Thousands of people are fleeing violence between government forces and Islamist militants in the city of Marawi in the southern Philippines. The city was attacked by a group supporting the "Islamic State" six days ago.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is purported to have issued his first message since April. He called on fighters to free tens of thousands of jihadis and family members from prison and detention camps.
The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia is betting on wit and humor as an antidote to Islamist extremism. Extremists use YouTube to target young people, but NRW wants to fight fire with fire.
A siege by extremists in the Philippines' Muslim-majority Marawi city displaced over 400,000 people in 2017. People are returning to their homes, but with a sense of insecurity. This is making them take drastic measures.
The leaders of West African nations have announced a plan to combat the growing problem of Islamist violence in the region. Jihadi groups have strengthened their presence across the arid Sahel region this year.
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