- Salafists are no longer under Syrian opposition control and will provoke even more sectarian violence in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, Chris Bambery, a political analyst and leading member of the International Socialist Group in Scotland, told RT.
- Attacks in Yemen are a part of the political transition that’s taking place there, and as for the Islamist groups there is a deep degree of skepticism amongst the public that they actually exist, James Corbett, host of The Corbett Report, told RT.
- The NSA was prepared to secretly collect data on citizens of Australia, Canada and New Zealand – without the knowledge or consent of their governments, and despite the ‘Five Eyes’ joint spying program with those countries, a Snowden leak reveals.
- At least 52 people, including doctors and nurses, were killed and 162 others were wounded after a suicide car bomb attack rocked Yemen’s Defense Ministry in the capital Sanaa, according to Yemen's Security Committee.
- At least 19 people have been killed and 70 wounded after a siege on an Iraqi mall in the northern city of Kirkuk, as well as an attack on an intelligence HQ. Security forces have rescued 11 hostages, ending the mall siege.
- The hauling up of Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger before a panel of MPs like a “naughty school boy” is an attempt by the UK government to deflect the issues raised by Snowden’s leaks and shirk proper debate Glyn Moody, journalist and writer, told RT.
- In the first ever public hearing, Europe’s human rights court examined Poland’s role in CIA ‘black site’ prisons and torture of suspects. Poland refuses to share information with the court saying that it could compromise a domestic investigation.
- The names of nearly three-quarters of a million individuals have been secretly added to watch lists administered by the United States government, but federal officials are adamant about keeping information about these rosters under wraps.
- Islamist fighters have captured the ancient quarter of Maaloula, a predominantly Christian town and UNESCO heritage site in Syria, and are holding captive several nuns and their mother superior from the St. Thecla Convent, SANA reported.
- The UK’s anti-terror law watchdog has said that the police should not be able to detain people at the UK’s borders without any suspicion of wrongdoing, following the detention of Glenn Greenwald’s partner who was carrying documents leaked by Snowden.
- A suicide bombing at the funeral of an Iraqi anti-Qaeda fighter killed 12 people and wounded 28 others on Sunday. Spiraling November violence ahead of elections in the war-torn country has seen the number of dead rise by at least 940 people in one month.
- US security officials warn of the threat coming from American citizens fighting alongside anti-Assad jihadist rebels in Syria – and might return to the US radicalized, experienced and ready to attack.