Iraq's prime minister says government troops have retaken central Tikrit from "Islamic State" militants. The month-long battle for the city is the government's largest military operation yet against the jihadist group.
The Red Cross has claimed that it cannot land its planes full of urgently-needed medical supplies in Yemen. Pakistani delegates have left for the war-torn country as Islamabad considers involvement in the conflict.
The International Pledging Conference for Syria has begun in Kuwait. The United Nations has warned that failure to reach its goal of $8.4 billion could have "horrifying" consequences.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for assistance to help more than 2.5 million Iraqis displaced by violence. Renad Mansour says the solution to Iraq's woes must involve strong political leadership.
People all over the world are campaigning for the release of imprisoned Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi. The first collection of his writings has just been published, and were edited by a former DW correspondent.
An airstrike in the northwest of Yemen has killed at least 40 people in a camp for displaced people, and injuring many more. A Saudi-led coalition has been pounding Shiite Houthi rebels positions for days.
An Israeli court has found former premier Ehud Olmert guilty of corruption for accepting bribes before he became prime minister. This came three years after he had been acquitted in the original trial.
Foreign ministers from six nations plus Iran have begun a last round of talks a day before a deadline on a deal over Iran's nuclear program. The top diplomats were cautiously optimistic ahead of the intense negotiations.
A Saudi-led coalition has continued a campaign of airstrikes against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen for a fifth day running. Many of the latest strikes are reported to have hit targets in and around Sanaa.
In a US television interview, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the "Islamic State" (IS) has continued to grow during the last six months, despite US air strikes. The terrorist group has also expanded over land.
The United Nations has evacuated staff from Yemen after Saudi Arabia continued its airstrikes on Houthi rebels. Yemen's President Mansour Hadi has asked Riyadh to keep up the bombings.