Israel says it has intercepted a ship in the Red Sea carrying Syrian-made "advanced weaponry" being shipped from Iran to Palestinian fighters in Gaza.
An Egyptian government inquiry has said police used excessive force in a deadly crackdown on supporters of the country's ousted president last year - but it also concluded that protesters started and escalated the violence.
Nine bombings mainly targeting Shia-majority areas of Baghdad have killed at least 12 people, officials said, as Iraq suffers its worst violence in years.
A US drone strike in northern Yemen has killed four suspected al-Qaeda members including a local chief who fought in Iraq, a Yemen military official has told the AFP news agency.
Syrian military helicopters have launched three raids in areas inside Lebanon close to the border town of Arsal, witnesses and Lebanon's official news agency said.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have said they are withdrawing their ambassadors from Qatar because Doha had not implemented an agreement among Gulf Arab countries not to interfere in each others' internal affairs.
Syrian government forces are waging a campaign of siege warfare and starvation against civilians as part of a military strategy, according to a United Nations report.
Egypt's army chief, Field Marshall Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, is to officially announce he will run for the presidency, state media has reported.
Bahrain has arrested 25 people and listed a prominent protest network as a "terrorist organisation", after a deadly bomb attack that killed three police officers.
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|William A. Cook|