Niger and Chad have launched offensive against the militant group Boko Haram, after the leader, Abubakar Shekau, pledged allegiance to Daesh (or Islamic State).
Shekau called upon all Muslims to swear loyalty to the Islamic State, and its leader, Al-Baghdadi.
Nigerian officials have dismissed this plea as a reaction to the the military pressure.
But this does little to take away from the fact Nigerian armed forces have failed to come to grips with the insurgency who have struck at will, attacked the Police and UN headquarters in Abuja and now controls several north-eastern towns.
Nigeria has been bolstered by the African Union endorsement for the the creation of a force of 8,000 troops to combat the group.
The Hells Angels chapter have challenged the ALP government and police to prosecute them after holding their first charity run in the State.
More than 100 motorcyclists rode in defiance of the former LNP government’s controversial anti-bikie laws, riding from their Browns Plains clubhouse to across the NSW border to meet other motorcycle club members.
Event organiser Terry McCormick said the charity run was an attempt to exercise their right under the Constitution and to send a message to Annastacia Palaszczuk, who said she would repeal anti-association and anti-bikie laws if elected.
Queensland and NSW police monitored the ride but made no arrests.
The rate of executions in Saudi Arabia has reached “unprecedented” levels, as the kingdom killed four criminals in two days.
Amnesty International said, the latest state-sanctioned executions for the year so far in Saudi Arabia is 39 – almost three times this time last year.
Local Saudi media say, that Saudi authorities have hailed the killings as an example of the government’s commitment to “maintaining security and realising justice”, a crackdown in response to the rise of extremism and the threat of ISIS.
The Federal Government’s announcements to send a further 300 Australian troops to Iraq to train Iraqi government forces has met substantial criticism from Tim Costello of World Vision Australia. Mr Costello has emphasised that humanitarian aid is needed to prevent any radicalisation of the Syrian populace there.
Australia has contributed $113 million of aid to Syria, however more humanitarian aid is needed, Mr Costello claims. He also adds that committing more troops without assisting education and development projects will result in a misguided effort on radical forces. An aspect that Mr Costello claims, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, is also acutely aware of.
The government cut $3.7bn from the aid budget late last year – on top of the $7.6bn cut in the May budget.
Convicted Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been transferred to face their execution this morning.
Indonesian police provided a guard of more than 100 personnel as well as a water cannon, the move happened in the early hours of the morning. The pair will receive 72 hours warning of their execution.
The men’s lawyers have lodged an appeal in the Jakarta administrative court which ordinarily grants a hearing of 2 weeks. The judicial commission has also requested statements from both Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran about their complaints of bribery in their first trial.