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.
Armed men wearing military uniform broke into the city council headquarters in the Iraqi city of Samarra, holding the facility for four hours until police and army stormed the compound, officials said.
An Egyptian court has banned all activities of Hamas in Egypt, a judge said, in another sign that security forces plan to squeeze the Palestinian group that runs the neighbouring Gaza Strip.
Food deliveries to thousands of people living in a blockaded area in southern Damascus ground to a halt after a truce collapsed and clashes broke out between Syrian rebels and government forces, a UN official and activists said.
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