And if he was, what does it mean?
Gunmen attacked the hotel lobby and a car exploded shortly afterward in the hotel parking lot. At least eight people were killed in the armed assault.
The self-styled Islamic State is losing key battles on the ground in Iraq and Syria and in the propaganda wars as well. A Kurdish victory in Kobane would be a stinging blow.
Dozens of civilians and at least seven Ukrainian soldiers died over the weekend amid a new wave of violence in eastern Ukraine. Western leaders have once again accused Moscow of supplying troops and weapons to the pro-Russian rebels.
There may be economic and political rivalries within the dynasty. But its collective interest is in keeping the oil-rich nation on its longstanding course.
But that doesn't mean it's popular. A Pew poll released today found that the only federal agency less well-liked among Americans was the Internal Revenue Service.
Donetsk has seen a surge in fighting, both in the city and around its nearby airport, amid Western accusations that Russia has begun sending troops into Ukraine again.
Prosecutor Nisman died of a gunshot wound on Sunday. He was scheduled the next day to make the case that President Kirchner was involved in a cover-up of Iranian involvement in a 1994 terrorist attack in Buenos Aires.
The Shiite militia has taken charge of Sanaa, but has stopped short of formally toppling Yemen's government. President Hadi's whereabouts are unknown.
Oil and Iraq – and Iran, about which Obama issued a rare red line in his largely domestically focused speech.
A Houthi rebel leader stopped short of deposing his rival after his forces sacked the presidential palace today in Yemen's capital.
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.
Over the past year, Houthi rebels have expanded their sphere of territory, seizing Yemen's capital last September and clashing with government forces today. The upheaval has thrown the already fragile country – and key US ally against Al Qaeda – into chaos.
Meanwhile, protesters, journalists, and political opponents continue to go to jail.
Building a replica of an Afghan village, with Afghan construction workers and Afghan materials, proved too tough a task.
A German jihadi cheerfully extolling the virtues of slavery and beheading is an example of how difficult that task would be.
Their word alone. Nasr al-Ansi, a militant commander, made the claim in a video released this week.
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.
In a video message, a militant commander praised the gunmen who killed 12 people in Paris, including the editor of Charlie Hebdo. The latest issue of the satirical magazine went on sale in France Wednesday.
Certainly the three murderers in Paris were offended. But should they be allowed to speak for all Muslims?