News Iraqi women and children flee Anbar in early January, as part of the 140,000 who have left the province

The UN refugee agency said 65,000 had been displaced since mid-January

Al-Qa'ida 'online propaganda expert' arrested in Britain

A London man has been arrested on suspicion of helping to design and publish online propaganda for an al-Qa'ida offshoot behind an electronic magazine credited with spreading the group’s ideology and its terrorist tactics around the globe.

Yemeni authorities 'uncover 13 terror plots'

Yemeni authorities have uncovered at least 13 al-Qa'ida plots to target foreign diplomats, embassies and senior military and government officials in the capital of Sanaa and other cities, a high ranking security official said.

Islamists 'attack Timbuktu heritage sites'

A resident of the northern Mali city of Timbuktu says Islamists who control the town are trying to destroy tombs classified as UNESCO World Heritage sites. 

Tahrir Square in 2011; the Arab Spring could lead to 'a new backwardness', warns Haddad

MI5 chief warns that Arab Spring aided al-Qa'ida

The bloody upheavals of the Arab Spring have handed a great boost to al-Qa'ida, providing it with fertile ground to reorganise and opportunities for British extremists to undergo terrorist training for attacks at home and abroad, the head of MI5 has warned.

MI5 warning over terror-trained Britons

Britons are increasingly heading to the Middle East for terrorist training in preparation for attacks in the wake of the Arab Spring, the head of MI5 has said.

The Olympic Stadium will require extra stewards because of fears of overcrowding

'No guaranteed security' for Olympics says head of MI5 Jonathan Evans

It is impossible to guarantee the security of the Olympic Games and an unexpected threat may be the most dangerous, the head of MI5 has said.

Moroccan admits he tried to blow up Capitol in suicide bomb plot

A Moroccan illegal immigrant pleaded guilty yesterday to attempting a suicide bombing of the United States Capitol building in Washington in a deal with prosecutors that could see him sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Court to rule on Bali bomb suspect

An Indonesian court is expected to issue a verdict today in the case of a terror suspect accused of helping to build the car bomb used in the 2002 Bali nightclub attacks.

Toulouse bank siege over as 'Al-Qa’ida' gunman is captured by elite police squad

A disturbing atmosphere of “déjà vu” possessed the city of Toulouse for seven hours today after an armed man claiming to belong to Al-Qa’ida seized hostages in a bank close to the scene of the Mohamed Merah siege in March.

Israeli killed by militants on Egypt border

Unidentified militants crossed from Egypt's turbulent Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel today, opening light arms and anti-tank fire on civilians building a security fence meant to fortify the porous border, defense officials said. One of the Israeli workers was killed, and two militants were gunned down by troops responding to the attack, the officials said.

Suicide blast kills Yemen army chief

The army chief leading the fight against al-Qa'ida militants in southern Yemen has been killed by a suicide bomber, security officials said today.

17 militants killed in fighting in south Yemen

Yemeni military officials say government troops have killed 17 al-Qa'ida militants in the latest fighting in the south.

Al-Qa'ida driven from Yemeni strongholds Jaar and Zinjibar

Al-Qa'ida's front group in Yemen has been routed from two major strongholds in the south that it had seized during last year's political turmoil.

Somalia: Washington offers $33m for al-Shabab leaders

Washington has offered up to $33m (£21m) in rewards for information about top members of the extremist group al-Shabab, which has links to al-Qa'ida.

Saddam Hussein aide Abed Hamid Hmoud executed in Iraq

Saddam Hussein's trusted personal secretary, once No. 4 on the US most-wanted list in Iraq, was executed by hanging today, the Iraqi Justice Ministry said.

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