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Islamic State closes in on Syrian city of Aleppo; U.S. abandons rebel training effort

BEIRUT/ANKARA - Islamic State fighters have seized villages close to the northern city of Aleppo from rival insurgents, a monitoring group said on Friday, despite an intensifying Russian air-and-sea campaign that Moscow says has targeted the militant group. | Video

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Six killed in Gaza as Israeli-Palestinian violence widens

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli troops shot dead six Palestinians in protests in Gaza and a knife-wielding Jewish man wounded four Arabs in southern Israel on Friday in a wave of violence that has fueled talk of a new uprising against Israel. | Video

Israel 3:47pm EDT

U.N. diplomat charged by U.S. for bribe scheme gets $2 million bail

NEW YORK - A deputy United Nations ambassador from the Dominican Republic facing U.S. charges over a bribery scheme had his bail set at $2 million on Friday, despite a prosecutor's warnings that he poses a flight risk.

United Nations 5:02pm EDT

Protester killed in unrest in Iraq's Kurdistan region

ERBIL, Iraq - Protesters torched an office of the main political party in Iraq's Kurdish north on Friday after at least one demonstrator was killed in the worst unrest the region has seen for several years.

Iraq 5:04pm EDT

Pre-election clash in Guinea capital kills two, wounds 33

CONAKRY - Two people were killed and at least 33 were wounded in Guinea on Friday in clashes between supporters of President Alpha Conde and his main rival before Sunday's election, witnesses and a senior police source said. | Video

Africa, United Nations 7:28pm EDT

Gunmen kill three Burkina Faso gendarmes near Mali border

OUAGADOUGOU - Around 50 unidentified gunmen attacked a Burkina Faso gendarmerie brigade near the country's western border with Mali on Friday, killing three in an attack the government blamed on the leaders of a failed coup last month.

Africa, Mali 6:56pm EDT

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