The Arab League says its member states have agreed to combat, either individually or collectively, the Islamic State group and other militants in the region.
Iraq is facing an unprecedented crisis after the extremist Islamic State group this summer conquered much of northern and western Iraq and eastern Syria, committing beheadings and mass killings and sowing terror in its wake.
He said the Islamic State group, which has seized huge areas of land along the Syria-Iraq borders, has shown an "absolute and deliberate disregard for human rights. The scale of its use of brute violence against ethnic and religious groups is unprecedented.
Backing from the 22-country Arab League could provide crucial support across the Middle East for Obama's effort to assemble an international coalition against the Islamic State.
Libya is witnessing its worst spasm of violence since former dictator Muanmar Gadhafi was toppled and killed in 2011.
US-led international efforts to secure Libya are clearly fraying with the growing impatience in the region with Libya witnessing the worst violence since Gaddafi was ousted in 2011.
Obama, during his call aboard Air Force One yesterday, had asked Kerry to update him on efforts to achieve an immediate cessation of hostilities
A senior Israeli defence official cast the deal positively, saying Hamas had been weakened by the air and sea bombardment of impoverished Gaza.
as Iraq's other immediate neighbors — Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — bolster their defenses, the new fighting threatens to unravel a byzantine balance of Mideast alliances and enmities that the United States long has sought to manage.
Un chief called the resignation a failure of "one of the world's most brilliant diplomats" to end the conflict despite "his extraordinary talents ... a tragedy for the Syrian people."
The U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria ended a days-long visit to Damascus on Friday, calling on both the government and the opposition to attend a peace conference in Geneva later this month but acknowledging the gathering cannot take place if the opposition refuses to take part
Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said on Sunday peace talks aimed at ending the conflict in Syria would take place on 23 November in Geneva.
Hillary Clinton said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad cannot "pick and choose" what part of the plan he wants to accept and implement.
The UN-Arab League envoy on the Syrian crisis, Kofi Annan, brings global stature and experience in conflict resolution to his new job, but averting a long and bloody civil war that could further destabilise the Middle East might be impossible.