Israel has resumed air strikes on the Gaza Strip just hours after agreeing to an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire that was not formally accepted by the Palestinian group Hamas.
Iraqi MPs broke their deadlock on Tuesday and elected a new speaker of parliament, taking the first formal step towards forming a new government that is widely seen as crucial to confronting rebels who have overrun much of the country.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the nuclear talks may be extended beyond its July 20 deadline after meeting with top diplomats from six world powers.
The group calling itself the Islamic State, previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, has taken control of the rebel-held portion of the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, buoyed by advances in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring group has said.
Israel has kept up its air and naval bombardments of the Gaza Strip for a seventh day, despite growing international pressure for a ceasefire.
The Israeli army has shot dead a Palestinian man during clashes near the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, local sources said.
At least eight people have been killed in an explosion near a security compound in Egypt's Sinai region, near the border with Israel, the Interior Ministry and security officials have said.
Israel has hit the Gaza Strip with air strikes and artillery fire on the seventh day of its offensive as diplomatic efforts to halt the bloodshed intensified.
The force said it was trying to locate debris in the area about 25kms north of Gaza, and determine whether it had carried explosives.
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