SANAA, Yemen - A United Nations-sponsored Yemeni peace conference that was to start Thursday in Geneva has been indefinitely postponed, officials said, as battles raged across the country.
The talks were meant to end weeks of heavy fighting and Saudi-led airstrikes against an Iran-backed rebel group amid a humanitarian crisis that has left millions in the Arab world's poorest country short of food and fuel.
BEIRUT - Islamic State group militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said Friday.
The purge, which relied mostly on informants, was aimed at solidifying the extremists' grip on the strategic town that was overrun Wednesday by IS fighters.
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A senior U.S. diplomat says the root causes of the exodus of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims need to be addressed as a way to solve the humanitarian crisis facing Southeast Asia.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met with Myanmar's leaders in the capital, Naypyitaw, on Friday. He says the Rohingya fleeing Myanmar "are in despair and don't see a future when they are in internally displaced persons camps."
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The U.N. refugee agency is estimating that over 3,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants — or even more — could still be adrift in the Andaman Sea.
The exact numbers are not known, but the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says it triangulated reports in the media and other sources and estimates the current number could be over 3,000 — or more that no one knows about.
DUBLIN - The Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party says its two senior figures will meet Prince Charles during his visit this week to Ireland in another groundbreaking event for peacemaking.
Charles and his wife, Camilla, are scheduled to arrive Tuesday in the western Irish city of Galway for a four-day visit that will take the British royal couple to Mullaghmore, a fishing village where his great-uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten was assassinated by the Irish Republican Army in 1979.
DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian President Bashar Assad joined thousands of his supporters Wednesday in an extremely rare public appearance, telling a pro-regime rally in the capital that the "conspiracy" against his country will fail.
Dressed more casually than usual in a jacket but no tie, the president told the cheering crowd that he wanted to draw strength from them. Security guards surrounded him as supporters waved his portrait and raised Syrian flags.