Islamic militants and rebels in Syria launched fresh attacks on government-held neighborhoods in Aleppo on Friday, setting off some of the heaviest fighting in months in the contested northern city, activists and state media said.
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.
Members of Syria`s Druze minority have helped repel a rebel attack on an army base in the south, mobilising to confront insurgents including al Qaeda's Nusra Front who are trying to build on gains against President Bashar al-Assad.
Myanmar has rejected assertions that Indian armed forces entered the country earlier this week in pursuit of separatists, saying foreign fighters would never be allowed to use Myanmar territory to stage attacks.
Rebels who have fought Myanmar`s army along a rugged border area with China for four months declared a unilateral ceasefire Thursday, after fighting left scores dead, threatened a nationwide peace pact and spilled over the frontier.
Mali`s government and Tuareg-led rebels agreed on a ceasefire in a strategic town and on more political guarantees on Friday, steps towards a UN-brokered peace accord to end decades of uprisings in the northern region the separatists call Azawad.
Turkey and the US have agreed in "principle" to provide air protection to Syrian rebels being trained and equipped to fight Islamic State militants, once they enter Syrian territory for battle, Turkey's foreign minister said.
Colombia`s Marxist FARC rebels suspended a unilateral ceasefire after government troops killed 26 of its fighters, the guerrilla group said on Friday, a move that will likely ratchet up tension at peace talks to end five decades of war.
South Sudan rebels ordered oil companies to evacuate staff from a northeastern battleground state Tuesday, but claims they were advancing to take key oil fields were dismissed by the government as "lies".