In synchronized attacks, insurgents storm into heavily guarded security offices in Syria's central Homs city, clash with troops and then blow themselves up, killing a senior officer and at least 31 others, state media and officials report.
The use of the highly toxic VX warfare agent to kill the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader has raised questions about Pyongyang's real motives behind one of the world's strangest killings.
A deadly terrorist attack in central Syria has threatened to thwart efforts to wrest a political solution at peace talks in Geneva, with the U.N. mediator decrying "spoilers" who try to derail the efforts to end the country's disastrous six-year war.
The United Nations envoy for Syria is meeting with Syrian opposition representatives separately in Geneva reflecting the struggle of opposition groups to form a united front in peace talks with the Damascus government.
Officials say they are inching closer to meeting demands set by Russia on airport security to resume flights to Egypt, suspended after Islamic militants downed a Russian airliner 15 months ago over the Sinai Peninsula.