Solutions will be hard to find on Tuesday when Gulf leaders hold their annual summit in a region threatened by militants and a war in Yemen that has raised tensions with Iran.
The Saudi-led coalition bombing rebels in Yemen has been using US-supplied cluster munitions in its air campaign, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Sunday, warning of the long-term dangers to civilians.
The Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen sent a 'limited' force to the city of Aden on Sunday, Yemeni sources said, in what would be its first ground deployment inside the country.
An Afghan delegation left for Qatar Saturday where they will hold two days of 'open discussion' with Taliban representatives aimed at ending Afghanistan's long war, according to an official.
The UN Security Council failed on Friday to back a Russian appeal for an immediate ceasefire or humanitarian pauses in war-torn Yemen, where critical fuel shortages threatened relief efforts and doctors described desperate scenes.
An Egyptian court on Wednesday jailed 69 Egyptians for life for torching a church near Cairo in August 2013, as anger flared over a crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud on Wednesday named his powerful Interior Minister as heir in a generational shift that also saw one of his sons promoted to second in line to the throne.
Houthi rebels and their allies advanced in the heart of Yemen's second city Aden in heavy fighting that killed at least 20 people, medical and security sources said on Tuesday.