US and Turkey have agreed to a plan to root out IS from a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border, a plan that could lead to a a safe haven for tens of thousands of displaced Syrians but one that also sets up a potential conflict with US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces in the area.
President Barack Obama on Monday launched a personal push for peace in South Sudan, convening African leaders for urgent talks in neighboring Ethiopia aimed at keeping the world's newest nation from collapsing amid civil war.
Cameroon is planning to deploy an additional 2,000 soldiers to its Far North region after three suicide attacks in the regional capital Maroua last week by suspected Boko Haram militants.
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The Boy Scouts of America ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders on Monday. However, it allowed church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.
Pakistan resumed executions on Monday by hanging two murder convicts following a one-month break during the Muslim holy month of Ramzan that ended last week.
The strike came after a car bomb and roadside explosives hit a passing military vehicle on a highway near Diyarbakir overnight on Sunday. Kurdish militants then opened fire on the vehicle with rifle fire, it said. Two soldiers were killed and four were wounded.
The Somali militant Islamist group al Shabaab attacked a Mogadishu hotel on Sunday, driving a car packed with explosives through the hotel gate and killing at least 13 people, a first responder and the rebel group said.
Houthi rebels pounded an area in Yemen's southern province of Taez on Monday after the start of a humanitarian truce declared by the Saudi-led coalition bombing the Iran-backed insurgents.
Twenty one people were killed by gunmen who fought a gun battle during a wedding in a northern province, according to officials.
New Delhi has denied Islamabad's claim that the drone was launched from the Indian side of the Line of Control and said such a UAV was not in the inventory of the Indian military.
A woman who regularly had sex with a 12-year old and had his baby was on Monday jailed for up to six years, with the judge saying she took away his childhood. The boy was a friend of the woman's daughter.
The king's vast holiday home overlooks the beach, where a police sign says: "Access and circulation are forbidden on this public maritime domain and swimming is banned under the right of the residence of the king of Saudi Arabia."
During his first public address in a year, Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday vowed to win his country's long-running civil war while acknowledging his troops had lost territory to rebel forces and were running short on manpower.
Iran's foreign minister called on Sunday for a united front among middle eastern nations to fight militancy, in his first regional trip after reaching an agreement with world powers on the country's nuclear programme - an agreement that raised fears among its Gulf Arab neighbours.