U.S.-backed forces say they took “full control” of the city of Raqqa, long the extremist group Islamic State’s main stronghold in Syria, following heavy fighting against a few dozen militants remaining in the city.
Afghan officials say two separate suicide and gun attacks on government forces have left at least 35 people dead.
Afghan officials say suicide bombers and gunmen have launched an attack on a police training center in southeastern Afghanistan, killing at least 16 people and wounding dozens of others.
Negotiators from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States met in Oman on October 16 to try to find ways of reviving peace talks with the Afghan Taliban.
Missile strikes by a suspected U.S. drone hit a militant compound in the Kurram tribal region close to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border late on October 16, killing 20 extremists, intelligence officials said.
Pakistan has deported the Turkish former director of the PakTurk chain of private schools along with his family, his former colleagues and a lawyer have said.