Egyptians were voting on Sunday in the second stage of parliamentary elections that will produce the country's first legislature since it was dissolved by a court ruling in 2012.
UN-brokered talks may be moving closer, as an American journalist being held by the Houthis is released.
Israel moved closer to passing a law sponsored by Ayelet Shaked, the genocide-advocating minister, that would see Palestinian stone-throwers jailed for up to 10 years.
Outgoing UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos warns that the destructionin Syria will worsen, and urges world powers to set differences aside to end the war.
Saudi-led airstrikes target facilities in the capital Sanaa as southern leaders say they will boycott a planned UN talks in Geneva.
Britain's Conservative government has laid out its plans for the coming parliament, in a ceremonial speech made by the queen.
With fighting raging across Yemen, global aid and development group Oxfam warns that some 16 million Yemenis don't have access to clean water.
The new deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, quoted the Bible to bolster her argument that the Holy Land belongs to Jews only.
Analysis: The Saudi monarch named a new crown prince, and elevated his son to deputy crown prince Wednesday underscoring a shift in power within the ruling elite.
The body of a man killed on Friday in Iraq will be tested to determine if it is that of Saddam Hussein's deputy Izzat al-Douri, on the run since 2003.