A jihadist attack that left 42 dead in the north of Burkina Faso, the worst assault in the country for five years, plunged the nation into mourning over Christmas and sparked messages of solidarity from the United Nations and Pope Francis.
Gunmen killed four Burkina Faso soldiers and injured five others near the Malian border, a day after 10 civilians were killed.
Islamic State militants kill more than 200 people in a coordinated assault on a government-held area of southwestern Syria.
The Syrian army and its allies engaged in a fierce battle with Islamic State fighters.
Her name means “dreams” in Arabic and schoolteacher Ahlam is finally realising hers – returning to her beloved classroom after years of jihadist rule over her eastern Syrian hometown.
Mourners packed a church in a rural French town rocked by a deadly Islamist attack.
Political partisanship is like a sports fandom: testosterone levels rise and fall as politicians play to the gallery.
Syria’s war has killed at least 3,000 people including 955 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor says.