The Syrian army and members of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group launched a major ground offensive on Friday aimed at ending the yearslong presence of hundreds of militants in a border area between the two countries.
Venezuelan diplomat Isaias Medina said he resigned because of the systematic persecution of civilians, "state terrorism" and violations of the constitution by President Nicolas Maduro's government — and he said Maduro should resign too.
Fighting between two of Syria's strongest military groups spread into the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, with al-Qaida-linked fighters trying to capture a main border crossing with Turkey. Friday's fighting between the ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham and al-Qaida-linked Hay'at Tahrir al Sham - Arabic for Levant Liberation Committee - that is also known as HTS, focused on the Bab al-Hawa crossing.
In royal decrees, Saudi Arabia's king has stripped the Interior Ministry of many of its key mandates, including counter-terrorism, following the ouster of the crown prince who was also the ministry's chief.