A monitoring group says the bodies of 230 people killed by the Islamic State group have been found in a mass grave in Syria.
Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai says she's heartbroken by "the senseless and cold blooded" killing of scores of children by Taliban militants in Pakistan.
Iran's media say the Sydney siege by an Iranian-born gunman is linked to Islamic State.
The U.S. military shut its last detention center in Afghanistan on Wednesday, a day after a Senate Intelligence Committee report highlighted torture of terrorism...
Members of an Israeli family have been injured in an acid attack by a Palestinian hitchhiker near Bethlehem, the army says.
Images of a woman walking through Kabul with bare legs has sparked controversy across Afghanistan.
The Palestinian leadership has blamed Israel for the "killing" of Ziad Abu Ein, as tensions threaten to boil over again.
The International Criminal Court is a step closer to having the power to investigate crimes committed in the Palestinian territories.
Secretary of State John Kerry has come under fire as he asked the US Congress for new war powers so the government can continue its fight against IS.
The United Nations' nuclear monitor, the International Atomic Energy Agency says it needs more money if it is to keep a check on Iran's nuclear program.
Coalition partners fighting the Islamic State in Iraq, have agreed to send close to 1500 forces to Iraq to assist the country's army.
Israel's prime minister says Palestinians aren't prepared to confront violence by their own people, and were responsible for the collapse of peace talks.
Syria says Israel has bombed its international airport, as the UN envoy to Syria said he'd meet rebel leaders from Aleppo to discuss a freeze in fighting.
The family of South African hostage Pierre Korkie, who was killed during a failed US rescue raid in Yemen on Saturday, say they have chosen to forgive.
The US has defended its failed hostage rescue operation in Yemen, saying the choice was to act or let the terrorists' deadline pass.

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A US school has apologised for taking away a blind student's cane and replacing it with a pool noodle.
The Church of England on Wednesday named vicar Libby Lane as its first woman bishop, following a historic change in its rules.
An annual report on environmental conditions in the Arctic region has raised concerns about record high temperatures in Alaska.
A fascinating new study mapped the flow of information online, and it turns out Spanish makes way more global sense.
The debate surrounding pornography is complex - but a recent UK ban on depictions of female pleasure and dominance is a worrying new low.
The US has announced a thaw in relations with Cuba, saying it would work to re-establish diplomatic ties with Havana and ease trade and travel sanctions.