Pope Francis used the first hours of his visit to Turkey to call for freedom of religion and expression. He also condemned violence towards minorities in Syria and Iraq, highlighting the plight of Christians there.
France has warned that if the international community fails to resolve the Middle East impasse, it would recognize Palestine as a state. French lawmakers are set to hold a vote on Palestine nationhood on December 2.
Egyptian authorities have arrested dozens of suspected Islamists ahead of the opposition's call for nationwide rallies. Meanwhile, gunmen shot dead a senior army officer and wounded two soldiers in the capital Cairo.
An Egyptian court has jailed 78 teenage boys for between two and five years over protesting in support of ousted president Mohammed Morsi. It's the latest in a long crackdown on Morsi supporters.
Lebanese diva Sabah, one of the Arab world's most celebrated entertainers, has died at the age of 87. During a career spanning several decades, she became best known for her Egyptian film roles and Lebanese folksongs.
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When Syria's foreign minister travels to Russia on Wednesday, he'll be looking for two things: money and weapons. The government in Damascus wants more of both. Russia's help so far has been rather symbolic.
Government airstrikes have killed dozens in the "Islamic State" stronghold of Raqqa, a monitor reports. The airstrikes were the deadliest by Syria's military against the city since IS seized control of it last year.
In a raid on al Qaeda militants, the Yemeni military has freed a number of hostages. An American national was among those who had been kidnapped.
President Hassan Rouhani has said he is confident of Iran and world powers ultimately reaching a nuclear accord, after a deadline was extended through July. John Kerry also lauded "substantial progress" and "new ideas."
The Israeli prime minister has vowed to pass a contentious bill calling for the identification of Israel as a Jewish nation state. The language of the bill has drawn racism accusations and criticism from some officials.
In an apparent slur against Turkey's feminists, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared that women are not equal to men, and that they are not suited to perform "men's jobs" due to biological differences.
Time is running out for foreign ministers from Iran and six world powers to resolve a 12-year standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. Negotiators in Vienna appear likely to extend the deadline to mid next year.
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