Israeli troops killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank during a raid on his house near the city of Nablus, local medical officials have said.
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has resisted growing calls for his resignation and accused the country's new president of violating the constitution, plunging the government into political crisis as it battles the Islamic State group.
Iraq's president has asked Haider al-Abadi, Iraq's main Shia coalition nominee for prime minister, to form a government.Fouad Massoum tasked Abadi, first deputy speaker of parliament, with the role during a brief ceremony broadcast live on television on Monday.
Israel and the Palestinians have begun indirect talks in Cairo to try and end the conflict in Gaza and lift the blockade on the coastal enclave, Egypt's state news agency MENA has said.
A new 72-hour ceasefire has come into effect in the Gaza Strip, raising hopes for a fresh respite in a bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas that has devastated the Palestinian enclave.
Israeli officials have agreed to a deal negotiated by Palestinians in Cairo for a new 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza following mediation by Egypt.
At least 13 people were killed and 17 wounded after a Syrian government helicopter dropped a barrel bomb on a rebel-held area in the city of Aleppo, residents and a monitoring group have said.
Western diplomacy and aid efforts are shaping up in Iraq to avert what US President Barack Obama warned could be an impending "genocide" against civilians besieged on a mountain in the country's north by fighters from the Islamic State group.
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|William A. Cook|