Iraqi security forces are battling to root out Islamic State militants still hunkered down in the western city of Ramadi.
A powerful earthquake has struck northern Afghanistan near the border with Tajikistan and Pakistan, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The leader of one of Syria's most powerful rebel groups, Jaysh al-Islam, has been killed in an air strike east of Damascus, according to the Syrian Army and opposition activists.
Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has signed into law a bill that gives him the title "Leader of the Nation" and grants him lifelong immunity from prosecution.
The Afghan Defense Ministry says at least 43 people were killed after a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck in northern Afghanistan.
Turkish Internet servers have been hit by a powerful cyberattack, which has disrupted banks and public institutions.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says that Russia and Qatar have agreed to encourage the Syrian opposition to sit down for talks with the Damascus government.
Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite cleric has called for the release of a group of Qatari hunters kidnapped in the south of the country last week.
Pope Francis has called for solidarity with migrants, praising those who shelter them, during his traditional Christmas Day message.
A tanker truck ignited an inferno at an industrial gas plant in Nigeria, killing more than 100 people who had lined up to refill their cooking gas cylinders December 24.
In a move seen by seen by analysts as a sign of thawing relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbors, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a surprise trip to Pakistan.
Ukraine's parliament has approved a budget for 2016, fulfilling a key demand of the International Monetary Fund that enables it to keep providing Kyiv with loans.