The controversial right-wing politician Avigdor Lieberman is to be named Israel's defence minister after agreeing to join the governing coalition.
A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters begins a campaign to expel Islamic State militants north of their stronghold Raqqa.
New satellite imagery appears to reveal extensive damage to a major airbase in Syria used by Russia after an attack by Islamic State militants.
One Syrian boy's flight from war - in his own words and pictures
Saudi Arabia prepares for religious tourism boost
How Israel flew 14,000 people to safety in two days
Syrian opponents join in condemning coastal region bombs
How hard will it be to dislodge IS from Iraqi bastion?
Union officials facing 'campaign of harassment' in Iran
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