Kurdish Peshmerga troops fighting  against Islamic State militants  in Khazir, on the border between Kurdistan and Iraq yesterday. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

Damascus warned not to interfere with air raids

US secretary of state John Kerry says Iran’s alliance with the Syrian government in its fight against insurgents excludes engagement with Tehran. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

Russia, Syria and Iran out in the cold, despite situation on the ground

US secretary of state John Kerry at  a news conference in Ankara yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Brendan Smialowski

Kerry receives pledges of humanitarian assistance, logistics support and intelligence

Iraqi vice-president Nouri al-Maliki (left) and new prime minister Haider al-Abadi. Photograph: Reuters/Hadi Mizban

US and Iranian co-ordinated attacks on IS have blessing of Obama and Ayatollah

Israeli soldiers watch the Syrian side of the border near the Quneitra crossing point between Syria and Israel yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Atef Safadi

Clashes between Syrian troops and fundamentalists escalate on border with Israel

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: reported to have told his aides that Israel’s call for the demilitarisation of Gaza “doesn’t appear to be attainable in either the short term or the long term”. Photograph: Reuters/Baz Ratner

No preparations in train for negotiations, Israeli PM reported to have told advisers

Members of the Yazidi religious minority  at the Syria-Iraq border in Fishkhabour, northern Iraq. Amnesty gives examples where entire Yezidi families have been kidnapped and are being held in terrible conditions in Mosul and villages captured by the Islamic State. Photograph: EPA

Report details how men in Sinjar region were rounded up and taken in pick-up trucks to be slaughtered

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: to appeal to the UN General Assembly to exert pressure on Israel and the US. Photograph: Reuters/Mohamad Torokman

Analysis: initiative would see US acting as mediator with Israel

A Palestinian boy runs down a street in the Al Shejaeiya neighbourhood of Gaza city yesterday. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Palestinians threaten to bring Israel before International Criminal Court

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