* ISIL gets set: 'Up to 10,000 terrorists are ready to attack Baghdad' Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is believed to be preparing a massive assault on Baghdad.
* Iraq: Shia militias 'killing Sunnis in reprisal attacks' Shia militias in Iraq have kidnapped and killed scores of Sunni civilians in recent months, a report by campaign group Amnesty International has said.
* Dozens hurt and arrested after Ukrainian nationalists attack parliament (VIDEO) A mass nationalist protest near the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev has turned violent, with 15 policemen wounded and at least 50 rioters arrested.
* China Military Buildup Shifts Balance of Power in Asia in Beijing's Favor China's decades-long buildup of strategic and conventional military forces is shifting the balance of power in Asia in Beijing's favor and increasing the risk of a conflict, according to a forthcoming report by a congressional China commission.
* Catholic synod: Vatican family review signals shift on homosexuality Senior clerics taking part in a review of Catholic teachings on the family have called on the Church to adopt a more positive stance on homosexuality.
* ISIS threatens to conquer the Vatican, 'break the crosses of the infidels' Online propaganda magazine calls on aspiring jihadists to target the Catholic Church and followers of the Christian faith.
* Islamic State crisis: Kurds 'recapture key Kobane hill' Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) say they have recaptured a strategically important hilltop west of Kobane on Syria's border with Turkey.
* Turkish jets bomb Kurdish PKK rebels near Iraq Turkish F-16 and F-4 warplanes have bombed Kurdish PKK rebel targets near the Iraqi border, as their ceasefire comes under increasing strain.
* MPs' Palestinian vote sends troubling message, says Israel Israel has warned against sending a "troubling message", after UK MPs voted to recognise Palestinian statehood.
* WHO: 10,000 NEW EBOLA CASES PER WEEK COULD BE SEEN West Africa could face up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday, adding that the death rate in the current outbreak has risen to 70 percent.QFTC