Middle East

US general: Russia may be supplying Taliban fighters

Russia is 'perhaps' aiding the Taliban in fighting against US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, US general alleges.

Somalia

Somali leader pleads for help to avert famine

President urges the world to step up, highlighting the 2011 famine that killed 260,000 Somalis.

Refugees

UNHCR: World has failed Africa's most vulnerable people

UN calls for urgent $250m as numbers of refugees fleeing violence and famine could surpass a million before mid-2017.

Google

J&J pulls ads from YouTube over 'offensive' videos

Johnson & Johnson the latest company to drop ads over fears content may appear alongside 'terrorism' and hate videos.

Middle East

Roadside bombs kill 10 Egyptian soldiers

At least 15 ISIL fighters also die during a raid in the volatile Sinai peninsula, Egyptian military says.

Afghanistan

Taliban capture key Afghan district; 9 police killed

Afghan security forces amassing for full-scale counterattack in a bid to retake Sangin district after Taliban assault.

Israel

Israel arrests suspect behind US-Jewish bomb threats

Israeli police arrest teenager in connection to more than 150 anti-Semitic bomb threats against Jewish centres.

Middle East

UN: 300,000 civilians at risk in Damascus fighting

'Starvation around the corner' if humanitarian aid is not allowed into besieged areas in the capital, UN officials say.

Middle East

Battle for Mosul: Sharp uptick in civilian deaths

Monitors and officials say there's been a marked increase in civilian deaths as Iraqi forces push into Mosul's Old City.

Middle East

Fierce fighting in Syria as talks restart in Geneva

A fifth round of Syria talks in Geneva kicks off on shaky ground as clashes increase in Hama and Damascus.

Asia

1,100 Afghan children a day 'to drop out of school'

Some 400,000 Afghan children might not attend classes this year, putting them at great risk, Save the Children says.

War & Conflict

Ukraine calls depot explosion an act of sabotage

The munitions and arms housed in the depot were used by Ukrainian troops fighting insurgents.