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November 20, 2014

ISIL swept across swathes of northern Iraq in June. (AFP/File)
15:13 GMT

Senior ISIL leader, Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni, was killed in Mosul on Wednesday afternoon.

It is estimated that around 1,000 French jihadists may have gone to Syria and Iraq. (AFP/File)
13:47 GMT

Three French members of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have appeared on a new militant propaganda video calling on Muslims to join them or 'bring terror to the streets of France.'

Around 220,000 out of 1.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey have shelter in refugee camps, according to an Amnesty report. (AFP/File)
12:32 GMT

Human rights group Amnesty International warned of dire consequences if hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees did not get adequate shelter in Turkey.

Nusra Front militants have been fighting with rivals from the Syrian Revolutionary Front over the past few weeks. (AFP/File)
11:23 GMT

Nusra Front militants in Syria executed two fighters from the rival opposition faction, the Syrian Revolutionary Front.

Mahinour El-Masry had been jailed for six months for "illegal protesting" and was detained again Wednesday. (Image: Ahmed Arab)
11:12 GMT

Egyptian security forces released human rights activist Maheinour El-Masry after she was detained for several hours.

Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces on Wednesday following an attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem where five people were killed. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT

Israeli troops stormed into the homes of two Palestinian men who were shot dead after attacking a synagogue in Jerusalem, killing five people.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews mourn over the bodies of Israeli victims killed by two Palestinian men in a Jerusalem synagogue. (AFP/File)
09:20 GMT

The UN denounced Tuesday's deadly attack in a Jerusalem synagogue, which left five Israelis dead after two Palestinians attacked the site with a meat cleaver and gun.

Lebanon's Shia movement Hezbollah continues to back Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria. (AFP/File)
08:19 GMT

Saudi officials on Wednesday asked the UN Security Council to blacklist both Shia groups Hezbollah and Yemen's Houthis.

Peshmerga fighters prepare to attack ISIL militants in Iraq. (AFP/File)
05:40 GMT

Peshmerga forces launched a joint operation with the Iraqi army to recapture Diyala and Kirkuk provinces from ISIL militants.

ISIL militants have seized land across Syria and Iraq in recent months. (AFP/File)
05:23 GMT

US General John Allen discussed strategies with Turkish officials to combat ISIL militants in Syria and Iraq Wednesday.

Dina Kawar is the latest female representative on the UN Security Council.
04:00 GMT

Jordan is going to launch a regional initiative to curb terrorists’ increasing use of telecommunications and media technologies.

November 19, 2014

Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Mohammad Momani. (AFP/file)
22:01 GMT

Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Mohammad Momani on Wednesday said that the government is closely following up on the dangerous situation in Jerusalem and is calling for restraint from both sides.

A Palestinian protester kicks a flaming tyre towards Israeli soldiers during clashes near the Israeli Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem on November 14, 2014. (Abbas Momani/AFP)
21:53 GMT

Israeli settlers on Wednesday evening attempted to burn down a house in the village of al-Mughayyir east of Ramallah, but were prevented by doing so by local villagers.

Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian protesters in East Jerusalem, following a synagogue attack, which left five people dead. (AFP/File)
18:57 GMT

Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan after riots erupted Wednesday.

Mickael Dos Santos in a grab from an Islamic State propaganda video 
Mickael Dos Santos in a grab from an Islamic State propaganda video. (Image: Youtube)
18:14 GMT

Second Frenchman identified as Muslim convert from Paris suburb reported to have been among ISIL militants in beheading video