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News roundup – 26 August 2014

August 26, 2014

UN Human Rights Council appoints third member of panel to investigate purported Gaza violations. 

Hamas claims Gaza truce with Israel. 

HRW: Gaza – Halt executions. 

Iraqi civilians suffering “horrific” widespread and systematic persecution, Pillay. 

Insurgency deepens Iraqi ethnic, sectarian divides. 

US flights to ‘spy on Islamic State’ in Syria.

US alarm at airstrikes on Libya.  

Islamic State declaration spreads to Nigeria. 

Armed groups in Mali prepare for peacetalks. 

Rights groups denounce Mali for releasing jailed Islamist. 

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