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October 14, 2014

The battle for Kobani has raged for a month. (AFP/File)
09:50 GMT

IS militants are now reportedly in the center of Syria's Kobani, a strategically important border town.

Locals inspect damage to a Nablus-area mosque after an overnight arson blamed on Israeli settlers. (Image: Rabbis for Human Rights).
09:19 GMT

Israeli settlers set fire to a mosque in the Nablus-area village of Aqraba overnight.

Wounded Yemeni men are treated at a hospital after a powerful suicide bomb rocked the capital Sanaa on Oct. 9, 2014, killing at least 47. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
08:29 GMT

Houthi leaders called on the Saudi government to prosecute TV presenter Khalid al-Gamdi.

A U.S. -led coalition has been carrying out air strikes on Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
08:21 GMT

Turkish officials have denied offering to let the U.S. use their air bases for air strikes against IS in Syria and Iraq.

The battle for Kobani is now a month long. (AFP/File)
06:56 GMT

Fighting continues in Syria's Kobani after a lull on Sunday.

At least 22 IS militants were allegedly killed according to security sources (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Shelling killed 22 Islamic State militants and wounded at least 40 others, near Baquba.

October 13, 2014

UK backbenchers voted overwhelmingly in favour of a Palestinian state (File/AFP)
23:40 GMT

British backbench politicians voted overwhelmingly in favour of recognizing a Palestinian state following a three-hour debate Monday.

Islamic State militants in desert camouflaged vehicles (AFP/ File Archive).
20:00 GMT

Islamic State jihadists have seized an army base in the town of Hit in al-Anbar province.

Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri leaves at the end of a meeting with the French president at the Elysee Palace in Paris on October 7, 2014 (Alain Jocard/ AFP).
19:00 GMT

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri will meet Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai in Rome Monday for talks centering on the nearly 5-month-old presidential deadlock, Future MP Ammar Houri said Sunday.

Following Ahmed Bin Mubarak´s withdrawal due to Houthi opposition, Yemen´s president appointed former oil minister and representative to the UN, Khaled Bahah (above). (AFP/ File Archive)
17:00 GMT

Yemen appointed a new prime minister on Monday.

The market in Amman, which is being removed to make space for a parking lot (AFP/ File Archive).
15:56 GMT

Twenty-six suspects were referred to court over their involvement in riots in downtown Amman on Saturday night

Islamic State militants have allegedly used chemical weapons in the border Syrian town of Kobani more than once (File/AFP)
12:02 GMT

Photographs have emerged of IS militants allegedly using chemical weapons against Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town of Kobani, where fighting rages on.

Egypt has the highest number of road traffic accidents in the Middle East (File/AFP)
11:41 GMT

At least 30 people were killed and 15 injured in a three-way bus collision early Monday. Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has ordered an immediate investigation into the crash.

Although the motion to recognize a Palestinian state would be largely symbolic, it would not affect UK policy (File/AFP)
10:16 GMT

Britain's parliament will debate whether or not to recognize Palestine as an independent state Monday, causing a stir among politicians.

Over 180,000 civilians have fled from the Syrian border town of Kobani in recent weeks (File/AFP)
10:00 GMT

The European Union issued $4.9 million in aid for over 180,000 displaced Syrians who have fled to Turkey after IS violence escalated in Kobani.