Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Suleimani made an appearance with Iraqi Shiite militias outside Fallujah as the UN warned that as many as 10,000 civilians remain trapped inside the Islamic State-held town.
Rebels in a key area near the capital are fighting each other instead of the regime, and Assad's army is taking advantage of it. The results may be catastrophic.
The move comes after Iraq's prime minister announced an offensive to retake the city as a wave of deadly bombings claimed by Islamic State have killed hundreds in and around Baghdad.
The Mediterranean cites of Jableh and Tartous, which hosts Russian forces, have until now escaped the worst of the conflict. Fighting has increased in Syria since peace talks collapsed.
The conflict in Yemen is a dire, tangled mess, with IS, al-Qaeda, government troops backed by United Arab Emirates, and a Saudi-led coalition backed by the US all mounting regular attacks.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it arrived at the number by adding up death tolls provided by sources in several Syrian jails and security agencies.
The Islamic State has released a video that references riots in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state that killed hundreds of Muslims in 2002.
The Taliban has not issued a statement to confirm or deny that Mullah Akhtar Mansour is dead, but Afghan officials said the US attack was successful.
By VICE News
The Pentagon said an airstrike in a remote area of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region targeted Mullah Akhtar Mansour, but his death has not been confirmed.
By John Dyer
The reluctance of European banks to do business with Iran is threatening to undermine the nuclear deal the Islamic republic reached last year.
The protesters included supporters of powerful Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who expressed support for what he called a "peaceful spontaneous revolt."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly offered the job to hardliner Avigidor Lieberman, in a move set to create the most right-wing government in the country's history.
The Egyptian navy is currently sweeping the area 180 miles north of the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria looking for the plane's black box. It's still not known what brought it down.
The Standing Up Against Anti-Semitism in Ontario Act would have prohibited any public body from entering into contracts with people and entities that support or participate in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
The Airbus A320 carrying 66 people from Paris to Cairo disappeared over the Mediterranean on Thursday. Egypt's aviation minister said terrorism is more likely than an accident.
More than 20 nonprofit groups, most of which work explicitly with gay and transgender communities, are being blocked from participating in a major United Nations session on AIDS.
When Hezbollah's top military commander was killed in Syria last week, he left behind a lot of dead bodies — and a loyal following among the Shia of Lebanon.
World powers and organizations including the EU and the Arab League are meeting to attempt to restart peace talks — while in Syria, there are fears a besieged town is about to be attacked.
Thousands of demonstrators from Afghanistan's long-persecuted Hazara minority are demanding a new power line pass through two provinces where they have large communities.