The minority Druze are split over whom to support in Syria - with some community leaders backing Assad as the best chance for their own survival. But others, like Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, disagree.
Western leaders are expressing outrage after Islamic State militants released a video claiming to have killed Peter Kassig, an aid worker in Syria who was formerly a U.S. soldier. Addressing Obama, a man threatens to "slaughter your people in your streets."
Egypt's 'Champions of Jerusalem' group claimed responsibility for an assault on an army post last month which killed 31. The group also pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State and vowed, 'this is just the beginning.'
Seeking to repair a relationship between the two nations, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visited Pakistan this week. Pakistan's Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif backed Ghani's goal of national reconciliation negotiations with the Taliban.
At the Dutch festival, someone dressed as Saint Nicholas delivers presents to children and is helped by his sidekick Black Pete, usually a white person with a blackened face. Critics say the tradition is racist.
Three leaders of student protests for greater democracy in Hong Kong were told their documents allowing them to travel to Beijing were invalid. The students were set to meet with top Chinese officials.
Thousands fled Thursday and Friday, as Boko Haram entered the town of Chibok, in Nigeria, where nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped in April. In a separate development, a bomb exploded Friday night in northern Kano city.
Russian media has presented photographs, said to have been taken by a Western satellite, showing a Ukrainian fighter jet firing a missile at Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine July 17.
Last summer, members of a Mexican army patrol killed 22 suspected criminals, most of whom had surrendered. A daisy chain of politicians, prosecutors, and other officials glossed over the massacre, altering the crime scene, torturing witnesses, and denying evidence.
Sweden's top military official said that they do not know who owns the submarine, which triggered the country's largest mobilization since the cold war. But Stockholm plans to upgrade its naval security in response.
The court overturned a government ban on a gay rights lobbying group, ruling it incompatible with free speech and expression. The decision is a rare – but potentially influential – victory for LGBT groups in Africa.