UN mediator Staffan de Mistura has urged Russia, Iran and Turkey to help restore a ceasefire in Syria, warning that escalating violence was threatening peace talks in Geneva.
A Lebanese university will pay $700,000 to settle a US lawsuit over allegations it provided "material support" to entities linked to Hizballah, US officials said.
While Iraq's parliament speaker Salim al-Jabouri has expressed concern over reports of airstrikes that may have killed more than 100 civilians in western Mosul.
In the last week rebel forces have launched a new offensive on the Syrian capital from east Ghouta. In response regime forces have upped airstrikes, with civilian death tolls rising.
Turkey is a key NATO ally to the US. However Washington's faith in Kurdish forces currently marching on IS de facto capital threatens to derail the relationship.
The dead included both prisoners and prison guards, while a number of prisoners were shot dead as they attempted to flee after airstrikes struck the prison.
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On Friday the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the destruction of heritage sites calling on all groups involved in such acts to be prosecuted