The Minsk II agreements were described by French President Francois Hollande as the “last chance” to avoid total war in Europe. The leaders of Europe, had hoped that with enough diplomatic effort they could find a mutually agreeable solution to the conflict, and hopefully ‘freeze’ it in place. After more than 16 hours of negotiation, Putin, Poroshenko, Merkel and Hollande emerged from the negotiating room in the Belarussian capital, Minsk, and announced their new agreement. This involved a ceasefire in three days time (00:00 on the 15th of February) and then a gradual withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line. Crucially, it did not include in details on what was to become of the Ukrainian troops trapped around the city of Debaltseve.
Syria's jihadists react to a controversial statement made by an official of HTS.
An ISIS-linked Islamist group has reportedly overrun significant sections of the city of Marawi, located on the southern island of Mindanao in The Philippines.
The Raqqa operation, named Wrath of Euphrates, is entering its final stages as Syrian Democratic Forces are clearing areas north and east of the city of Raqqa from Islamic State presence.
Jenan Moussa, a journalist with UAE based al-Aan TV, released a video on her Twitter claiming to have sent three people undercover into Idlib province, where they filmed daily life with their cellphones.
The official account for the International Coalition for Operation Inherent Resolve has confirmed that coalition warplanes struck pro-government forces near al-Tanf area near the Syria-Iraq border "posing a threat to US partner forces".
Overnight the US Navy launched a Tomahawk cruise missile attack on a Syrian Air Force base in response to the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun earlier this week.
Recent provocations by Russia and its militant proxies in Avdiivka's Industrial Zone fit with a continuing pattern of violence in SE Ukraine.
Islamic State is busy setting up a new affiliate in the Philippines, and government policies are allowing the threat they pose to worsen.
The battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo is in its final stages as government troops and allied militias dislodge the rebels from the final neighbourhoods
Islamic State (ISIS) fighters have this evening recaptured the city of Palmyra in central Syria.