Number of deaths in Iraq falls sharply in July, U.N. says
Violence killed 1,737 people, mostly civilians, in Iraq in July, when Sunni insurgents seized large swathes of land in the north, United Nations figures showed.
Islamic State imposes media controls in Syrian province
Islamic State, the al Qaeda splinter group which has seized parts of Syria and Iraq, has told activists in Syria's Deir al-Zor province they must swear allegiance to it and submit to censorship, a monitoring group said.
Qatar's 'water security project' deal signed
Qatar's ongoing 'drinking water security programme' received a boost as the French company Saint-Gobain PAM signed two contracts with AlJaber Engineering LLC worth $268m (200m euros).