Israel rejected an invitation from France to a Middle East peace conference in Paris later this year, saying that it wanted to engage in direct talks with the Palestinians.
In a growing crackdown in the aftermath of an attempted coup, Turkey has detained the editor and at least a dozen senior staffers of a major opposition newspaper.
Iranian-backed militias have entered the fight to retake Mosul from ISIS. Has the Iraqi military learned any lessons from previous battles with ISIS?
The UN's refugee agency says it will soon have enough shelters for 150,000 people fleeing Mosul, as Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle to retake the city from the Islamic State.
The air strikes underscore deep tension between Turkey and the United States, which are NATO allies, united in their opposition to the so-called Islamic State but divided on the Kurds.
Some see the death sentence as proof that Saudi Arabian law applies to everyone, but the news comes as human rights groups have condemned a surge in executions.
Captured in 2014, Mosul is the largest city held by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. A coalition of various factions launched an invasion to retake the city early Monday.