{FD} Afghan car bombing: Taliban claims responsibility after 29 killed in attack outside bank

A suicide car bomb exploded Thursday at a bank in Afghanistan's Helmand province as Afghan troops and government workers waited to collect their pay ahead of a major Muslim holiday, killing at least 29 people, officials said.

{FD} Pro-ISIS rebels in Philippines holding several hostages at school, military says

Muslim rebels are still holding several hostages in a school that has been surrounded by army troops in the southern Philippines, military officials said Wednesday after reporting that the gunmen have withdrawn from the area as government forces converged to crush the attack.

{FD} Saudi king upends royal succession, names son as first heir

Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, placing him first-in-line to the throne and removing the country's counterterrorism czar and a figure well-known to Washington from the line of succession.

{FD} France and US agree on UN resolution welcoming Sahel force

France and the United States say they have reached agreement on a U.N. resolution that welcomes the deployment of a 5,000-strong force from five countries in Africa's vast Sahel region to fight the growing threat from extremists.

{FD} London van attack against Muslims highlights rise in anti-Muslim violence by right-wing extremists

While terror attacks perpetrated by the Islamic State – or those who share the extremist group’s ideology – have received widespread coverage in the media and generated huge amounts of public outcry, the same cannot be said for the violence directed at Muslim communities around the world.