Saudi Arabia 'rejects foreign interference in Iraq'

Saudi Arabia has said it rejects foreign interference in Iraq after Islamist militants took over several cities in the north of the country.

In a cabinet statement published on the official news agency SPA, Riyadh blamed the unfolding crisis on years of "sectarian and exclusionary" policies.

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Islamic State leader calls for jihad in audio message

The leader of the Islamic State, formerly Isis, has released the first audiotape calling for jihad since the group renamed. The group is currently battling Iraqi forces across large parts of the country.