SUNNI rebels have battled their way into the biggest oil refinery in Iraq as the president of neighbouring Iran raised the prospect of intervening in a sectarian war that threatens to sweep across Middle East frontiers.
UKRAINIAN President Petro Poroshenko has set out proposals for a peace plan for eastern Ukraine involving a unilateral ceasefire by government forces after a late-night telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
SCIENTISTS and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath one of Pablo Picasso's first masterpieces, The Blue Room, using advances in infrared imagery to reveal a bow-tied man with his face resting on his hand.
AT least 48 people were killed after dozens of extremists attacked a Kenyan coastal town, murdering those who were unable to answer questions about Islam or did not know the Somali language, witnesses said.
ISRAELI armed forces swept through half a dozen Palestinian towns and arrested more Hamas officials as they expanded a search for three teenagers into a crackdown on the Islamist group accused of abducting them.
NATO is preparing measures to help Ukraine defend itself in its stand-off with Russia, and must adapt to the fact that Moscow now views it as an adversary, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in an interview published yesterday.
Israel said yesterday Hamas militants had kidnapped three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank, warning of "serious consequences" as it pressed on with a search and detained dozens of Palestinians.
The insurgent offensive that has threatened to dismember Iraq spread to the north-west of the country yesterday as Sunni militants launched a dawn attack on a town close to the Syrian border, clashing with police and government forces.
Rival camps in Afghanistan's presidential race each proclaimed to be leading the contest, a day after the poll was held and as officials were still tallying the hundreds killed or injured in election-related violence.
Egyptian security forces have seized supermarket chains owned by two leading figures of the Muslim Brotherhood as part of the government's crackdown against the banned organisation, judicial and security sources revealed to Reuters yesterday.
Pakistani fighter jets have pounded suspected Taliban hideouts in the tribal North Waziristan region and killed nearly 80 militants, in response to an audacious attack on the country's busiest airport a week ago.