Russia: Syria peace talks blocked by those seeking al-Assad's ouster

Syrian peace talks are being blocked by those seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad in violation of a United Nations resolution, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

Five Afghan army forces killed in Taliban attack in southern Kandahar

At least five members of the Afghan armed forces are dead after an attack by Taliban militants wearing police uniforms at a checkpoint in Sha Wali Kot district of Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar...

Top Shiite cleric says victory over Islamic State in Iraq imminent

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani said Friday that an Iraqi military victory over Islamic State was imminent.

UN: 926 civilians killed in month of "staggering" violence in Iraq

A total of 926 civilians were among 2,885 Iraqis killed due to terrorism, violence and armed conflict in the country last month, a United Nations team reported Thursday.

Red Cross: Fighting in rebel Aleppo enclave triggers exodus

Hundreds of Syrians are arriving every hour in government-controlled areas of Aleppo as they flee fighting in the opposition enclave of the divided city, the International Committee of the Red...

Rebels reverse regime gains in eastern Aleppo as thousands flee city

Syrian opposition fighters on Thursday reversed recent gains by regime forces in a strategic area in the divided city of Aleppo, a monitoring group reported.

Turkey airstrike kills US and German citizens: Syrian Kurdish group

A Turkish airstrike in Syria has killed two militants - one from the United States and one from Germany - from a group allied with the main Kurdish militia in the country, according to a statement...

Colombia legislators approve revised peace deal

A "new era" for Colombia begins Thursday, President Juan Manuel Santos said, with the implementation of a revised peace accord between the government and the FARC rebel group to end the hemisphere...

Two rockets fired at Kabul diplomatic quarter

Two rockets were fired at a diplomatic quarter in the Afghan capital late Wednesday, an official told dpa.

Russia insists it has not bombed Syria's Aleppo in 44 days

Russia has not conducted any airstrikes within a 10-kilometre vicinity of the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo in the past 44 days, Russian General Sergei Rudskoi says.

Syrian state media: Israel carried out airstrikes on west Damascus

Israeli planes fired two rockets at the outskirts of Damascus early Wednesday, state media reported, citing a Syrian military source.

UN holds emergency meeting on Aleppo; 45 killed attempting to flee

The UN Security Council was holding an emergency meeting to discuss the devastation in Syria's Aleppo on Wednesday hours after 45 civilians died after attempting to flee rebel-held areas in...

Uganda charges king with murder after tribal clashes

Ugandan authorities have arrested at least 150 people - including a tribal king - after more than 60 people were killed in weekend clashes between security forces and separatists in the western...

Syrian government: 484 rebel fighters in Aleppo surrender

According to a member of parliament close to the Syrian government, 484 rebel fighters have surrendered in eastern Aleppo.

Ten dead after militant attack on Indian Army unit in Kashmir

Militants attacked an Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir state Tuesday sparking a gunbattle in which seven soldiers and three militants died, officials said.