1. Civilian Toll in Afghan War Rose in 2014, U.N. Reports
    KABUL, Afghanistan — Last year was the deadliest for civilians caught up in Afghanistan’s war since the United Nations began keeping records in 2009, the world body said Wednesday — a harbinger of the new dynamic of the conflict, in which insurgents and Afghan forces increasingly engage in face-to-face battles.
  2. In Nigeria, Boko Haram Loses Ground to Chadians
    DAKAR, Senegal — Chad’s army has made its deepest push yet into Nigeria in a three-front regional war against Boko Haram, entering a town 50 miles from a beleaguered Nigerian state capital that has been surrounded for months by the militant group, Nigerian security officials said Wednesday.
  3. Iran urged to halt execution of Kurd arrested as a minor
    UN experts have jointed human rights activists in calling on Tehran to halt the planned execution an Iranian-Kurdish man who was 17 when arrested.
  4. Peshmerga ‘repel major IS attack in northern Iraq’
    Peshmerga fighters have repelled a major attack by Islamic State south-west of Irbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, officials say.
  5. Syria ‘agrees to stop Aleppo strikes for six weeks’
    The Syrian government is prepared to suspend its aerial attacks on Aleppo for six weeks for a trial ceasefire, UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura says.
  6. UMass Bars Iranian Students from Science Programs
    The University of Massachusetts is coming in for criticism for its decision earlier this month to stop admitting Iranian nationals to certain science and engineering programs, in what the university described as it merely complying with U.S. law.
  7. Tunisian police killed in suspected militant attack
    Four Tunisian policemen have been killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants near the Algerian border.
  8. Pakistani Taliban Kill 3 in Suicide Attack at Shiite Mosque
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — At least three people were killed and two wounded on Wednesday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside a Shiite mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad, officials said. A faction of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.
  9. ‘You Are Invited’: Isolated Iran Seeks Foreign Tourists
    Two events last week suggested the conflicting currents in Iran. The country marked the anniversary of its revolution last Wednesday with the usual slogan, “Death to America.”