Israeli authorities have given preliminary approval to build 200 new illegal settler homes in east Jerusalem, in a move that threatened to push Israelis and Palestinians deeper into conflict after weeks of unrest over the city's holiest sites.
Israel's prime minister is in Amman to attend three-way talks with Jordan's King Abdullah and John Kerry, the US secretary of state, aimed at calming tensions grippling Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has released an audio recording it says is of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, just days after targeted air strikes in Iraq led to rumours he had been wounded or killed.
The opposition-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Aleppo has rejected a UN truce proposal that seeks to suspend fighting in Syria's second city, a day after the government hinted at considering it.
Egypt's state news agency is reporting that a naval patrol near one of the country's Mediterranean ports has come under attack from three boats, prompting an exchange of fire that wounded no sailors.
Three separate attacks have killed at least 17 people, including 11 government security forces, and injured 40 in and around Baghdad, according to police and hospital officials.
Three civilians have been killed in shelling by fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in the border town of Kobane.
Palestinian officials say Israeli settlers have torched a mosque in the occupied West Bank, amid growing religious tensions and violence.
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|Liaquat Ali Khan|