U.S. special forces are helping the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to end a siege of the southern town of Marawi by militants allied to Islamic State, a U.S. embassy spokesperson in Manila told Reuters on Saturday.

Angela Merkel has said she sees no obstacles in the way of beginning Brexit talks as scheduled after Theresa May failed to win a majority in Thursday's UK election.

Syrian troops and allied forces fighting ISIL have reached the Iraqi border for the first time since 2015, advancing close to a strategic area that has been at the center of tensions between Damascus and Washington.

By H.E. Xi Jinping

President of the People's Republic of China

In this lovely mid-summer month of June when all living things are flourishing, I will be traveling to Kazakhstan at the invitation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. This will be my third visit to your country. I will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) annual summit and the opening ceremony of Expo 2017 Astana. In this connection, I cannot but recall the fond memories of the magnificent Kazakh steppe, vibrant rivers, the phenomenal national development, and most of all, the warm-hearted and sincere Kazakh people. I very much look forward to returning to your beautiful land.

Qatar says ready for mediation to ease Gulf rift

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 03:15 Written by

Qatar's foreign minister said on Tuesday Doha was ready for mediation efforts after the Arab world's biggest powers severed ties with it, adding that Qatar's ruler had delayed a speech in order to give Kuwait a chance to ease regional tensions.

UK police reveal names of London attackers

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 03:15 Written by

British police and security services had previously investigated one of the Islamist militants who carried out Saturday's attack in London, but with resources scarce, he was not deemed enough of a threat to warrant close monitoring, police said on Monday.

The Iraqi army, leading a vigorous battle to liberate Mosul from ISIS, has been exposed torturing and abusing their captives suspected of having terrorists links, according to a photographer who has been embedded with an elite unit of the Iraqi interior ministry.

US warning over its UN Human Rights Council role

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 03:14 Written by

The US says it is considering what part it will play on the UN's human rights body, highlighting what it calls a "biased" stance on Israel.

UN ambassador Nikki Haley said the US was "looking carefully" at its role on the Human Rights Council.

At least seven people have been killed in the UK capital after a van ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge and attackers went on stabbing spree in the nearby Borough Market area before being shot dead by police. 

Fifty years into the occupation, Israel controls the Gaza Strip and the West Bank through repression, institutionalized discrimination, and systematic abuses, US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said.