BAGHDAD Iraq launched an air strike on a gathering of Islamic State fighters in neighbouring Syria, killing members of the hardline militant group who planned cross-border attacks, its military said on Thursday.
CAIRO Egypt is finalising details of a long-term truce deal between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, an Egyptian security source said on Thursday, amid easing tensions on the border of the enclave where some two million Palestinians live.
KABUL Gunmen attacked an area around a security base and training centre for Afghanistan's intelligence service in the capital Kabul on Thursday, holding off security forces for hours before being killed.
KABUL A suicide bomb attack on a group of teenagers studying for university exams in Kabul on Wednesday shocked Afghanistan but it was only the latest in a series of attacks on schools which have proved an easy target for militant groups. | Video
DAMASCUS Syria will use new foreign currency certificates of deposit to help fund trade operations, its finance minister said, as the government takes tentative steps towards reconstruction following seven years of war.
BERLIN If Europe wants to halt migrant boat arrivals on its shores from Africa it must end the state of chaos in Libya, Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou told Reuters on Thursday, warning that the stability of neighbouring countries was at stake.
FORT BENNING, Georgia Army Colonel J. Cale Brown put his life on the line in two tours of duty in Afghanistan, earning a pair of Bronze Stars for his service. In between those deployments, Brown received orders to report to Fort Benning, the sprawling Georgia base that proudly describes itself as the century-old home of the U.S. infantry. | Video
GENEVA Bahrain's detention of activist Nabeel Rajab is unlawful and violates his right to freedom of expression, U.N. human rights experts have found, calling on the kingdom to release him immediately with compensation.
NEW DELHI Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who ordered nuclear tests to make India a nuclear weapons power and travelled by bus to Pakistan in a grand diplomatic gesture, died on Thursday, the hospital where he was being treated said in a statement.
LONDON Bruised world shares and emerging market currencies fought to regain their footing on Thursday, after China said it will hold trade talks with the United States later this month and Turkey’s lira continued its recovery run.