Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have traded barbs over deadly clashes on the Gaza border. Sixteen Palestinians were killed on Friday after Israeli soldiers opened fire on some violent demonstrators. President Erdogan accused Mr Netanyahu of being “a terrorist” on Sunday which came after Mr Netanyahu rejected Ankara’s “moral lessons” and accused Turkey of indiscriminately bombing civilians in its actions abroad.

Meanwhile, influential cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered the deployment of the Saraya al-Salam militia group to protect the Kirkuk-Baghdad road due to recent incidents which claimed the lives of dozens of people. According to an Iraqi MP, the Kirkuk-Baghdad road has been nicknamed “the road of death” due to an increase in attacks by Islamic State extremists using fake checkpoints.

Lastly, fans seem to believe Selena Gomez’s breakup with the Weeknd inspired the artist’s new album. After teasing on his official Instagram account Wednesday that new music might be coming, the singer dropped “My Dear Melancholy” early Friday. The album’s songs of love and loss have some thanking Gomez for causing the Canadian singer pain that caused him to make the album.