The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says the Israeli regime has assassinated one of its senior members in the besieged Gaza Strip.
The UN has called on Iran, Russia and Turkey to convene a fresh round of peace talks between Damascus and opposition groups in Astana, Kazakhstan, to bring the situation on the ground under control amid increasing militant attempts to break into the heart of the Syrian capital in defiance of a countrywide truce.
President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn discussed with senior Turkish officials the possibility of removing Turkey's exiled opposition figure Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Ankara of masterminding a coup attempt last year, according to a report.
Azerbaijani people in traditional costumes take part in a parade as part of the Nowruz celebrations in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Spring snow whitened Karaj in Alborz province, on Friday morning.
UNESCO's World Heritage Site Persepolis hosts guests from across Iran and the world during the Nowruz holidays.
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The predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued to advance against the ISIL to liberate Raqqa city and managed to take control of three villages.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is to set off for Moscow at the official invitation of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.