The anti-IS coalition will meet in Paris Tuesday after a series of shock battlefield gains by the jihadists, with Iraq under pressure to step up its fight by being more inclusive of the Sunni minority. The main focus of the meeting will be the crisis in Iraq, where the Islamic State group seized the city of Ramadi two weeks ago in the biggest blow to the US-led coalition since it began bombarding jihadist positions in August. US Secretary of State John Kerry will take part in the talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other diplomats "remotely" after breaking his leg in a cycling accident, the State Department said.
Legislation to be presented to Knesset, proposed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, seeks to thwart use of mobile devices by terror detainees.
Sanctions ‘snapback’ would kick in if Iran breaches future deal; the six powers have agreed to it but await a response from Tehran.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sought to reassure Saudi Arabia Sunday that Iraq is not a "gateway for Iran" and will not take part in regional conflicts between the two countries. "Iraq is not a gateway for Iran," Abadi said in an interview with Iraqiya state TV. "We do not want to enter in to regional conflicts, and if there are regional conflicts between Saudi Arabia and Iran," Baghdad will not be involved, the premier said.
More than 5,000 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean since Friday, according to Frontex, the European Union's border agency. The rescue mission, which started Friday, focused on a group of Libyan migrants travelling aboard 25 boats, said Frontex, adding that five other operations were in place to rescue another 500 migrants. Since the beginning of the year, more than 45,000 illegal migrants have arrived in Italy.
Steinmeier will travel to Hamas-ruled territory on Monday, after a meeting on Sunday with Israeli leaders in which he stressed importance of rebuilding Gaza.
By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) – The corpses of 17 migrants were brought ashore in Sicily aboard an Italian naval vessel on Sunday along with 454 survivors as efforts intensified to rescue people fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East. More than 5,000 migrants trying to reach Europe have been saved from boats in distress in the Mediterranean since Friday and operations are in progress to rescue 500 more, European Union authorities said on Sunday. In some of the most intense Mediterranean traffic of the year, migrants who left Libya in 25 boats were picked up by ships from Italy, Britain, Malta and Belgium, assisted by planes from Iceland and Finland, the EU's border control agency Frontex said.
Sisi believes Islamist militancy is existential threat to Egypt; clerics as well as soldiers used to counter extremists; Al-Azhar university and schools seen as key to battle of ideas.