University staff in Egypt have planned fresh protests against new government measures restricting political dissent in colleges and proposing stricter laws for faculty members.
John Kerry has said the US is deeply concerned about the "tragedy" in the Syrian town of Kobane, where self-declared jihadist fighters have been tightening their grip.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has spoken out against "provocations" at Jerusalem's holy sites, hours after Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters near al-Aqsa mosque.
Yemen's president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has appointed the country's envoy to the United Nations, Khaled Bahah, as prime minister, according to an aide.
The Iraqi army has withdrawn from its last base in the city of Hit in Anbar province following weeks of fighting with the ISIL, leaving the group in full control, security sources have said.
University students in Egypt have staged new protests against government measures restricting political dissent in educational institutions.
Israeli police have clashed with young Palestinian protesters demonstrating against Jews visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, Islam's third holiest site.
Kurdish fighters have thwarted an advance by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) into the heart of the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, according to a monitoring group.
A triple suicide attack tore through a Kurdish compound in eastern Iraq, killing at least 29 members of the security forces and wounding 88, according to hospital and security officials.
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