US President Barack Obama has urged world leaders to continue fighting Islamic State, saying the militants will eventually lose.
Nigeria, Tunisia and Malaysia are the most recent countries to join the US-led coalition, which Mr Obama said now numbers 60 member states and has reclaimed a third of the territory IS had captured in Iraq.
“Like terrorists and tyrants throughout history, ISIL will eventually lose because it has nothing to offer but suffering and death,” he told a United Nations-sponsored summit on Islamic State in New York.
“Those who are labouring under their control, it is a stark and brutal life that does not appeal to people in the long term.”
The summit has made clear the tensions between Mr Obama and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s support for the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad.
Saudi Arabia sees no future for Assad
Saudi Arabia has flagged a military option as one possibility for deposing Mr Assad. The Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, told journalists at the UN “There are two options for a settlement in Syria. One option is a political process where there would be a transitional council. The other option is a military option, which also would end with the removal of Bashar al-Assad from power. This could be a more lengthy process and a more destructive process…” Saudi Arabia has been supporting moderate rebels against the Assad regime.
Jerusalem mosque restrictions spark West Bank clashes
Riots erupted across the West Bank on Tuesday as Palestinian residents protested against an Israel ban on Palestinian men under 50 visiting Al Aqsa mosque, also called the Temple Mount, which is the third holiest site in the Islamic faith. Jamal Zahalka, an Arab member of the Israeli Knesset (parliament), denounced provocations at the mosque by right-wing groups. “We have no problem with Jewish visitors,” he said. “We have a problem with groups that come to provoke Palestinians.”
Volkswagen board member condemns ‘criminal’ act
A German politician who sits of the VW board, has said staff acted criminally by rigging cars to cheat US emissions tests. Olaf Lies told the BBC that the board had only just been told that software installed in VW cars altered engine performance when it detected a pollution test was being conducted. “Those people who allowed this to happen, or who made the decision to install this software – they acted criminally,” Mr Lies said. “They must take personal responsibility.” VW’s CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned over the scandal last week.
Edward Snowden joins Twitter
US National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden has launched his own Twitter account. Snowden, who leaked details of confidential NSA surveillance to the media in 2013, is believed to be in hiding in Moscow. “I used to work for the government,” Snowden claims on his profile. “Now I work for the public.”
.@neiltyson Hero, traitor — I'm just a citizen with a voice. [1/2]
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015
Snowden has gained more than 750,000 followers since joining Twitter, but follows only one account – the NSA. – Compiled from web sources by Jake Nelson
Top photo of Barack Obama at the United Nations from Al-Jazeera’s TV coverage.