{FD} The Latest: Turkey won’t end its military presence in Qatar

The Latest on the crisis between Gulf Arab states and Qatar (all times local): 1:10 p.m. Turkey says it has no plans to shut down its military base in Qatar as demanded by Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations that have cut ties with Doha.

{FD} Taliban leader: Afghan war will end only when NATO leaves

In a message ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al Fitr, the Afghanistan Taliban leader said a planned U.S. troop surge would not end the protracted war, vowing to fight on until a full withdrawal of NATO troops.

{FD} Egypt says 7 militants killed in raid on desert camp

Egypt's Interior Ministry says it has killed seven people in connection with recent attacks on the country's embattled Christian minority, including three church bombings and a deadly bus shooting, all claimed by the Islamic State group.

{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} IS militants destroy 12th century mosque in Iraq’s Mosul

The Islamic State group destroyed Mosul's al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures on Wednesday night, Iraq's Ministry of Defense said.

{FD} US interrogates detainees in Yemen prisons rife with torture

Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme — including the "grill," in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire, an Associated Press investigation has found.

{FD} AP Analysis: Saudi shakeup, Qatar crisis show a Gulf on edge

There was a time when the mention of the Persian Gulf brought to mind images of pampered societies ruled by aging monarchs content to preside quietly over their oil money and fantastical skyscrapers while the U.S. kept the peace.

{FD} Hanna Böhman: Meet the Canadian woman joining forces with other women to fight ISIS

Hanna Böhman was working in motorcycle sales after a brief stint in modeling when the 48-year-old Canadian woman sought a higher purpose in life: fighting ISIS in Syria as part of an all-female group of freedom fighters.

{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.