The so-called "Islamic State" released a video showing a masked militant with a London accent apparently beheading an American journalist.
Kazakh political analyst Yerlan Karin called the video purporting to show Kazakhstani citizens fighting in Syria an information manipulation.
At least 16 Kazakhstanis are know to have joined the extremist militants of the Islamic State of Iraq.
Filipino members of a UN peacekeeping force besieged by Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights are ready to use "deadly force" to defend themselves.
Angelina Jolie called for a new bid to bring peace to Syria which she said was destabilising the whole region and bringing misery to millions.
Dozens of heavily armed Philippine peacekeepers defied Syrian rebels in a Golan Heights standoff.
The mother of a US hostage who has been threatened with death by jihadist leaded for his life amid mounting fears for Americans captured in Syria.
Japan's government said it was investigating a video that appears to show a kidnapped Japanese man being interrogated by Syrian militants.
The UN Security Council backed a Russian initiative to bar trade in oil with Islamists in Iraq and Syria.
The Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan will begin on Monday in Saudi Arabia and neighbouring states.
Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura will be the new UN mediator for Syria, taking on the Herculean task of finding a political solution to the devastating civil war, diplomats say.
The Syrian National Coalition, the main exiled opposition group seeking the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad, elected Saudi-based Syrian opposition figure Hadi el-Bahra as its new president.
A group of 46 Indian nurses trapped in Iraq are to be freed, one of them told AFP Friday, in a rare piece of positive news in a crisis threatening "Syria-like chaos".
The White House has asked lawmakers for $500 million to train and equip vetted Syrian rebels, in what would be a significant escalation of US involvement in a conflict that has spilled into Iraq.
The last of Syria's declared chemical agents have been shipped from the war-torn country after months of delays and are en route for destruction at sea, the world's chemical watchdog said.
The number of people driven from their homes by conflict and crisis has topped 50 million for the first time since World War II, with Syria hardest hit, the UN refugee agency said.
A Danish freelance photographer has been freed after being held hostage in Syria for 13 months, the Danish government said.
The Italian navy on Friday said it had rescued around 2,500 asylum-seekers from 17 boats in the past 24 hours as good weather conditions in the Mediterranean further boost the influx of asylum-seekers trying to reach Europe.
Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected Syria's president with 88.7 percent of the vote after a poll labelled a farce by rebels fighting to overthrow him, whose outcome was never in doubt.
Activists began reading the names of 100,000 people killed in Syria outside UN headquarters on Monday, in a modest launch of what they hope will be a global protest.
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