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September 20, 2014

Since 2011, Bahrain protesters have pushed for further reform and support of the nation's opposition parties, especially its primary movement, the Shiite-led al-Wefaq National Islamic Society. (AFP/File)
08:54 GMT

Since 2011, pro-democracy protests have broken out in Bahrain in several attempts at reforming the island nation and the Al Khalifa regime.

The Islamic State controls huge swathes of land in Iraq and Syria, including several crucial oil fields that it continues to cash in on through cross-border oil smuggling. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

As the Islamic State makes millions smuggling oil across borders, experts say Turkey must play a pivotal role in fixing the problem.

September 19, 2014

Nusra Front commanders deny the claim that captive Lebanese soldiers were offered up in exchange for jailed fighters. (AFP/File)
18:45 GMT

The Nusra Front has denied claims that it sought to free Hezbollah-held prisoners in exchange for the release of Lebanese soldiers captured last month during Arsal clashes.

Government forces and Houthi rebels have engaged in fierce clashes over the last several months, prompting foreign flights to suspect travel to Sanaa on Friday. (AFP/File)
16:29 GMT

Amid bloody clashes and a shaky ceasefire agreement, foreign airlines suspended flights to the Yemeni capital on Friday.

Kerry accused the Syrian government of chlorine gas use on Thursday, a violation of the an international chemical weapons agreement. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday evidence showed Assad's government is using chlorine gas against civilians, which is a violation of a global chemical weapons treaty.

Syrian Kurds have faced heightened brutality over the last few days during an IS assault that ended in kidnappings and the capture of several Kurdish villages in northern Syria. (AFP/FIle)
11:46 GMT

In a besieged enclave in northern Syria, half a million Kurds have been hit hard by an IS assault, prompting leaders to ask for help, airstrikes from the international community.

France announced Thursday its plan to join U.S-led airstrikes in Iraq, but will stop short of intervening in Syria. (AFP/FIle)
09:46 GMT

France agreed Thursday to support to the U.S.-led airstrike campaign in Iraq, but stopped short of Syria, saying they only agreed to activity in Iraq after requests from Baghdad. Meanwhile, the U.S. eyes operations to arm moderate Syrian rebels.

The Lebanese army is accusing Israel of violating UN Resolution 1701 after Israeli intelligence forces ramped up wire tapping activities on the border. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT

The Lebanese Army urged UNIFIL forces to look at Israeli wire tapping devices, installed along the Lebanese border, as a violation of Resolution 1701, the resolution that forged a peace agreement and ended the 2006 war between Lebanon and Israel.

Clashes between Houthis and government forces have killed 60 people in the last 48 hours. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

A truce deal has been reached between Yemen's Houthi fighters and the army.

September 18, 2014

The Syrian civil war has displaced millions of people. (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT

Syrian warplanes continued their week-long attack on rebel position near Damascus.

The journalist says he will show the truth about the Islamic State in an upcoming video. (AFP/File)
17:03 GMT

The Islamic State has released a new video featuring a captured British journalist.

Peshmerga forces are battling IS militants in Syria and Iraq. (AFP/File)
15:48 GMT

IS militants have reportedly seized control of at least five more Kurdish villages in northern Syria.

Lawmakers demanded the Prime Minister submit a new cabinet with not more than 10 ministers. (AFP/File)
15:26 GMT

The Libyan parliament has rejected the new cabinet of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni.

French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius  and his Iraq's counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari. [AFP]
14:00 GMT

French foreign minister said he would call the militant Islamic group the ‘Daesh cutthroats’

Palestinian girls walk past buildings which were destroyed by Israeli strikes on their way to school in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City on September 14, 2014 on the first day of the new school year. [AFP]
12:51 GMT

Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq on Wednesday told Ma'an that indirect ceasefire negotiations between Palestinians and Israel will restart within the next week.