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September 9, 2014

'Jihadi John' the executioner is one of four British jihadis known as the 'Beatles' holding hostages in Syria (AFP/ File Archive)
05:00 GMT

Anti-terror police are set to arrest up to 12 British associates of Islamic State executioner Jihadi John, it has been reported.

September 8, 2014

The seven pro-democracy protesters are hunger striking on the premises of National Council for Human Rights in Cairo (AFP/ File Archive).
20:00 GMT

Seven activists, sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison, have started a hunger strike in the premises of a state-appointed rights watchdog.

The first female defendant was sentenced to 15 years, while the other women were found guilty of luring other women to join the group. (Photo for illustrative purposes only: AFP/File Archive).
18:00 GMT

Five women, of whom four Saudis and one Yemeni, are set to be tried by a specialized criminal court for terror-related activities.

Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year-old of French-Algerian origin (pictured here) was one of the hostage's captors, and is also a suspect in the attack on a Jewish museum in Brussels which killed four people (Benoit Peyrucq/ AFP).
16:08 GMT

A French journalist held hostage in Aleppo has alleged that one of his captors was a Frenchman suspected of an attack on a Jewish museum in Brussels.

Lebanon hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT

Syrian refugees in a southern village in Lebanon have been given 48 hours to leave.

Thousands of Iraqis have been forced to flee the ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
12:34 GMT

Islamic State militants attacked a town north of Baghdad Monday.

An Israeli border policemen looks on near burning tires lit by Palestinians protesting against the death of a Palestinian teenager, in the neighbourhood of Wadi Joz in east Jerusalem on September 7, 2014. [AFP]
10:03 GMT

Father of 16-year-old says boy was shot in the head by sponge bullet during riot, police claim teen was shot in leg, fell on head while attempting to flee.

The body of Lebanese soldier, Ali Sayyed, who was also beheaded by Islamic State, is carried by mourners September 3, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:51 GMT

The family of a Lebanese soldier who was beheaded by Islamic State extremists appealed for calm in the town of Ansar Sunday, following sectarian violence after his killing.

Tensions are high in Lebanon after Islamic State militants beheaded two Lebanese soldiers. (AFP/File)
08:41 GMT

The Lebanese government is in touch with Hezbollah to ease tensions after the beheading of a second Lebanese solider at the hands of the Islamic State.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman waits for his Norwegian counterpart Borge Brende before a meeting in Jerusalem, September 7, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:16 GMT

Israel's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said it would be unlikely for Tel Aviv to reach its goal of disarming Hamas, despite launching a high-scale assault in July.

Ennahda has chosen not to participate to send a message of cooperation to other political parties. (AFP/File)
07:57 GMT

Tunisia's Ennahda movement has decided not to take part in the country's upcoming presidential elections.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was held under water until the point of death. [AFP]
07:26 GMT

Al-Qa'ida suspects were brought to the 'point of death' during 'real torture' by CIA.

The ministers agreed to "take all measures to counter terrorism: political, security, and ideological." (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT

Arab states agreed Sunday to take the necessary measures and cooperate with international efforts to combat the militants in the Islamic State.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking to Iran's state television before going to hospital to undergo a prostate operation in Tehran on September 8, 2014. [AFP]
07:08 GMT

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has undergone a successful surgery at a state hospital in Tehran.

A picture shows the remains of the spy device near the village of Adloun, September 5, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:39 GMT

The funeral of a Hezbollah operative killed while trying to disable an Israeli spy device took place over the weekend.