Key rebel group Ahrar al-Sham said on Wednesday it will not take part in peace talks in the Kazakh capital next week aimed at ending Syria's nearly six-year-old war.
Blog: A few of The Donald's thoughts on the six-year civil war and world's most significant humanitarian disaster...
Staff General Talib al-Sheghati says the left bank of the Tigris River that divides the city has been 'liberated' and that 'normal life' will return to the saved areas soon.
Comment: The honeymoon is over for the Egyptian president, and his support may ebb away in the wake of the islands debacle, writes Robert Springborg.
Investigation: Obama may have won the Nobel peace prize, but escalated the drone warfare programme to unprecedented levels, reports Jessica Purkis and Jack Searle.
Analysis: Two years of squabbling over plunging prices almost disbanded the oil cartel, but after several non-OPEC countries got on board to limit production, OPEC's back in the game.
Society: The annual international film festival is only 100 miles from Western cinema's iconic home, but offers delights from around the globe, writes Hadani Ditmars.
The massive Iraqi military operation to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group has made more than 148,000 people homeless.
Analysis: Control of towns in Iraq and Syria is likely to be handed over from armed Kurdish groups to local affiliated franchises in exchange for their withdrawal, writes Paul Iddon.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said he was positive about the way the incoming US administration wanted to restore US influence in the world, contain Iran, and fight IS.