Anti-IS Coalition to Discuss Action

Ministers from 20 countries are to meet in Paris to discuss strategy against Islamic State militants. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will attend, but US Secretary of State John Kerry will miss the meeting because of a cycling accident. The meeting comes after IS took the Iraqi town of Ramadi last month. Iraq has become increasingly reliant on Shia volunteers to take on IS, raising fears over the possibility of worsening sectarian tensions. The BBC's Lucy Williamson reports from Paris, With coalition air strikes against IS failing to have the impact many had hoped, talk is increasingly turning to Iraq's political terrain. Our correspondent reports, The new role for Shia fighters - many backed by Iran - in Sunni areas is adding to what France has called "an especially fragile" situation ." The French foreign ministry said, "lasting political solutions in order to resolve the Iraqi crisi."