Members of the Iraqi security forces and Shia fighters celebrate after taking control of the town of Hamrin from Islamic State militants, on Tuesday. Two of the Shia militias most feared by Sunnis are taking part in the ongoing offensive to take Tikrit. Photograph:Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

US and Iran have joined soldiers, militiamen and tribesmen in crucial campaign for strategic city

A Palestinian girl  carries her sister during a protest in the southern Gaza Strip calling for reconstruction of houses. Some 150,000 Gazans remain homeless. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Failure of donors to honour pledges and Israel’s withholding of revenues, cited by senior PA figure

At least 70 Syrian army soldiers and 86 insurgents have reportedly died in clashes during an offensive to cut off insurgent supply lines in Aleppo. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

Trial ceasefire proposal put to UN Security Council following talks with Assad

Neighbours and friends of the relatives of Egyptian Coptic men killed in Libya attend Mass in south Cairo. A banner with pictures of the men who were killed is displayed on the church wall. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

Raids in retaliation for killing of 21 hostages escalate 20-month campaign

Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy arrives to talk to the judge  near Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian judge  has ordered Mr Fahmy and another Al-Jazeera English journalist, Baher Mohammed,  to be released on bail  as their retrial on terror-related charges continues. Photograph: Hassan AmmarAP

High court had overturned original sentences for assisting illegal Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptian relatives of the members of security forces killed in North Sinai province during an attack arrive at Cairo military airport in  Egypt. Photograph: Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images

Outlawed Muslim Brotherhood goes on attack ahead of March elections

Omaima (left) Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim Halawa whose trial in Egypt has been postponed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Announcement made without giving cause, trial to resume on March 29th in new venue

The father of IS-murdered Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh is surrounded by family and security during a mourning ceremony at his family clan headquarters in Karak, Jordan. Photograph: Khalil Mazraawiafp/Getty

Amman pre-empts tribesmen’s revenge for killing of Muath al-Kaseasbeh with executions

US president Barack Obama: said video would redouble the determination of the US-led coalition to “degrade and defeat” Islamic State. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

US president says video of Muath Kaseasbeh execution is further evidence of IS ‘viciousness and barbarity’

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