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Hollande says to propose international conference against IS

French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday he would arrange a conference next month on the threat posed by Islamic extremists in Iraq, describing the current international situation as "the most serious since 2001."


"I think we are in the most serious international situation since 2001...I will therefore soon propose a conference on security in Iraq and the fight against Islamic State," Hollande told Le"......

Lebanon mulls prisoner exchange deal

Lebanese political and security figures are mulling the possibility of releasing certain Islamist detainees in a bid to secure the release of captured Army troops and security personnel, after five hostages were released Sunday by the Nusra Front.

Prime Minister Tammam Salam announced the formation of an emergency cell to tackle the issue of the abducted men. The cell was made up of senior security"...