Beirut (AFP) - Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its allies seized on Saturday the city of Idlib, the second provincial capital lost by the government, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Rome (AFP) - Who killed Meredith Kercher? While Amanda Knox and her ex-lover celebrate their shock acquittal, the grisly case of the British student's murder is far from solved.
Moscow (AFP) - Russia on Saturday announced initial plans to build a new orbital space station together with NASA to replace the International Space Station (ISS), which is set to operate until 2024.
Lausanne (AFP) - Tortuous negotiations aimed at laying to rest fears that Iran will acquire nuclear weapons shifted into top gear Saturday with each side demanding the other give ground ahead of a looming deadline.
Colombo (AFP) - The youngest brother of Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena died in hospital Saturday after being attacked by an axe wielding acquaintance two days earlier, police said.
Tokyo (AFP) - Japanese whaling ships returned home from the Antarctic on Saturday for the first time in nearly 30 years with no catch onboard, after a UN court ordered an end to their annual hunt, local media reported.
Sanaa (AFP) - Arab warplanes pounded Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen for a third night while President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi held summit talks in Egypt Saturday with regional allies seeking to prevent his overthrow.
Hong Kong (AFP) - Hundreds gathered next to the Hong Kong government headquarters on Saturday to mark the half-year anniversary of mass democracy protests and vowed to press their fight for fully free elections for the city's next leader.
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Malaysian police arrested three leading opposition politicians in a bid to thwart a protest march on Saturday demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, his party said.
Somalia's ambassador to Switzerland is among the 14 people killed in a gun and bomb attack on a hotel in Mogadishu.
Dozens of people have been killed during extreme storms in Ecuador and Chile.