Syria on Tuesday kicks off its presidential election, in which eligible voters will cast their ballots for the country's three presidential candidates, including incumbent President Bashar al-Assad.
The Palestinian national unity government was sworn in on Monday before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Monday the end of a seven-year-long political division between his Fatah party and Islamic Hamas movement.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the international community on Sunday not to recognize the Palestinian unity government set to be announced on Monday.
Twelve civilians were killed while two others wounded Saturday when a minibus set off a roadside bomb in eastern Ghazni province, an official said.
China-WANA dialogue on "Vision for Future Development" began in China's Yiwu city, Zhejiang province on May 27.
A senior Iranian official has said that the meeting between the Iranian foreign minister and his European Union (EU) counterpart on Tuesday in Istanbul was 'fruitful in advancing nuclear talks,' the official IRNA news agency reported on Wednesday.
A European Union foreign policy spokesman said Tuesday that the next round of Iranian nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will be held on June 16-20 in Vienna.
Pope Francis makes a plea for peace at the start of a pilgrimage to Bethlehem, saying the prolonged Israel-Palestinian conflict had become unacceptable.
It will jeopardize the international efforts to push ahead with resolving the long-drawn Syrian crisis via political means if the issue of Syria is referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) forcibly under current situation, said a Chinese envoy Thursday.
Russia and China, two permanent members of the UN Security Council, on Thursday wielded veto power over a draft resolution which is intended to refer the Syrian civil war to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
China calls on world powers to reach agreements on Teheran nuclear issue