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.
Holed up in Saudi Arabia, the inner circle of President Hadi is rallying tribal leaders to resist Houthi rebels who control much of Yemen. The risk is that if and when they regain power the central government will emerge with little authority.
The Yarmouk camp in Damascus is home to factions that support Syrian President Bashar Assad and groups that oppose him, and it was unclear whether Palestinians from both sides of the divide had indeed agreed to join forces.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has continued to plot attacks on the West, even as US drone strikes pound its operatives. Those strikes are on hold since Yemen's president lost power to Houthi rebels.