Kristina Zarich looks at Mali's background of militancy.
Dozens of troops and Islamist militants have been killed in clashes in eastern Yemen, Yemeni security sources say.
Malian special forces enter the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali's capital, Bamako, where suspected Islamists are holding dozens of guests and staff hostage.
Alastair Leithead looks at the work of United Nation's peacekeepers, including French troops, who have been based in Mali for several years.
More details have emerged about Hasna Aitboulahcen, Europe's first female suicide bomber. The 26 year old French woman blew herself up, after police stormed a flat on Wednesday.
European Union interior ministers, including the Home Secretary Theresa May are meeting for emergency talks in Brussels as they consider tightening border security.
A study finds that pigeons, with training, can identify breast cancer in mammagrams just as accurately as human experts.
Barack Obama lands in Malaysia for the final leg of a six-day visit to Asia, amid high security following last week's attacks in Paris.
BBC News hears from a survivor of the attack on the Radisson Blue Hotel in the centre of Mali's capital, Bamako.
Indian Railways fails to provide disabled-friendly exam centres to all candidates in a hiring test specially planned for them.
Forest workers say a tiger who killed and ate a farmer a few days ago has been shot dead after he attacked a forest guard in southern India.
Kenyan police have been deployed to ease a traffic jam reportedly stretching for 50km (30 miles) on the highway between Mombasa and Nairobi.
The founder and five officials of Singapore's City Harvest megachurch are jailed after being found guilty in a S$50m ($35m; £23m) fraud case.
Tightening borders are among a raft of security measures being discussed by EU interior ministers in response to the Paris attacks.
Former CEO of Rupert Murdoch's Star India network is arrested in connection with the murder of his stepdaughter.
Jonathan Pollard, an American jailed for life in 1987 for spying for Israel, is due to be released from a North Carolina prison.
Chinese security forces kill 28 people allegedly behind a deadly attack on a coal mine in Xinjiang, state media says, in the first official comment on the incident.
Props and costumes from some of Hollywood's most famous films are to be auctioned in New York.
South Korea confirms it has accepted a North Korean offer to hold talks next week, in preparation for high-level
Kuwait has arrested alleged members of a cell accused of supplying funds and weapons to the so-called Islamic State (IS), state media says.