A 24-hour ceasefire was agreed on Tuesday to halt fighting between the Lebanese army and Islamist militants who seized a border town at the weekend, in the most serious spillover of Syria's three-year civil war into Lebanon.
Calm restored in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after Israel and Gaza militants led by Hamas movement accepted a 72-hour ceasefire brokered by Egypt after more than four weeks of fighting that killed 1,867 Palestinians and 64 Israelis.
Pentagon on Tuesday confirmed that a United States Army general was killed on the day by an individual believed to be a member of the Afghan security forces who fired into a group of coalition troops.
Iraq's air force is supporting Kurdish fighters with airstrikes as the latter ramp up their campaign against Sunni militants from the Islamic State by retaking a town captured the day before by the Sunni insurgents, an Iraqi military spokesman and a Kurdish security official said.
A Palestinian delegation in Cairo that includes Gaza-ruling Hamas movement agreed a 72-hour truce starting from 05:00 GMT of Tuesday, head of the delegation Azzam al-Ahmed said in a statement on Monday evening.
The Israeli military announced that it will hold fire for seven hours Monday in parts of the Gaza Strip to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid and for displaced Palestinians to return to their homes.
Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged on Sunday both Israel and the Gaza-ruling Hamas to stop the ongoing fighting, calling on Israel to lift its blockade of the restive enclave and release the Palestinians.