AFP correspondents said, for elections to determine whether Israelis still want incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu as leader, or will seek change after six years.
US Secretary of State John Kerry's suggestion that Washington must negotiate with the Damascus regime was recognition of President Bashar al-Assad's "legitimacy."
At least 26 people including seven children were killed and more than 100 wounded in Syrian government air strikes near the capital Damascus.
The head of the United Nations' cultural agency demanded an emergency meeting of the world body's Security Council.
A worrying number of Australian women are heading to Iraq and Syria to become so-called Islamic State group "jihadi brides", Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.
Denouncing a business-as-usual approach to Syria, UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for urgent action to lift sieges on civilians and to end barrel bomb attacks.
The UN Security Council is set to adopt a resolution aimed at choking off millions of dollars in earnings from oil sales.
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said his Shiite militant group is not seeking confrontation with Israel.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country opposes the idea of a Kurdish-controlled autonomous government in northern Syria.
Tunisia has sent a request for joining the Customs Union.
Member of the International Association for the Study of Terrorism presents findings of рук study into the roots of extremism in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstani journalists have laid flowers near the French Consulate in Almaty to honor the victims of the terrorist attack at the French Charlie Hebdo newspaper.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his "concern" over a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State jihadist group after his plane went down in Syria.
Professor at the University of Sofia and an expert in the field of counter-terrorism Tatiana Dronzina says that one of the fighters in the video of mass execution of Iraqi soldiers is a Kazakhstani national. She believes the problem has acquired such proportions, it is important to conduct targeted information campaigns showing truthfully the crimes of the organization, thereby stripping it of any possible connections to heroism and martyrdom they use for promotion of their lifestyles.
President Bashar al-Assad met a top Russian envoy who said Moscow is hoping to relaunch peace talks for the war-torn country and could host a Syria-US meeting.
US Secretary of State John Kerry hosts the first high-level meeting of the 60-member coalition trying to crush the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and in Syria.
National Security Committee of Kazakhstan has announced that 300 Kazakhstan nationals joined the ranks of the Islamic State. Half of them are women.
A Pentagon official suggested that lower-level figures of the Islamic State group may have been hit.
President Barack Obama will ask lawmakers Friday for an additional $3.2 billion to pay for the war against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
Turkish President Recep accused the main Kurdish party in Syria of not wanting Kurdish peshmerga fighters from Iraq to help it fight Islamic State jihadists
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