Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad controls 58 percent of Syria, according to a monitor. The war has killed half a million people and seen the deadliest use of chemical weapons since the 1980s.
Police also ordered a curfew across much of central Sri Lanka for a third straight day, trying to calm the situation.
The prime surviving suspect in the 2015 Daesh attacks on Paris says he will answer no questions as his trial in Belgium over a shooting that preceded his arrest got under way.
International Federation of Journalists says at least 81 reporters were killed doing their jobs this year, while violence and harassment against media staff has skyrocketed.
Over the last decade violence has surged across Mexico after the former president Felipe Calderon's declared war against the country's powerful drug cartels in late 2006.
Human Rights Watch says "widespread sexual violence against women and girls, and sexual attacks on men" were committed by men in uniform during the Kenyan election.
Daesh claim responsibility for the truck attack that killed eight people in the deadliest assault on New York City since 9/11. The militant group described the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, as "one of the caliphate soldiers."
A manhunt has been launched for 37-year-old black Radee Labeeb Prince, who police believe was associated with the granite business in the town of Edgewood where the shooting took place.
A car bomb exploded near a busy Baghdad marketplace, killing at least 11 people and wounding another 26. Iraqi security forces were among the victims, medics say.
The assailant was shot dead after attacking two soldiers with a knife in the centre of Brussels.
Kenyans begin voting in general elections, with the closely contested and contentious race between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his longtime rival Raila Odinga sparking fears of violence.
Kenyans go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a president and parliament. But unrest has broken out in some parts of the country causing citizens to fear a resurgence in politically motivated ethnic violence that also marred earlier elections.
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