US President Barack Obama expresses deep concern about the "sickening bloodshed" in rebel-held parts of Aleppo, amid an assault by Syrian government forces.
Saudi Arabia unveils pay cuts for government employees for the first time, as it attempts to further rein in spending at a time of low oil prices.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei advises former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to run for re-election next year, state media has reported.
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How the IS crisis developed - in maps and numbers
Why retaking Aleppo matters for the Syrian government
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