The Syrian army and members of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group launched a major ground offensive on Friday aimed at ending the years-long presence of hundreds of militants in a border area between the two countries.
Tensions in Jerusalem over access to holy site
Germany and Turkey at odds over arrest
Israel banned Muslim men under the age of 50 from a contested Jerusalem shrine on Friday, ahead of expected protests over the installation of metal detectors there.
Crisis in Venezuela
General strike in Venezuela leaves two dead
Boko Haram suspects killed in custody in Cameroon, Amnesty says
Police in the northern Moroccan city of Al-Hoceima on Thursday fired tear gas to disperse protesters and stop them marching in defiance of a government ban.
GREECE - TURKEY
Two foreigners died and more than 100 people were injured on the Greek island of Kos when an earthquake shook popular Greek and Turkish holiday destinations in the Aegean Sea.
A nationwide strike brought parts of Venezuela to a halt Thursday as the opposition ramped up its challenge to President Nicolas Maduro that has already seen four months of deadly street protests and threats of US economic sanctions.
Two of the world's most notorious darknet marketplaces have been knocked out in a one-two punch that officials say yielded a trove of new intelligence about the drug merchants that operate out of the hidden corners of the internet.
O.J. Simpson was granted parole on Thursday and will be released in October following an emotional hour-long hearing that centered on a botched armed robbery in a Las Vegas hotel room that sent him to prison for nine years.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that he would remain in his post as long as was "appropriate", a day after President Donald Trump criticized him for recusing himself from investigations into Russian meddling in the US election.
Polish lawmakers passed a bill on Thursday that would give parliament the power to appoint Supreme Court judges, ignoring objections from lawyers, opposition politicians and the European Union that it undermines democracy and the rule of law.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Frenchman Warren Barguil won his second stage of the Tour de France on the imposing Col d'Izoard on Thursday as compatriot Romain Bardet snatched back four seconds from overall leader Chris Froome.
Air France on Thursday unveiled a new lower-cost subsidiary called Joon that will specifically target well-travelled millenials.
President Emmanuel Macron attempted Thursday to mend fences with the military after the resignation of the armed forces chief in a row over budget cuts for which France's new leader has drawn criticism.
Turkey’s state news agency on Tuesday published the locations of secret US military bases in Syria as well as details on the numbers of US and French troops stationed there, sparking the ire of fellow NATO member states.
Germany warned its citizens to use caution when travelling to Turkey and threatened to end corporate investment guarantees in a sign of growing impatience with a NATO ally after the detention of rights activists.
Dozens of Boko Haram suspects have died in Cameroon custody at a military base that has also been used by American and French troops, rights group Amnesty International said Thursday.