Yemen's Houthi rebels have been urged to stop their "war on the cities" by a potential new mediator, vice president Khaled Bahah. Military feuds and Saudi air strikes have claimed some 1,000 lives since late March.
Five journalists who were members of a Libyan television crew are reported to have been found dead in the country's east. "Islamic State" (IS) militants are suspected of carrying out the killings.
At least two workers have been killed and several others injured after a convention center collapsed near Riyadh. A few laborers are still believed to be stuck under the debris.
A UN inquiry has found that dozens of Palestinians were killed while seeking refuge at UN facilities during last year's Gaza conflict. The majority of the more than 2,200 people killed in the fighting were Palestinians.
Two Swedes being held by the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front have been released. The Nusra Front was once considered the most powerful insurgent group in Syria, but has since been eclipsed by the "Islamic State."
Three explosive-rigged vehicles have been detonated in a deadly attack targeting Iraqi border posts, officials have said. The attackers were from Belgium, France and Senegal, according to an "IS" statement.
After former President Saleh called for reconciliation, John Kerry has urged the Houthi rebels to join peace negotiations. Hundreds of civilians have been killed in Saudi airstrikes targeting the rebels this month.
Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh urged Shiite rebel groups in his country to comply with the UN Security Council's decisions. He called on all warring factions to withdraw from all provinces.
Anti-regime groups have made gains in a joint offensive on a bastion of Syria's government. As the country's civil war continues, the UN-appointed mediator is hoping to restart peace talks.
According to the UN agency for children, at least 115 minors have been killed in Yemen since the end of March. UNICEF also reports that children have been forcibly recruited into armed groups.
Saudi-led warplanes have launched more airstrikes in Yemen, as both sides call for talks but press on with military action. The World Health Organization has said the death toll since March has topped 1,000.
A Saudi-led coalition has launched a new round of airstrike in Yemen, targeting several rebel positions across the country. Pakistan's top leaders are in Saudi Arabia to push for negotiations in the Yemen conflict.