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October 30, 2014

The move came less than a month after Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced that his government decided to recognize the state of Palestine. (AFP/File)
09:04 GMT

The Swedish government officially recognized Palestine as an independent state Thursday.

Rice made the comments while addressing a crowd at the Washington Ideas Forum. (AFP/File)
08:16 GMT

Chances of reaching a nuclear deal with Iran by the November 24th deadline are "50 percent or less," according to the US National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

Israeli police stand behind a security perimeter where Yehuda Glick was shot in Jerusalem, October 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:48 GMT

Israeli security forces killed a Palestinian man Thursday believed to be the suspect who shot and injured a far-right Jewish activist in Jerusalem.

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter flashes the "victory" sign as his convoy passes through the Iraq-Turkey border, October 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:30 GMT

Thousands of Turkish Kurds flocked to the streets of Suruç as Iraqi peshmearga forces arrived to battle IS militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani.

This is the first time Al Aqsa compound has been shut down since 1967. (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT

Israeli authorities on Thursday shut the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem following the shooting of a far-right Jewish rabbi.

The Call of Tunisia party secured 85 of the 217 seats in parliament. (AFP/File)
07:11 GMT

Tunisia's Nidaa Tounes Party, also known as Call of Tunisia, has officially won the Tunisian elections.

Bekaa Valley has been the centre of clashes between Syrian militants and Lebanon's army in recent months (File/AFP)
07:10 GMT

Dangerous clashes erupted on Wednesday evening between militants and Lebanon's army near Bekaa Valley towns, close to the border with Syria.

Iraq's army claimed to have regained the initiative in the fight against IS (File/AFP)
06:46 GMT

Iraq's military prepared to retake the strategic town of Amiriyah Fallujah in Anbar province, which is currently overrun by Islamic State militants.

The UN has repeatedly expressed concern that Libya will plunge into chaos. (AFP/File)
06:06 GMT

A fresh spate of clashes in the northeastern Libyan city of Benghazi has claimed the lives of at least 10 people.

Yehuda Glick is chairman of the extremist Israeli organization Temple Mount Heritage Fund (File/AFP)
05:49 GMT

The controversial American-Israeli activist Yehuda Glick was shot and injured during a rally in Jerusalem Wednesday.

PLO Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour told the Security Council on Wednesday "east Jerusalem has always maintained an Arab and Islamic identity and will continue to do so" (AFP/ File Archive).
04:51 GMT

In response to statements made by Palestine and Israel at an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting on Wednesday, the UN called the announcement of the new settlements, as well as the recent terror attacks, “worrisome developments.”

The report prepared by the ‎committee tackles controversial issues such as the ‎protest law, sexual harassment, violations of human ‎rights in Sinai Peninsula and prison custody.‎ (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

A national committee led by transitional justice and house of representatives affairs minister Ibrahim El-Heneidy will meet Thursday to make a final review ‎of a report about the situation of human rights in Egypt ‎over the last four years.

October 29, 2014

The Deputy Foreign Minister of Kobani confirmed the children's release. (AFP/File)
19:40 GMT

Islamic State militants freed 25 Kurdish school children Wednesday.

The Iraqi army, along with Kurdish and tribal forces, have been battling IS militants since June. (AFP/File)
19:16 GMT

IS militants have executed at least 46 members of a tribe fighting against the terrorist group in Iraq's Anbar Province.

Millions of Syrians have fled the civil war. (AFP/File)
17:49 GMT

A Syrian army helicopter allegedly dropped two barrel bombs on a displaced persons camp in Idlib Wednesday.