Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian autocrat toppled during the 2011 Arab Spring, was freed yesterday from the military hospital where he spent much of the past six years in detention.
Syria's regime said on Friday that the latest UN-backed peace talks must start with a focus on terrorism after attacks around Damascus, a call likely to be rejected by the opposition.
Five children were among 11 Syrians killed after their plastic boat sank off Turkey's Aegean coast on Friday, the first such reported incident in months on an illegal migrant route meant to have been all but shut down.
Iraqi forces are to deploy new tactics in a fresh push against Islamic State in Mosul, military officials said on Friday, after advances slowed recently in the campaign to drive the militants out of their last stronghold in the country.
Turkey is negotiating with international aviation authorities on easing the conditions of a ban barring passengers from carrying large carry-on electronics on US and Britain-bound flights, Turkish Transportation Minister Ahmet Arslan said on Friday.