Head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic says 3,000 more peacekeepers needed to raise the ceiling to 14,650 in order to combat new threats.
The stalled release of prisoners has delayed talks between Afghanistan's government and the militant group but negotiations are expected to begin once the inmate impasse is overcome.
Meanwhile, the US has said its deal with the Taliban is in the "next phase" as it urged the militants to reduce rising bloodshed.
Over 3,000 people have been arrested in more than a week of protests following the killing of popular singer and activist Hachalu Hundessa, a hero to many Oromo who saw him as the voice of their marginalisation.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Russian and regime strikes hit two hospitals in two different towns in northeastern Syria and they were both closed due to the heavy damage.
The attackers used two motorcycles laced with remote-controlled explosives as they targetted civilians in the district centre of Jarabulus, Turkey's defence ministry said.
Britain-based monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strike hit the village of Jabala in the south of the Idlib region and that the victims were all from a single family.
Several others were wounded during clashes in Yemen's second city Aden as violence flares between pro-government fighters and those seeking an independent south.
Air strikes carried out by the Syrian regime and Russia targeted multiple towns in Idlib and Hama provinces.
Some 445,000 of the Hudaida residents have fled since June, a figure that underscores the dire situation in and around the city that serves as the main entry point for food and aid, the UNHCR said.
Rebels attacked Congolese army positions and several neighborhoods of Beni which is at the center of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak.
At least 14 people were also wounded as Indian troops fired live ammunition, shotguns and teargas on protesters in the Indian-administered Kashmir.
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