August 17, 2014
Up to 3,000 women and girls kidnapped by Islamic State jihadis in Iraq in just a fortnight - and hundreds of men who refuse to convert have been shot dead.
The Syrian army's jet fighters have launched a series of fresh aerial strikes against the strongholds of Takfiri ISIL militants in northern Syria, killing nineteen ISIL militants and injuring tens of others.
The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ruled out any negotiations whatsoever over the Islamic Republic's defensive missile capabilities.
Iraq's President Fuad Masoum said his government would make a "series of communications and initiatives" with Saudi Arabia to ensure strong ties with the kingdom.
Israel's communication minister said that Tel Aviv had not decided about an Egyptian proposal for a long-term ceasefire with Hamas.
Prime Minister David Cameron said militant group ISIS could "reach the streets of Britain" and promised swifter action against the extremist group in Iraq.
Kurdish Peshmergas backed by U.S. air strikes launched a major operation to retake control of Iraq's largest dam in Mosul from Islamic State militants.
The Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived in Tehran for talks about Iran's nuclear program.
Only six hours of electricity per day remained in most of Gaza as shortages continued following Israeli shelling of the Strip's sole power plant two weeks ago.
The UK government faces a potential lawsuit over its continued arms sales to Israel as speculation continues that British-made weapons may have been used to commit war crimes in Gaza.
Palestinian and Israeli delegations are due to resume negotiations Sunday for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, according to AFP.
At least ten suspected militants were killed in separate U.S. drone strikes over eastern and southern parts of Yemen, a local official confirmed.
Heavy fighting has broken out between rival militia groups in Tripoli.
ISIS extremists in Syria executed 700 members of the al-Sheitaat tribe, while 1,800 people remain missing, according to a British-based monitoring group.
Dozens of families who fled their homes during the Israeli offensive on Gaza took refuge in al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, and informal tent communities have sprung up amid houses now reduced to rubble.