Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday he has never faced pressure from Russia to step aside, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Moscow seeking to revive stalled peace efforts.
Iraq on Thursday marked the anniversary of the 1958 overthrow of the monarchy and recent victories over the extremist Islamic State group with a military parade staged in central Baghdad amid tight security.
Airstrikes killed at least 12 civilians including children in two rebel-held neighborhoods of Syria's Aleppo city on Thursday, a monitoring group said.
A leading international rights group said Thursday that an estimated quarter of all Afghan children work for a living yet the government fails to protect them from injury, death or exploitation.
Russia has conducted more than 50 airstrikes since Tuesday against Islamic State (IS) jihadists near the Syrian city of Palmyra, the defense ministry in Moscow said.
The Iran nuclear accord is fragile at its one-year anniversary.
A major crossing point between Gaza and Israel is set to reopen for the first time in nine years, the Israeli government announced Wednesday.
A suicide car bomb ripped through an outdoor market in a Shiite-dominated northeastern district of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 11 people, officials said, as government forces deployed across much of the Iraqi capital in preparation for a major military parade later this week.
Hundreds of thousands of civilians in rebel-held areas of Aleppo risk starvation, the head of Syria's main opposition coalition said on Tuesday, accusing Damascus of trying to besiege the city into submission.
The Israeli parliament finalized a controversial law compelling NGOs that receive most of their funding from foreign state entities to declare it in official reports, a spokesman said on Tuesday.