Three million Syrians will have registered as refugees outside of their country later Friday, the UN refugee agency reported.
The 44 UN peacekeepers detained Thursday in the Golan Heights are "safe and in good health," a UN spokesman told reporters here late Friday, quoting what he described as "credible sources."
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that more than 1.6 million people in Iraq have been displaced since the start of the year, a UN spokesman said here on Friday.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan formally asked former foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday to form a new government and be his prime minister, CNN Turk news channel reported.
Forty-three peacekeepers of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) operating in the Golan Heights separation area between Syria and Israel were detained by "armed elements" early Thursday after a heavy fighting between the Syrian armed forces and rebels, a UN spokesman told reporters.
The open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war between Israel and the Palestinians held on Wednesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in his country's newspapers over a campaign in which no clear victor emerged.
Israelis and Palestinians on Wednesday both claimed "victory" in the Gaza war, one day after the long-term cease-fire came into effect.
During a meeting with visiting Sudanese Foreign Minister Ahmed Ali Karti, Wang called for resumption of peace talks between Palestine and Israel as soon as possible.
President Hamid Karzai will not attend a key NATO summit next week because of his disagreements with Washington over Afghan security needs after most foreign troops leave his country at the end of 2014.
A new Gaza ceasefire came into effect on Tuesday at 7:00 am (0400 GMT), after an agreement, brokered by Egypt, reached between Israel and the Palestinian factions, including Hamas movement.
Three Chinese workers went missing Sunday in southeastern Turkey and Chinese and Turkish sides are cooperating to rescue the workers, the Chinese embassy in Turkey said on Monday.
The United States is preparing military options, including surveillance flights, to pressure Islamic State in Syria, US officials said on Monday.