Syrian Kurds, who in March unilaterally proclaimed the creation of a federal region in northern Syria, on Monday opened a representative office in central Paris with several celebrities attending the launch.Full Story
Iraq has executed 22 people over the past month who were convicted of terrorism and other crimes, the justice minister announced on Monday.Full Story
The United Nations called Monday for "safe corridors" to be set up to allow Iraqi civilians to flee a military offensive against Islamic State jihadists in Fallujah.
Some 50,000 civilians in the city are at "great risk" during a campaign against IS fighters by the Iraqi army backed by militias, said U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric.Full Story
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned bombings claimed by the Islamic State group in two Syrian coastal cities and voiced concern about the military escalation in and around Damascus.
More than 148 people were killed in the bomb blasts at bus stations, hospitals and a power station in the cities of Jableh and Tartus, two strongholds of President Bashar Assad's regime.Full Story
The United States urged Russia on Monday to press Syria to stop bombing opposition forces and civilians in Aleppo and the Damascus suburbs.
The appeal came in a phone call from Secretary of State John Kerry to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.Full Story
The European Union agreed Monday to broaden the mandate of its naval mission to combat migrant smuggling off Libya by agreeing to train the Libyan coast guard and navy.Full Story
Bahraini authorities have turned down a request by the family of a jailed female opposition activist to allow her toddler out of prison, a rights group said Monday.Full Story
Israel's foreign media union condemned a demand for a photographer to submit to a strip search before entering Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office on Monday.Full Story
Negotiations to bring a hardline nationalist party into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling coalition have reached a "dead end", the head of the party said Monday.
Netanyahu, however, said talks were continuing and expressed confidence that a deal with former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu would be reached.Full Story
A Palestinian woman tried to stab an Israeli border policeman at a checkpoint north of Jerusalem on Monday and was shot dead, Israeli police said.
No injuries were reported among the police in the incident at the Biddu checkpoint. Border police fired in the air before shooting her when she continued to move toward them with a knife, authorities said.Full Story