Mahdi Hashi: Briton, 23, accused of working with terror group secretly quizzed by CIA for three months

Briton, 23, accused of working with terror group secretly quizzed by CIA for three months in African prison Mahdi Hashi, who vanished last summer in Somalia, turned up in a New York courtroom just before Christmas, charged with terrorism offences By Robert Verkaik PUBLISHED: 00:39 GMT, 6 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:00 GMT, 6 January 2013 A British man controversially stripped of his citizenship last year by the Home Secretary has spent three months being interrogated by US agents in an African prison. Mahdi Hashi, 23, from London, who vanished last summer in Somalia, turned up in a New York courtroom just before Christmas, charged with terrorism offences. His sudden appearance in America five months after his family had reported him missing has prompted claims that he is the victim of international kidnap or ‘rendition’.

Syria rebels "beheaded a Christian and fed him to the dogs" as fears grow over Islamist atrocities

Syria rebels 'beheaded a Christian and fed him to the dogs' as fears grow over Islamist atrocitiesChristian Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped and beheaded by rebel fighters in northern town of Ras Al-Ayn on the Turkish borderNews came as pro-government forces celebrated their victory against rebels near Aleppo Airport | UPDATED: 00:41 GMT, 31 December 2012 Syrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists. The nun said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved like bandits. She said his headless corpse was found by the side of the road, surrounded by hungry dogs.

Ahmed Shaheen: British student arrested in North Africa for "trying to join terror group"

British student arrested in North Africa for ‘trying to join terror group threatening to take control of entire Sahara’ | UPDATED: 10:44 GMT, 29 December 2012 A British student is under arrest in North Africa accused of trying to join an Islamic terrorist group threatening to take control over the entire Sahara. Ahmed Shaheen, 26, from London, was detained on the border between Mauritania and Mali as he tried to cross the Sahara on foot to reach the desert stronghold of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

Byker Grove youth club building to become an Islamic school after council approved plans

Setting of Byker Grove youth club to become an Islamic school after council approved plans Grade II-Listed Benwell Towers was bought by BAHR Academy for 400,000Was the setting of BBC series for 17 years but has been empty since 2006The building in Benwell, Newcastle, will cater for 340 boys and girlsAcademy principal welcomed decision by Newcastle City Council to bring derelict building back to life By Becky Evans PUBLISHED: 16:39 GMT, 15 December 2012 | UPDATED: 16:42 GMT, 15 December 2012 A building made famous as the setting for children's series Byker Grove will be transformed into an Islamic school. Plans to convert the former Bishop's Palace into a fee-paying faith school have been given the go-ahead.

Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, Al Qaeda"s second in command, killed in drone strike on house in Pakistan

Al Qaeda's second in command killed during drone strike on house in Pakistan's tribal region Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti killed in Pakistan's tribal region of North WaziristanHe was presented as a religious scholar for militant Islamic groupHis wife died and daughter was wounded as a result of the drone attack | UPDATED: 09:16 GMT, 10 December 2012 A U.S.

Al Qaeda"s second in command killed during drone strike on house in Pakistan"s tribal region

Al Qaeda's second in command killed during drone strike on house in Pakistan's tribal region Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti killed in Pakistan's tribal region of North WaziristanHe was presented as a religious scholar for militant Islamic groupHis wife died and daughter was wounded as a result of the drone attack | UPDATED: 21:55 GMT, 9 December 2012 A U.S. drone strike has killed a senior al Qaeda leader described as the second in command of the terrorist organisation. Sheik Khalid bin Abdel Rehman al-Hussainan, who was also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was killed when missiles slammed into a house in Pakistan’s tribal region of North Waziristan, near the Afghan border.

Egypt"s Muslim-led assembly votes for draft constitution based on Islamic law as Christians and liberals boycott meeting

Egypt's Muslim-led assembly votes for draft constitution based on Islamic law as Christians and liberals boycott meetingEgypt's Muslim dominated assembly hurriedly approved a draft constitution that will retain the principles of Islamic law as the main source of legislationLiberal, leftist and Christian assembly members had withdrawn in protestCritics fear the draft charter could lead to legislation being overseen by Islamic clericsDocument is expected to be put to a nationwide referendum within the next 30 days | UPDATED: 15:55 GMT, 30 November 2012 Egypt's Muslim-led assembly has raced through approval of a new draft constitution without the participation of liberal and Christian members. Critics fear the move, which saw the assembly vote unanimously to retain the principles of Islamic law as the main source of legislation, could lead to restrictions on women's rights and freedom of speech.

Three boys aged 12 to 14 held in Pakistan "on their way to train as suicide bombers"

Three boys aged 12 to 14 held in Pakistan 'on their way to train as suicide bombers' The children and their alleged handler were caught by police following a tip-off | UPDATED: 19:02 GMT, 29 November 2012 Troubled region: Pakistani army soldiers in Waziristan, where the children were allegedly being taken for training Three young boys and a handler have been arrested in Pakistan after they were allegedly caught travelling to a suicide bomber training camp, it emerged today. The children – aged 12 to 14 – were being transported from Karachi to a city in north Waziristan, near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, when police arrested them following a tip-off. They were arrested on Tuesday as they boarded a bus in northwest Pakistan, according to CNN.