Islamic State Reportedly Executes One Japanese Hostage as Deadline Passes
Islamists threatened to execute hostages unless Japan pays them a ransom of $200 million.
by Sputnik
Canadian due in court over Iraq killings of 5 US soldiers
Man charged with five counts of murder for each soldier.
by AFP

Yemen protesters hit the streets for and against Houthi rebels
Rival rallies are held in Sana after the resignation of President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi and his Cabinet.
by Zaid al-Alayaa & Patrick J. McDonnell
China Blocks Many Virtual Private Networks, Used To Skirt Internet Censorship, In New Crackdown
Part of an increasingly vigorous online censorship campaign in the country.
by Mark Hanrahan

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah dies aged 90
Brother Salman has become kingdom’s new ruler.
Jamaica considers marijuana legalisation and production
Bill also proposes that smoking marijuana will be banned in public spaces.
by BBC

Service door to Argentinian prosecutor’s home not fully locked
New findings raise questions over death of Alberto Nisman, who was found shot dead after alleging terrorist attack ‘cover up.’
by AP
Israeli Mossad Goes Rogue, Warns U.S. on Iran Sanctions
Mossad says new Iran sanctions bill would tank Iran nuclear negotiations.
by Josh Rogin, Eli Lake

German police ban anti-Islamic rally citing terror threat
Police said “concrete threat” called for would-be “assassins to mingle among the protesters…”
by Frank Zeller
Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap around 80 in Cameroon
“…around 30 adults, most of them herders, and 50 young girls and boys aged between 10 and 15 years were abducted.”
by Reuters

‘Sleeper cells’: 3,000 in Turkey linked to ISIS, police report says
Data prompts red alert over possible attacks, including in NATO and the West, by so-called “sleeper cells.”
Soldiers to guard Belgian Jewish sites as Europol warns of further attacks
Protection stepped up across Europe – with UK police on highest alert level ever – in wake of series of terrorist incidents.
by Chris Johnston

Fresh Wave of Violence at Niger Anti-Charlie Hebdo Protests
Police have fired tear gas at demonstrators in Niger.
by Sputnik
UK And US Announce Joint Anti-Terror Plans
Announcement comes amid fears about the spread of terrorism.
by Sky News

Saudi Arabia Building 600-Mile-Long Wall Along Iraqi Border
Meanwhile Obama opens the borders for everyone.
by Sputnik