Israeli warplanes early Wednesday launched missile strikes on military training facilities in the Gaza Strip in response to earlier firing of four rockets into Israel, witnesses and security officials said.
Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday and overran Iraqi government defences east of Ramadi, the provincial capital that they seized five days earlier.
Egypt appointed on Wednesday judge Ahmed al-Zend, head of the country's powerful Judges' Club, as justice minister to replace his predecessor who has recently resigned over anti-poor statements regarded by many as "racist", official MENA news agency reported.
The Syrian troops on Monday consolidated their positions at the surroundings of the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria, following "ferocious" battles against the Islamic State (IS) militants, according to the state news agency SANA.
Islamic State militants raised their black flag over the local government headquarters in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Friday and claimed victory through mosque loudspeakers after overrunning most of the western provincial capital.