Afghans on Monday watched the country's first transition of power in a decade, as a ceremony opened to inaugurate incoming President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.
Lebanon is confronting one of its toughest challenges in recent years, as Islamist militants from the war in Syria cross the border to battle the Lebanese army in the eastern border town of Arsal, threatening to rupture Lebanon's already fragile political situation.
China's minister of human resources and social security will attend the inauguration ceremony of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Monday as an envoy of President Xi Jinping, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
Two British jets were flying over Iraq and were ready to hit targets on Saturday, their first mission since parliament authorised strikes against Islamic State militants, Britain's Ministry of Defence said.
Air strikes, thought to have been carried out by US-led forces, hit Islamic State bases and positions in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor on Friday, a monitoring group said.
The US-led coalition attacks on IS targets in Syria and Iraq is expected to trigger a new wave of refugee flow to Turkey.
Lebanon's army has detained about 450 suspected Islamist militants near its border with Syria, Lebanese security sources said on Thursday, as it steps up efforts to prevent them from using the frontier town of Arsal as a base.
The Syrian army has taken full control of a formerly insurgent-held area northeast of Damascus.
The US-led anti-terror coalition struck positions of the Islamic State (IS) in northern and eastern Syria earlier on Wednesday, the state news agency SANA reported.
More than 138,000 Syrian refugees, mainly ethnic Kurds, fled from the northern Syria into southern Turkey over the weekend.
The two Palestinians blamed for abducting and killing three Israeli teenagers in June were killed by Israeli troops, said a senior Israeli army official Tuesday.
Israel's military said it shot down a Syrian warplane over the Golan Heights on Tuesday.