Syrian activists say Islamic State (IS) militants have killed 116 people while the extremist group was in control of the central Syrian town of Al-Qaryatayn.
"IS has over a period of 20 days executed at least 116 civilians in reprisal killings, accusing them of collaboration with regime forces," Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said on October 23.
Syrian government forces recaptured Al-Qaryatayn in Homs Province on October 20, three weeks after the IS group seized control of it.
Negotiators from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States met in Oman on October 16 to try to find ways of reviving peace talks with the Afghan Taliban.
It was not clear whether any Taliban militants had joined the talks, which have so far failed to restart a peace process that collapsed in 2015.
Taliban sources have said they would stay away from the discussions in Muscat, casting doubt on prospects for reviving the long-stalled negotiations.
Afghan officials say two separate suicide and gun attacks on government forces have left at least 71 people dead.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the October 17 assault on a police compound in the southeastern city of Gardez, capital of Paktia Province bordering Pakistan, in which at least 41 people were killed, including the provincial police chief, and more than 150 others wounded.
Thirty people, including police officers and civilians, were also reported killed and 10 others wounded in an attack blamed on the Taliban in the neighboring province of Ghazni.
Gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying minority Shi'ite Muslims in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta on October 9, killing four of them and a passer-by, police say.
Two other passers-by were also wounded in the attack in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, according to local police chief, Hidayat Ullah.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Sunni extremists regularly target Shi'ites and have staged previous such attacks in Balochistan and elsewhere in Pakistan.
Pakistani officials say a suicide bombing at a Shi'ite shrine in the country's southwest has killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens.
The attack took place on October 5 in the Jhal Magsi district, which is located about 300 kilometers east of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province.
Scores of people had gathered at the Dargah Fatehpur shrine when the explosion hit.
Anwarul Haq Kakar, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said the dead and wounded were being taken to nearby hospitals.