US, allies target Islamic State with 18 air strikes in Iraq: US

US and coalition forces launched 18 air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq on Saturday, with four each in Tal Afar and Mosul, the US military said in a statement.

Three killed as clashes grip Ukraine ahead of talks

Ukraine on Sunday reported the death of two soldiers, while pro-Russian rebels accused Kiev`s forces of killing a civilian as fresh clashes preceded peace talks aimed at ending the 15-month war.

NATO exercise aims to send message to Moscow

Over 2,000 troops are taking part in the first exercise of NATO`s new rapid response force, intended to advertise its readiness to Russia and reassure east European members spooked by the Kremlin`s actions in Ukraine.

EU frowns on Hungarian border fence against migrants
EU frowns on Hungarian border fence against migrants

The EU said Thursday that Hungary`s building of a fence to keep out migrants was not an effective way of halting the tide of humanity washing up on Europe`s borders.

New Ukraine peace talks fail to halt escalating clashes

Ukraine on Tuesday reported the death of two soldiers as a fresh round of European-mediated talks with pro-Russian insurgents failed to break a deadlock over the future status of eastern separatist enclaves.

Deadly clashes precede new Ukraine peace talks

Ukraine on Tuesday reported the death of two soldiers in advance of European-mediated talks with pro-Russian insurgents aimed at breaking a deadlock over the future status of eastern separatist enclaves.

Security agency wars add to Ukraine`s spreading woes

War-scarred Ukraine was engulfed Monday by a scandal involving the chiefs of its two main domestic security agencies amid claims of criminal dealings with top Russian tycoons.

One Ukraine soldier killed, 21 hurt in clashes with separatists

Ukraine`s military on Sunday said escalating clashes between government forces and pro-Russian insurgents in the separatist east left one Ukrainian soldier dead and 21 injured.

New deaths and diplomatic warfare rattle Ukraine truce

Ukraine`s faltering peace deal suffered fresh setbacks on Saturday when Kiev reported the deaths of six soldiers and accused Moscow of abetting an attack on one of its Russian consulates.

UN chief to take part in Yemen talks in Geneva
UN chief to take part in Yemen talks in Geneva

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to take part in the Yemen talks on Monday as they kick off in Geneva in a bid to reduce violence and increase access to humanitarian aid in the country, a UN spokesman said.

New deaths and diplomatic warfare shake Ukraine truce
New deaths and diplomatic warfare shake Ukraine truce

Ukraine`s faltering peace agreement suffered fresh setbacks Saturday when Kiev reported the death of six soldiers and accused Moscow of abetting an attack on one of its Russian consulates.

Ukraine, Russia protest over attacks on each other's diplomatic missions
Ukraine, Russia protest over attacks on each other's diplomatic missions

Ukraine protested to Russia on Saturday after mobs vandalised its embassy in Moscow and its consulate in Rostov-on-Don overnight, a day after Russia made a similar protest to Ukraine over damage to the Russian consulate in Kharkiv.

Ukraine rebels pay pensioners in dollars

Ukraine`s pro-Russian rebels in battle-scarred Donetsk said Friday they had started paying dollars to pensioners who have been cut off from Kiev`s social benefits despite serving valiantly in Soviet-era wars.

US and Russian navies hold talks on avoiding accidental clash

The US and Russian navies met this week for the first time since the Ukraine crisis began to discuss how to avoid an accidental clash at sea or in the air, a U.S. naval commander said on Friday.

Ukraine says it may freeze debt payments to fund war

Ukraine`s premier warned Friday that Kiev would freeze its debt repayments if no immediate deal was found with private lenders because it had to fund its escalating campaign against pro-Russian fighters.

Over 20 million in war-torn Yemen need humanitarian aid: UNICEF

Eighty percent of Yemen`s population, or more than 20 million people, need some form of humanitarian assistance as Arab air strikes and civil war ravage the impoverished country, aid agency UNICEF said on Thursday.

Seven Ukraine troops die in mine blast, endangering truce

At least seven Ukranian soldiers died on Monday when their truck hit a mine not far from a town where a recent flareup in fighting with pro-Russian insurgents has imperilled the fate of a four-month truce.

Ukraine says rebels have army of `mid-sized European state`

Ukraine`s defence minister on Monday accused pro-Russian rebels backed up by Moscow`s forces of assembling a 40,000-strong army sufficient for a "mid-sized European state".

Child killed, several wounded in east Ukraine: Rebels

A child was killed and three people wounded in fighting Thursday evening in eastern Ukraine, the country`s pro-Russian rebels said a day after 26 people were reported killed in a surge of violence four months into a ceasefire.

At least 24 dead in new fighting in east Ukraine

At least 24 people have died in renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine, the warring sides said, as Russia and Ukraine accused each other of seeking to torpedo a tenuous peace deal.