Scores of civilians including women and children are fleeing the last few remaining neighborhoods held by the Islamic State group in Syria's northern city of Raqqa, ahead of an anticipated final push by U.S.-backed fighters seeking to retake the city.
The Latest on the election of a new director for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, known as UNESCO (all times local): 4:25 p.m. Egypt's foreign ministry says it is demanding an inquiry into alleged "violations" during the elections for the top position at the U.N.'s cultural agency.
The election of UNESCO's new chief has been narrowed down to two candidates, one from Qatar and the other from France.
An Austrian court has sentenced a man to two years in prison after finding him guilty of attempting to go to Syria to fight with Islamic extremists.
Spain's government says that a Turkish-born writer, who has German citizenship, won't be extradited to Turkey for his alleged involvement with an outlawed group.
Serbia's president is promising to lead the Balkan nation into the European Union and says the fact that Russia is arming the Serbian military doesn't threaten that goal.
The Iranian parliament speaker says any U.S. move against a nuclear deal with Iran be an insult to the United Nations.
About 600 migrants have been brought to Sicily after being rescued at sea in one of the biggest arrivals since the Italian government struck a deal with Libyan authorities to limit departures.
The Latest on developments in Iraq (all times local): 1:40 p.m.
Kurdish media says Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region has sent 6,000 reinforcements to the disputed, oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
"In September there was no fuel anywhere," Samson Kamuya says.
The Latest on the war in Syria (all times local): 11 a.m.
A Syria monitoring group and a rebel fighter say Turkish armored vehicles have rolled into northwestern Syria to implement a de-escalation agreement in a province dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants.
A Wall Street Journal reporter’s sentencing by a Turkish court this week, to two years behind bars by “spreading terrorist propaganda,” marks the latest in the government’s escalating hostility not only with the press, but with any figure tied to the West.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says donors responded quickly to his warning in February that some 20 million people were at severe risk of famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northeast Nigeria, but while "famine has been kept at bay" the need for humanitarian aid is increasing.
Egyptian officials say an attack on a checkpoint in the northern Sinai Peninsula has killed six police.
Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church says a priest has been killed in a knife attack in a poor Cairo district, the latest deadly assault on members of the country's Christian minority.
The Qatari president of one of Europe's most glamorous soccer clubs, Paris Saint-Germain, is under investigation by Swiss prosecutors for suspected bribery of a top FIFA executive to get World Cup broadcasting rights.
Naming World Heritage sites — places like the Egyptian pyramids or the Statue of Liberty that are given a special U.N. status and protection — is one of the many programs run by UNESCO.
The United Arab Emirates says it will stop issuing new visas to North Korean laborers, becoming the latest Gulf country to cut back on ties to Pyongyang amid tensions between North Korea and the U.S. The announcement by the UAE Foreign Ministry on Thursday night did not address the thousands of North Korean laborers already working in the Emirates.
An Egyptian court has granted a re-trial to one of the leading activists behind the 2011 uprising, who was sentenced to life in prison for taking part in a violent protest months later.
The U.S. Army has scheduled a hearing next week for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to enter an expected guilty plea to charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009.
The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Egypt's state media and a representative of a Syrian rebel group are saying that three Syrian opposition factions have reached a cease-fire deal for a southern part of Damascus that has been the scene of recent violence.
The Latest on the reconciliation deal reached by rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah in Cairo-hosted negotiations (all times local): 2 p.m. Palestinian negotiators from rival Hamas and Fatah factions have signed a reconciliation deal at a short ceremony in Cairo.