More than 70 people were killed in a series of car bombings and suicide attacks targeting Shia Muslims across Iraq today.
Syrian government troops have pushed into the rebel-held town of Qusair near the Lebanese border.
More than 1.5 million people have fled Syria as conditions there deteriorate rapidly, according to the United Nations refugee agency.
The 39th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings will be marked at a ceremony in Talbot Street in Dublin.
Bombs struck Sunni areas in Baghdad and surrounding areas Friday, killing at least 76 people in the deadliest day in Iraq in more than eight months.
At least 25 people have been killed in bomb attacks in Iraq, including blasts in markets in Baghdad and an attack by a suicide bomber in a mosque in the north.
Syrian rebels began a coordinated assault on the main prison in the northern city of Aleppo today in an attempt to free hundreds of regime opponents believed to be held in the facility.
A suicide bomber in a car attacked a convoy of foreign troops in Kabul today, killing at least 15 people including six Americans, Afghan and foreign officials said.
Nigeria began a military campaign today to force Islamist militants out of bases in its border areas after President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the country's north east.
Human Rights Watch has condemned a video apparently showing a Syrian rebel commander cutting the heart out of a soldier and biting into it.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government are the "usual suspects" behind car bombs in Turkey that killed 40 people and wounded 100 more, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc has said.
The US still believes that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would not be part of a transitional government in the country, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.
Legislation providing for the granting of an amnesty and apology to Defence Forces members who fought with Allied forces during World War II passed all stages in the Dáil and Seanad today.
Suspected members of Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram raided the northeastern town of Bama tonight, leaving 55 people dead, the military said.
Israel has rushed to beef up its rocket defences on its northern border to shield against possible retaliation after carrying out two airstrikes in Syria in the past 48 hours.
Israel's air strikes on Syria could add pressure to the Obama administration to intervene in Syria, a key Republican politician has said.
Hundreds of Sunni Muslim families fled the Syrian coastal town of Banias after fighters loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed at least 62 people overnight and left bloodied and burned corpses piled in the streets.
Seven US soldiers have been killed in two separate attacks in Afghanistan capping off one of the bloodiest weeks for international forces this year.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and ambassadors from the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China have discussed "possible diplomatic moves to end" the Syria conflict.
Saif al-Islam, a son of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, appeared in court this morning in the town of Zintan, where a militia group has held him since his capture in November 2011.