Iraqi forces launched an assault on Sunday to retake Mosul's Old City, the last district still held by the Islamic State group three years after the extremists seized the northern city and declared their "caliphate".
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday urged dialogue to end a crisis that has left Ankara's ally Qatar diplomatically and economically isolated after key Gulf neighbours cut ties, following talks with the Qatari emir in Doha.
Turkey's foreign minister held talks with Qatar's emir Wednesday as the search for a diplomatic solution to the Gulf crisis intensified and the UN voiced fears over growing humanitarian concerns in the region.
The air embargo imposed on Qatar applies only to airlines from Qatar or registered there, the United Arab Emirates Civil Aviation Authority said Tuesday.
A controversial agreement for Cairo to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia passed an Egyptian parliamentary committee Tuesday, setting the stage for a vote in the house.
An international naval coalition said Monday it will step up its presence near a strategic shipping lane off Yemen as it warned of risks for boats transiting through the area.
Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani on Monday denounced the sanctions imposed against Doha by Saudi Arabia and its allies as "unfair" and "illegal".
Egypt, under fire for muzzling freedom of expression, has blocked access to around 60 news websites and service providers since the end of May, rights groups and media figures said Monday.