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Islamic State attacks Kirkuk as Iraqi forces push on Mosul

QAYYARA, Iraq Islamic State launched a major attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq.

U.N. says to pursue perpetrators of war crimes in Aleppo

GENEVA The U.N. Human Rights Council said on Friday it would identify the perpetrators of war crimes in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo and launched a special inquiry into the use of starvation and air strikes there, as well as increased "terrorist" attacks.

Venezuela thwarts anti-Maduro referendum, foes protest

CARACAS Outraged opposition leaders vowed on Friday to focus their battle to remove socialist President Nicolas Maduro on peaceful street protests after judicial and electoral authorities shot down their drive for a referendum against him.

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