* Iran 'will arm Palestinians' after Israeli drone downed Tehran says unmanned aircraft was shot down as it approached a nuclear installation.
* Doll-beheading photos surface in tribute to Islamic State 'Teach your children to cut necks, tomorrow there will be a lot of rotten heads,' reads a caption.
* Mashal: Lift Gaza siege, end 'real holocaust' by Israel EJC Chief: Parts of Europe Ripe for Islamic State Attack.
* Ukraine crisis: 'Column from Russia' crosses border The Ukrainian military says it has clashed with rebel armoured vehicles that crossed from Russia and headed to the south-eastern port of Mariupol.
* Hamas claims it seizes Israeli reconnaissance drone in Gaza Izzadin Kassam Brigades announces seizure of "Zionist reconnaissance planeâ€ in east Shejaiya in Gaza City.
* 'Palestinians willing to accept new Egyptian truce proposal, but awaiting Israeli response' AFP quotes senior Palestinian official as saying proposal would open crossings, allow aid, but leave disputed points for discussion in 1 month.
* Boko Haram declares 'Islamic state' in northern Nigeria Militant group Boko Haram has said it has set up an Islamic state in the towns and villages it has seized in north-eastern Nigeria.
* Iraq crisis: Suicide blast targets Baghdad Shia mosque At least nine people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a Shia mosque in Baghdad, Iraqi officials say.
* Merkel: Ukraine can go to Eurasian Union Germany's Angela Merkel has said Ukraine is free to 'go to' Russia's 'Eurasian Union', amid signs of a new willingness to make peace with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
* Photo implies ISIS threat to Chicago There is another chilling Chicago connection in the battle between the US. and extreme Islamic militants isil (ISIS).