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September 7, 2014

Quneitra has been at the center of violent clashes in recent days. (AFP/File)
18:19 GMT

At least 43 people have been killed in clashes between Syrian government forces and Nusra Front militants.

Obama said he does not intend to send U.S. ground troops back to Iraq. (AFP/File)
16:20 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama said he will make an address Wednesday about his plan to fight Islamic State militants.

The Lebanese army has been engaged in fierce battles with Islamic State militants at the border. (AFP/File)
14:55 GMT

Two Arsal locals were kidnapped late Saturday night by a relative of one of the eleven soldiers held captive by Islamic State fighters.

Some Arab League ministers said they were considering adopting a resolution on combating the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT

Arab League Chief Nabil Elaraby Sunday called for the Islamic State militants to be confronted militarily and politically.

Since May, General Haftar has aligned himself with Libyan special forces. (AFP/File)
12:20 GMT

Government forces loyal to Libyan renegade general Khalifa Haftar have allegedly made advances this week against militias in Benghazi.

Egyptian army [AFP]
11:09 GMT

Egyptian military intelligence on Saturday said that they had discovered what officials called "the biggest explosives workshop and cache" in the Sinai peninsula belonging to the major insurgent group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis.

Civilians in Raqqa run for cover from shelling by Syrian forces, August 17, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:06 GMT

Syrian air raids over Raqqa killed 53 people, many of them civilians, while President Assad's campaign against Islamic State militants intensifies.

Krishna Upadhyaya and Ghimire Gundev. [AP]
10:51 GMT

Qatar confirms it has detained two British human rights activists who were probing the working conditions of workers building facilities for the 2022 World Cup.

US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference on the second day of the NATO 2014 Summit. [AFP]
10:30 GMT

Turkey denied the US access to a base to launch the rescue attempt due to concerns over its hostages still being held by Islamic State militants in Iraq, says the Wall Street Journal.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas talk with an official during their meeting in Cairo. [AFP]
10:07 GMT

A Hamas spokesman on Sunday said Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas should stop conducting dialogue through the media, a day after Abbas accused the group of running a "shadow government" in Gaza.

Civilians flee violence in the border town of Arsal as Lebanese forces continue to battle Islamic State and Nusra Front militants, August 28, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:21 GMT

Angry protesters set ablaze tents housing Syrian refugees in Arsal following reports that a second Lebanese soldier was beheaded by the Islamic State.

Libyan fighter jet. [AFP]
08:46 GMT

Libya says a Sudanese military transport plane bound for a Tripoli airport under control of an armed group had entered its airspace, a government statement said on Saturday.

A screen grab from a Nusra Front video shows three captured members of Lebanon's security forces (Image: Daily Star)
08:28 GMT

A second Lebanese soldier from the Bekaa Valley was beheaded by militants from the Islamic State according to a Turkish news agency.

Iraq's Haditha Dam
08:06 GMT

US military planes carry out airstrikes againts Islamic State near Iraq's Haditha Dam.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [AFP]
07:45 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has hinted that he is close to ending his reconciliation agreement with Hamas.