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Ghani named Afghan president-elect after deal to end election dispute

KABUL - Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named Afghanistan's president-elect on Sunday after he signed a deal to share power with his opponent, ending months of turmoil over a disputed election that destabilised the country as most foreign troops prepare to leave. | Video

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Islamic State closes in on Syrian town, refugees flood into Turkey

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - Islamic State militants tightened their noose on a northern Syrian border town on Sunday as the United Nations said the number of Syrian Kurds fleeing into neighbouring Turkey may have topped 100,000 and was likely to go much higher. | Video

U.S. military struggles to preserve options in Islamic State fight

WASHINGTON - As America re-engages with Iraq and deepens its involvement in the region’s web of sectarian conflicts, the Pentagon has made a practical assessment of the brutal job of stabilizing Baghdad: in the future, U.S. forces may be needed on the front lines. | Video

Iraq, 6:47pm EDT

Blasts in China's Xinjiang kill two; govt censures officials

SHANGHAI - Two people were killed and several more injured in at least three explosions in China's troubled far western region of Xinjiang on Sunday, state media reported, but gave few details.

China 10:07pm EDT

Yemeni parties and Houthi rebels sign deal to end fighting, form new government

SANAA - Yemen's Shi'ite Muslim rebels on Sunday signed an agreement with other political parties to form a more inclusive government and end days of fighting on the streets of the capital.

Yemen 3:11pm EDT

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