SYRIAN Kurds have battled to defend a key border town from an Islamic State (IS) advance as Kurdish youths from neighbouring Turkey rushed to their aid, heightening the pressure on Ankara to act against the Islamist insurgents.
IRAN'S hardline judiciary has given the government one month to block Whats-App and other popular instant messaging services, as pressure mounts on reformist President Hassan Rouhani to scale back his social and political reforms.
The United States has indications other countries are willing to launch air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, its UN ambassador said yesterday, predicting "we will not do the air strikes alone".
Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named Afghanistan's president-elect yesterday after he signed a deal to share power with his opponent, ending months of turmoil over a disputed election that destabilised the nation as most foreign troops prepare to leave.
An American recently sentenced to six years' hard labour by a North Korean court pretended to have secret US information and was deliberately arrested to become famous and meet US missionary Kenneth Bae in a North Korean prison, state media said yesterday.
New Zealand's ruling National Party stormed to a third term in government in the election yesterday as the centre-right party secured an outright majority on a platform to continue strong economic growth.
ARMED Shi'ite rebels have shelled Yemen's state-run television building in Sana'a and hundreds of residents fled in a dramatic escalation of violence after weeks of fighting and protests in the capital.