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Colombian government, FARC rebels resume peace talks

Havana - The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas resumed peace talks Monday in Havana amid heightened tensions following air strikes that killed dozens of rebels.

Fierce fighting in Yemen as peace hopes fade

Sanaa - Rebel forces and loyalist fighters were locked in fierce fighting in Yemen on Monday as hopes of a political solution faded after the United Nations postponed peace talks.

Iraq rebuts US criticism of security forces

Baghdad - Iraq on Monday rejected accusations by the US defence chief that its security forces dodged battle in Ramadi and lack the will to fight the Islamic State group.

Syria regime 'launches 15 air raids around Palmyra'

Birut - Syrian government aircraft launched at least 15 strikes in and around the ancient city of Palymra on Monday, following its fall to the Islamic State group, a monitoring group said.

IS executes 217 in, near Syria's Palmyra in 9 days: Monitor

Birut - The Islamic State group has executed at least 217 people, including civilians, in and around the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in the last nine days, a monitor said Sunday.

Blow to Yemen peace efforts as UN talks postponed

Aden - A United Nations conference designed to help forge peace in war-ravaged Yemen has been postponed, a UN official said Sunday, just four days before it was due to begin.

Colombia's Santos to visit Pope Francis in June: report

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos will meet Pope Francis in mid-June as part of a European tour, Colombia's foreign minister said in comments reported Sunday.

Iraqi forces 'failed to fight' in Ramadi: Pentagon chief

Washington - Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Sunday that Iraqi forces "failed to fight" in Ramadi, which has fallen to Islamic State militants, adding the troops lacked the will to defend themselves.

Syria regime helicopter comes down in Aleppo province

Birut - Islamic State group supporters and a monitoring group said jihadists shot down a government helicopter in northern Syria early Sunday, but state media said the aircraft had suffered technical problems.

Liberia struggles with violence along insecure Ivory Coast border

- In February last year a gang of men with machetes ambushed two villages in western Ivory Coast, disembowelling a soldier and pulling out most of his organs before slaying three of his colleagues.

US says Iraqi forces lack will to fight IS

Baghdad - Washington on Sunday accused Iraqi forces of lacking the will to fight the Islamic State group, which scored a resounding victory a week earlier with the capture of Ramadi.

Colombia's Santos presses for peace as FARC death toll climbs

Estanzuela - The president of Colombia called for accelerated peace negotiations with FARC guerrillas, just as eight rebels were killed in an escalating government offensive.

Fresh air strikes and ground fighting in Yemen

Sanaa - Saudi-led warplanes launched a fresh wave of air strikes across Yemen targeting Iran-backed rebels as fighting raged on the ground in the south of the country, witnesses said.

Colombia's Santos presses for peace as FARC death toll climbs

Estanzuela - The president of Colombia called Saturday for accelerated peace negotiations with FARC guerrillas, as local media reported that seven rebels had died in an ongoing government offensive.

IS enters Syria's Palmyra museum

Damascus - Islamic State group fighters have entered the museum in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, placing guards at its doors, the country's antiquities director Mamoun Abdulkarim said Saturday.

Iraq claws back land from IS near Ramadi

Baghdad - Iraqi forces retook territory from the Islamic State group east of Ramadi Saturday, commanders said, in their first counterattack since the jihadists' capture of the Anbar provincial capital last week.

Obama stays the course despite IS group's advance

Washington - President Barack Obama's war strategy failed to stop Islamic State jihadists from overrunning Ramadi but he appears reluctant to change course despite the group's advances on the battlefield.

London bombmaker jailed for life for U.S. soldier murder in Iraq

London - A London taxi driver who made bombs targeting coalition troops in Iraq, one of which killed a U.S. soldier, was jailed for life with a minimum of 38 years after being convicted of murder.

Iraqi forces clear path to key refinery

Washington - Iraqi troops fighting Islamic State group forces have cleared a ground route into the country's largest oil refinery, the US military said Friday.

Saudi-led coalition pounds Yemen rebels in three cities

Sanaa - Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition pounded Shiite rebels across three Yemeni cities on Friday, as Riyadh reported the death of a Saudi child from cross-border fire.

Syrian rebels 'seize hospital holding 150 soldiers'

Damascus - Islamist rebels on Friday overran a hospital in northwest Syria where at least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, a monitor said.

Gaza facing 'dangerous fiscal crisis': World Bank

Jerusalem - The Gaza Strip has the world's highest unemployment and Palestinians, Israelis and donors must take action to avoid a "dangerous fiscal crisis," the World Bank said Friday.

Colombia's FARC rebels suspend ceasefire over air strike

Estanzuela - Peace talks to end Colombia's five-decade conflict were plunged into fresh crisis Friday after FARC guerrillas suspended their unilateral ceasefire in response to a government air strike that killed 26 rebels.

Raids hit Yemen rebels, allies ahead of new talks bid

Sanaa - Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out fresh raids on rebel positions in southern Yemen Thursday as pro-government tribesmen advanced on Shiite Huthi strongholds in the north, tribal and army sources said.

Syria air raid 'kills 40 rebels in Aleppo'

Birut - At least 40 rebels were killed as a regime air strike on their base in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo triggered a huge explosion Thursday, a monitoring group said.

Destruction of Palmyra would be 'enormous loss to humanity:' UNESCO chief

Paris - The destruction of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra would be an "enormous loss to humanity", the head of the organisation warned on Thursday after Islamic State fighters seized the ancient Syrian city.

On Syria-Lebanon border, Hezbollah in 'hardest' battle

On a windy hilltop overlooking the mountainous Syrian border, a fighter from Lebanon's Hezbollah says the battle against militants in the area is among the toughest the group has ever faced.

Syria's Palmyra in peril as IS seizes ancient city

Damascus - Islamic State group jihadists seized Syria's Palmyra on Thursday, as UNESCO warned that the destruction of the ancient city would be "an enormous loss to humanity".

Ten nabbed in Canada's fight against radicalized youth

Montr - With a combination of new anti-terror measures and appeals to parents, Canada is striving to keep its youths from joining Islamist extremist groups and leaving to fight in Syria.Last weekend, the drive seemed to pay off.

EU parliament in surprise vote for 'conflict minerals' ban

Strasbourg - European legislators on Wednesday unexpectedly voted in favour of a law requiring firms to ensure they do not use so-called conflict minerals from Africa and other areas that end up funding warlords.
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Internally displaced people in North Kivu.
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Displaced children in Habban area in the south.
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