The Syrian army and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters said on Sunday they had entered the rebel-held city of Zabadani, marking the second day in attempt to capture the border area around the Beirut-Damascus highway.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met for sixth consecutive day on Sunday, trying to come to common ground and reach a nuclear deal before Tuesday's deadline.
Diplomats underscored their uncertainty about reaching any deal, two days after missing a self-imposed deadline. Still, the talks have witnessed progress that would have been impossible to predict even a few years ago.
After Kurdish-led fighters routed the Islamic State from the border town of Tel Abyad, displaced Arab residents accused Kurds of ethnic cleansing. Amid rising tensions, a friendship endures between two longtime neighbors.
People in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi continue to suffer from a weeklong heat wave that has claimed 1,233 lives. Temperatures have cooled down in Karachi, bringing some relief in the area.
Multiple bombs in public places have killed 12 people in Baghdad on Saturday, said Iraqi authorities. Meanwhile, Abdel Baqi al-Sadun, an aide to Saddam Hussein, was also arrested, though authorities didn't say why.
Thousands of people in Kuwait participated in a mass funeral procession Saturday for 27 people killed in a suicide bombing. Police have begun questioning suspects linked to the bombing that targeted a Shiite mosque on Friday.
Grieving Kurds watch from across the border in Turkey as IS militants infiltrate a city that had been recaptured with support of US airstrikes. Just days earlier, Kurdish-led fighters had driven IS from its stronghold of Tel Abyad.