Like everyone else I met in Iraqi Kurdistan, the Kurds were keen to know what the world thought of their struggle, whether people were paying attention.

Obama anti-IS coalition takes shape

US Congress has backed Barack Obama's plan to arm rebels to take on IS in conjunction with air strikes in Syria.
At least 14 people have been killed in a suicide bombing and shelling in the Shi'ite-majority Kadhimiyah district of north Baghdad.

Airlines suspend Yemen flights

International airlines have suspended flights to Yemen's main airport in Sanaa for 24 hours due to weeks of clashes between rebels and Islamist fighters.
The commander of Australian troops in the Middle East says they are preparing to deploy "in the next couple of weeks".
The seven young Iranians filmed dancing in Tehran have been given a suspended sentence of 91 lashes each and prison time.
A pioneering program in Denmark is offering support to young people returning from war zones in the Middle East.
Some Australian Muslims are worried they could get caught up in the new anti-terrorism measures when they travel to Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
The International Committee of the Red Cross is warning of an increase in the number of internally displaced persons in Syria's southwest.

US cools talk of combat role in Iraq

US military leaders are warning of a further escalation in their battle against IS in Iraq and Syria but have played down the use of ground troops.
The Gaza truce has been shaken after Israel said a mortar shell was fired at it, but Hamas has questioned whether the attack actually took place.
A measles vaccination program in Syria has been halted after reports that five children had died and 50 others were sick after receiving vaccines.
An Israeli teacher whose students shared naked photos of her found on her tablet is due to return to work, despite demands from the school that she resign.
The US has hit Islamic State targets near Baghdad with airstrikes, marking an escalation in the "relentless" mission against the jihadists.
Some observers believe that by joining the US-led international coalition in Iraq, Australia could be risking its own security.
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