UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held meetings on Monday with Iraqi leaders and urged them to deal with the roots of the problems in Anbar province.
Israel is holding a state memorial ceremony for the former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the country's parliament building.
A cargo plane arrived in Damascus Sunday carrying around 100 tons of aid from China, the country's second batch of humanitarian aid sent in two days.
Israel beefed up security for former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's funeral near the Gaza border on Monday.
Clashes between rival tribes in Libya have left 27 dead and 72 wounded in the city of Sabha and other southern regions.
The number of Syrian refugees seeking shelter in Lebanon has crossed the mark of 868,000, an increase of about 240,000 than last week's registration.
A deal between Iran and six major powers intended to pave the way to a solution to a long standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions will come into force on Jan 20.
A state memorial service is scheduled to be held on Monday for Ariel Sharon, Israel's iconic, controversial prime minister.
Israel's late prime minister Ariel Sharon, an iconic leader in the Jewish state, left a legacy full of contradictions in his dealing with the Palestinians as well as other Arabs toward achieving peace in the Middle East.
Despite limited interaction with China in a political life dominated by regional conflicts, the late Ariel Sharon reportedly once showed his commitment to good ties with Beijing by writing a letter of apology to the then Chinese president for a canceled radar contract.
Hundreds of Israelis lined up outside Israel's parliament building on Sunday to pay their last respects to Ariel Sharon, the hard-charging former prime minister and general who died over the weekend.
Iran is preparing to send into orbit three new home-made satellites, Vice President for Executive Affairs Mohammad Shariatmadari was quoted as saying by Iran daily on Sunday.