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Islamic State advances against Yazidis on Iraq's Sinjar mountain


Shiite fighters.Islamic State militants advanced on Iraq's Sinjar mountain on Tuesday, tightening a siege of thousands of stranded Yazidis, who called on the United States and its allies to act to avert more bloodshed.
 

U.N. chief says moving ahead with Gaza war inquiry


The Gaza strip.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday he was setting up an investigation into attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel's recent war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and the use of U.N. sites to store weapons.
   

Purely military action in Syria could fuel extremism - U.N.


Free Syrian army soldiers.United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that using only military means to fight the threat of Islamic State in Syria could radicalize more Sunni armed groups and spark greater violence.
   

Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders


Air strikes hit the Syrian town of Kobani.Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault.
   

Al Qaeda attacks kill at least 33 people in Yemen


Yemeni soldiers.At least 33 people were killed in a suicide bombing and gun attacks in central Yemen, tribal sources and medics said on Monday, as al Qaeda fighters seized a Yemeni city in a new challenge to the central government.
   

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