Unconfirmed reports took flight Friday that former Iraqi air force pilots were training Islamic State fighters to fly captured Soviet-era jets at an air base in northwestern Syria.
Avalanches and landslides in Nepal's Himalaya mountain range have been blamed on extreme weather during the peak trekking season. Glaciers are shrinking as a result of what scientists say is man-made global warming.
The battle for Kobane, a Syrian border town, may have tipped in favor of Kurdish militia seeking to fend off militants from the self-styled Islamic State. US-led airstrikes have played a role.
The two presidents will seek to reach a permanent cease-fire between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia rebels in the east, and resolve ongoing disagreements about Russian gas sales to Ukraine.
Passenger screenings at international airports are the first line of defense for countries outside West Africa that fear a spread of the disease. The death toll has risen to over 4,000 lives, according to the World Health Organization.
The Catalan government canceled plans Tuesday to hold a referendum on independence from Spain amid growing pressure from Madrid. Catalans are frustrated by economic stagnation across Spain and their lack of autonomy.
With US-led airstrikes having a limited impact on the Islamic State siege of Kobane, Turkey is being urged to open its borders to let weapons through to the increasingly overwhelmed Kurdish fighters.
The government of Hong Kong canceled meetings scheduled Friday with student leaders, creating the possibility of renewed protests.
North Korea's secretive young leader hasn't been seen in public for more than a month. He may show up tomorrow at a political gathering in Pyongyang.
The World Bank estimates that if the epidemic spreads throughout West Africa it could set back the regional economy by as much as $32.5 billion in direct and indirect costs. The US recorded its first Ebola fatality today.
Over 3,000 prisoners were released Tuesday, the latest in a series of gestures by a reformist government that has opened the doors to Western investment and political engagement. President Obama is due to attend a regional summit next month.
If the Syrian border town of Kobane falls, IS will control a long stretch of the Syria-Turkey border, threatening the security of the Kurdish-majority area. US-led airstrikes haven't stopped the advance.
Indian and Pakistani soldiers traded fire over the disputed Kashmir border, killing nine and causing thousands to flee. The altercation comes just months after outreach from Indian Prime Minister Modi sparked hopes of a detente.
Vietnam has long called on the US to lift the decades-old embargo. The US will now provide some maritime equipment to strengthen Vietnam's coast guard, which clashed with China in May.
Militant group's territorial ambitions mark it out from other extremist groups such as the Taliban, according to international law expert. More than 9,000 civilians have died in Iraq's conflict so far this year.
The annual survey showed continued dominance by US and British universities, but increased government spending on higher education helped lift East Asia institutions to higher positions.
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