Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called on Rami Hamdallah, the head of al-Najah University in the West Bank city of Nablus, to form a new government as the next prime minister, and the academic said he accepted the task.
The Israeli military has disciplined a group of female soldiers who posted photos of themselves in underwear on Facebook.
Supporters of a leading candidate in this month's presidential election in Iran have been arrested in Tehran, an aide to the candidate has said.
At least six people were killed and five others kidnapped in separate attacks in Iraq's western Anbar province, officials have said.
International aid organisations have stepped up calls for civilians trapped in the flashpoint Syrian city of Qusayr to be evacuated, as rebel fighters faced a fresh assault from government forces.
Iraq's defence ministry has said that it has intercepted an al-Qaeda cell working to produce poisonous gas for attacks within the country as well as in Europe and North America.
At least one member of Lebanon's Hezbollah group has been killed overnight in clashes with Syrian rebels in Lebanon's eastern border region with Syria.
Lebanon's foreign minister is set to to file a complaint with the UN over Israeli violations of his country's airspace.
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