Assad: Astana talks will focus on ceasefire

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said peace talks in the Kazakh capital next week will focus on enforcing a cessation of hostilities to allow aid access across the country

Up to 30 dead in avalanche-hit Italian hotel

Up to 30 people are feared to be dead after an Italian mountain hotel was engulfed by a powerful avalanche in the earthquake-ravaged centre of the country

African troops on standby as Jammeh stands firm

Senegalese troops backed by other African forces are poised to enter The Gambia as President Yahya Jammeh has refused to leave office

Iraq announces 'liberation' of east Mosul

Iraqi forces have retaken control of east Mosul from the Islamic State group, commanders said on Wednesday, three months after a huge offensive against the jihadist bastion was launched