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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he believed that the coalition combatting Islamic State militants was focusing too much on the Syrian town of Kobani near the Turkish border and should turn its attention to other areas
“Why Kobani and not otherwise towns like Idlib, Hama or Homs ... while Iraqi territory is 40 percent controlled by the Islamic State?” Erdogan told a news ...

Staffan de Mistura says local ceasefires in different parts of the war-torn country could help get aid deliveries in.
UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura has presented an "action plan" for Syria, proposing to "freeze" fighting in local areas to allow for aid deliveries and to lay the groundwork for talks.
De Mistura told reporters after meeting with the UN Security Council on Thu ...

Iranian officials are moving to muzzle media coverage of a string of recent acid attacks targeting young women in the central city of Isfahan.
The attacks have sparked outrage and fear among many Iranians who last week took to the streets of Isfahan and Tehran to protest and call for government action.
Seven or eight women in Isfahan have had liquid acid thrown on them by men on motorcycles. The a ...

A British teenager operating alongside Takfiri militants in Syria has been killed in clashes in the crisis-hit country.
Jaffar Deghayes, 17, died on October 26 in the vicinity of the Syrian city of Aleppo after leaving Brighton for Syria to join Takfiri militants fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Jaffar’s father, Abubaker Deghayes, said.
Abubaker said that ...

UN special envoy Bernadino Leon says time is running out for the country as battles rage between armed militias.
Factional warfare in Libya is pushing it "very close to the point of no return", the UN special envoy to the country has said as efforts to bring about a ceasefire and political dialogue bear little progress.
"I think this country is running out of time. The danger for th ...

India has fared badly in removing gender-based disparities, ranking 114 out of 142 countries in World Economic Forum's 2014 gender gap index, scoring below average on parameters like economic participation, educational attainment and health and survival.
India's slipped 13 spots from its last year's ranking of 101 on the Gender Gap Index by the World Economic Forum. India is part of the 20 worst- ...

WASHINGTON- U.S. forces staged four air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria on Tuesday and allies joined in nine strikes on the group in Iraq , the U.S. Central Command said.
In Syria, U.S. attack and fighter aircraft went after targets near the border city of Kobani, destroying a small Islamic State unit and four fighting positions.
U.S. and allied attack, fighter and remotely controlled ...

The United States does not expect Syrian rebels it plans to train to fight ISIL militants to also take on President Bashar al-Assad's forces, but sees them as a crucial part of a political solution to end the war, a senior U.S. official said.
The United States, which is leading an international coalition bombing ISIL in Syria, has said it wants to train and equip "moderate" rebels to fig ...

Germany’s intelligence service believes Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadist fighters in northern Iraq possess anti-aircraft weapons that could take down passenger jets, according to a newspaper report Sunday.
The BND federal intelligence service had told German lawmakers about its suspicion in a confidential briefing late last week, reported the Bild am Sonntag newspaper without ...

The Pakistani Taliban's powerful Mehsud group has condemned Thursday’s attack on one of the country’s top clerics, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, in Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province, saying those involved in the attack are against Islam and religious scholars.
Fazl, a conservative pro-Taliban Deobandi cleric and head of Jamiat Ulema Islam -- one the country’s two ...

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