Nato has handed over security for the whole of Afghanistan for the first time since the Taliban were ousted in 2001. via BBC News – Afghans take nationwide security lead from Nato#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa.
A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Shi’ite mosque in the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing at least seven worshippers, police said. via Suicide bomber kills seven in Shi’ite mosque in Baghdad | Reuters.
Afghanistan will send a team to Qatar for peace talks with the Taliban, President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday, as the U.S.-led NATO coalition launched the final phase of the 12-year war with the last round of security transfers to Afghan forces. via Afghanistan to kick off Taliban peace talks in Qatar | Reuters.
Russia, a veto-wielding member of the U.N. Security Council, will not permit no-fly zones to be imposed over Syria, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Monday. via Russia says it will not allow Syria no-fly zones | Reuters.
North Korea on Sunday offered high-level talks with the United States to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula, but the White House said that any talks must involve Pyongyang taking action to show it is moving toward scrapping its nuclear weapons via North Korea wants to hold high-level talks with U.S. | Reuters.
At least 16 people have been killed during clashes between rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army and villagers in Central African Republic, a military source said late on Saturday. via LRA raid leaves least 16 dead in Central Africa: army | GulfNews.com.
Attacks across Iraq targeting mainly Shi’ite Muslims killed at least 30 people on Sunday, police and medics said, intensifying fears of a descent into all-out sectarian war. via Car bombs, shootings kill 30 across Iraq | Reuters.
Riot police from the Turkish provinces have been flown into protest-torn Istanbul as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepares to rally supporters. via BBC News – Riot police pour into Istanbul before Erdogan rally.
North Korea on Sunday offered high-level talks with the United States to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula, only days after it canceled planned official talks with South Korea for the first time in over two years. via North Korea wants to hold high-level talks with U.S. | Reuters.
Seventy-one officers, including six generals, have defected from the Syrian army to Turkey, a Turkish official said yesterday, the biggest single mass desertion of senior soldiers from President Bashar Al Assad’s security forces in months via 71 Syrian army officers defect to Turkey | GulfNews.com.