Clashes between the Syrian rebels and regime forces are reported just days ahead of a planned four-way summit of leaders from Turkey, Russia, France and Germany on Syria in Istanbul on Saturday.
At least 35 people were wounded after government forces fired shotgun pellets and tear gas at anti-India demonstrators who were staging protests against the security personnel.
Rebels attacked Congolese army positions and several neighborhoods of Beni which is at the center of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak.
The Syrian regime warned people in the rebel-held Idlib province the war was nearing its end in leaflets dropped over the northwestern region.
At least seven rebels and an Indian army soldier were killed in separate gun battles, sparking anti-India protests in India-administered Kashmir even as Indian army targeted a rebel's funeral, killing a civilian and wounding two others.
Colombia's historic peace agreement reached with the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016 ended more than five decades of bloody conflict and guarantees the one-time guerrillas 10 seats in Congress.
Five children and three women are among those killed on Quneitra's border with Daraa province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The war monitor says it's unclear whether the strikes were carried by the regime or its Russian ally.
"The (regime) army and its militias have besieged Daraa completely," says opposition spokesman Abu Shaima, adding thousands of people have been encircled in a new regime push.
After what rebels and opposition groups described as "failure" of talks with Russia, both sides are back to the table to quell the regime offensive in Syria's Daraa province.
An opposition spokesman says that they could not accept Moscow's demands that they surrender before the implementation of any peace deal.
The heads of state and government met in Ethiopia and agreed that Riek Machar should be free to leave his house arrest in South Africa. The negotiations to end South Sudan's five-year civil war are on-going as two men are set to meet again in Sudan.
The armed opposition said that the current model for the peace process is "unrealistic" and that "there is no shortcut to peace," following President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar's meeting in Ethiopia where no deal was reached.
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