Russian airstrikes in Syria kill over 300 gunmen: Russian airstrikes in Syria hit 212 terrorist targets and killed at least 320 gunmen in 24 hours, said Russia's Defence Ministry. 

"Over the past 24 hours alone more than 320 militants and 34 armored vehicles and cars of terrorists have been destroyed, including two tanks, one infantry combat vehicle and 15 Jeeps equipped with the Degtyaryov-Shpagin large-caliber machine guns," Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov was quoted as saying by the TASS news agency in Latakia on Wednesday. 

Among the regions Russian aircrafts targeted were Raqqa, the Islamic State's de facto capital, and Aleppo, Idlib, Hama, Homs and Latakia.

Russia began airstrikes in Syria on 30 September on the request of President Bashar al-Assad. 

Two arrested in Austrian refugee shelter over Paris attacks: Two people were arrested from a refugee centre in Salzburg in Austria on Wednesday in connection with last month's Paris attacks. 

The two men, from the Middle East, had supposedly travelled with the terrorists who carried out the 13 November attacks, according to BBC

"Two people coming from the Middle East were arrested at the weekend," Robert Holzleitner, a spokesman for prosecutors in the western city of Salzburg, told AFP.

Austrian newspapers had reported that the arrested individuals were French citizens posing as refugees with fake Syrian passports, AFP reported. 

According to a local newspaper, the two were waiting to receive orders to carry out a new attack. 

Isis arrests 100 in Mosul: Isis militants have reportedly rounded up as many as 100 youths from the city of Mosul after accusing them of violating the Islamic State's instructions, local media reported. 

The youths were arrested from public places and markets, Iraqi News reported. 

Daesh is likely to punish the youths with flogging or imprisonment.

The Islamic State is known to mete out harsh punishments for minor offences in its territory. 

Le Pen removes Isis beheading photo from Twitter: French far-right politician Marine Le Pen came under scathing attack after she posted gory images of the beheaded body of American journalist James Foley, who had been executed by Isis last year. 

"This is Daesh," the National Front leader had said on her Twitter account, in response to accusations from some sections that her party was similar to the Islamic State. 

The parents of the murdered American had called Le Pen's action  "shameful".

Le Pen soon removed the posts, which included pictures of other Isis executions as well.