Sinjar began early on Wednesday with the most intensive round of air strikes yet by US and coalition forces - 45 in all...........
A photograph showing 32 alleged militants killed in action by the Pakistan military in the country's Khyber Agency pic.twitter.com/YLtiDjYmBx
— عمران خان (@PTI_Famliy) December 19, 2014
Iraq: ISIS executes at least 150 women for refusing to marry its militants
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) executed at least 150 women who refused to marry its militants in the western Iraqi province of al-Anbar, Iraq's Ministry of Human Rights said.
According to a ministry statement released Tuesday, ISIS militants carried out a number of attacks in Fallujah and buried the victims in mass graves in one of the city’s neighborhoods.
"At least 150 females, including pregnant women, were executed in Fallujah by a militant named Abu Anas al-Libi after they refused to accept jihad marriage," the statement said. "Many families were also forced to migrate from the province’s northern town of al-Wafa after hundreds of residents received death threats."
The ministry also said on Tuesday that 10 children died and were buried in the desert after ISIS forced away their families away from the city of Haditha in Anbar, keeping them stranded.......