Iraqi forces are continuing to push IS militants out of eastern Mosul, while IS has forced residents to leave their homes as they fight a desperate rearguard action.
There is no deal in sight after the first day of indirect peace talks between Syrian rebels and Bashar al-Assad's regime.
In an open letter aimed at new US President Donald Trump, the Taliban have demanded he take all US troops out of the country.
Iraq's forces claim to have taken back complete control of eastern Mosul, Islamic State's last major stronghold in the country.

Palestinians warn Trump on embassy

Hamas says President Donald Trump is "exceeding all red lines" by moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Syria's warring sides meet in Kazakhstan's capital on Monday with Russia, Turkey and Iran, sponsors of the talks, trying to make progress towards a goal others...
A car bomb blast killed at least 11 people at a camp for displaced Syrians by the border with Jordan on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor...
A mass grave has been found in Iraq with the bodies of 89 people inside, apparently Iraqi soldiers killed by Islamic State.
The damage from the collapsed building in Iran which has so far killed three people is estimated at $500 million.
Parts of a second century Roman amphitheatre in Syria's historic town of Palmyra have been destroyed by Islamic State militants.
In addition to 20 dead firefighters, 25 people are still missing after one of Tehran's oldest skyscrapers was engulfed in flames and collapsed.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the car bomb that killed five Turkish soldiers in Syria.
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Islamic State militants have reportedly destroyed the Tetrapylon, one of the most famous monuments in the ancient city of Palmyra.
The Iraqi military says they have killed most of the Islamic State commanders in Mosul.

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