US President Barack Obama phones the Israeli prime minister offering to help negotiate a truce, as the Israel bombing offensive continues into its fourth day.
Barack Obama urges both Israel and Palestine to show restraint. But how is America trying to achieve peace in the increasingly volatile Middle East? We answer some key questions.
The US military says it has deployed armed manned and unmanned aircraft over Iraq to protect its soldiers, and may consider targeting "high value individuals".
Sunni rebels in Iraq claim they have fully captured the country's main oil refinery at Baiji, north of Baghdad.
US Secretary of State John Kerry says the US will not delay in helping Iraq defeat the Isis insurgency.
Sunni militants seize an Iraqi crossing on the border with Syria after a day-long battle in which they killed some 30 Iraqi troops, security officials claim.