US President Barack Obama has said American forces will not fight another ground war in Iraq, a day after a top US general said combat troops might be needed if efforts to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fail.
Dozens of people have been killed in two days of fighting between Houthi rebels and government-allied forces at the outskirts of the Yemeni capital, sources say.
A bomb explosion has killed six police officers near the border town of Rafah in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of a local al-Qaeda-inspired group, Egyptian security officials say.
US plans to carry out air strikes against Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL) fighters in Syria and will target the group's sanctuaries, command centres and logistic networks, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.
US jets have bombed ISIL fighters south of Baghdad who had attacked Iraqi soldiers, in the first expansion of the campaign against the armed group.
Iraq's parliament has failed to approve Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's candidates for the sensitive posts of defence and interior ministers, state television has reported.
Egypt's most prominent activist, who will face a retrial on a 15 year prison sentence for violating the country's protest law, has been granted bail, lawyers and relatives said.
Thirty countries have pledged to help Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) "by any means necessary", as leaders gathered to discuss a strategy against the group.
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|Liaquat Ali Khan|