The Golan Heights, in south-western Syria, was seized by Israel following "Six-Day Wars" in 1967. Israel announced in 1981 that it annexed the Golan Heights and the region came under Israeli military control.
Although the United Nations (UN) did not recognize Israel's move and called on Israel to give back the lands it took from Syria, the Golan Heights have been a disputed region between Syria and Israel.
The Russian administration had said Russia was ready to deploy its troops to the Golan Heights to replace Austrian troops. Austria had said it would withdraw its troops from the region following violent clashes between the Syrian army and the Syrian opposition.
Syria has been in a civil war since March 2011. More than 80,000 people have been killed and 1.5 million Syrians have fled the worn-torn country, according to the UN.
The United States imposed sanctions on a prominent lawmaker and businessman in Myanmar for undermining economic and political reforms in the country
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Germany was ready to help train Iraqi Kurdish as well as Sunni forces in Iraq to fight ISIL insurgents
The sixth country in West Africa, including Mali, hit by the worst Ebola outbreak on record, according to the WHO
The proposed 'integration' treaty between Russia and the breakaway Republic of Abkhazia violates international law, say co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
A man who killed three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers was sentenced on Friday to five life sentences in prison, with no possibility of parole for 75 years
There has been no claim of responsibility and it remains unclear whether criminal or political motives were behind the attack.
Nearly all analysts have cast serious doubts on the alleged cease-fire between the government and Boko Haram, and raised posers for the government to answer
A co-founder of the Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay was sentenced on Friday to three and a half years in prison
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said "the team recovered human remains from the so-called burn site" where the plane hit the ground, but provided no additional details.
China and Russia have thwarted an international attempt to create the world's largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctica
Even with five warships on permanent patrol in the waters between Sicily and North Africa -- backed up by helicopter, plane and drone surveillance -- about 3,300 migrants have died attempting the crossing this year
New Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, Yemen's ambassador to the United Nations, flew home this month to take up the post as part of the agreement aimed at stabilizing the country
Pavel Petrinko was seized along with at least one Afghan citizen and eight Turkish engineers working for a construction company after the helicopter made an emergency landing
Canada, which has not reported any cases of Ebola, is following in the footsteps of Australia, which on Tuesday became the first rich nation to issue such a ban
U.S.-led air strikes hit ISIL positions around Kobani earlier in the day in an apparent effort to pave the way for the heavily-armed Kurdish contingent to enter