Saudi Arabia has agreed to host training camps for moderate Syrian rebels as part of President Barack Obama's broad strategy to combat Islamic State militants who have taken over parts of Syria and Iraq.
President Barack Obama will vow on Wednesday to attack Islamic State militants "wherever they exist" in a speech to Americans expected to lay out a strategy for expanding US airstrikes in Iraq and, for the first time, striking targets in Syria.
The head of Fiji's army said on Wednesday that he expected 45 Fijian UN peacekeepers seized two weeks ago on the Golan Heights by an al Qaeda-backed militant group, the Nusra Front, to be released within days.
Egypt provides ample investment opportunities for Chinese companies, especially in energy, with the country looking to restart its economy after years of political instability, said the Egyptian minister of investment on Tuesday.
The Iraqi parliament on Monday approved the new cabinet of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and his government program for the next four years, leaving key security portfolios unfilled due to political disputes.
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Monday claimed victory in the lingering presidential elections and also said the political process for the formation of a national unity government has faced deadlock.
This week's NATO summit was long planned as a celebration to mark the end of combat in Afghanistan and the coalition forces' shift to a largely advisory role. But the still-unsettled Afghan election has complicated the event, casting doubt on the transition and leaving the door open for all allied troops to be forced out at year's end.
Syrian airstrikes on Thursday pummeled Islamist insurgents, including militants from the Islamic State, targeting their bases throughout the country, as government troops continue to clash with militants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
At least 24 people were killed while 150 others wounded after Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen carried out a coordinated attack on gov't office buildings in Ghazni city, the capital of eastern Ghazni province early Thursday morning, sources said.