A Libyan coast guard commander says he has fewer than 10 boats to patrol one 300-mile stretch of coastline favored by smugglers. Over 25,000 asylum seekers have sailed from Libya and Egypt so far this year.
The northwestern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour was captured by Islamist militants, including the Nusra Front, on Saturday. It's the latest in a series of setbacks for Syrian government forces in the south and the north.
Less than three months before a deadline for an international agreement on Iran's nuclear program, questions remain about how the S-300 missiles deal will affect strategic calculations in Russia, Iran, the US, and Israel.
Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri was killed by Iraqi soldiers and allied Shiite militiamen in a government operation to the east of Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, the Salahuddin provincial governor, Raed al-Jabouri, told The Associated Press.