prison

56 killed, many beheaded, in grisly Brazil prison riot

Bodies butchered, decapitated and burned after clashes between rival drug gangs at a prison complex in Amazonas state.

Indonesia

Indonesia police kill suspects plotting holiday attacks

Police in Jakarta kill three allegedly planning a suicide attack over the Christmas and new year period.

Security

Deadly attack targets army base in Burkina Faso

About 40 gunmen in pick-up trucks and motorbikes storm military position near Mali border, killing a dozen troops.

Security

At least 45 killed in Nigeria suicide attacks

Attack on a vegetable market near a Boko Haram stronghold kills at least 45 people and wounds dozens of others.

Bahrain

Britain to deepen security cooperation with the GCC

Addressing the GCC's annual summit PM Theresa May said she is "clear-eyed" on the threats posed by ISIL and Iran.

Afghanistan

Taliban offer 'security' for copper, gas projects

Armed group behind much of the violence over the past 15 years, frightening off investors despite its vast resources.

Africa

Clashes kill scores in restive Ugandan kingdom

Ugandan tribal king distances himself from unrest as his royal guards are accused of participating in attacks on police.

Indonesia

Indonesia says explosives found in suspect's home

Arrested man accused of making explosives in his West Java home more powerful than those used in 2002 Bali bombings.

Europe

Russia: New missiles in Kaliningrad answer US 'shield'

Russian exclave to receive new S-400 and nuclear-capable Iskander missile systems in response to NATO's defence system.

Germany

Obama and European leaders discuss challenges

Talks in Germany on security and economic issues possibly US president's last in such a setting before Trump takes over.

Haiti

Manhunt launched after mass prison break in Haiti

More than 170 inmates escape from facility in town north of Port-au-Prince after killing guard and stealing weapons.

Asia

Two Americans killed in attack at Kabul army base

International troops shoot dead attacker in Afghan army uniform who also wounded several American soldiers.

Myanmar

Myanmar: Fears of violence after deadly border attack

Troops pour into Muslim area near Bangladesh after "mobs" with knives accused of killing nine border guards.

Germany

Germany detains three men after explosives haul

Hunt on for Syrian man after raid uncovers "highly explosive materials" in an apartment in Chemnitz in country's east.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia: Unrest continues a day after deadly stampede

Violence erupts again during protests after 52 people were crushed to death when police fired tear gas at a festival.