Syria's divided city of Aleppo has suffered a new wave of government air strikes on rebel-held areas

Kerry hoping for progress on Syria at talks

01 May US Secretary of State John Kerry said he hoped to make progress in talks in Geneva over the next two days toward renewing a ceasefire agreement throughout Syria and resuming peace talks to end the fighting.

Iraqis look at the damage following a twin suicide bombing attack in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah

IS car bombs kill at least 33 in Iraq

01 May The Islamic State group carried out rare attacks in Iraq's deep Shi'ite south, killing at least 33 people with twin suicide car bomb blasts in the city of Samawah.

Syrians at the site of airstrikes in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bustan Al Qasr in Aleppo

200 die in seven days of fighting in Aleppo

29 Apr Air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo killed 200 civilians including 18 children during the past seven days of intensified violence in the northern Syrian city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said.

John Ridsdel was abducted in September 2015

Canadian hostage executed in Philippines

25 Apr Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was outraged by the death of Canadian hostage John Ridsdel in the Philippines, calling it an act of "cold-blooded murder."

The test-firing comes ahead of a much-hyped ruling party congress in North Korea in May

N Korea tests submarine-launched missile - South

23 Apr North Korea has tested what appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean defence ministry said, with the US and UK strongly condemning the test.