The Afghan government has signed a peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami, the country's second largest militant group.
Representatives of the movement and Afghan officials signed the accord in a ceremony shown live on TV.
Islamic State militants may have fired a chemical rocket at American troops based in Iraq, the US military says. A rocket that landed within several hundred yards of US troops at Qayara air base near Mosul may have contained mustard agent, it said.
The UN has suspended all aid convoys in Syria after its lorries were attacked by warplanes near Aleppo on Monday. The convoy had received proper permits, and all warring parties - including Russia and the US - had been notified, a UN spokesman said. Eighteen of the 31 lorries, containing wheat, winter clothes and medical supplies, were destroyed. read more
Long-standing trade sanctions against Myanmar are to be lifted, US President Barack Obama has said. The news came as Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, arrived in Washington on her first official visit.
The U.S. has agreed to supply Israel with military aid for the next 10 years in a $38 billion deal. The pact will elevate U.S. aid to Israel from $3.1 billion a year currently to $3.8 billion, officials said, but the Israelis had to make concessions to secure the money. The agreement "constitutes the single largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in U.S. history," said the State Department. The pact reportedly includes a pledge that Israel will eventually only use the money to buy products from the U.S. defense industry, rather than its own.