Iraq's Shi'ite paramilitaries said on Tuesday they had taken charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State from the western province of Anbar.
China outlined a strategy to boost its naval reach and announced plans for the construction of two lighthouses in disputed waters, developments likely to escalate tensions in a region.
Arab warplanes and ships bombed Yemen's largest military port in the Red Sea city of Hodaida, a local official said, heavily damaging the facility and partly destroying two warships.
Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to try to retake the Iraqi city.
Malaysian police forensic teams began the grim task of exhuming the bodies of dozens of suspected victims of human traffickers found buried around jungle camps near the Thai border.
China outlined a defense strategy on Tuesday to boost its naval capability farther from its shores, saying it faced a grave and complex array of security threats.
Taiwan proposed a peace initiative to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea that its says will reduce tensions that have put Beijing at odds with its neighbors and the US.
Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi, while Syria said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people.