Al Qaeda claimed has responsibility for raids on two Iraqi prisons and said more than 500 inmates had been set free in the operation.
Two weeks ago, the conflict in Mali seemed like one of those wars in one of those far away places that most people had barely heard of.
As French troops heading north pass refugees fleeing south, wounded Malian troops warn against underestimating the Islamist militants.
European Union foreign policy chief Cathy Ashton has met ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and held two hours of "in depth" discussions with him, her spokeswoman, Maja Kocijancic, said.
Supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi marched towards security headquarters in Cairo on Monday night, raising fears of new clashes as the EU's foreign policy chief met local officials, according to the Agence France Presse agency.
The marches came despite a warning from the National Defence Council late Sunday that it would take "decisive and firm action" against demonstrators if they went beyond their right to peaceful protest.
Second-in-command of the al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been confirmed dead, Reuters reports citing an AQAP statement.
The Prime Minister says elements within al-Qaeda have tried to obtain chemical weapons for use in Syria.
David Cameron says the Syrian regime probably approved use of chemical weapons on 19th March and 13th April.
He says he chose his words carefully on intelligence about al-Qaeda and chemical weapons, given what had happened in the past.
Egypt's state news agency reports that an al-Qaeda-linked cell that was planning attacks on the US and French embassies has been caught.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said he "strongly condemns" the terrorist attacks that took place in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, killing at least 19 people.
Mr Hague said in a statement, “We extend our deepest sympathy to the victims and their families. Somalia is emerging from decades of conflict. The actions of terrorists only prolong the suffering of the Somali people".
“The UK and the international community, as we saw at last week’s G8 Foreign Ministers’ meeting, remain committed to helping the people of Somalia achieve peace, security and development", he continued.
"Those responsible for terrorist acts should face justice”, Mr Hague added.
At least 19 people have been killed in the Somali capital in a series of bomb attacks carried out by militants linked to al-Qaeda and in subsequent gun battles.
A bomb exploded outside law courts in Mogadishu as gunmen stormed the compound. Security forces then arrived and battled the fighters inside.
Later, a bomb exploded near an African Union and Turkish Red Crescent convoy on the way to the airport.
The attack has been claimed by al Shabaab - a militant group linked to al-Qaeda.
The Somali interior minister has said that all nine attackers have been killed after a militant assault on a court in the capital Mogadishu.
A large blast has been heard in an area near the airport in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, just hours after a series of explosions at law courts in the capital and gunmen stormed the building, residents said.
"We heard a blast ... and then soldiers opened fire. I see only thick smoke rising into the sky. I do not know what caused the blast. The whole area has been immediately besieged by security forces," one resident, Halima Osman, told Reuters.