* IS conflict: UN warns of 'huge impact' of Mosul assault The humanitarian impact of a planned offensive by Iraqi pro-government forces to retake the city of Mosul is expected to be "enormous", the UN says.
* Space Warfare: No Longer Just Science Fiction In the last few decades, the idea of space warfare has evolved dramatically. Once perceived only in the fantasy realm of tie fighters and X-wings, war in outer space is now reality.
* Turkey's Exhausting Zigzagging Between East and West Turkey has been a republic since 1923, a multi-party democracy since 1946, and a member of NATO since 1952.
* Growing trend of children suicide bombers In Iraq, Nigeria and now Turkey, child bombers strike; the growing trend of Islamic terrorists to exploit children to serve their murderous purposes.
* 250Gbps: Russian scientists aim to revolutionize computing with plasma-driven antennas A team of Russian physicists has found a way to tune silicon nanoparticles so they can process optical data at previously unattainable speed, paving the way for the creation of 'ultracompact and ultrafast' processing devices.
* The comeback of Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? An Iran poll survey suggests that the former president now trails incumbent Hassan Rouhani by just eight percentage points in a head-to-head match-up, compared with 27 points in May 2015.
* Turkey shells both IS and Kurdish positions in Syria Turkey has bombarded so-called Islamic State (IS) targets across the border in northern Syria ahead of an expected ground attack on an IS-held town.
* Eyeing elections, Palestinians vote to tamp down on Gaza flare-up Hamas and Fatah don't want war now, and while Israel's response may have looked tougher than normal, it continued the proud tradition of using bombs to send a message.
* Israelis Praise Strong Response to Gaza Rocket Israeli officials insisted they were not seeking an escalation after Gaza-based terrorists fired a rocket into southern Israel on Sunday, but also unequivocally signaled that such attacks would not be tolerated.
* Latest Gaza-Israel flare-up a war-game shift The seeds for another war were sowed this week.