In a deal brokered by Qatar, al Qaeda's Syrian affiliates swapped captured Lebanese soldiers for 13 jailed Islamists — including Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's ex-wife.
Iran's Revolutionary Court has pronounced Jason Rezaian guilty — but the details of the verdict and the evidence against him are still shrouded in secrecy.
The five Taliban officials released in the controversial deal have been in Qatar for the past year and restricted from traveling abroad, but this will change if the ban expires as scheduled on June 1.
The Islamic State says a captured Jordanian pilot will be killed if Sajida al-Rishawi is not delivered to the Turkish border by sunset on Thursday.
The rebels and government were expected to exchange nearly 380 prisoners by in eastern Ukraine by nightfall, as talks between both sides were put on hold in Minsk.
A rebel leader said prisoners of war would be transferred to Kiev on Saturday night.
An unidentified speaker, reportedly talking on behalf of the Syrian soldiers being held captive, says the Islamic State is not "blood thirsty” and that “they want justice."
The Afghan people have a genuine right to complain about freeing Taliban leaders, especially those who directly suffered under their rule.