PRISTINA - Police in Kosovo arrested 15 people on Wednesday, including a number of imams, in the second major operation in weeks to stem the flow of young ethnic Albanians joining Islamist fighters in Iraq and Syria, a police source said.
BEIRUT - Iraq's national security adviser briefed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on efforts to counter Islamic State on Tuesday, in the first such meeting since the United States launched air strikes on the radical group in Iraq.
UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged countries with the capacity to do so to take decisive action against Islamic State militants, who have taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria.
BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament failed to approve Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's candidates for the sensitive posts of defence and interior ministers in a vote on Tuesday, according to state television.
DOHA - Two al Qaeda branches urged warring militant factions in Iraq and Syria to stop fighting each other and unite against a U.S.-led alliance preparing to attack the ultra hardline Islamic State armed group, according to a joint statement posted online.
BEIRUT - A supporter of Islamic State militants has warned of attacks on the United States and its allies if they continue to carry out military action against the group that has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria, the SITE monitoring service said.
By Oliver Holmes, Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Jason Szep and Ned Parker
ANKARA - Turkey's military is drawing up plans for a possible "buffer zone" on the country's southern border, where it faces a threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Turkish media quoted President Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Monday.
JEDDAH Saudi Arabia - As President Barack Obama knits together an international coalition to take its campaign against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria, fighters like Ammar al-Wawi could make the difference.
DUBAI - A Sunni Muslim cleric at the centre of a diplomatic rift among Gulf Arab states has criticised Washington's role in the campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria as purely self-interested.