Two Tunisian diplomats who were kidnapped in Libya were released and arrived at the military airport of Laouina in Tunis.
The first group of Chinese workers evacuated from war-plagued Iraq spoke to their families by phone after landing in Guangzhou on Sunday, saying they were happy to be rid of the threat.
Iraqi security forces launched Saturday a major offensive to retake control of the city of Tikrit, the capital of the Sunni-dominant province of Salahudin, which has been seized by the Sunni militants earlier in the month
All of the Chinese workers trapped in Samarra have been safely evacuated to the capital Baghdad, according to the Chinese embassy in Baghdad.
Hundreds of villagers fleeing Sunni militants crowded under the morning sun trying to enter Iraqi Kurdish-controlled territory Thursday, aiming to join large numbers of displaced people who have already sought shelter in the relative safety of the largely autonomous region.
More than 50 Chinese nationals trapped in conflict-torn northern Iraq arrived in Baghdad by helicopter on Wednesday night.
About 70 militants and 15 police were killed in fierce clashes between security forces and militants in southern Helmand province.
A convoy of buses taking workers employed by China Machinery Engineering Corp to safety was stopped by government forces outside the capital, Baghdad.
The first of up to 300 US military advisers began their mission in Baghdad on Tuesday, tasked with helping the Iraqi government tackle the massive Sunni insurgency that threatens the country.
Iran is sending drones and military equipment secretly into Iraq to help the Shiite-led government in Baghdad cope with an ongoing offensive by the Sunni militants.
A total of 22 people were killed and some 36 others wounded in air strikes carried out by Iraqi aircraft on two cities in Iraq's northern and western provinces.
Israeli war jets carried out on Tuesday night a series of airstrikes on militants' facilities in northern and central Gaza Strip, security sources and witnesses said.