The United States said it had evacuated all its staff from Yemen, whose embattled president has appealed for "urgent intervention" by the UN Security Council as attacks by Iran-backed rebels bring his country nearer to civil war.
Nearly 650,000 Syrians are living in besieged communities in the country's civil war, more than three times the UN estimate, says a new report that offers a graphic account of hundreds of deaths in areas the world has struggled for years to reach.
The Turkish coastguard opened fire to stop a cargo vessel carrying 337 mainly Syrian migrants heading towards European Union waters and arrested the suspected traffickers, a top local official said Friday.
The UN Human Rights Council has delayed by six months the release of a report into alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka's civil war, following request by the country's newly-elected government for more time to conclude its internal probe.
Sri Lanka's new government plans to return private land seized by the military in the civil war-ravaged north and release several hundred detainees, a minister said, in an apparent move toward reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils.
Sri Lanka is planning an investigation into accusations of human rights abuses in the final stages of a 26-year civil war amid international frustration at the failure to look into numerous civilian deaths, a government spokesman said on Thursday.
Satellite imagery indicate that 290 cultural heritage sites in Syria, whose history stretches back to the dawn of civilization, have been damaged by its ongoing civil war, the United Nations` training and research arm (UNITAR) said on Tuesday.