A probe into the 2002 killing of 11 French engineers in Karachi is focusing on France's failure to pay a commission for the sale of submarines to Pakistan, according to a lawyer for the victims' families.
Mali's army has attacked an al Qaeda base near the Algerian border, killing several militants, according to security sources. The operation was believed to be the first attack by Malian troops against Islamist militants in the country's north.
CIA Director Leon Panetta has said the US intelligence agency believes elusive al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is hiding in Pakistan, adding that sources on the ground were providing regular reports on al Qaeda targets.
The first Guantanamo detainee to face a civilian trial has pleaded not guilty of conspiring in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa. Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani had been held since 2006 at the US base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
The first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be transferred to US soil has arrived in New York to face terrorism charges for his alleged involvement in the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
A North African al Qaeda cell released a communiqué stating that it had carried out its threat of killing British hostage Edwen Dyer, who had been kidnapped in Niger. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called the act "barbaric".