United States Secretary of State John Kerry urges Iraqi prime minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi to form a new cabinet as soon as possible to create an " inclusive and participatory" government.
US airstrikes have temporarily slowed the Islamist fighters' momentum, but are unlikely to stop its overall advances, a US Defense Department official said on Monday, adding that the United States had no plans to expand the current air campaign.
Iraqi President Fuad Masoum accepted Monday the nomination of Haidar al-Abadi as prime minister-designate, making a significant progress in the country's troubled political process.
US President Barack Obama on Monday urged Iraqi's Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi to form an inclusive cabinet "as quickly as possible."
The Iraqi National Alliance, a Shiite organization, on Monday nominated Haidar al-Abadi, the deputy speaker of the Parliament, for the post of prime minister, while the outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki struggles to stay on for a third term.
Israel and the Palestinians began talks in Cairo on Monday to try and end the conflict in Gaza.
Israel and the Palestinians held their fire early on Monday at the start of a new 72-hour ceasefire proposed by Egypt that took effect at 2100 GMT.
The US State Department said on Sunday that the United States fully supports President Fuad Masum in his role as guarantor of the Iraqi Constitution.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said late Sunday that he will file a legal complaint against newly-elected President Fuad Masum for violating the country's constitution.
Egypt got on Sunday approval of both the Palestinians and Israel for an extra 72-hour ceasefire in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, official MENA news agency reported.
A Saudi man who died last week after returning from Sierra Leone did not have the Ebola virus, according to initial international laboratory results, Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry said.
An airplane crashed at Tehran's Mehrabad airport on Sunday morning, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported, citing a spokesman for the Iranian Red Crescent Society.