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October 10, 2014

Bombings and shootings have become commonplace in Egypt's Nile Delta region since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013 (File/AFP)
13:44 GMT

Two bombs hit separate cities in the Nile Delta Friday, according to senior officials although no casualties were reported.

Smoke rises from the Kurdish town of Kobani, close to the Syrian border with Turkey, October 9th, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:42 GMT

The U.S.-led coalition targeted Islamic State positions near Kobani overnight while the militant group still controls a third of the Kurdish town.

Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey opposed IS along with Bashar al-Assad, but would not put "boots on the ground" (File/AFP)
11:16 GMT

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu rejected calls from the country's main opposition group to "put boots on the ground" in Kobani.

Lebanon's army has faced a wave of attacks from extremist groups in recent months (File/AFP)
10:21 GMT

Masked gunmen in Lebanon's Tripoli attacked three army posts overnight, prompting soldiers to retaliate with gunfire, security sources said.

Former Hamas leader Ismail Haniya (right) shakes hands with the new Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza City, October 9th, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:00 GMT

Palestine's unity government headed from Gaza to Cairo for further talks following a successful visit to the Strip.

Nineteen people have been killed during the ongoing protests. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Security forces in Turkey continue to clash with protesters who are voicing their anger over the Turkish government's inaction in Kobani.

October 9, 2014

Rajab is charged with “publicly insulting government institutions.” (AFP/File)
19:30 GMT

Nabeel Rajab, a prominent rights activist in Bahrain, faces trial over tweets that the Bahraini government sees as insulting.

The Turkish government has stated repeatedly that it will not carry out a ground operation alone. (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT

Amid fresh US-led airstrikes, Kurdish forces look to be holding out in the strategic Syrian town for now.

According to the United Nations, over 1,110 people lost their lives in acts of violence across Iraq last month. (AFP/File)
16:45 GMT

A car bomb explosion in Iraq’s capital city of Baghdad has claimed at least 12 lives.

The meeting at this level is the first since France and Turkey signed a "strategic cooperation agreement" last January. (AFP/File)
15:32 GMT

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will meet with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Kuwait Friday to discuss the ongoing struggle against Islamic State militants.

In addition to today's clashes, fighting along the Syrian border has picked up again in the last weeks, leaving at least eight Hezbollah fighters and 15 Nusra fighters dead. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT

Hezbollah said they captured a strategic Nusra Front post Thursday in after advancing on several of the group's border posts in east Lebanon. Later, Nusra released a video purporting the capture of one Hezbollah fighter.

Despite multiple airstrikes from the anti-IS coalition, Islamic State militants now reportedly control more than a third of Kobani.. (AFP/File)
13:46 GMT

Fighters from the Islamic State now reportedly control more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, while Washington presses for Turkish military action to aid air strikes,

An injured Yemeni man is carried away from the attack site, October 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:20 GMT

The death toll in Yemen has risen to over 40, following a suicide bomb attack in the country's capital, Sana'a. The bomber is believed to have attacked a Shia checkpoint prior to a rally.

 A Super Hornet fighter jet has carried out Australia's first bombing raid in Iraq, targeting what the defence ministry on October 9, 2014. [AFP]
13:11 GMT

An Australian jet fighter has targeted positions of the ISIL terrorists in Iraq for the first time since the country joined a US-led international coalition against the terror group.

Lebanese soldiers reportedly returned fire and are now trying to identify the shooters. (AFP/File)
12:58 GMT

A Lebanese Army post in the northeastern border town of Arsal came under fire from a Syrian refugee camp Thursday.