Heavily armed Taliban fighters attacked the strategic central Afghan city of Ghazni on Friday, burning police checkpoints and seizing control of parts of the centre before being driven back by US-backed forces, officials said.
A family of three was killed late on Saturday in a wave of regime shelling on a southern district of Syria's capital held by the Islamic State group, a monitor said.
At least six schoolchildren were among 11 people killed in Syrian regime shelling on Tuesday in Eastern Ghouta, a war monitor said, despite a ceasefire in the hunger-hit rebel enclave.
Shelling of residential districts in Yemen's third largest city of Taez has killed three children and severely wounded nine others, the UN children's agency UNICEF and witnesses said Saturday.
The heaviest fighting and shelling for months hit Hama province in northern Syria on Friday, a war monitor said, but there were diverging accounts of how the battle started.
Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah group said on Friday its fighters had begun an operation against militants on both sides of the country's border with Syria.