The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu is in Berlin, where he had dinner with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, ahead of official talks slated for Thursday.
Ukraine's military says that street fighting with pro-Russian rebels has broken out in the insurgent stronghold of Luhansk. This comes as Berlin announces an impending trip by Chancellor Merkel to Kyiv for talks.
German Chancellor Merkel has said she wants Russia to comment on claims by Ukrainian separatists that they have received arms from Moscow. This comes as rebels shoot down another Ukrainian warplane.
An Israeli-Gazan ceasefire seems remote after Israel's heaviest bombardment in a three-week war and Hamas' rejection of the truce call. Shelling has wrecked the enclave's sole power plant. Medics reported 109 more dead.
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says German officials will decide this week whether to arm Kurds battling the "Islamic State" in Iraq. Germany has already sent humanitarian aid to the region.
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