The most senior Muslim cleric in Iraq, Ayatollah Sistani, backed the UN in calling on the Iraqi Government to get "serious" about reforms as anti-government protests, that have cost hundreds of lives, continue.
Anti-refugee hostility is growing in Turkey and Lebanon, the two countries with the highest number of Syrian refugees, as many are forced back to their homes despite intense conflict and the threat of imprisonment.
Lawmakers in Morocco have approved a long-anticipated bill to recognise Berber as one of the country's official languages, although some Berber activists argue that the move does not do enough to promote true equality between Berbers and Arabs.
The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has announced that it has completed the manual recount of the votes from the country's May parliamentary elections. Many hope that this will speed the creation of the new government after months of political deadlock in Iraq.
Libya: The Libyan Audit Bureau which had split into East and West branches after the military coup in 2014 has announced that it is taking the first steps in reuniting the Tripoli-based Audit Bureau branch and the Beida-based Audit Bureau branch.
As the Lebanese government is being formed, Lebanese women launch a campaign to pressure winning parties and coalitions to have at least 30% of the ministries and cabinet position be held by women in the upcoming government.
Parties and coalitions in Iraq have started negotiating with one another in order to reach a majority in the upcoming parliament. Parties with less seats must make concessions so that they are included in the forming of the new government.