{FD} IS militants destroy 12th century mosque in Iraq’s Mosul

The Islamic State group destroyed Mosul's al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures on Wednesday night, Iraq's Ministry of Defense said.

{FD} US interrogates detainees in Yemen prisons rife with torture

Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme — including the "grill," in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire, an Associated Press investigation has found.

{FD} AP Analysis: Saudi shakeup, Qatar crisis show a Gulf on edge

There was a time when the mention of the Persian Gulf brought to mind images of pampered societies ruled by aging monarchs content to preside quietly over their oil money and fantastical skyscrapers while the U.S. kept the peace.

{FD} Hanna Böhman: Meet the Canadian woman joining forces with other women to fight ISIS

Hanna Böhman was working in motorcycle sales after a brief stint in modeling when the 48-year-old Canadian woman sought a higher purpose in life: fighting ISIS in Syria as part of an all-female group of freedom fighters.

{FD} Benelux, Baltic and Nordic leaders meet ahead of EU summit

Leaders of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg are due to meet with counterparts and senior officials from Baltic and Nordic nations for talks ahead of a European Union summit and two days after formal negotiations on Britain's divorce from the EU opened in Brussels.

{FD} North Korean nuke test site sees more buildup as tensions rise

North Korea is continuing to mass resources at a known weapons testing site inside the country, a defense source told Fox News on Wednesday, prompting worries Pyongyang could be plotting to greenlight another provocative nuclear bomb test amid heightened tensions following the death this week of an American student who had been imprisoned by Kim Jong Un’s rogue regime.

{FD} Queen outlines UK government agenda in scaled-down speech

Queen Elizabeth II outlined the government's legislative program in a speech to Parliament on Wednesday after the prime minister slimmed down her plans and promised "humility" in negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union following a disastrous election that cost the ruling Conservative Party its majority.

{FD} Pro-ISIS rebels storm Philippines school, hold students hostage, military says

Muslim rebels are still holding several hostages in a school that has been surrounded by army troops in the southern Philippines, military officials said Wednesday after reporting that the gunmen have withdrawn from the area as government forces converged to crush the attack.

{FD} Saudi king upends royal succession, names son as first heir

Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, placing him first-in-line to the throne and removing the country's counterterrorism czar and a figure well-known to Washington from the line of succession.

{FD} South Sudan no longer in famine, but situation is critical

South Sudan no longer has areas in famine, but almost 2 million people are on the brink of starvation and an estimated 6 million people — half the population — will face extreme food insecurity between June and July, according to reports by the government and the U.N. released Wednesday.