Islamic State is holding an estimated 3,500 women and children as slaves in Iraq, the United Nations has said.

Those being held are primarily women and children from the Yazidi community, but a number are from other ethnic and religious minority groups, according to a report issued in Geneva.

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Suddenly everyone knows about Syria as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee across Europe. But further south, another Middle Eastern country is also imploding, arguably at an even faster rate. Will refugees from Yemen now also start to flee to Europe? The ticket office in Sana’a is crowded with people, bustling to get to the front of the queue. These are Yemen’s upper- and middle-classes, jostling for a spot on the next plane out of the country.

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Saudi Arabia said it intercepted a Scud missile fired into its territory by Houthi rebels in Yemen, while a Saudi official acknowledged sending forces into northern Yemen to stop border attacks.

The Shiite fighters and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh launched the missile into Saudi’s southern Jazan province, the Houthi-controlled Defense Ministry said. The Saudi air force intercepted and destroyed the missile on Wednesday without causing any damage, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. In June, the Saudi military shot down another Scud missile bound for the southwestern town of Khamis Mushait.

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