Iraqi security forces and several thousand Shi’ite militia members came together Tuesday outside the Iraqi city of Ramadi.
A coalition led by the United States has increased airstrikes targeting Islamic state militants in the city of Ramadi.
Officials say 38 civilians and more than 30 police were injured during a protest in China’s Sichuan province.
The United Nations Security Council has condemned fighting in two northern states in South Sudan.
United States officials say the Defense Department is considering sending military ships and aircraft to test Chinese claims in the South China Sea.
Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday to his family’s hometown of Xi’an.
The Taliban said it carried out a deadly attack on a hotel in Kabul Wednesday night.
Another stranded boat holding hundreds of migrants has been seen off the coast of Thailand.
South Korean intelligence officials said Wednesday that North Korea executed its Armed Forces Minister, Hyon Yong Chol, late last month.
Thousands of Bangladeshis and ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar remain stranded on boats off the coasts of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.