A Syrian journalist and activist who recently produced a documentary hostile to Islamic State (IS) militants was shot dead in Turkey on December 27.
Ukraine's military has said that one of its soldiers and an elderly woman were killed in fighting between government forces and Russian-backed separatists despite a holiday truce.
The Taliban has denied that it held talks with Russian officials about efforts to combat Islamic State (IS) militants in Afghanistan as a British newspaper reported that President Vladimir Putin had met the group's leader earlier this year.
China's parliament has passed a new anti-terrorism law that requires technology firms to hand over sensitive information to the government and allows the Chinese military to venture overseas on counter-terror operations.
Pakistan's army chief has held talks in Kabul with top Afghan officials as part of new efforts to revive talks between the Afghan government and the extremist Taliban militia group.
The leader of the Islamic State militants seems to claim in a new audio recording that his self-styled "caliphate" is thriving despite the international campaign against it.
The United Nations says it wants to bring together Syria's warring parties on January 25 to begin talks to end nearly five years of civil war.
Czech President Milos Zeman says the wave of refugees that has come to Europe this year is "an organized invasion" and that young Syrians and Iraqis should be fighting against the Islamic State (IS) group.
Syrian Arab, Kurdish, and Christian fighters appeared to have seized a strategic dam in northern Syria, as the air-strike death of another rebel commander near Damascus injected new uncertainty into peace talks set for next month.
Iraqi security forces have moved to within a few hundred meters of the government complex in Ramadi, as they try for a decisive victory to retake the devastated city from Islamic State militants.
A Bosnian anti-terrorism prosecutor says the arrests of 11 suspected Islamist extremists last week has prevented an attack that could have killed around 100 people in Sarajevo.
Serbian police have arrested 79 people, including a former minister, on corruption charges.