The announcement from Amman came just ahead of an IS deadline to kill a captured Jordanian pilot if a sought-after suicide bomber is not released. The fate of a Japanese journalist held under threat by IS remains uncertain.
Its new hostage video calls on Japan, whose prime minister is touring the Middle East, to ends its 'foolish' support of the US-led campaign against Islamic State, and marks the first time the group has demanded cash in a video.
The attack on Baga, a border town with a Nigerian military base, started on Jan. 3. The Nigeria government disputes claims by human rights groups that as many as 2,000 people, mostly civilians, died in the subsequent fighting.
Police cadets and others waiting outside a Yemen police academy in Sanaa were among more than 30 reportedly killed. Suspicions fell on the local Al Qaeda branch, which has attacked military targets in the past.
The UN Security Council openly discussed North Korea's gulag and human rights abuses, despite the efforts of Russia and China to block it.
Boko Haram militants kidnapped nearly 200 women and children and killed 32 people this week. The government, meanwhile, said 54 soldiers will face a firing squad for mutiny, assault, and disorderly behavior.
The police crackdown was widely expected as the protest movement has fizzled in recent weeks. Protesters insist that their movement for freer elections in Hong Kong will continue in another form.
The beauty queen's murder by her sister's boyfriend is just a high-profile example of the sort of violence – particularly against women – that has given Honduras the worst per capita murder rate outside a war zone.
The NBA drew 19,000 people to a game in Mexico City last night, as the US basketball league seeks to broaden its international appeal.
Opium output in Afghanistan, the world's largest producer, is forecast this year to be 17 percent higher than in 2013, possibly because security personnel were pulled off opium crop eradication duty.
Mexico's attorney general ended a press conference last week about the 43 missing students by declaring that exasperated line, fueling outrage at the government's handling of the case – and launching a new hashtag on social media, #YaMeCansé.