37 Syrian Civilians Killed in Gov't Airstrikes
A group monitoring the confilct in Syria says goverment airstrikes have killed at least 37 civilians in an area controlled by Islamic State fighters.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says seven children and two women were among those killed in the attack on Al-Bab and the nearby town of Qabaseen.
The British-based group had previously put the death toll from the Thursday airstrikes at 21.
The area, northeast of Aleppo, is controlled by Islamic State extremists and has been the target of repeated government bombings.
A U.S.-led campaign of airstrikes is also attempting to drive the rebels out of their strongholds in northeast Syria and northern Iraq.
Earlier this week, Islamic State militants captured a Jordanian pilot whose coalition fighter jet went down near the Syrian town of Raqqa.
The U.S. and Jordanian militaries have acknowledged the plane crashed, but dispute militant claims that brought it down.
Ukraine Peace Talks Break Down
Ukrainian officials and pro-Russian rebels will not be meeting in Belarus' capital Minsk for a round of peace talks scheduled for Friday.
Belarussian officials on Friday announced the breakdown of the negotiations but did not give a reason. It is not clear if the talks will resume at a later date.
Talks between Ukrainian government negotiators and their pro-Russian separatist counterparts have failed to produce any breakthrough to end the eight-month conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Separatist leaders were quoted as saying Thursday that the only tangible result of the talks in Belarus this week was an agreement on the terms of a prisoner exchange of about 400 fighters.
Peace efforts have also involved Russian officials and mediators from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.