As the initial outrage ebbed, the discussion around the attack also said we should not put Charlie Hebdo in a pedestal of great satire.
Boko Haram gunmen fought running battles with Nigerian troops in the northeastern city of Damaturu.
The IS on Thursday hailed the alleged perpetrators of Wednesday's terror attack on the office of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, as “heroes”.
The US has worked with international intelligence agencies over past few years to ensure they are best positioned to stop attacks like the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
In a video post of their own, Somers' mother and brother said Somers was "only trying to do good things for the Yemeni population" and pleaded with his captors to spare him.
He says the purpose of visit by the Islamic State group was to see how it could work to unite various Pakistani militant groups.
In an attempt to assuage the people's frustration, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said the government has allocated up to 1 billion Egyptian pounds (nearly $140 million) as compensation for the residents being forced to leave their homes.
Ghani Ahmadzai said in a statement that he is committed to ensuring that women are well represented in government and the education and economic sectors.
US President Barack Obama has called for building a strong coalition with broad international participation against the Islamic State militants.
Senior figures from a US-led coalition are to meet in Paris on Monday to discuss how to defeat Islamic State jihadists, as the latest shocking beheading of a Western hostage strengthened their resolve.
The UN Security Council has condemned the "heinous and cowardly murder" of British aid worker David Haines by an Islamic State militant.
Karzai said the two could reach a deal within days and that Afghanistan could have a new government within a week.
The UN Security Council plans to demand countries "prevent and suppress" the recruitment and travel of foreign fighters to join extremist militant groups like Islamic State by ensuring it is considered a serious criminal offence under domestic laws.
The assault followed a stark message from the Taliban to world leaders gathered at a NATO summit in Wales, which will also discuss the drawdown of the alliance's mission in Afghanistan.
US President Barack Obama will convene a Security Council summit on "growing and dangerous phenomenon" of foreign terrorist fighters, American envoy to the UN Samantha Power said on Wednesday.
Amnesty International said ISIL abducted "hundreds, if not thousands" of women and girls of the Yazidi faith. The extremists also killed "hundreds" of Yazidi men and boys.
Television networks across the Middle East have begun airing cartoons and comedy programs using satire to criticise the group and its claims of representing Islam.
Terming the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as a "cancer", US President Barack Obama has said that the top American priority was to roll back the gains made by the terrorist outfit in Iraq.
The US has said payment of routine ransom to terrorist only puts other innocent American citizens at risk while defending its decision to swap five Taliban prisoners with the kidnapped soldiers in Afghanistan.
Tens of thousands of volunteers fanned out across Afghanistan this week, braving deteriorating security and distrusting parents to administer two chilled drops of the oral polio vaccine each to millions of children.