The reclusive leader of the Taliban hasn't been seen in public for more than a decade. The group is engaged in peace talks with the Afghan government.
Turkey has long sought a buffer zone in northern Syria. Critics say it is exploiting the US-led battle against Islamic State militants to strike at Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria that it sees as a threat to Turkish rule.
The airstrikes were prompted by intelligence indicating a likely Islamic State attack. The US said a deal has been reached with Turkey to use a key airbase.
Japan is worried that China is building 16 oil rigs in order to exploit oil reserves in the Japanese part of the sea.
Such comparisons not only make little historical sense, they also demonstrate how minor the Iranian 'threat' is compared to Nazi Germany.
Japanese forces are currently bound by a postwar Constitution that prevents them playing a combat role outside Japan. Pacifist groups and numerous legal scholars have challenged the legislation.
But nine other tourists arrested in Inner Mongolia on a 47-day visit to ancient sites are being held on charges of 'criminal wrongdoing.' Those due to be released are from South Africa and Britain.
A secure, stable and united Yemen anytime soon looks sadly unlikely.
Six weeks into his term, President Buhari has replaced his military service chiefs and appointed a new national security adviser. Critics have attacked what they see as his slow pace in making appointments.
Whatever the merits of Tehran's case, lifting the 2007 UN embargo on the sale of conventional arms to Iran is just not going to fly in the United States.
Joaquin Guzman was arrested last year, boosting the anti-drugs credentials of President Enrique Peña Nieto. His escape is a blow to the president and a potential boon for the kingpin's narcotics cartel.
Greece has been handed politically difficult, and technically complex, choices on a very short timeline.
Greece's proposed bailout concedes many of the previous demands of its creditors, including higher taxes and cuts in spending. Its left-wing government had staked its credibility on brinksmanship to force Europe and the IMF to bend.
The UN Security Council resolution was in advance of the 20th anniversary on Saturday of the massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslims. The US said Russia's action was 'a veto of a well-established fact.'