Islamic State militants are under siege in western Mosul, along with an estimated 650,000 civilians, and the Iraqi Prime Minister has asked the armed forces to "respect human rights" during what commanders expect to be a "tough fight."
The UK Prime Minister will be one of the first world leaders to meet with the new president, and has said she would like to use next week's talks to discuss future trade relations, as well as NATO and the Syria conflict.
Zhou Youguang, who in 1958 invented Pinyin, the romanized spelling system that linked ancient Chinese writing to the modern age, died Saturday in Beijing. The system forever changed how the world learns and types Chinese.
Turkey, which has been helping fight the Islamic State in Syria, is stepping up its domestic anti-terrorism efforts after a year marked by dozens of attacks linked to the terror group or Kurdish militants.
Commentary: For the first time in two decades, Turkey is again the largest jailor of writers and publishers in the world. A PEN International delegation tried to visit a prison where most are incarcerated.
Anticipating friendlier relations with the new US president, more hawkish members of Benjamin Netanyahu's Israeli government are seeking to test that position by annexing a sprawling settlement in the Palestinian West Bank.
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Brooke Wang, of Plano, Texas, open carries a rifle while joining a very small group of counter protesters, as hundreds rally nearby in support of immigrant and refugee communities in downtown Dallas on Saturday.
The wily politician and businessman played a part in every major event in Iranian affairs since before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, including the recent Iran nuclear deal, and became a key figure in moderate Iranian politics.
Palestinian street assaults have killed at least 37 Israelis over the past 15 months. At least 231 Palestinians have been killed in violence in Israel over that period, and Israel says at least 157 of them were assailants in lone wolf attacks.